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Media Alert: Students Converge For SkillsUSA Conference, Competition

Events Set for April 17-18

For Immediate Release                                                      Contact: Bill Reinhard, 410-767-0486

Baltimore, MD (April 15, 2015)

Nearly 1,000 students from throughout the State will compete this weekend in the 42nd Annual SkillsUSA Maryland Leadership and Skills Conference.

Students will display their abilities in everything from automotive collision repair to television production design in the Statewide competition.  Winners will head to the national SkillsUSA competition in Louisville this coming June.

Career/Technology Education, and the need to fill the jobs of tomorrow, represent a driving force behind the success of SkillsUSA.  Two recent Maryland reports from the Maryland Economic Development and Business Climate Commission and the Abell Foundation have called for improved career training and apprenticeship programs.

SkillsUSA is a partnership of students, teachers, and industry working together to ensure the nation has a skilled workforce.  The annual competitions showcase the best career and technical education students.  Maryland has 5,500 students involved in SkillsUSA across 21 school systems.

WHO:     Maryland students and teachers
               Business partners

WHAT:   SkillsUSA Maryland Leadership and Skills Conference



3:30 -  9:30 p.m., Friday, April 17.
          Delegate Assembly (6:30 p.m.), Competitions (including Entrepreneurship and Welding)
          Conference Center at the Maritime Institute of Technology (CCMIT)
          5700 Hammonds Ferry Road
          Linthicum Heights, MD  21090

3:00 - 6:00 p.m., Friday, April 17

          Competitions (Carpentry and Collision Repair)
          Center of Applied Technology North (CATN)
          800 Stevenson Road
          Severn, MD 21144

8 a.m. - 2 p.m., Saturday, April 18

          Competitions (including Architectural Drafting, Computer Programming and
           Mobil Robotics Technology)

          Competitions (including Audio Radio Production, Crime Science Investigation, and
           Early Childhood Education)

          North County High School
          10 E. 1st Avenue
          Glen Burnie, MD  21060

          Competitions (including Health Knowledge Bowl, Medical Math, and Nursing Assisting)
          Stevenson University - Greenspring Campus
          1525 Greenspring Valley Road
          Greenspring, MD 21153

6:30 - 8:30 p.m., Saturday, April 18

          Awards Ceremony
          Maryland Fifth Regiment Armory
          219 29th Division Street
          Baltimore, MD 21201

(Note: Other competitions are taking place at Anne Arundel Community Television, Anne Arundel County Fire Department Training Academy, CCBC-Catonsville, Earlbeck Gases & Technology, Lincoln Culinary Institute, Maryland State Dental Association and Printing Specialist Corporation.  For a complete list of competitions and locations, go