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					                                                                           STATE OF ALABAMA
                                                           DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION

                                                                                                                                                  Joseph B. Morton
                                                                                                                                          State Superintendent of Education

                                 NEWS RELEASE                                                                                             Contact: Ed Crenshaw
                                 April 22, 2011                                                                                                    334-353-5220
    State Board
    of Education
                                          ALABAMA’S BEST COMPETE FOR CHANCE TO REPRESENT
                                             STATE AT NATIONAL SKILLSUSA CHAMPIONSHIPS
    Robert Bentley               Montgomery, Ala. – “Action-packed,” is the best way to accurately describe Alabama’s
                                 upcoming 2011 SkillsUSA Leadership Conference, Career Expo and State Championships.
                                 Thousands of students from across Alabama will travel to Birmingham next week to
 Randy McKinney, J.D.            participate in exciting competitions and leadership workshops at this event.
       District I
    Vice President
                                 “We are expecting 1,800 students, teachers, parents, and top business leaders to attend this
                                 year’s conference, which is being held at the Birmingham-Jefferson Convention Complex
     Betty Peters                (BJCC) and two different satellite locations throughout the state on April 27-28,” says
      District II
                                 SkillsUSA State Director Myron Laurent. Students will be judged in more than 80 different
                                 competitive categories, in a variety of areas including carpentry, electrical technology, video
    Stephanie Bell
                                 production, cosmetology, and much more.”
      District III

                                 SkillsUSA is devoted to preparing students for postsecondary learning and careers in technical,
                                 skilled, and service occupations. Nationally, this organization serves over 300,000 high school,
      Yvette M.
  Richardson, Ed.D.              college, and professional members. Alabama has almost 10,000 members. Top winners in
      District IV
                                 each state contest category will be eligible to represent Alabama at the upcoming national
                                 SkillsUSA Championships in Kansas City, Missouri, in June.
      Ella B. Bell
       District V                Highlights of Wednesday’s competition include: Collision Repair Technology from 9:00
                                 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., at Bevill State Community College in Sumiton, and the General Session
                                 from 11:00 a.m. until noon at the BJCC East Ballroom. College access seminars will also be
Charles E. Elliott, M.D.
      District VI
                                 conducted to support the conference’s theme “Respecting all Perspectives.” Representatives
                                 from the Alabama college system will host workshops for students on achieving education
                                 goals after graduation.
     Gary Warren
      District VII
  President Pro Tem
                                 Thursday’s events at the BJCC East Hall from 8:00 a.m. to 12 noon include:
                                 Internetworking, Men’s Hair Design, Carpentry, Television/Video Production, Collision
                                 Repair, Industrial Motor Control, Masonry, Web Design, and the Awards Ceremony at 4 p.m.
Mary Scott Hunter, J.D.
     District VIII
                                 Over 30 additional contests will be held throughout the day. Exciting exhibits, such as
                                 CarCam, the Multi-Craft Industrial Training Unit, the Crane Simulator, and Alabama’s top
                                 student-built projects, will be on display.
Joseph B. Morton, Ph.D.
    Secretary and
   Executive Officer
                                 Sponsors of this year’s conference are the Alabama Air National Guard, Alabama
                                 Homebuilders Association, BE&K/KBR Construction, Alabama Power Company, Associated
                                 General Contractors, Wayne J. Griffin Electrical Construction, Irwin Tools, DeWalt Tools,
                                 Alabama Concrete Association, Burmax, and Thompson Tractor. Alabama Industrial
                                 Development Training (AIDT) is hosting a Career Expo in the BJCC East Hall on
                                 Thursday, from 8:00 a.m. until noon.
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Alabama’s 2011 SkillsUSA State Conference
April 22, 2011

Also, as a SkillsUSA community service project, the American Red Cross is conducting a
blood drive at this event. This year’s Awards Ceremony is being sponsored by the Alabama
Construction Recruitment Institute “Go Build” campaign, a new Alabama industry initiative,
which is focused on preparing the state’s future workforce (students) for America’s 21st
century career opportunities. To learn more about this innovative program, visit
Alabama’s career and technical education (CTE) programs offer students opportunities to
participate in seven different student organizations including SkillsUSA. To learn more about
SkillsUSA or any of the other opportunities offered by Alabama CTE, contact SkillsUSA State
Director, Myron Laurent, at (334) 353-4522 or visit

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