More than 500 students enrolled in building- and construction-related education programs will advance their skills while gaining real world experience using the latest in professional equipment, thanks to IRWIN Industrial Tool Company's sponsorship of the SkillsUSA Championships, set for June 24-25 in Kansas City, MO.
Support from companies such as IRWIN is critical for the Championships, two-day national competitions in which high school and post secondary students vie for national honors in 75 hands-on skill and leadership categories. Students, teachers and leaders benefit from IRWIN's contributions including tool donations, financial support for SkillsUSA national and state programs as well as student travel expense vouchers.
“Champions at Work”is the theme for this year's SkillsUSA Championships, reflecting the dedication and quality of participants and sponsors whose support makes the competitions possible," says Tim Lawrence, SkillsUSA executive director. "Without the commitment of companies like IRWIN, thousands of students would miss out on the valuable experiences and life lessons the SkillsUSA programs deliver. These forward-thinking companies are helping prepare students for lifelong contributions to society by giving them a foundation for successful careers."
Neil Eibeler, president of sales for Irwin Industrial Tool Company, says, "Today's job market is extremely competitive and programs that prepare today's students for tomorrow's workforce will give them an advantage when competing for employment. Skilled tradespeople are the backbone of our economy and we're proud to provide professional grade products to help develop the next generation of leaders in the building and construction trades."
SkillsUSA is a national organization serving high school and college students who are preparing for careers in trade, technical and service occupations. The organization has more than 264,000 members in 13,000 chapters and 54 state and territorial associations. SkillsUSA programs include local, state and national competitions in which students demonstrate occupational and leadership skills. SkillsUSA also helps to establish industry standards for job skill training in the lab and classroom.
For more information about Irwin Tools, visit www.irwin.com.