Hands-on experience---that's what thousands of scholars throughout Minnesota achieve at a technical school. On March 24, they put it to the test.
For the last 50 years, SkillsUSA Minnesota has held state competitions to not only test the knowledge of students, but to create competition in an effort to bring out everyone's best.
While instructors and class material can prepare these young minds for their future career aspirations, the March 24 event allowed them to get a taste of what life will be like once they graduate.
"[It] actually helps you realize that there are deadlines in the real world and you have to meet those deadlines whether you think you can or not,” South Central College second year student Trevor Bitterman said. “I mean, it makes it difficult with the time crunch, but there's nothing you can do about it. You've just got to push through it and do your best."
Three of the 92 different competitions offered through SkillsUSA took place inside South Central College: collision repair, auto service and mechatronics.