Participating for Fort Calhoun High School
Courtney Smith- 1st Place (GOLD MEDAL) – Diesel Equipment Construction/Ag
She is a junior and is the daughter of Matt & Vicki Smith
FCHS students participating for Metropolitan Community College in the HS Division
Jack Doyle- 1st Place- (GOLD MEDAL) – Metal Fabrication
He is the son of Andrew & Bobbie Doyle
Also earning medals were-
Jacob Rupp- 2nd Place- Fire Fighting
Ethan Shaner- 3rd Place- Auto Collision
On April 7th-9th, more than 1,300 students from across the state met in Grand Island at the Heartland Events Center and Fonner Park to compete in the 2022 SkillsUSA Nebraska Championships.
SkillsUSA is a partnership of students, teachers and industry working together to ensure America has a skilled workforce. Students compete in over 100 career and technical competitions including architecture & construction, arts, audio/video technology, business management & administration, education, health science, public safety, hospitality & tourism, leadership, manufacturing, science, technology, engineering & math, information technology, transportation and more!
Each year the state competition is a showcase of students who have worked throughout the year improving their skills and exploring their future careers in the technical trades. The state championships showcase the best career and technical students in Nebraska. All contests run with the help of industry, trade associations and labor organizations, and test competencies set by national industry standards. Top students earn prizes and scholarships from community colleges, businesses and industry. First place winners can go on to the national championships in Atlanta,Georgia, held on June 20-24, 2022, for the 58th annual National Leadership and Skills Conference.
The skills gap in the United States is a growing crisis for our nation. Hundreds of thousands of the highly skilled technical jobs our economy increasingly depend on are available right now, and industry is desperate to fill them. Unfortunately, workers equipped with the necessary skills are in short supply. SkillsUSA is a talent pipeline and a solution provider considered vital to solving America’s growing skills gap. SkillsUSA’s framework complements technical skill training with instruction in the employability skills that make a well-rounded worker and citizen. Our program emphasizes high ethical standards, superior work skills, lifelong education and pride.