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3 Ohio career-technical students advance to 2013 World Skills competition in Germany

Release date: 6/15/2012

The U.S. competitors qualified for 19 of 43 contest categories. Costantini and Nichols, who won the Silver award as a team in the 2010 national SkillsUSA competition, will compete in mechatronics, an interdisciplinary area of engineering that combines mechanical and electrical engineering with computer science. Kuhn, who took the Silver in HVAC/R in the 2011 national events, will compete in the Heating, Ventilation, Air Conditioning and Refrigeration category. The U.S. team will train for a year in preparation for the international competition.

SkillsUSA is a partnership of students, teachers and businesses working together to insure Ohio and the United States have the skills needed to remain economically competitive to employers. Participants work in teams to complete a project in their area of technical training within a specified time period while being scored by a panel of judges from business and industry. Top qualifiers in each category will compete in the SkillsUSA championships in Kansas City, Mo., this month.

The International Vocational Training Organization, WorldSkills, is headquartered in Amsterdam, the Netherlands. Over its 60-year history, WorldSkills International (formerly known as the "Skill Olympics") has come to symbolize the pinnacle of excellence in vocational training. For more information, click here.