Seven local students 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 skill competition in the world. The SkillsUSA Championships is for high school and college-level students who are members of SkillsUSA.
The SkillsUSA Championships, held in Louisville, Ky., took place June 27-28, 2018, as part of the SkillsUSA 54th annual National Leadership and Skills Conference (NLSC), a showcase of career and technical education students. During the week, more than 6,300 outstanding career and technical education students all state contest winners competed hands-on in 102 different trade, technical and leadership fields.
From Rutland High School : Caden Curtis competed in Teamworks, a contest with four students from two schools work together on construction, plumbing, electrical and masonry. Matthew Rock competed in medical math.
Noah Logan and Johnathan Urbani competed in Additive Manufacturing. These two won silver medals at the conference placing them second in the United States. They were challenged with designing an adaptive device for a game system controller for a veteran with a hand disability. The design was then printed with a 3D printer and the students had to present the design as well as their design process to a panel of judges.
SkillsUSA programs are integrated into career and technical education through a framework of personal, workplace and technical skills grounded in academics. Local, state and national championships, designed and judged by industry, set relevant standards for career and technical education and provide needed recognition to its students. SkillsUSA also offers technical skill assessments and other workplace credentials. For more information, go to: www.SkillsUSA.org.