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Local students recognized for technical skill

Published: Tuesday, July 9, 2013 10:19 a.m. CDT

Students from Illinois high school and college technical education programs won the nation’s highest awards at the SkillsUSA National Leadership and Skills Conference. Industry leaders representing more than 1,100 businesses, corporations, trade associations and unions recognized the students for excellence in 98 hands-on occupational and leadership contests, such as robotics, criminal justice, aviation maintenance and public speaking. All contests are designed, run and judged using industry standards.

Team Q – consisting of Sabrina Gandsey, Blake Kohout and Ian Siewierski – from Kishwaukee Educational Consortium in Malta was awarded a Skill Point Certificate in Crime Scene Investigation.

Anthony Sheehan of Kirkland, a student at Kishwaukee Educational Consortium, was awarded a Skill Point Certificate in T-Shirt Design.

“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 industries are working together to ensure America has a skilled workforce and every student excels. These students prove that career and technical education expands opportunities.”

According to the U.S. Department of Education, students who take three or more career and technical education (CTE) programs in high school are more likely to attend college and stay there to graduate. And, students in CTE programs have a higher-than-average high school graduation rate.

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