60 Students from 9 schools compete in trade skills

Students from nine schools put their trade skills to the test Wednesday.
Sixty students competed in industry skills such as automotive, culinary, hvac and drafting at Franklin Technical School in Joplin.
Organizers said skills training is an important option for students who don’t desire college and can still make a great living in a trade or manufacturing area. Officials said the competition helps students gauge how they’ll do in the real job world.
Skills USA advisor Deonna Anderson said, “It’s for students to be able to compare what they know against industry standards. We have a lot of industry partners to come and help us and then the students get to really see these are my expectations of what industry expects and maybe this is where I am.”
Those who win at Wednesday’s competition go to nationals in Louisville, Kentucky.