Students from technical schools across Minnesota recently showed the world how much they have learned at the 45th Annual SkillsUSA State Leadership and Skills Championship Conference in Bloomington, Northland’s NewsCenter reported.
SkillsUSA is focused on helping technical students thrive and ensuring that the country has a well-trained workforce, according to the nonprofit organization’s website.
During this event, which ran from March 23 through 25, students competed with others enrolled in technical training schools throughout Minnesota for a chance to attend the National Leadership and Skills Conference in Kansas City, Missouri at the end of June.
Some of the students who participated in the weekend event came from Mesabi Range Community and Technical College. One group of attendees was made up of members from the school’s welding club. They used their talents to put together a chapter display they felt promoted the timber, taconite and tourism industries of Minnesota’s Iron Range region.
Billy Pocrnich, one of the students involved with the project, told the news source they pretty much had free reign in terms of how they chose to represent their chapter at the conference.
"We are given a set of instructions that we are supposed to follow," Pocrnich said. "A certain height, a certain width, a certain depth. We can come up with any kind of idea that we want to represent our chapter up here."
The National Leadership and Skills Conference will run from June 25 through 27 and is expected to bring out more than 15,000 participants, according to SkillsUSA’s website.
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