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Six Students Capture State Titles at SkillsUSA Competition
Friday, May 06, 2016
Congratulations to all 122 Career and Technical Education (CTE) students who participated in the SkillsUSA State Leadership and Skills Championships from April 27 to 29 in Syracuse.
Six students returned home with the title of New York State Champion in their respective fields:
A total of 28 students placed in the top five at the state competition. Click here to see the individual awards received at the competition.
Five students – Lily Roberts, Connor Lavoie, Allison Vrooman, Emily Fox and Tyler Vaughn – will represent the Southern Adirondack Education Center at the 52nd annual National Leadership and Skills Conference in Louisville, Ky., June 20-24 (The Automotive Vehicle Maintenance competition is not offered at the national level). This event showcases career and technical education students. More than 16,000 people — including students, teachers and business partners — are expected to participate in the weeklong event.
F. Donald Myers Education Center student Maygan Carpenter who was elected as a New York State Officer Secretary will attend National State Officer Events from June June 18 to 20 in Louisville, Ky.
SkillsUSA is a partnership of students, teachers, and industry representatives working together to ensure America has a skilled workforce. It has an applied method of instruction for preparing America’s high performance workers in public Career and Technical Education programs. SkillsUSA provides quality education experiences for students in leadership, teamwork, citizenship, and character development. It emphasizes total quality at work – high ethical standards, superior work skills, life-long education, and pride in the dignity of work. SkillsUSA also promotes understanding of the free-enterprise system and involvement in community service.
Every year, Career and Tech Ed students compete in local SkillsUSA competitions at the F. Donald Myers and Southern Adirondack Education Centers in order to earn the chance to compete at the SkillsUSA Regional, New York State, and National competitions. WSWHE BOCES is one of the top New York schools in terms of medal counts at the SkillsUSA State Championships.
Each competition measures a student’s hands-on skills in his or her chosen field of study including nursing, baking, welding, auto repair, and carpentry as well as interviewing for jobs and public speaking. Students are given an assignment that must be completed within a set time frame. Business and industry leaders judge the competitions. Students prepare for the competition for months, often staying after school to be coached by their teachers, and the prizes are well worth the effort. Some students receive scholarships and awards as a result of their exceptional performance at a competition.
SkillsUSA, a national nonprofit organization, is devoted to rewarding students for excellence, for involving industry in directly evaluating student performance, and for keeping career training relevant to employers’ needs. To learn more, click here.