The winners of the annual SkillsUSA Championships were announced Friday evening, June 27, at the Awards Ceremony of SkillsUSA National Leadership and Skills Conference. The Conference was held June 23 – June 27, 2014, at the Municipal Auditorium, the Kemper Arena, H. Roe Bartle Hall, the downtown Marriott and the downtown Crowne Plaza in Kansas City, Missouri. Over 6,000 outstanding students joined in the excitement of hands‑on competition in 99 different trade, technical, and leadership fields.

Wisconsin career and technical education students medaled in the following disciplines:

– Advertising Design

– Architectural Design

– Automated Manufacturing Technology

– Cabinetmaking

– CNC Milling

– Electrical Construction Wiring

– Entrepreneurship

– Marine Service Technology

– Motorcycle Service Technology

Working against the clock and each other, the participants proved their expertise in job skills for occupations such as electronics, technical drafting, precision machining, medical assisting and culinary arts. There were also competitions in leadership skills, such as extemporaneous speaking and conducting meetings by parliamentary procedures.

Gold medalists from Wisconsin included: 

– Automated Manufacturing Technology: High School – Team P (David Butts, Evan Yoakum, Nicholas Quandt), Watertown High School

– Automated Manufacturing Technology: College/Post Secondary – Team J (Joel Benson, Jon Kunkel, Scott Neperud) Madison Area Tech College

– Cabinetmaking: College/Post Secondary – Austin J. Cooper, WITC Rice Lake

– Electrical Construction Wiring: High School – Kyle Baranczyk, Pulaski High School

– Marine Service Technology: College / Post Secondary – Daniel Cunningham, WITC New Richmond

“Seeing young people passionate about the trades and technical fields is exciting,” said Buckley Brinkman, Executive Director / CEO, Wisconsin Manufacturing Extension Partnership (WMEP). “These are the young people smart manufacturers in Wisconsin will be seeking out.”

A complete list of winners is available online. Go to: http://skillsusa-register.org/rpts/EventMedalists.aspx

SkillsUSA is the national organization for students in trade, industrial, technical and health occupations education. It sponsors the SkillsUSA Championships annually to recognize the achievements of career and technical education students and to encourage them to strive for excellence and pride in their chosen occupations.

The contests are planned by technical committees made up of representatives of labor and management and are designed to test the skills needed for a successful entry‑level performance in given occupational fields. Safety practices and procedures – an area of great concern to labor and management alike – are judged and graded and constitute a portion of a contestant’s score. A short video about the National Leadership and Skills Conference is available online at http://www.skillsusa.org/events/nlsc.shtml

SkillsUSA helps students discover and grow their career passions. As a nationwide partnership of students, instructors and industry working together, SkillsUSA works to ensure America has a skilled workforce. It helps every student excel. The nationwide career and technical education (CTE) student organization serves more than 300,000 high school, college and postsecondary students—and their instructors—in technical, skilled, and service occupation instructional programs. CTE is learning that works for America. SkillsUSA has the active support of more than 600 corporations, trade associations, business and labor unions at the national level. Over 11.6 million people have been annual members of SkillsUSA since its founding as The Vocational Industrial Clubs of America in 1965. SkillsUSA programs teach leadership, citizenship and character development to complement technical skill training. The organization emphasizes respect for the dignity of work, ethics, workmanship, scholarship and safety.