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SkillsUSA competition returns to UW-Stout for 30th year

February 25, 2013

For the 30th straight year high school students from around Wisconsin will converge at UW-Stout for the SkillsUSA regional competition.

About 350 students from 28 schools are expected Thursday, Feb. 28, and Friday, March 1. They will compete in categories such as precision machining, welding, carpentry, architectural drafting, photography, screen printing, solid modeling and team problem solving.

Students build a wood structure in the 2012 SkillsUSA regional at UW-Stout.Schools competing will be Adams-Friendship, Alma Center Lincoln, Ashwaubenon, Bruce, Cadott, Chippewa Falls, Eau Claire Memorial, Eau Claire North, Gale-Ettrick-Trempealeau, Hartford, Holmen, Kewaunee, Ladysmith, Marshfield, Menomonie, Minong, Necedah, Oshkosh North, Osseo-Fairchild, Racine Case, Rice Lake, St. Francis, Slinger, Sparta, Spooner, Wausau East, West Salem and Winter.

The event begins Thursday with leadership competitions and campus tours. Skills competitions will be from 9:30 a.m. to noon Friday, with awards from 1-2 p.m. in the Great Hall of the Memorial Student Center.

The event is sponsored by the College of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics, with support from the School of Education and the new UW-Stout student chapter of SkillsUSA. About 75 students and 25 faculty and staff are volunteering.

Event coordinator Greg Slupe, assistant professor in the engineering and technology department, calls the event a “great opportunity for students to showcase their leadership abilities, technical knowledge and problem-solving skills prior to the state and national competitions.”

Greg Slupe’s father, Tom Slupe, founded the regional event at UW-Stout in the early 1980s and remains involved as leadership competitions coordinator.

SkillsUSA is based in Virginia and has more than 13,000 student chapters in the U.S.

Competitions sites will be the student center, Micheels Hall, Jarvis Hall, Fryklund Hall and the Communication Technologies Building. The auto service technology event will be held at Menomonie High School.

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