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Ryans cited during SkillsUSA contest

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Debra Ryans of Kingston was awarded a skill-point certificate in Job Skill Demonstration A during the recent SkillsUSA National Leadership and Skills Conference.

She is a student at Tennessee Technology Center at Harriman.

Ryans was among the contest’s high scorers who were awarded the certificates. The honor was awarded in 86 occupational and leadership areas to students who achieved a high score defined by industry.

The skill point certificates were introduced in 2007 as a component of the SkillsUSA Work Force Ready System.

“Over 5,600 students from every state in the nation came to compete in the SkillsUSA Championships,” said SkillsUSA executive director Tim Lawrence. “This is the SkillsUSA partnership at its best. Students, instructors and industries are working together to ensure America has a skilled workforce and every student excels. These students prove that career and technical education expands opportunities.”

Industry leaders representing more than 1,100 businesses, corporations, trade associations and unions recognized the students for their demonstrated excellence in 94 hands-on occupational and leadership contests, such as robotics, criminal justice, aviation maintenance and public speaking.

All contests are designed, run and judged by industry using industry standards.

The SkillsUSA Championships have been a premier event since 1967.

SkillsUSA, a partnership of students, teachers and industry working together to ensure America has a skilled work force, serves more than 300,000 students and instructors annually.