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Linn State hosts over 2,200 participants for Missouri SkillsUSA

More than 2,200 participants from 73 Missouri high schools and six community colleges competed Thursday and Friday at the 46th annual Missouri SkillsUSA Leadership and Skills Conference.  

Linn State Technical College, in collaboration with the Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE), hosted the conference for the ninth consecutive year.  

While attending the conference, students competed in contests including carpentry, welding, auto mechanics, culinary arts, firefighting, job interviewing and leadership skills to name a few.   On average, students participate in over 120 leadership, skill and written contests.

“It’s very exciting as far as the students are concerned,” said Dr. Donald Claycomb, president of Linn State.  “There are lots of nervous jitters.”  

Along with more than 300 industry partners, Claycomb and college faculty and staff coordinate contests and conference activities for the three day event. 

Throughout the conference, industry partners and volunteers serve as judges for the contest.  Judges monitor teams and individual students as they compete in their respective disciplines.   “I really enjoy being a judge,” said Keegan Bryan, ’91 Automotive Collision Repair of Linn State.  “It’s great to be back on campus helping out this way.”

Contest results were announced during the awards ceremony Saturday, March 31.  Eleven Linn State students won gold medals qualifying them for National SkillsUSA.   2012 Missouri SkillsUSA winners from across the state will represent Missouri at the 48th annual National Leadership and Skills Conference in Kansas City on June 23-27, 2012.

With more than 35 academic programs, Linn State Technical College is Missouri’s only public two-year technical college with a statewide mission to prepare students for profitable employment and a life of learning. 

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