Young Masters of Skilled Trades Prepare for World Stage

High school junior Rhett Fields was one of the best young cabinet makers in the United States and had recently placed fourth in SkillsUSA, a big-deal national trade skills competition sponsored by 3M. Rhett was excited to compete the following year in a new category – diesel mechanics – and was set to mentor his younger…
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Fitchburg autobody tech revved up for international skills competition

LUNENBURG — Tinkering with greasy car engines has been a favorite pastime for David “DJ” Fors since a young age, but this fall he’ll be taking his knowledge of auto body repair across the world to compete in the WorldSkills Competition in Kazan, Russia. Read the full story at Sentinel & Enterprise online.

Young cabinetmaker to compete at WorldSkills Competition in Russia

LEESBURG, Va. — Ethan Harrison, of Blackfoot, Idaho, will represent the United States in Cabinetmaking at the biennial WorldSkills Competition in Kazan, Russia. Harrison will compete as a member of the WorldSkills USA team at the 45th international event will be held Aug. 22-27, 2019. Read the full story online at Woodworking Network.

Young Skilled Welding Technician to Compete at WorldSkills Competition

Ryan Fincher, of Cedartown, will represent the United States in Welding at the biennial WorldSkills Competition in Kazan, Russia. Fincher will compete as a member of the WorldSkills USA team, selected and trained by SkillsUSA. The 45th international event will be held Aug. 22-27, 2019. Read the full story on the Marietta Daily Journal online.

20-Year-Old Technician Ryan Meppelink Prepares for International Competition

Ryan Meppelink, a 20-year-old student from Zeeland, Mich., has been fascinated with all things mechanical since he was 14. For some years now, he has been working on semi-trucks and more recently moved into heavy-vehicle maintenance. Read the full story on Transport Topics News.

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WorldSkills USA Team Trains at 3M

On March 11-12, the WorldSkills USA team members and their experts, traveled to St. Paul, Minn., for two days of training at 3M’s headquarters. The first day was spent in team building activities, scenario training and learning what to expect in Kazan, Russia. The next day, competitors enjoyed mentor discussions, information sessions and toured the…
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From terra firma to outer space, NNU student solves problems

Benjamin Campbell seems pretty good at designing things. It’s something he’s done all his life, he said. When the 20-year-old engineering student was little, he’d make things with Legos — coin sorters, pinball machines, combination locks. In high school, Campbell took an aerospace engineering class and invented “a small little tool that you could attach…
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NNU engineering student helps make NASA history

NAMPA, Idaho — To a promising engineering student, some might say, “the sky’s the limit,” but for 19-year-old Northwest Nazarene student, Benjamin Campbell, the sky isn’t high enough! “We’re gonna launch those up on a rocket to the International Space Station,” said Campbell, a sophomore engineering student. Read the full story on

Readying for WorldSkills Cabinet Competition: Like Olympic Training

MADISON, Wis. –  Training for WorldSkills is like training for the Olympics. A lot of countries take it very seriously, with competitors training full time for up to two years before the event. The U.S. recently decided to up their game as they prepare to send a contingent of skilled craftspersons to the world competition in…
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Graphics Student Heads to World Competition

Brittany Whitestone, a two-time SkillsUSA champion, will compete in August in the print media technology category. Brittany Whitestone is a junior at Cal U studying graphics and multimedia. Read the full story at