WCC invites public to Region 7 SkillsUSA Conference and Career Showcase

Staff Report

WILKESBORO — Wilkes Community College will host the high school Region 7 SkillsUSA Conference and Career Showcase on Feb. 27. The public is encouraged to attend the event to witness the advanced professional skills demonstrated by the high school students. The event will begin at 9 a.m. at the Walker Center. The awards ceremony takes place at 1:30 p.m.

“I would love to have people come to watch the competitions. They will be impressed by the skills these high school students demonstrate based on the college-level classes they are taking. This is a great opportunity for business and industry to scout for new talent,” said Hardin Kennedy, the SkillsUSA advisor for Wilkes Community College who organizes this annual event. “These students are our future leaders for the business, industry, healthcare, advanced manufacturing, construction, agriculture and skilled labor workforce.”

All SkillsUSA members and advisors and Career and Technical Education (CTE) students can participate in this annual educational and professional development activity. Many business and industry partners attend to participate in or view the contests to see the talent level of potential future employees. Educational partners attend to compare the skills level of other schools and to talk with other educators about best practices. Media outlets are welcome to cover the large event.

The 2016 regional event included more than 400 high school student competitors and 300 career showcase participants from high schools in the 21 counties that make up Region 7.

Last year more than 75 business and industry representatives attended, and elected officials from the local, regional and state level came to the event.

For more information about the SkillsUSA program, contact Hardin Kennedy at 336-838-6219 or hardin.kennedy@wilkescc.edu.

Staff Report

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