David Coats

DAVID COATS of Pomona took top honors in T-shirt Design at the national SkillsUSA competition held recently in Louisville, Ky. More than 6,500 students from every state competed at the national showcase of career and technical education. Coats is a student in Scott Heidy’s Digital Arts and Media class at South Central Career Center in West Plains.

A student from South Central Career Center (SCCC) in West Plains is recognized as the winner of one of the nation’s highest awards at the recent 2019 SkillsUSA Championships, held in Louisville, Ky. More than 6,500 students competed at the national showcase of career and technical education.

David Coats of Pomona was awarded a Skill Point Certificate in T-shirt Design. The certificates were awarded in 72 occupational and leadership areas to students who met a threshold contest score defined by industry.

“I was so proud of David taking on competing in SkillsUSA. He was able to win the gold medal in District and then the Missouri state contest,” said SCCC Digital Arts and Media Instructor Scott Heidy. “He represented the state very well. This was a huge challenge for him and very much outside his comfort zone. I look forward to what he does next.”

The Skill Point Certificate is a component of SkillsUSA’s assessment program for career and technical education.

During the competition, which was held June 26 and 27, 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.

“More than 6,500 students from every state in the nation participated in the 2019 SkillsUSA Championships,” said SkillsUSA Executive Director Tim Lawrence. “This showcase of career and technical education demonstrates our SkillsUSA partnership at its finest. Our students, instructors and industry partners work together to ensure that every student excels. This program expands learning and career opportunities for our members.”

The SkillsUSA Championships event is held annually for students in middle school, high school or college/postsecondary programs as part of the SkillsUSA National Leadership and Skills Conference. More than 360,000 students and advisors join SkillsUSA annually, organized into more than 18,000 sections and 53 state and territorial associations.

The national, nonprofit partnership of students, instructors and industry is a verified talent pipeline for America’s skilled workforce that is working to help solve the skills gap.

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