They and their colleagues from other countries are the future of our shared, global skilled workforce. Having a skilled workforce is a must if we want to move forward in the United States and globally
Leesburg, VA (PRWEB) September 06, 2011
SkillsUSA, the organization that represents the United States in the WorldSkills Competition, will send 17 high school and college students to London, England, in October 2011 to compete in the 41st international event. The students will test their skills against 1,000 students representing 55 countries from around the world competing in 43 official competitions and three demonstration contests.
The competitors representing 17 skill categories are to be the official U.S. representatives at the international competition, where 5,000 international experts, delegates and judges will gather. Three thousand volunteers will be recruited to assist with the event and 150,000 student and public spectators will attend the competition at ExCeL London.
“This new American team will represent our country on the world stage as members of SkillsUSA’s WorldTeam,” said Tim Lawrence, executive director of SkillsUSA. “They and their colleagues from other countries are the future of our shared, global skilled workforce. Having a skilled workforce is a must if we want to move forward in the United States and globally.”
As the Organization for Economic Co-Operation and Development (OECD) stated in their book Learning for Jobs, “Increasingly, countries are recognizing that good initial vocational education and training has a major contribution to make to economic competitiveness.” Simon Field from OECD recently said, “the wealth of nations will come to rely more on the skills of their people than on other sources such as natural resources.”
The WorldTeam competitors earned the right to be members of WorldTeam by winning local, district and national contests under the SkillsUSA program. Competitors must be under the age of 23.
Chosen to compete in the WorldSkills International Competition to date are the following students:
- Autobody Repair – Cameron McCreery, Morgan Community College, Sterling, Colo.
- Automobile Technology – Daniel Lehmkuhl, Cuesta College, San Luis Obispo, Calif.
- Beauty Therapy – Raychel Bland, Lurleen Wallace Community College, Dothan, Ala.
- Bricklaying – Bradley Wright, Wallace Community College, Heneger, Ala.
- Cabinetmaking – Brett Ottinger, Stevens College of Technology, Lehighton, Pa.
- Cooking – Rachel Koppelman, Columbia Area Career Center, Columbia, Mo.
- CNC Milling – Joseph King, Calhoun Community College, Athens, Ala.
- CNC Turning – Maxwell Hershey, William D Ford Career Technical Center, Wayne, Mich.
- Graphic Design Technology – Victoria Brown, Del Sol High School, Las Vegas, Nev.
- Ladies’/Men’s Hairdressing – Laina Call, Ogden-Weber Applied Technology College, Ogden, Utah
- IT PC/Network Support – Matthew Vicari, South Tech Education Center, W Palm Beach, Fla.
- Offset Printing – Benjamin Phillips, C.S. Monroe Technology Center, Leesburg, Va.
- Plumbing and Heating – Ryan Spinden, Hodgson Vo-Tech, Newark, Del.
- Refrigeration and Air Conditioning – John Huhn, Paul M. Hodgson Vo-Tech, Bear, Del.
- Restaurant Service – Melissa Rubincan, Delcastle Technical High School, Wilmington, Del.
- Web Design – Brett Patterson, Tennessee Tech Center at Harriman, Lansing, Tenn
- Welding – Bradley Clink, Washtenaw Community College, Saline, Mich.
To date, the following sponsors have generously provided financial and/or in-kind support to SkillsUSA WorldTeam: 3M, Advanced Tech Center (Va.), Air Products, American Welding Society, Automotive Service Excellence (ASE), Bay Path RVTHS (Mass.), Carpenters’ District Council of Greater St. Louis, Center of Applied Tech. North (Md.), Chrysler, LLC, Cisco Systems Inc., Cuesta College (Calif.), Culinary Institute of America, Deere and Company, DRS Marlo Coil, Ferris State University (Mich.), E & E Manufacturing, General Motors Corp., Heidelberg, Heritage College (Mo.), Hodgson Vo-Tech (Del.), Hunter Engineering, The Kenny Family Foundation, Lincoln Electric Co., Lowe’s, Mary Motz Area Technical Center, Miller Electric Mfg., National Auto Service Technical Committee, National Welding Technical Committee, Navajo Tech College (N.M.), Optima Worldwide, Pivot Point International, Pittsburg State University (Kan.), Professional Tech Ed Center (Idaho), Raytheon, Romeo Engineering and Tech (Mich.), Snap-on Tools Inc., Stanley Community College (N.C.), Toyota Motor Sales U.S.A. Inc., United Association of Journeymen and Apprentices of the Plumbing and Pipefitting Industry, Warren Occ. Tech Center (Colo.) and William D. Ford Career Technical Center (Mich.).
SkillsUSA is a national organization of students, teachers and industry, working together to ensure America has a skilled work force. SkillsUSA helps high school and college students enrolled in career and technical education programs to excel by teaching employability skills such as communication, problem solving and leadership in conjunction with their trade, technical and service occupations skills. The association’s annual membership exceeds 300,000 students and instructors in more than 4,000 schools and colleges in every state, three territories and the District of Columbia. For more information, visit http://www.skillsusa.org.
For more information about the upcoming WorldSkills International Competition, visit http://www.worldskillslondon2011.com. For information about SkillsUSA, contact Tom Holdsworth at 703-737-0607, THoldsworth(at)skillsusa(dot)org or Jane Short at 703-737-0612, jshort(at)skillsusa(dot)org.