The Association of Equipment Manufacturers has teamed up with SkillsUSA, a partnership of students, teachers and industry representatives, to help provide America with a skilled and developed workforce. The partnership began with AEM and SkillUSA's mutual respect for each organization's commitment to be a solution to the skills gap, grow interest in skilled and technical trades, dispel stereotypes, as well as ensure all students are both college and career ready.

Two JCB apprentices won first place in the mechatronics division at the recent SkillsUSA national championships. Anthony Smith and Victor De La Cruz were tested in practical skills in pneumatic technology, electrical systems, mechanical systems and general automation techniques.

Volvo Construction Equipment (Volvo CE) celebrated the exceptional performance of its welding fabrication engineering intern, Natalie Rhoades, during the SkillsUSA 2018 Championship season. The 20-year-old student was part of an all-female welding fabrication team from the Pennsylvania College of Technology that won gold at both district and state levels in Pennsylvania.

SkillsUSA Pennsylvania held its annual state competition on April 19, 2018. Highway Equipment & Supply Co. provided Volvo heavy construction equipment (HCE) for the HCE operators competition at Fort Indiantown Gap in Annville, Pa., and a Volvo excavator for the electrical diagnosis station of the diesel technology competition at the Lebanon Fairgrounds, in Lebanon, Pa.

The mikeroweWORKS Foundation has contributed $50,000 to a SkillsUSA scholarship fund for students competing in the world's largest showcase of career and technical education at the 2018 National Leadership and Skills Conference in Louisville, Ky. This is the eighth consecutive year that the mikeroweWORKS Foundation has offered travel scholarships to SkillsUSA members who compete and place first in their state's SkillsUSA Championships but face a financial challenge in going on to the national event.

The SkillsUSA WorldTeam received four Medallions of Excellence in the WorldSkills Competition Oct. 14-19. SkillsUSA represents the United States and sent a team of 11 to Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, to compete in 10 skill categories during the 44th biennial event.

The SkillsUSA WorldTeam traveled to our nation's capital Sept. 12 to meet top officials at the U.S. Department of Education. The team will represent the United States at the upcoming WorldSkills Competition Oct. 14 to 19 in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates.

Volvo Construction Equipment (Volvo CE) is continuing its support for the construction industry and helping to address the skills gap. Over the summer, Volvo CE donated an excavator to support operator training programs at Pennsylvania College of Technology, and participated in SkillsUSA and Skills Comp├ętences Canada's annual competitions.

The Lift & Move USA program will promote careers in the crane, rigging and specialized transport industry to thousands of students and teachers at SkillsUSA's annual conference in Louisville, Ky., on June 19 to 23. An estimated 7,000 students and 5,000 teachers will attend the organization's annual National Leadership and Skills Conference in Louisville, providing an ideal opportunity for Lift & Move USA to promote the industry and its program of events.