Johnson College will host over 130 high school students to compete in 27 areas for the district SkillsUSA competition on Tuesday, December 14, 2021, from 8 a.m. to noon. SkillsUSA is a partnership of students, teachers, and industry working together to ensure America has a skilled workforce. SkillsUSA’s mission is to empower its members to become world-class workers, leaders, and responsible American citizens. SkillsUSA serves more than 300,000 students and instructors annually. This year marks the fourth year Johnson College will host the competitions.
SkillsUSA is a national organization serving teachers and high school and college students preparing for careers in technical, skilled, and service occupations, including health occupations and further education. SkillsUSA programs include local, state, and national competitions where students demonstrate occupational and leadership skills.
Johnson College staff and faculty will host events in their respective areas on campus. Johnson College faculty were responsible for securing judges for the competitions, and these judges come mainly from the Program Advisory Committees and industry partners in Northeast Pennsylvania. “It is exciting to host our fourth SkillsUSA Competition on campus. Skills USA gives Johnson College a great opportunity to expose a new generation of technical students to our type of education. It is also an opportunity for the students competing to experience our campus and facilities first hand,” said Dr. Kellyn Williams, Chief Academic Officer at Johnson College, who had a large part in the planning of the event.
Students from the following schools will compete during the competition: Lackawanna CTC, Carbon County CTC, Delaware Valley High School, Hazleton Area CTC, Susquehanna CTC, Tunkhannock Area High School, Wallenpaupack Area High School, Honesdale High School, West Side CTC, and Wilkes-Barre CTC.