Congratulations to the 187 SkillsUSA Utah student members who competed at the 2016 SkillsUSA National Leadership and Skills Conference last week. The SkillsUSA Championships had over 6,200 competitors in 100 hands-on skill and leadership contests. SkillsUSA adds contests to the SkillsUSA Championships each year to meet the demands of new and expanding occupations. SkillsUSA instructional programs represent 130 different occupational areas. More than 100 Utah advisors, administrators, parents, and family members observed SkillsUSA Utah members compete in 78 contests.
“Our SkillsUSA Championships showcases the best students in the nation. This is a 36 million dollar investment that will cover 20 football fields of floor space. That’s more than 24 acres. In fact, this is the largest national skills competition in the world. There will be over 6,000 competitors in 100 contests. And, our partners have invested over 60,000 volunteer hours to make this week happen,” said Tim Lawrence, Executive Director, SkillsUSA.
SkillsUSA Utah Medals: By the Numbers
Secondary SkillsUSA Utah Student Members
14 national medalists
> 6 gold medalists
> 2 silver medalists
> 6 bronze medalists
Postsecondary SkillsUSA Utah Student Members
38 national medalists
> 16 gold medalists
> 16 silver medalists
> 6 bronze medalists
At the conference, Utah ranked 6th in medals (52 total medals) received for any one state. Students competed with a high-level of skill, determination, and concentration, representing the state of Utah, their high school, and SkillsUSA Utah extremely well.
SkillsUSA Championships: By the Numbers
> 36 million total in-kind industry and education contributions (This includes donated time, equipment and materials.)
> 1.2 million square feet of contest area—equivalent to the area of 20 football fields or 24 acres.
> 58,840 total volunteer hours during the week (This includes technical committee members, courtesy corps, national education team, judges and alumni.)
> 6,200 contestants
> 1,100 contest judges from business and labor
> 1,080 awards: gold, silver, and bronze medals and more than 480 recognition awards
> 654 contest technical committee members
> 100 contests
> 64 skilled and technical sciences contests
> 18 leadership development contests
> 11 occupationally related contests
> 7 demonstration contests
The SkillsUSA Championships requires a massive amount of equipment and materials, including:
> 9,500 bricks
> 7,000 lunches served to competitors and judges
> 1,500 blocks
> 1,000 computers
> 50 trucks
> 60 stoves, and complete laboratories for machining, welding, auto repair and painting.
The cost of electricity usage for the 2015 SkillsUSA NLSC totaled over $150,000 (combined electric bill and in-kind services).
The SkillsUSA Championships is the national competition for public middle-school, high-school, and college/postsecondary students enrolled in Career and Technical Education programs. SkillsUSA organizes this event, which is considered the largest skill contest in the world and the single greatest day of industry volunteerism in America.