The Scott Regional Technology Center SkillsUSA Chapter had 68 students compete in district leadership, skilled and written competitions at the recent district competition. Competing against 68 competitors, 28 earned gold, silver or bronze medals. Twenty-four SRTC students will be advancing to state competition at State Technical College of Missouri, to be held April 4-6.

SkillsUSA is a national membership association serving high school, college and middle school students who are preparing for careers in trade, technical and skilled service occupations, including health occupations, and for further education. SkillsUSA is a partnership of students, teachers and industry working together to ensure America has a skilled workforce. SkillsUSA helps each student excel.

Betsy Anderson and Brian Prewitt serve as the SRTC SkillsUSA advisors.

Local students competing in the DECA district competition performed well also.

Twenty-seven students of the SRTC Chapter of Missouri DECA, an Association of Marketing Students, joined more than 300 high school DECA students from Southwest Missouri at the annual District Career Development Conference held February 6 at MSSU in Joplin.

Nineteen students placed first or second in their events and will go on to compete at DECA State Competition on March 25 in Kansas City. Among those earning first was Aurora's Kenyon Broten, who was the winner in Restaurant Management Individual Series Role Play.

DECA prepares emerging leaders and entrepreneurs for careers in marketing, finance, hospitality and management in high schools around the globe.

Jill Fannin serves as the local DECA chapter advisor at SRTC.