The FORUM: McCann Tech students earn silver at national SkillsUSA competition


NORTH ADAMS — McCann Technical School honored this summer, its medalists who represented the school at the National SkillsUSA Championship held in Louisville, Ky. during the week of June 19-23.

More than 6,000 outstanding career and technical education students — all state gold winners — competed hands-on in 100 different trade, technical and leadership fields.

A total of 1,080 gold, silver and bronze medals were presented to students. Many winners also received industry prizes, tools of their trade and scholarships. Skill Point Certificates were awarded in 86 occupational and leadership events to students who met a predetermined threshold score in their competition, as defined by industry. The Skill Point Certificate is a component of the SkillsUSA Work Force Ready System, a national assessment program for career and technical education.

The following McCann students were awarded gold medals at the state competition and competed at the national level: Elizabeth Church in dental assisting; Emily Shanley in technical computer, and Maria Deblois in customer service.

State team members and gold medalists, Charlie Bohl III, Noah Curran and Tanner Parrino, earned at the National SkillsUSA Championship silver medals and Skills Points Certificates in automated manufacturing technology.

McCann was also represented at the national event by two voting delegates, Lauren DeRose and Jordan Reinhardt. Graduating senior, Samantha Dorwin, helped preside over the National Conference serving as a national officer, the Region 1 vice president.

Industry leaders from 600 businesses, corporations, trade associations and unions planned and evaluated the national contestants against their standards for entry-level workers. Industry support of the SkillsUSA Championships is valued at over $36 million in donated time, equipment, cash and material. More than 1,700 industry judges and technical committee members participated this year.


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