SkillsUSA Tennessee Championship Competitions Are April 13-16

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

There is a solution to the current and future demand for a skilled workforce. Jobs are available right here in the state. They are waiting for people with the right skills. Those are the people graduating from career and technical education (CTE) programs. The future workforce of Tennessee will be on display at the SkillsUSA Tennessee championship competitions to be held in Chattanooga April 13-16, 2014.

Over 1,200 career and technical education students from high schools and colleges across the state will compete in contests demonstrating their skills in career areas including manufacturing, transportation, construction, hospitality and human services.  

“These students are demonstrating more than just their skills; they are proving that our workforce is prepared to lead the way in every technical area our country needs to maintain a strong global economic presence,” said Chelle Travis, SkillsUSA Postsecondary state director. “CTE is learning that works for America and we are very proud of this talented group of students who are true champions dedicated to excellence in their trades.”

During the competition, students will work against the clock and each other, proving their expertise in occupations such as electronics, computer-aided drafting, precision machining, automotive service, medical assisting and culinary arts. All contests are run with the help of industry experts, trade associations, and labor organizations, and test competencies are set by professional industry standards.

The winners will go on to compete in the National Championships this June in Kansas City, Mo. A list of the 90 competition categories and the schools and towns participants will represent is available online at www.tnpsskillsusa.org.

SkillsUSA is a nationwide partnership of students, teachers and industry working together to ensure America has a skilled workforce. It helps students discover and grow their career passions. SkillsUSA annually serves over 300,000 high school and, college/postsecondary students, and their instructors in technical, skilled and service occupation instructional programs. SkillsUSA chapters are in career and technical high schools, and two- and four-year colleges. Formerly known as the Vocational Industrial Clubs of America Inc. (VICA), SkillsUSA was founded in 1965 as a way to teach students leadership skills to complement their chosen vocations. The organization emphasizes respect for the dignity of work, ethics, workmanship, scholarship and safety. For more information about SkillsUSA, visit www.tnpsskillsusa.org .


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