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Two students, one from Flagstaff High School and one from Coconino High School, are in Louisville, Kentucky this week as delegates and competitors at the 52nd National Leadership and Skills Competition sponsored by SkillsUSA.

During their stay, students participate as competitors in their respective categories. Flagstaff High School student, Katrina Nelson, is participating in the National Screen Printing competition. While, recent Coconino High School grad, Jacob Seff competed in the Automotive Service Technology competition. Seff was also one of 12 students out of 6000 to be chosen to eat lunch with the CEO of the SnapOn Cooperation Nicholas T Pinchuk.

As part of the event, students meet with business and industry representatives and hear from government officials. More than 6,000 students compete in over 100 occupational and leadership skill areas. SkillsUSA programs also help to establish industry standards for job skill training in the classroom.

Katrina Nelson placed first in the high school SkillsUSA Arizona Screen Printing back in April, which qualified her to attend the National Competition this week.

SkillsUSA is a national organization that serves technical, skilled and service occupation instructional programs in public high schools, career and technical centers and schools and two- and four-year colleges. SkillsUSA annually serves more than 320,000 student members, organized into more than 3,900 schools and 52 state and territorial associations (including Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands).

SkillsUSA helps students discover and grow their career passions. As a nationwide partnership of students, instructors and industry working together, SkillsUSA works to ensure America has a skilled workforce. It helps every student excel. Career and technical education is learning that works for America.

SkillsUSA has the active support of more than 600 corporations, trade associations, business and labor unions at the national level. More than 11.9 million people have been annual members of SkillsUSA since its founding as the Vocational Industrial Clubs of America in 1965.

SkillsUSA is recognized by the U.S. Department of Education and is cited as a successful model of employer-driven youth development training program by the U.S. Department of Labor. For more information, go to www.skillsusa.org.

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