July 10, 2018
For immediate release
LOUISVILLE, KY – Josh Lee, from Sergeant Bluff, IA, a Law Enforcement student at Lake Area Technical Institute in Watertown, earned a bronze medal in the Criminal Justice competition at the SkillsUSA National Leadership and Skills Conference in Louisville, Kentucky, June 26-29. In total, South Dakota had a delegation of 65 including students and advisers from high schools and technical institutes. In addition to Lee, Garret Huumala, a Northeast Technical High School (Watertown, SD) student placed fifth in CNC Milling.
The National SkillsUSA Championships, at which more than 6,000 students compete in more than 100 occupational and leadership skill areas, is held in conjunction with the SkillsUSA National Leadership and Skills Conference, attended by more than 16,000 people. During their stay, students participated as competitors or as voting delegates where they elect national officers for the year and conduct the business of their organization. Students also met with business and industry representatives and heard from government officials.
SkillsUSA is a national organization that serves technical, skilled and service occupation instructional programs in public high schools, career and technical institutes, and two- and four-year colleges. SkillsUSA annually serves more than 360,000 student members annually, organized into more than 3,900 schools and 52 state and territorial associations (including the Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands). SkillsUSA is recognized by the U.S. Department of Education and is cited as a successful model of employer-driven youth development training program by the U.S. Department of Labor. For more information, go to: www.skillsusa.org.