LIT to host SkillsUSA competition for high school students

LIT to host SkillsUSA competition for high school students

Hundreds of District 7 area, junior and senior high school students are expected to converge on the campus of Lamar Institute of Technology on Fri., Feb. 16, and Sat., Feb. 17, to compete in the local SkillsUSA Championships in various subjects.

Skilled/ technical sciences and occupational testing will be on Friday, according to Patrick O’Connor, Technology Department Chair and Instructor. Leadership development skills will be tested on Saturday morning, he said. There will be separate tests for beginning and advanced students, some of which will be written and others, hands-on.

Among the subjects being tested are: Automotive; Ad Design, Website Design, Photography; Audio/ Visual/ Radio/ Cinema Production; Engineering, Drafting; Information Technology, Computer Applications; Criminal Justice, Forensics; Firefighting; Diesel Equipment and Technology; Welding, Art Sculpture Welding, Fabrication; Health, CPR, Medical Assisting, Medical Math and Technology. Testing will take place at various buildings on the LIT campus.

Once these students are exposed to the facilities and instructors at LIT, many end up attending school at LIT, said John McKeehan, Welding Technology Program Director and Instructor.

The SkillsUSA Championships are hosted at local, state, national and international levels. The top prize winners advance to the state competition. State winners advance to the nationals.

The SkillsUSA program, a partnership of students, educators and industry, rewards students for excellence and gives them the opportunity to make higher learning and job contacts. State and national winners receive gold, silver and bronze medals, scholarships, tools and other rewards.

— Lamar Institute of Technology