In the collision repair technology category, post-secondary, the 2019 winners were Isaac Deeken (State Technical College of Missouri), Jonathan Kippes (State Technical College of Missouri), and Abel Cojocaru (Ozarks Technical Community College). In the secondary division, the winners were Isaac Branson (Poplar Bluff Technical Career Center), Garret Tuggle (Franklin Technology Center), and Kaleb Harris (Ozarks Technical Community College).
The SkillsUSA Missouri State Leadership & Skills Conference also featured a business and industry panel focused on workforce climate, the needs of the workforce related to workplace and personal skills, what is lacking from the current applicant pool, and how students can meet or exceed expectations. The panel was composed of Mardy Leathers, director, Missouri Division of Workforce Development; Sarah Morrow, vice president of HR, Capital Regional Medical Center; Leo Breaux, director of engineering, CBRE; and Shelly Jones, president of Women in Automotive & Collision (WAC).
Baker shared, “SkillsUSA is a partnership of students, teachers, and industry working together to ensure America has a skilled workforce. This event is essential on many levels. SkillsUSA events showcase the importance of the skilled trades, and they connect business and industry to students who are proficient with the workplace, personal, and technical skills needed to be employable and promotable. SkillsUSA events also provide students an opportunity to showcase their skills as well as opportunity to earn prizes and scholarships to continue their education (more than $3 million awarded at this event alone).”
The winners from the SkillUSA Missouri State Leadership & Skills Conference will go on to compete in the national SkillsUSA Championships in June 2019, held in Louisville, KY.
For more information on SkillsUSA Missouri and its competition categories, visit skillsusamo.org.