SkillsUSA is a national-level competition for public high school and college/postsecondary technical students enrolled in career and technical education programs. More than 5,000 career and technical education students — all state contest winners — will compete in occupations like construction, plumbing, computer-aided drafting, precision machining, automotive service technology and broadcast news production. All contests are run with the help of industry, trade associations, and labor organizations, and test competencies are set by industry. In addition, leadership contestants demonstrate skills including extemporaneous speaking and conducting meetings by parliamentary procedure.
“Our team will be competing in the TeamWorks construction competition,” said Barry Arrington, construction teacher at AHS and the team adviser. “They will be assigned to build a project incorporating carpentry, masonry, plumbing and electrical skills. Last year, they had to build an 8 [feet] by 9 [feet] laundry room and we finished ninth. We want to win this year or at least make it to the podium.”
Arrington said the team originally needed to raise $6,000 to make the trip, but they have earned about $4,000 from fundraisers, donations and some SkillsUSA scholarship funds.
The team turned to state Rep. Christian Coomer, whose district includes Adairsville, for help in acquiring the rest of the funds.
“SkillsUSA is part of a broader career emphasis,” Coomer said. “Not every child will go on to be a doctor or a lawyer or an engineer, but every child can be taught marketable skills that will make them viable, contributing members of the workforce. These skills gives our students an edge when they enter the workforce.
“This is a very worthwhile project, and I urge you to do whatever you can to encourage these students by helping them to compete in the National Championship. Our own local Lowe’s center was so impressed with one of last year’s TeamWorks graduates that they hired him right after the competition. That’s a goal we can all appreciate and support.”
For more information on how you can help, call Coomer’s office at 770-383-9171.