PASO ROBLES — Three career and technical individuals and a team from Paso Robles returned with gold and silver medals from the 2019 SkillsUSA Championships.
“We are so very proud of all of our college and career ready Paso Robles students,” said Paso Robles Joint Unified School District Deputy Superintendent Jennifer Gaviola. “Thank you to our advisors, parents and awesome industry partners.”
Audrey Hughes, a student at Paso Robles High School was awarded the high school gold medal in Early Childhood Education.
Mason Brown, from Paso Robles and a student at Paso Robles High School was awarded the high school gold medal in Telecommunications Cabling.
Skylar Collins, a student at Daniel E. Lewis Middle School was awarded the middle school silver medal in Job Skill Demonstration A.
Team G — consisting of Hannah Lowry, Zoe Murphy, Maizie Ross — from Paso Robles High School was awarded the high school silver medal in Career Pathways — Health Services.
More than 6,500 students competed at the national showcase of career and technical education in Louisville, Ky., on June 26-27. The SkillsUSA Championships is the largest skill competition in the world and covers 1.4 million square feet, equivalent to 20 football fields or 25 acres.
Students were invited to the event to demonstrate their technical skills, workplace skills and personal skills in 103 hands-on competitions including robotics, automotive technology, drafting, criminal justice, aviation maintenance and public speaking. Industry leaders from 600 businesses, corporations, trade associations and unions planned and evaluated the contestants against their standards for entry-level workers. Industry support of the SkillsUSAChampionships is valued at over $36 million in donated time, equipment, cash and material. More than 1,100 industry judges and technical committee members participated this year.
A total of 1,122 gold, silver and bronze medals were presented to students. Many winners also received industry prizes, tools of their trade or scholarships. Skill Point Certificates were awarded in 72 occupational and leadership events to students who met a predetermined threshold score in their competition, as defined by industry. The Skill Point Certificate is a component of SkillsUSA’s assessment program for career and technical education.
“More than 6,500 students from every state in the nation participated in the 2019 SkillsUSA Championships,” said SkillsUSA executive director Tim Lawrence. “This showcase of career and technical education demonstrates our SkillsUSA partnership at its finest. Our students, instructors and industry partners work together to ensure that every student excels. This program expands learning and career opportunities for our members.”
The SkillsUSA Championships event is held annually for students in middle school, high school or college/postsecondary programs as part of the SkillsUSANational Leadership and Skills Conference. More than 360,000 students and advisors join SkillsUSA annually, organized into more than 20,000 sections and 53 state and territorial associations. The national, nonprofit partnership of students, instructors and industry is a verified talent pipeline for America’s skilled workforce that is working to help solve the skills gap.