Students from a Bangor-area high school and a college technical education programs won the nation’s highest awards at the SkillsUSA National Leadership and Skills Conference. They are:
• Garrett Carlson of Hermon, a student at United Technologies Center in Bangor, was awarded the high school gold medal in the First Aid-CPR category. He also received a Skill Point Certificate.
• Joshua Cote of Levant, a student at Eastern Maine Community College in Bangor, was awarded the college/postsecondary gold medal in First Aid-CPR. Cote also received a Skill Point Certificate.
Also earning Skill Point Certificates were:
• Jacob Beaulier of Winterport. a student at United Technologies Center, for computer
• Kendrick McCarthy of Bangor, a student at United Technologies Center, for firefighting.
• Mitchell Currie of Old Town, a student at Eastern Maine Community College, carpentry.
• Ryan Reagon of Hermon, a student at United Technologies Center, carpentry.
• Trevor Bowden of Bucksport, a student at Eastern Maine Community College, cabinetmaking.
Industry leaders representing more than 600 businesses, corporations, trade associations and unions recognized the students for their demonstrated excellence in 99 hands-on occupational and leadership contests, such as robotics, criminal justice, aviation maintenance and public speaking.
Top student winners received gold, silver and bronze medallions. Many also received prizes such as tools of their trade and-or scholarships to further their careers and education. The
In addition, high scorers in the contests received Skill Point Certificates. The Skill Point Certificate was awarded in 86 occupational and leadership areas to students who achieved a high score defined by industry.
Industry support of the SkillsUSA Championships is valued at more than $36 million in donated time, equipment, cash and material. All contests are run and judged by industry experts using industry standards for employment. Contests assess hands-on, employability and academic skills.
The SkillsUSA Work Force Ready System was developed as an extension of the SkillsUSA mission and supported by a grant from the W.K. Kellogg Foundation. The System recognizes students for excellence in occupational training; it assesses and documents the entry-level technical proficiency and cumulative experiences of candidates. For information about the
SkillsUSA Work Force Ready System, visit workforcereadysystem.com.