CHARLESTON, W.Va. — More than 100 students from Career Technical Education (CTE) Centers across West Virginia competed in the National SkillsUSA Competition June 19-23, 2017 in Louisville, Ky. All 50 states and two territories sent their best students to compete at the national level. Students from Putnam Career Technical Center took home gold, with a total of 30 West Virginia teams scoring in the top 10 for their categories.
More than 6,500 students competed in 102 different categories in front of a crowd of more than 16,000 attendees at this year’s national competition. Students from West Virginia Career Technical Centers competed in 58 different categories, bringing home one gold, two silver and one bronze. More than 25 other West Virginia individuals and teams finished in the top 10 of their categories.
“The achievement of our students at the national level is a testament to the skills they are gaining at our Career Technical Centers statewide,” said West Virginia Superintendent of Schools, Dr. Steven Paine. “We strive to give our students a world-class education and are so proud to see them shine on the national stage.”
SkillsUSA is a partnership of students, teachers and industry working together to ensure America has a skilled workforce. The SkillsUSA Championships are competitive events showcasing the best career and technical education students in the nation. Contests begin locally and continue through the state and national levels. This year, 102 students from West Virginia qualified for the national competition.
The theme for this year’s SkillsUSA national competition was “Champions at Work: Preparing America’s Skilled Workforce.” Students from Putnam Career Technical Center took home gold in the Leadership competition and a bronze for Internet Working. Mingo Central Career Technical Center students took home a silver in Technical Drafting, and Wyoming County Career Technical Center students took home a silver in the Promotional Bulletin Board category.
To learn more about the SkillsUSA competition, visit: http://www.skillsusa.org/events-training/national-leadership-and-skills-conference/