Charlton places in National SkillsUSA Championships

Wednesday, August 31, 2016
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Saline County Career Center's Joshua Charlton places in National SkillsUSA Championships

Joshua Charlton, a business education student at Saline County Career Center, attended National Leadership and Skills Conference in Louisville, Ky., this summer. The SkillsUSA Championships is the national competition for public high school and college/postsecondary students enrolled in career and technical education programs. SkillsUSA organizes this event, which is considered the largest skill contest in the world. More than 15,000 students, teachers, education leaders, and representatives from 600 national corporations, trade associations, businesses and labor unions participated in the event. Each SkillsUSA Championships contestant is already a state level gold medalist.

As a state gold medalist, Josh competed in the Job Interview contest where he placed eighth in the nation. He also received the Skill Point Certificate. As part of the Work Force Ready System, SkillsUSA awards Skill Point Certificates in all 100 contest areas to recognize outstanding achievements of contestants in addition to those who earn gold, silver and bronze medallions in the SkillsUSA Championships. The same industry leaders who defined the competencies for the Championships determined a "cut score" that indicates excellence for students entering technical fields or leadership. Students can use their certificates in an employment portfolio and as indicators of proficiency.

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