CHARLESTON, W.Va. – Hundreds of career technical education students from across West Virginia will compete Friday and Saturday in 52 categories to earn the chance to advance to the Skills USA National Leadership and Skills Conference.
Beginning Friday at 6:30 p.m. at Winfield High School in Putnam County, students will demonstrate their skills in hands-on occupational and leadership contests, such as welding, automotive, HVAC, robotics, aviation maintenance, public speaking and technical math.
Saturday’s events are scheduled from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Putnam Career Technical Center in Putnam County; Ben Franklin Career Technical Center and Carver Career Technical Center in Kanawha County; Marshall University in Huntington; and George Washington Middle School in Putnam County. All contests are designed, run and judged by industry using industry standards. About 650 students are scheduled to take part in the competition with an additional 350 people registered to participate in conference activities.
“This competition and conference allows students to test their skills against their peers and opens the door to numerous educational opportunities,” said state Superintendent Jim Phares. “This annual competition is an excellent example of the collaboration going on in West Virginia and across our nation to ensure America has a skilled work force. These students prove that career and technical education expands opportunities."
SkillsUSA, a national nonprofit organization, is a partnership that provides career and technical education students with quality experiences in leadership and skills development. Recognized by the U.S. Department of Education, SkillsUSA has been cited by the U.S. Department of Labor as a successful model of employer-driven youth development training programs.
For more information, contact the Office of Communication at (304) 558-2699.