FSU and Pierpont to Host SkillsUSA State Conference

Thursday, March 23, 2017

On March 31 through April 1, 2017, approximately 950 registered participants will be arriving on campus of Fairmont State University and Pierpont Community and Technical College to take part in the 52nd Annual SkillsUSA West Virginia State Leadership and Skills Conference.

Opening Ceremonies will commence at 6:30 p.m. Friday, March 31, 2017, at the Feaster Center on the FSU and Pierpont shared main campus. Admission to the event is free and open to the public. Contests will begin on Saturday, April 1, 2017, at 8 a.m. Locations for the contests will include Fairmont State University and Pierpont Community and Technical College, the Robert C. Byrd Institute for Advance Manufacturing, Cummins Crosspoint, West Virginia Carpenters Training Center, Clarksburg Fire Dept., United Technical Center and Monongalia Technical Center. The Awards Ceremony will be on April 1, 2017, at 6:30 p.m. at the Feaster Center on the FSU and Pierpont main campus.

Career and technical students from around the state of West Virginia will compete in various technical competitions including Additive Manufacturing, Advertising Design, Automotive Service Technology, Carpentry, Collision Repair Technology, Crime Scene Investigation, Culinary Arts, Electrical Construction Wiring, Firefighting, HVACR, Masonry, Mobile Robotics Technology, Nail Care, Nurse Assisting, Plumbing, Practical Nursing, Technical Computer Applications, Technical Drafting, Urban Search & Rescue, Web Design and Welding Fabrication just to name a few. Students also have the opportunity to compete in several leadership competitions including Chapter Business Procedure, Employment Application Process, Extemporaneous Speaking, Job Interview, Job Skill Demonstrations and Prepared Speech.

The first place contestants from each contest then have the opportunity to go on to compete at the SkillsUSA National Leadership and Skills Conference which will be held in Louisville, Ky., June 19-23, 2017.

SkillsUSA is a partnership of students, teachers and industry representatives working together to ensure America has a skilled workforce. SkillsUSA helps each student to excel. SkillsUSA formerly known as VICA (the Vocational Industrial Clubs of America) is a national organization serving teachers and high school and college students who are preparing for careers in technical, skilled and service occupations, including health occupations and for further education. More than 307,000 students and instructors join SkillsUSA annually, from 54 states and U.S. territories. It has served more than 10.9 million members since its founding.

For more information, contact Tim Toler, SkillsUSA West Virginia State Director, at (304) 380-6242 or e-mail ttoler@k12.wv.us.