The 30th annual Louisiana SkillsUSA Postsecondary Championships will be held April 10-12 at Delgado Community College in New Orleans. Technical and community college students from across the state will compete in two dozen skill areas, including allied health, automotive service technology, welding, collision repair technology, advertising, practical nursing and other in-demand career fields.
The event is considered a “Workforce Olympics” of career and technical education in Louisiana. During the competitions, students will match their abilities against their peers in various contests designed and judged by experts from local industry. The championships are one of the state’s largest gatherings of business, industry and education.
The event is hosted through a partnership between the Louisiana Community and Technical College System and the National SkillsUSA Office as underwritten by the Carl D. Perkins Grant for Career & Technical Education.
This is the first time the Louisiana SkillsUSA Postsecondary Championships have been hosted by Delgado Community College.
“We are very happy to have this spotlight on the skills of Louisiana’s students shining on them here in New Orleans,” said Larissa Littleton-Steib, Delgado’s SkillsUSA Conference Committee chair. “Our college grew from a trades school established in 1921, and a focus on technical skills education is part of our overall mission of providing workforce education as well as college courses to residents of the New Orleans region.”
“This competition is the ideal demonstration of students, business and colleges as it builds and advances the workforce of Louisiana’s tomorrow,” said Jawan Ross, Louisiana SkillsUSA Post-Secondary director. “It is more than the competition or winning medals. Rather, SkillsUSA provides a foundation for students to realize their full potential.”
The competitions will be held April 11, with closing awards ceremony on April 12, and webcast live by the Louisiana Public Broadcasting at www.lpb.org/live.
Gold medal winners at the Louisiana championships will go to the National Leadership and Skills Conference in Kansas City, MO, this summer.
SkillsUSA is a national organization in all 50 states with support of 1,100 corporations, trade associations and labor unions.