ClarkDietrich® has renewed its support of the SkillsUSA® Championships, an annual competition showcasing the accomplishments of career and technical education students throughout the country. The company provided a number of steel framing systems for two of this year’s SkillsUSA construction trade competitions, which were held in June at the Kentucky Exposition Center in Louisville, Kentucky.
As a part of the championship event, more than 6,500 career and technical education students, all state contest winners, competed in 103 different trade, technical, and leadership fields. Students worked against the clock and each other, proving their expertise in occupations such as electronics, computer-aided drafting, precision machining, medical assisting, and culinary arts. Contests are run with the help of industry, trade associations, and labor organizations, and test competencies are set by the industry.
ClarkDietrich provided its ProSTUD® Drywall Framing System, as well as connectors from its Clip Express™ business for competitions in the carpentry and teamworks categories. The championship event was part of the 55th annual National Leadership and Skills Conference, a showcase of career and technical education students. More than 19,000 people, including students, teachers, and business partners, participated in the weeklong event. The philosophy of the championships is to reward students for excellence, involving the industry in directly evaluating student performance, and to keep training as relevant to employers’ needs as possible, preparing them for real-life scenarios they will face in their future jobs.