BATON ROUGE, LA - Hundreds of 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. The future workforce of Louisiana will be on display at the SkillsUSA Louisiana championship competitions to be held virtually and at Central Louisiana Technical Community College, Louisiana Delta Community College and Fletcher Technical Community College during the week of April 11 – 17.
“These students are demonstrating their skill while 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 SkillsUSA Executive Director, Chelle Travis. “CTE is learning that works for America, and we are very proud of this talented group of students who are champions dedicated to excellence in their trades.”
During the competition, students will work against the clock, 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 will test competencies are set by professional industry standards.
The winners will go on to compete in the national SkillsUSA Championships this June.
A list of the categories and the schools participating this year is listed on our state SkillsUSA website: www.skillsusalouisiana.org.
SkillsUSA is a nonprofit partnership of education and industry founded in 1965 to strengthen our nation’s skilled workforce. Driven by employer demand, SkillsUSA helps students develop necessary personal and workplace skills along with technical skills grounded in academics. This SkillsUSA Framework empowers every student to succeed at work and in life, while helping to close the skills gap in which millions of positions go unfilled. Through SkillsUSA’s championships program and curricula, employers have ensured schools are teaching relevant technical skills, and with SkillsUSA’s new credentialing process, they can now assess how ready potential employees are for the job. SkillsUSA has more than 372,000 annual members nationwide in high schools, middle schools and colleges, covering over 130 trade, technical and skilled service occupations, and is recognized by the U.S. Departments of Education and Labor as integral to career and technical education. With the addition of our alumni, membership last year was 434,141. SkillsUSA receives in-kind and financial support from more than 650 national partners. We have served more than 13.6 million members since 1965. For more information: www.skillsusa.org.