Local student honored at annual SkillsUSA event

LOUISVILLE, Ky. — A career and technical student from the local area won one of the nation’s highest awards at the 2019 SkillsUSA Championships, held in Louisville, Kentucky June 26-27.

Autumn Yoakum, from Ellamore and a student at Fred W. Eberle Tech Center in Buckhannon, was awarded a Skill Point Certificate in Health Occupations Professional Portfolio.

More than 6,500 students competed at the national showcase of career and technical education. The SkillsUSA Championships is the largest skill competition in the world and covers 1.4 million square feet, equivalent to 20 football fields or 25 acres.

Students were invited to the event to demonstrate their technical skills, workplace skills and personal skills in 103 hands-on competitions including robotics, automotive technology, drafting, criminal justice, aviation maintenance and public speaking. Industry leaders from 600 businesses, corporations, trade associations and unions planned and evaluated the contestants against their standards for entry-level workers. Industry support of the SkillsUSA Championships is valued at over $36 million in donated time, equipment, cash and material. More than 1,100 industry judges and technical committee members participated this year.

Skill Point Certificates were awarded in 72 occupational and leadership areas to students who met a threshold contest score defined by industry. The Skill Point Certificate is a component of SkillsUSA’s assessment program for career and technical education.

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