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Sussex Tech students honored at national SkillsUSA conference

Jul 14, 2014

Students from Sussex Technical High School earned high honors at the SkillsUSA National Leadership and Skills Conference held recently in Kansas City, Mo.

Team Q, consisting of Matt Rogers, Billy Voges, Zach Zellhart and Meredith Husar, was awarded the high school silver medal in Broadcast News Production. Industry leaders representing over 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.

Top student winners received gold, silver and bronze medallions. Many also received prizes such as tools of their trade and/or scholarships to further their careers and education. The SkillsUSA Championships are for high school and college-level students who are members of SkillsUSA.

In addition, the team received received Skill Point Certificates. Skill Point Certificates were introduced in 2009 as a component of the SkillsUSA Work Force Ready System.

"Over 6,000 students from every state in the nation came to compete in the SkillsUSA Championships this week," 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 www.workforcereadysystem.com.

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