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Career-Tech Students Head to Columbus for SkillsUSA Ohio Championships

Release date: 4/10/2014

COLUMBUS, OH – More than 2,600 high school students from nearly 100 career-technical schools and programs will demonstrate their abilities and skills as they compete in 62nd Annual SkillsUSA Ohio Championships on Tuesday, April 15, at the Convention Center in Columbus. The SkillsUSA Ohio Championships is the premier showcase for career-technical education in Ohio.

With the theme Champions at Work – Educated and Skilled to Lead America, it is clear that the championship is about showing students the opportunities available through industry and educational partnerships. It also gives industry partners the opportunity to find and recruit top-shelf employees through their support and involvement in SkillsUSA.

“We live in a world that is constantly evolving and changing,” said State Superintendent of Public Instruction Dr. Richard A. Ross. “The talents and skills that our students need to find gainful employment in the future are being developed today in career-tech programs all over Ohio. This competition highlights those skills, helps students and industry representatives connect and demonstrate why career-technical education should be an integral part of Ohio’s workforce solution.”

The SkillsUSA Ohio Championships get under way at 10:30 a.m. on Tuesday, April 15. There are approximately 90 competitions in addition to interactive exhibits and large displays. A ceremonial ribbon cutting will take place at 11:45 a.m., followed by the Opening General Session.

In addition to the competitions that will take place on site, such as automotive service technology, carpentry, culinary arts, masonry, welding and robotics, there are several competitions taking place at other locations. The IT competition will take place at DeVry University, the collision repair competitions will take place at Eastland Career Center and the heavy equipment contest will be at the Denny Hale Pavilion at the Ohio Expo Center.

The awards ceremony will begin at 9 a.m. on Wednesday, April 16. Ohio Army National Guard Brigadier General Maria Kelly will be the keynote speaker. Gold, silver and bronze medals will be presented for each competition in addition to the advisor awards and the announcement of national SkillsUSA officer candidates and installation of state officers.

For more information about the SkillsUSA Ohio Championships including a list of schools that will be represented at the championships, the championship agenda and a list of contest areas, visit the Ohio Department of Education website at http://education.ohio.gov/Topics/Career-Tech/Additional-Resources/Student-Organizations/SkillsUSA.

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The Ohio Association of SkillsUSA is a Career-Technical Student Organization serving students in High School and College Post-Secondary Industrial, Engineering and Health Career Training programs in Ohio.

SkillsUSA is a partnership of students, teachers and industry representatives; working together to ensure America has a skilled work force. It helps each student to excel. SkillsUSA is a national organization serving teachers and high school and college students who are preparing for careers in technical, skilled and service occupations, including health occupations.

Formerly known as VICA (Vocational Industrial Clubs of America), SkillsUSA is a partnership of students, teachers and industry working together to ensure America has a skilled work force. SkillsUSA helps each student excel.