LEESBURG, Va. — The annual SkillsUSA Championships will take place June 24-25 at the Kentucky Exposition Center, the airport Crowne Plaza, and the Firefighting Academy in Louisville, Kentucky.

The national competition showcases public high school and college/postsecondary students enrolled in career and technical education programs. SkillsUSA organizes the annual event, which is considered one of the greatest days of industry volunteerism in America, at an estimated cost of more than $36 million. Each SkillsUSA Championships contestant is a state-level gold medalist.

Since 1967, the SkillsUSA Championships have grown from 54 competitors in three contests to more than 6,000 competitors in 100 hands-on skills and leadership contests this year. SkillsUSA adds contests to the SkillsUSA Championships to meet the demands of new and expanding occupations, and affiliated instructional programs represent 130 different occupational areas.

Formerly known as the Vocational Industrial Clubs of America (VICA), SkillsUSA is a partnership of students, teachers, and industry working together to ensure America has a skilled workforce. SkillsUSA helps each student excel.

The championships will be open to the public 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., June 25.

Publication date: 6/15/2015 

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