A career and technical student team in Pine Bluff won one of the nation’s highest awards at the 2018 SkillsUSA Championships at Louisville, Ky., June 27-28.


A Skill Point Certificate in Crime Scene Investigation was presented to Team H, consisting of Breaunna Davis, Colton James and Gage Taylor, from Jefferson Area Technical Career Center at Pine Bluff.


More than 6,300 students competed at the event, according to a news release.


“The SkillsUSA Championships is the largest skill competition in the world and covers 1.4 million square feet, equivalent to 20 football fields or 25 acres. Students were invited to the event to demonstrate their technical skills, workplace skills and personal skills in 102 hands-on occupational and leadership competitions including robotics, automotive technology, drafting, criminal justice, aviation maintenance and public speaking,” according to the release.


“Industry leaders from 600 businesses, corporations, trade associations and unions planned and evaluated the contestants against their standards for entry-level workers. Industry support of the SkillsUSA Championships is valued at over $36 million in donated time, equipment, cash and material. More than 1,900 industry judges and technical committee members participated this year,” according to the release.


Skill Point Certificates were presented in 72 occupational and leadership areas to students who met a predetermined threshold score in their competition, as defined by the industry. The Skill Point Certificate is a component of SkillsUSA’s assessment program for career and technical education.


“More than 6,300 students from every state in the nation participated in the 2018 SkillsUSA Championships,” SkillsUSA executive director Tim Lawrence, said in the release. “This showcase of career and technical education demonstrates our SkillsUSA partnership at its finest. Our students, instructors and industry partners work together to ensure that every student excels. This program expands learning and career opportunities for our members.”


Details: www.SkillsUSA.org.