Local students recognized for technical skill

Students fromIllinois high school and college technical education programs won thenation’s highest awards at the SkillsUSA National Leadership and SkillsConference. Industry leaders representing more than 1,100 businesses,corporations, trade associations and unions recognized the students forexcellence in 98 hands-on occupational and leadershipcontests, such as robotics, criminal justice, aviation maintenance andpublic 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 PointCertificate in Crime Scene Investigation.

Anthony Sheehan of Kirkland, a student at Kishwaukee EducationalConsortium, was awarded a Skill Point Certificate in T-ShirtDesign.

“Over 6,000 students from every state in the nation came to compete in theSkillsUSA Championships this week,” said SkillsUSA Executive Director TimLawrence. “This is the SkillsUSA partnership at its best. Students,instructors and industries are working together to ensure America has askilled workforce and every student excels. These students prove thatcareer and technical education expands opportunities.”

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