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VIDEO: SkillsUSA Competition Comes to Atlanta at Annual Leadership, Skills Conference

Wed July 05, 2023 - National Edition #14
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SkillsUSA held its 59th annual National Leadership & Skills Conference and TECHSPO Expo June 19-23, 2023, in Atlanta, Ga.

An estimated 15,000 students, teachers, education leaders and representatives from 650 national corporations, trade associations, businesses and labor unions participated. The conference is designed to provide students with career and technical education.

The annual SkillsUSA Championships portion of the event consisted of 110 hands-on skill and leadership competitions.

The conference provides students, their families and industry professionals to meet and discuss career opportunities.

"The interesting part of this event is that the students competing have brought their families here, so we're getting engagement from the younger individuals that have operated this equipment or simulators, as well as their family members, too," said Mark Wallace of Gregory Poole Equipment, based in Raleigh, N.C. "Not only are the students doing their tests, learning and competing, the parents are seeing the passion of their kids for particular skills in our industry."

Chris Dysart of BuildingPoints Southeast, based in Charlotte, N.C., was at the Trimble exhibit working non-stop with SkillsUSA competitors and their families providing information on Trimble construction management technology. Dysart has a passion for this competition because he was a SkillsUSA competitor for all four years of his high school career and even served as Georgia State Vice President of SkillsUSA.

"In high school, I competed in architectural design and drafting," he said. "Ever since, I've been wanting and have succeeded in getting Trimble involved in this. The competition and the show have been excellent. It's always fun coming back to this every year to see the growth. It's a great organization that needs to be publicized more. These students are the people we need. These are the hard workers we need for our company. Other companies come here that never knew this existed and they find talented workers."

SkillsUSA is a partnership of students, teachers and industry working together to ensure America has a skilled workforce. SkillsUSA helps each student excel by providing educational programs, events and competitions that support career and technical education in the nation's classrooms.

For more information, visit www.skillsusa.org. CEG

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Having rolled in with an ECR25 electric mini-excavator and an L20 electric wheel loader, Volvo was able to have an indoor operator challenge for those who wanted to test their operating abilities.
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Representing Kiewit Corporation, Brad Kulac and Leigh Armstrong walk the competition floor looking for talented prospects for their engineering and construction divisions. 
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(L-R): Ryan McCord, Michael Ortigoza and Taylor Carter of Brasfield & Gorrie — Atlanta and Birmingham representatives —worked the TECHSPO booth, discussing their company’s career opportunities. 
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A SkillsUSA competitor takes his timed test on a Caterpillar 415 backhoe.
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The high school students who competed came from over the United States.
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JCB drew a lot of interest with its display of the unique 3TS-8T teleskid and the fully electric JCB 505-20E telehandler.
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(L-R): John Deere’s Travis Heck, David Bostic and Jason Kinzey were busy providing information to the SkillsUSA competitors about Deere ag and construction industry careers.
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Representing Caterpillar, Mark Wallace (L) of Gregory Poole Equipment, based in Raleigh, N.C., provides an attendee with some pointers on the Cat training simulator for a 336 excavator.
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Touting the Cummins service training programs and showcasing some of their engine technologies (L-R) are David Taylor, Bethann Padget and Jason Knoke.
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Enjoying the competitions and awaiting the next contestant for the Komatsu machine simulator (L-R) are Komatsu America’s Trey Shoemaker, Becky Dabbs and Jessica Ford.
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(L-R): Vermeer representatives including Bruce Daniel of Vermeer Southeast, Buford, Ga., and Brently Beall and Zachary Koder of Vermeer Corporation had their hydraulic concepts training system, which is used by the company’s technicians, to show SkillsUSA competitors the level of training and curriculum they will receive from Vermeer.
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Chris Dysart (L) of BuildingPoints Southeast, based in Charlotte, N.C., provides information on some of the newest Trimble hardware and software for the construction industry.(CEG photo)
(L-R): Todd Johnson, Quinton Tetik and Kevin Gragg, all of Ditch Witch, Perry, Okla., discuss opportunities for their SkillsUSA guests.
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