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Home Depot sponsors work skills contest

By Staff
special to The Star
June 23, 2004
More than 4,000 students will travel to Kansas City, Mo., this week to compete in the SkillsUSA National Championship.
The TeamWorks Competition, an event at the championship, consists of 30 four-student teams from across the country including one from Meridian Community College.
The TeamWorks Competition is comprised of four students who specialize in masonry, carpentry, electrical wiring and plumbing. They team to build a designated project.
The annual two-day event is designed to support the growth of the residential building industry.
The Home Depot, the world's largest home improvement retailer, is a national sponsor of the SkillsUSA Championships and provides grants to six state competitions to promote the advancement of students in the construction skills events.
Those events include building trades and renovations, cabinetmaking, carpentry, industrial motor control, masonry, plumbing, residential wiring, sheet metal and woodworking in addition to the TeamWorks Competition.
SkillsUSA is a national organization serving teachers and high school and college students who are preparing for careers in technical, skilled and service occupations. SkillsUSA was formerly known as Vocational Industrial Clubs of America.
More than 1,000 business, industry and labor sponsors support SkillsUSA through financial aid, in-kind contributions and involvement of their people in SkillsUSA activities at the national level.
Many more work directly with state associations and local chapters.
The SkillsUSA Championships is the national-level competition for public high school and post secondary college and technical students enrolled in trade, technical and skilled service profession instructional programs including allied health occupations.
Begun in 1967, the SkillsUSA Championship has grown from 54 competitors in three contests to more than 4,000 competitors in 77 hands-on skill and leadership contests.

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