Grand Island is home of the SkillsUSA Nebraska State Conference.
Last year, 1,592 of this state's brightest young minds participated in the conference. Students competed in 141 contests from over 100 different areas of career and technical education
Here's just a taste of some of the various competitions held: 3-D Visualization, Automotive Service Technology, Carpentry, Criminal Justice, Culinary Arts, Diesel Equipment Technology, Electrical Wiring, Interactive App and Gaming Design, Medical Math, Nurse Assisting, Precision Machining Technology, Robotics, TV Production, Web Design and Welding. There were even competitions for extemporaneous speaking, community service and job interviews.
What is SkillsUSA? It is a partnership of students, teachers and industry working together to ensure America has a skilled workforce.
Many industries today face a shortage of skilled workers, and SkillsUSA offers a way to help solve this problem. SkillsUSA complements technical skill training with instruction in the employability skills that make a well-rounded worker and citizen. It's not just about technical work, either. SkillsUSA also focuses on a student's soft skills, such as leadership, teamwork, citizenship and character development.