Author: Craig

Hard Work, Persistence Pay Off for Young Welder Headed to WorldSkills

Good things come to those who work. They might not come right away, but they come. Just ask Ryan Fincher, 21, of Cedartown, Ga. Three years ago, he was one of the six welders competing in the AWS Pre-Trials vying to represent the U.S. at WorldSkills welding competition. But he fell short, eventually to Chandler…
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3M Gets an Up Close and Personal View of Future Workforce

Deciding to offer time, talent and resources to an organization that stages competitions for kids to learn more about the STEM field is a major undertaking. At 3M, they take this very seriously. In fact, Maureen Tholen, sustainability director for 3M’s Industrial Business, and Safety and Graphics Business Groups, was named as the chairperson of the SkillsUSA…
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Teenage Plumber Timothy Girouard Heads to Russia For WorldSkills Competition

Apprentice plumber Timothy Girouard, 19, will board a plane in late-August for a 14-hour flight that will take him 4,800 miles to Kazan, Russia. He’s going to want to make himself as comfortable as possible in coach class because the day after he lands, Girouard, from Southampton, Massachusetts, will represent the United States in the…
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Profile of a CCISD Graduate

Colt Schultz has had a knack for cooking ever since he was old enough to reach the counter in his kitchen. “I just loved to explore and experiment with my mom,” Colt said. “I remember always tugging on her leg and asking her what she was putting in her recipes.” Read the full story at…
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Winters Mills High Alumna Taking Her Expertise in Print Media to WorldSkills Competition in Russia

A Carroll County woman will be representing the U.S. in a worldwide competition in Russia with her talents in print media technology. WorldSkills hosts the world championships of skills every two years, attracting more than 1,600 competitors from more than 76 countries and regions around the world to compete in more than 50 different trade…
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Ethan Harrison Participates in SkillsUSA National Signing Day

SkillsUSA National Signing Day took place on Wednesday, May 8. Over 300 schools and an estimated 3,000 students participated across the country. The event saluted career and technical education students for pledging to continue in a skilled trades career after high school, in the same way as student athletes who sign for college sports programs…
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Julia Spondike: Attitude for Learning, Aptitude for Achieving

“I wanted the most elite college experience I could find! I pursued education at a trade school, then upon graduation, had the opportunity to compete nationally and earn a full tuition scholarship to The Culinary Institute of America.” Read the full story on the Culinary Institute of America’s blog.

Now There’s a National ‘Signing Day’ for Career Programs

Today is the first nationwide celebration designed to celebrate teenagers’ decisions to pursue careers in the skilled trades. Students who go into the trades—even new-age career-tech fields like cyber security or robotics—haven’t gotten the chorus of national support that rains down on students who decide to attend—or play football for—big-name universities. Read the full story…
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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.