SkillsUSA helping students pursue career and technical education

Missouri students get the opportunity to showcase their technical and career skills and knowledge at a SkillsUSA district competition. (KTVO:Riley Fannon)

A poll by USA Today says, 33 percent of employers have unfilled job openings because they can’t find applicants with the necessary skills.

To combat that, SkillsUSA, a partnership of students, teachers and industry provide educational programs, events and competitions that support career and technical education.

One of those competitions was held Friday morning at the Kirksville Area Technical Center.

By holding these district competitions, SkillsUSA assess student skill development with a strategy of awareness, demonstration and mastery.

Friday’s event was broken into three groups: skilled events like auto collision repair, health events including first aid/CPR and leadership events like mock job interviews.

Kalee Durham, president of the K-A-T-C chapter and member of three years, explained how these skills benefit the areas students.

It’s really helpful, because it helps you in the long run. Being able to do any type of skill. Whether it’s communication, teamwork or professionalism.

With over 350,000 members working and learning in 130 different titles it is an organization that works.

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics a quarter of America’s entire workforce are employed in one of the 130 titles SkillsUSA offers.

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