Standout Wisconsin students in the trades, from welding to 3D printing, are hoping to secure a spot in a national competition to spotlight their skills.
The SkillsUSA Wisconsin state conference began Tuesday at the Alliant Energy Center. Over 1,700 students from across the state are competing at the conference for a chance to represent Wisconsin in the national SkillsUSA event in Louisville, Kentucky in June.
Students will compete in over 75 skilled trade areas, ranging from welding and carpentry to computer programming and 3D printing. Madison area students representing Madison College, East, West, Memorial and La Follette high schools are participating in the conference with their peers from over 80 chapters across the state.
State Superintendent and Democratic candidate for governor Tony Evers was the keynote speaker at the opening of the event, and celebrated the program’s ability to teach students both technical expertise and soft skills like networking and communicating.