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SkillsUSA Championship & State Conference Brings $1.4 Million Economic Impact

03/31/2011 2:24 PM -

SkillsUSA Championship & State Conference
Brings $1.4 Million Economic Impact to the City

March 31 - April 2, 2011

Nearly 6,000 students from across the State of Texas are traveling to Corpus Christi this week for their annual state competition.  Students enrolled in career and technical courses compete in hands on events in over 150 different trade, technical, and leadership fields. Students work against the clock and each other competing in events such as computer aided drafting, cosmetology, criminal justice, automotive design, automotive collision repair and restoration, computer maintenance, and culinary arts. 

Lowe's Charitable and Educational Foundation awarded a grant to Texas Association of SkillsUSA to support its 2011 state-level construction trades competitive event, TeamWorks.  This state event requires a team of four to build a joint project in six hours or less, demonstrating their preparation for employment in residential construction.  Team members must analyze a project drawing, write an action plan, give a presentation and demonstrate their ability to work as a team, performing skills in residential carpentry, plumbing, electricity and masonry.  Teams are also judged on cleanliness of the jobsite, timeliness of completing the project and proper inventory of tools and equipment.  Ten teams of high school students are expected to participate in this event competing for gold, silver, and bronze medallions and industry awards.  The 1st Place Winner of this state competition will advance to the national competition in Kansas City, MO.

Del Mar College serves as an off site contest location for criminal justice, crime scene investigation, firefighting, aviation mechanics and felony crime stop.  The Craft Training Center of the Coastal Bend will also host welding, electrical, plumbing, carpentry, and masonry skills contests.  All contests are supervised and coordinated with the aid of industry, trade associations and labor organizations.  All contest regulations are held to current industry standards used in the work place.  In addition, leadership contestants compete in events such as extemporaneous speaking, parliamentary procedure, customer service and job interview. 

The Texas SkillsUSA conference has been held in Corpus Christi since 2007 and will return for the next four years through 2015.  According to Janet Conner, Executive Director of  SkillsUSA, Texas Association,  "the group returns year after year to Corpus Christi because it is a good draw for the students and advisers and because they like the hospitality and support from the community, businesses and schools."  Keith Arnold, CEO of the Corpus Christi CVB says, "this is the kind of group ideal for Corpus Christi and we need to do everything possible as a community to welcome them, in this year of record breaking attendance."   In reference to our standardized industry calculation of room nights and average spending, those attending the SkillsUSA conference are estimated to bring an economic impact of $1.4 million dollars to Corpus Christi.

SkillsUSA is a national partnership of students, teachers, and industry, working together to ensure America has a skilled workforce.  SkillsUSA chapters helps students who are preparing for careers in technical, skilled, and service occupations.  SkillsUSA has more than 280,000 students and instructors as members nationwide. SkillsUSA Texas alone has over 13,000 students and instructors.  SkillsUSA Texas can also be found on Facebook at www.facebook.com/skillsusatexas and on Twitter at www.twitter.com/skillsusatexas.

For more information, please call Adrian Hernandez at (214) 476-4036 or Crystal Smith at (214) 405-2896.

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