Students from Around New Mexico Competing in SkillsUSA Friday at CNM

March 31, 2015 -- More than 625 high school and college students from across the state will converge on CNM campuses April 10 to put their skills to the test in the 2015 SkillsUSA State Leadership & Skills Conference. About 70 of the competitors will be CNM students.
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There will be 66 contests with 50 of them skilled trades and technical fields such as automotive repair, carpentry, masonry, culinary arts, welding, videography, photography, cosmetology and architectural/technical drafting. Sixteen are leadership contests, including job interview, prepared speech, extemporaneous speaking and job skill demonstration.

Gold medal winners in each event will advance to the National SkillsUSA Championships in Louisville, Ky, June 22-27, which is the largest showcase of career technical education students in the country.

At the national championships, more than 6,000 outstanding CTE students ––all state contest winners –– will compete hands-on in 100 different trade, technical and leadership fields. Students work against the clock and each other, proving their expertise in occupations such as electronics, computer-aided drafting, precision machining, medical assisting and culinary arts. The philosophy of the championships is to reward students for excellence, to involve industry in directly evaluating student performance and to keep training relevant to employers’ needs.

Contests are run with the help of industry, trade associations and labor organizations, and test competencies are set by industry.

SkillsUSA is a partnership among industry, teachers and students with the ultimate goal of preparing the next generation of students to excel in the country’s workforce, said Sharon Gordon-Moffett, director of Service Learning and SkillsUSA at CNM. SkillsUSA serves more than 300,000 students nationally each year

The New Mexico contests will be run with the help of 250 industry judges. Test competencies are set by industry. Besides CNM, a handful of competitions will be held at other locations in Albuquerque, including Lowe’s, Grand Canyon University and Crowne Plaza Hotel. Leadership competitions will be held on Thursday, April 9, along with opening ceremonies at the conference hotel. The awards ceremony will be Saturday morning April 11.