Syracuse SkillsUSA competes in state championships – Syracuse Journal-Democrat


From April 7-9, more than 1,300 students from across the state gathered on Grand Island at the Heartland Events Center and Fonner Park to compete in the 2022 SkillsUSA Nebraska Championships.

SkillsUSA is a partnership of students, teachers, and industry working together to ensure America has a skilled workforce. The organization offers middle school, high school, and college students programs that prepare them for technical, skilled, and service careers.

It was originally founded as Vocational Industrial Clubs of America in 1965. In 2004 the name was changed to SkillsUSA. Since 1965, the organization has served over 13.5 million members.

SkillsUSA improves the lives and careers of students, instructors, and industry representatives as they strive to be champions at work.

Students participate in more than 100 professional and technical competitions, including architecture and construction, arts, audio/video technology, management and business administration, education, health sciences, public safety, hospitality and tourism, leadership, manufacturing, science, technology, engineering and math, information technology, transportation and more!

Each year, the state competition is a showcase of students who have worked throughout the year to improve their skills and explore their future careers in technical trades.

State Championships showcase Nebraska’s top career and technical students. All competitions are run with the help of industry, trade associations and labor organizations, and test skills defined by national industry standards. Top students win prizes and scholarships from community colleges, businesses, and industry.

The skills gap in the United States is a growing crisis for our nation. Hundreds of thousands of highly skilled technical jobs that our economy increasingly depends on are available right now, and industry is desperate to fill them. Unfortunately, workers with the necessary skills are scarce.

SkillsUSA is a talent pool and solutions provider considered essential to solving the growing skills gap in the United States. The SkillsUSA framework complements hard skills training with instruction in the employability skills that make a complete worker and citizen.

Our program emphasizes high ethical standards, superior professional skills, lifelong learning and pride.

The results of the competition were as follows:

Bridge Building – Jr. Division: Caleb Caudill – third place

Bridge Building – Sr. Division: Jackson Nordhues, first place, Cody Damme, second place

Mousetrap Vehicles – Distance: Colton Sprague, first place, Aiden Hobbs, third place

Quiz Bowl: Gunner Beel, Jackson Nordhues, Cody Damme, Broghan Behrends, Caleb Caudill – fourth place

Technical Team Troubleshooter: Jackson Nordhues, Broghan Behrends, Colton Sprague, Aiden Hobbs, Nolan Werner – fifth place

Urban Search and Rescue: Nolan Werner, Broghan Behrends: fourth place

Information Technology Services: Gunner Beel first place and advances to national competition

Gunner Beel will compete at the Nationals in Atlanta, Georgia, June 20-24, 2022, for the 58th Annual National Leadership and Skills Conference. More than 15,000 people, including students, teachers and business partners, are expected to attend the week-long event.


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