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Helping create a workforce to fill jobs in the construction industry is the goal of SkillsUSA, a partnership of students, teachers, and industry working together to ensure American has a skilled workforce.

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Show 0847: SkillsUSA

Air date: November 23, 2008



Rob:  Well helping create a workforce to fill such jobs is the goal of Skills USA, a partnership of students, teachers, and industry working together to ensure America has a skilled work force.   Each year, they all come together in a statewide competition, and we were there.

Rob:  With each buzz of the saw and swing of the hammer, Skills USA students are nailing down their future careers.

Cody Diehl:  That’s all basically what it is, is hands-on.  You know you’ve got to be able to use your hands, and not be afraid to use them.

Rob:  Cody Diehl is competing in “Teamworks,” a Skills USA competition that allows students to see how their trade fits into the larger career pathway.

Diehl:  I like being able to work as a team and complete the project.  You know it really means a lot when you can work with your friends and get the project done in the allotted time you have to do it with.

Rob:  More than 2500 students representing high school and technology centers compete in 75 different occupational areas, culinary arts, crime scene investigation, firefighter training and fantasy make-up to name just a few.

Janet Feken:  This says that Oklahoma young people are the best.   They know they are focused.  They want to be leaders in the workforce.  They don’t want to just get in the workforce; they want to be leaders in their field.

Rob:  Giving students a path to success, while providing industry with a skilled workforce.

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