SkillsUSA Competes in WorldSkills Americas
The first ever WorldSkills Americas competition is being conducted in Rio de Janeiro, March 10-13 in conjunction with the Brazil national competitions. The National Service for Industrial Training (SENAI) in Brazil is hosting.
The Participants from 12 countries have entered competitions in 20+ trade areas. Twenty-eight countries have sent trade experts and Technical and Official delegates to observe and assist with the management of the competitions.
The SkillsUSA WorldTeam consists of five technical experts supporting the two students competing in Automotive Service Technology and Cabinetmaking. Daniel Lehmkuhl, Cuesta College, San Luis Obispo, Calif. is competing in Automotive Technology. Chase Trayal, Meridian Community College, Meridian, Miss. is competing in Cabinetmaking. Both are medalists from the 2009 SkillsUSA Championships. SkillsUSA’s Official Delegate and Technical Delegate to WorldSkills International are also attending, as is the WorldTeam’s Team Leader.
The technical experts are as follows:
- Kelly Caudle, Stanly Community College; – IT/PC Networking
- Ray Connolly, DRS Technologies – Welding
- Pat Klarecki, Ferris State University – Graphic Design and Printing
- Scott Norman, Pittsburg State University – Automotive Technology
- Rob Tobias, Thaddeus Stevens College of Technology – Cabinetmaking
We believe we can improve our performance at the next WorldSkills competition in London in October 2011 due to our students and technical experts participating in WorldSkills Americas. The competition mirrors the WorldSkills Competition and runs four days, the same schedule the students will face in London.
We have received notification that our two competitors both earned silver medals in their respective competitions. Congratulations Chase and Daniel!