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July 5, 2014

Local students awarded at SkillsUSA competition

— Three local students recently received national awards at the SkillsUSA National Leadership and Skills Conference in Kansas City, Mo.

Industry leaders representing more than 600 businesses, corporations, trade associations and unions recognized the students for their demonstrated excellence in 99 hands-on occupational and leadership contests, such as robotics, criminal justice, aviation maintenance and public speaking.

All contests are designed, run and judged by industry using industry standards.

High scorers in the contests received Skill Point Certificates. The Skill Point Certificate was awarded in 86 occupational and leadership areas to students who achieved a high score defined by industry.

Those who received awards include:

• Jessica J Avila, from Athens and a student at Limestone Career Technology Center, was awarded the high school silver medal in Esthetics;

• Kenneth Hampton, from Athens and a student at Limestone Career Technology Center, was awarded the high school silver medal in Computer Programming;

• Matthew Pittenger, from Athens and a student at Limestone Career Technology Center, was awarded a Skill Point Certificate in Computer Maintenance Technology.

“Over 6,000 students from every state in the nation came to compete in the  SkillsUSA Championships," said SkillsUSA Executive Director Tim  Lawrence. “This is the SkillsUSA partnership at its best. Students, instructors and industry representatives are working together to ensure America has a skilled workforce and every student excels. These students prove that career and technical education expands opportunities.”

The SkillsUSA Work Force Ready System was developed as an extension of the  SkillsUSA mission and supported by a grant from the W.K. Kellogg Foundation. The System recognizes students for excellence in occupational training; it assesses and documents the entry-level technical proficiency and cumulative experiences of candidates.

For more information about the SkillsUSA Work Force Ready System, visit

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