Students place in SkillsUSA chamionship

2 local students take home awards
Students place in SkillsUSA chamionship
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Media Release from SkillsUSA

Jack Carter, Joplin and Breana Miller formerly from Carl Junction recently participated in the SkillsUSA Championships. This event, by invitation only, was for first place state medalists in 102 competition areas for career and technical students. It is the largest Skills competition in the world.

Jack Carter, a junior at Franklin Technology Center was a competitor in the Heating, Ventilation, Air Conditioning competition and won the Silver medal placing second. Breana Miller placed 9th in the Collision Damage Appraisal competition. The SkillsUSA Championships, held in Louisville, Ky., took place June 26-27, 2019, as part of the SkillsUSA 55th annual National Leadership and Skills Conference (NLSC), a showcase of career and technical education students. During the week, more than 6,400 outstanding career and technical education students — all state contest winners competed hands-on in 103 different trade, technical and leadership fields.

“Missouri’s success at the national level is a testament to our educator’s passion of ensuring our students graduate job-ready day one.” said Joey Baker, SkillsUSA Missouri’s State Executive Director. “Our students graduate with the workplace, personal, and technical skills necessary to be successful in college or their chosen careers. We are very proud of our students for demonstrating that they have the skills demanded by our nation’s employers.”

During the national competition, Jack, Breana, and other students worked against the clock and each other, proving their expertise in occupations like electronics, computer-aided drafting, precision machining, medical assisting and culinary arts. All contests are run with the help of industry, trade associations, and labor organizations, and test competencies are set by the industry. In addition, leadership contestants demonstrated their skills, which included extemporaneous speaking and conducting meetings by parliamentary procedure.

Top student winners received gold, silver and bronze medallions. Many also received prizes such as tools of their trade and/or scholarships to further their careers and education. The SkillsUSA Championships is for high school and college-level students who are members of SkillsUSA.

High scorers in the contests received Skill Point Certificates. The Skill Point Certificate was awarded in 72 occupational and leadership areas to students who achieved a high score defined by industry. The SkillsUSA Championships have been a premier event since 1967.