Students prepare for SkillsUSA conference themed ‘Champions at work, job-ready day one’

skills photoRUTLAND—Seven local high school students are busy preparing for the 54th annual National Leadership and Skills Conference, hosted by Virginia-based SkillsUSA in Louisville, Ky., June 25-29.

SkillsUSA is a career training organization that recognizes promising students in the trades, technical fields, and service professions.

The theme for this year is “Champions at work, job-ready day one.”

Students will produce displays, promotional bulletin boards and prepared speeches addressing the theme in their respective fields.

Noah Logan and Johnathan Urbani, both of Rutland High School attending Stafford Technical Center’s STEM program, will compete in Additive Manufacturing at the SkillsUSA competition. 

Other Stafford students who will travel to the competition include Caden Curtis (Rutland High School) and Levi Tarbell (Mill River UHS). They will compete with two other career tech ed students from St. Johnsbury in the Teamworks competition. The team  will need to combine construction, plumbing, masonry and electricity in their competition.

Competing in firefighting will be Anthony Petrossi (Mill River UHS) who attends Stafford’s public safety program. James Mars (Poultney HS) will represent Vermont in the plumbing category. 

Rutland’s Matthew Rock, who won two gold medals at the state level, will compete in medical math at the national level.

SkillsUSA empowers its members to become world-class workers, leaders and responsible American citizens through the development of personal, workplace and technical skills grounded in academics.Endorsed by the U.S. Dept. of Education, Skills-USA is dedicated to closing the skills gap in the next generation of U.S. workers. SkillsUSA serves more than 335,000 students and instructors annually. Over 6,000 contestants are expected at the national conference and competition.

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Noah Logan, left and Johnathan Urbani , both of Rutland High School and attending Stafford Technical Center’s STEM program, pose with their state level gold medals. They  are now preparing to compete in the Additive Manufacturing at the SkillsUSA competition in Louisville, Ky., June 25-29.

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