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Local student honored at annual SkillsUSA workforce development event

LOUISVILLE, Ky. — Samuel JijonBacilio,  a student at A.L. Brown High School, won one of the nation’s highest awards at the 2016 SkillsUSA Championships, held in Louisville, Ky., on June 22-23. More than 6,000 students competed at the national showcase of career and technical education. The SkillsUSA Championships is the largest skill competition in the world and covers 1.2 million square feet, equivalent to 19 football fields or 25 acres.

Students were invited to the event to demonstrate their technical skills, workplace skills and personal skills in 100 hands-on occupational and leadership competitions including robotics, automotive technology, drafting, criminal justice, aviation maintenance and public speaking. Industry leaders from 600 businesses, corporations, trade associations and unions planned and evaluated the contestants against their standards for entry-level workers. Industry support of the SkillsUSA Championships is valued at over $36 million in donated time, equipment, cash and material. More than 1,700 industry judges and technical committee members participated this year.

Skill Point Certificates were awarded in 86 occupational and leadership areas to students who met a predetermined threshold score in their competition, as defined by industry. The Skill Point Certificate is a component of the SkillsUSA Work Force Ready System, a national assessment program for career and technical education.

JijonBacilio was awarded a Skill Point Certificate in Culinary Arts.

“More than 6,000 students from every state in the nation participated in the SkillsUSA Championships this week,” said SkillsUSA Executive Director Tim Lawrence. “This showcase of career and technical education demonstrates our SkillsUSA partnership at its finest. Our students, instructors and industry partners work together to ensure that every student excels. This program expands learning and career opportunities for our members.”

The SkillsUSA Championships event is held annually for students in middle school, high school or college/postsecondary programs as part of the SkillsUSA National Leadership and Skills Conference. More than 300,000 students and advisors join SkillsUSA annually, organized into more than 18,000 sections and 52 state and territorial associations.  The national, nonprofit partnership of students, instructors and industry is a verified talent pipeline for America’s skilled workforce that is working to help solve the skills gap.

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