Earlier this month, SkillsUSA advisors Betsy Anderson and Brian Prewitt of Scott Regional Technology Center traveled with state qualifiers to State Technical College of Missouri in Linn for the state competition. A pair of Aurora students medaled as part of a successful day for Scott Tech competitors.

Brianna Vanderlaan won the Job Interview contest, while Justice Parker brought home a third place finish in the Restaurant Service TIC contest.

The state competition is held in conjunction with the Missouri SkillsUSA Leadership and Skills Conference, which is attended by more than 3,000 students, teachers, representatives of business, industry, education and government.

During their stay, students participate as voting delegates for their chapters, elect state officers, conduct the business of the organization, meet with business and industry representatives and hear from officials.

SkillsUSA is a national organization serving trade, industrial, technical and health occupations students in public high schools, career and technical centers and two year colleges. SkillsUSA has more than 250,000 student and professional members annually, organized into more than 13,000 chapters in 50 states and 3 territorial associations.

SkillsUSA is an applied method for preparing America’s high performance workers in vocational-technical programs. It provides quality educational experiences for its members in leadership, teamwork, citizenship and character development. It builds self-confidence, work attitudes and communication skills. It emphasizes total quality at work: high ethical standards, superior work skills, lifelong education and pride in the dignity of work.

SkillsUSA also promotes understanding of the free enterprise system and involvement in community service activities. More than 1,000 trade association and labor unions actively support SkillsUSA through financial aid, in-kind contributions and involvement of their people in SkillsUSA activities.