Local students participate in ‘Skills USA’ competition

SCOTIA, N.Y. (NEWS10) – Three hundred students put their skills to the test on Wednesday in the annual “Skills USA” competition.

Students from nine different schools gathered at Stratton Air National Guard base to operate heavy equipment and show off their nursing skills.

Organizers said it gives students an opportunity outside of athletics to compete and demonstrate their skills. Students said it was a real life experience that they can use going forward.

“It’s not about corning her and winning a prize,” Cobleskill-Richmondville senior Caleb Hendricks said. “It’s about coming here and seeing new people who have the same interest as you and learning different things and making contacts that you can use in the future.”

Organizers said once students learn their skills, they’re encouraged to go to college and take the next logical step in their line of work whether it be a master carpenter or a store manager.

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