STATE OF ALABAMA
DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION
Joseph B. Morton
State Superintendent of Education
NEWS RELEASE Contact: Ed Crenshaw
April 22, 2011 334-353-5220
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.
“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
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
production, cosmetology, and much more.”
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,
Richardson, Ed.D. college, and professional members. Alabama has almost 10,000 members. Top winners in
each state contest category will be eligible to represent Alabama at the upcoming national
SkillsUSA Championships in Kansas City, Missouri, in June.
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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.
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.
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.
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.
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 www.skillsalabama.org.