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Kaskaskia College Career and Technical Education Students Attend National SkillsUSA Conference and Skill Competition

In June, eight Career and Technical Educational students competed nationally at the SkillsUSA Conference and Skill Competition held in Kansas City, MO.  Several national recognitions along with one medal were earned.

The students and advisors earning the national recognitions include:

Cody Gill, Hoffman, 3rd place, bringing home the Bronze medal in Criminal Justice; Professor Kenneth Ingersoll of Centralia is the advisor.  Cody also earned the Skill Point certificate recognizing the value of SkillsUSA Work Force Ready System,

Michael “Colton” White, Centralia, earned 4th place in Computer Programming, Michael also earned the Skill Point certificate recognizing the value of SkillsUSA Work Force Ready System.  Professors Angenien Huffstutler of Carlyle and Jon Boehning of O’Fallon are the advisors,

Kenneth Michael, Salem, earned 6th place in Computer Maintenance Technology; Professors Angenien Huffstutler of Carlyle and Jon Boehning of O’Fallon are the advisors,

Brian Winnett, Salem, earned 8th place in Technical Computer Applications/Network Administration.  Brian earned the Skill Point certificate recognizing the value of SkillsUSA Work Force Ready System.  Professors Angenien Huffstutler of Carlyle and Jon Boehning of O’Fallon are the advisors,

The team of Kelsey Knott, Carlyle and Brianna Holtz, Breeze earned 10th place in Nail Care; Professor Kelli Malone of Germantown is the advisor.  

Jonathon Beavers, Carlyle, earned 12th place in Cosmetology; Professor Chris Browne of Columbia is the advisor. Jonathon also earned the Skill Point certificate recognizing the value of SkillsUSA Work Force Ready System,

Josh Sloat, Centralia, earned recognition in Carpentry; Professor Pete Donnelly of Centralia is the advisor.   

These students and advisors earned the privilege of representing Illinois as competitors at the 49th National Leadership and Skills Conference sponsored by SkillsUSA. The eight students earned the right to compete at the national level when they earned first place in their technical areas at the Illinois SkillsUSA Championships this spring in Springfield, IL.

Nationally, more than 300,000 students and advisors join SkillsUSA annually, organized into more than 17,000 sections and 52 state and territorial associations. Combining alumni and lifetime membership, the total number impacted this year is more than 335,000. SkillsUSA has served more than 11.2 million members since its founding in 1965.

SkillsUSA's mission is to help its members become world-class workers, leaders and responsible American citizens.

SkillsUSA is an applied method of instruction for preparing America’s high performance workers in public career and technical programs. It provides quality education experiences for students in leadership, teamwork, citizenship and character development. It builds and reinforces self-confidence, work attitudes and communications skills. It emphasizes total quality at work—high ethical standards, superior work skills, life-long education, and pride in the dignity of work. SkillsUSA also promotes understanding of the free-enterprise system and involvement in community service.

More than 16,000 teachers and school administrators served as professional SkillsUSA members and advisors.  More than 1,100 business, industry and labor sponsors actively support SkillsUSA at the national level through financial aid, in-kind contributions, and involvement of their people in SkillsUSA activities. Many more work directly with state associations and local chapters.

SkillsUSA programs include local, state and national competitions in which high school and college-level students demonstrate occupational and leadership skills. At the annual national-level SkillsUSA Championships, more than 5,900 students competed in 98 occupational and leadership skill areas.   

SkillsUSA programs also help to establish industry standards for job skill training in the lab and classroom, and promote community service. SkillsUSA is recognized by the U.S. Department of Education and is cited as a "successful model of employer-driven youth development training program" by the U.S. Department of Labor.

The SkillsUSA Work Force Ready System is a comprehensive tool to help document students’ entry-level skills as defined by industry and accepted by state education policy. Developed under a W.K. Kellogg Foundation grant, the Work Force Ready System features 47 industry-driven assessments.

Please join us in congratulating our students!​ 



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