BOWLING GREEN, Ky. (WBKO) -- South Central Kentucky Community and Technical College and the Warren County Area Technology Center hosted this year's 5th Region Skills USA competition on Friday.
Region 5 schools include: Allen County Technology Center, Barren County Technology Center (Barren, Hart, and Glasgow City), Butler County ATC, Franklin-Simpson Career and Technical Center, Logan County ATC (Logan Co. and Russellville), Monroe County ATC (Metcalfe and Monroe Co.), and the Warren CountyATC (BG City, Edmonson, and Warren County).
Students competed in occupational and leadership areas. Leadership skills being evaluated include public speaking, job skills demo, opening and closing ceremonies, and job interviewing.
"To me, it is a great opportunity for students to showcase what they've learned in the classroom at their ATC or Career and Technical Center in front of the college facility," said Denna White, Director of Admissions. "If they are interested in one of the technical careers that we offer here at SKYCTC it also gives them an opportunity to learn in our classroom and our lab setting."
Occupational Skills include building trades, automotive technology, electrical, information technology services, and welding fabrication.
"It matches their interests and their aptitudes and what they want to do with their life," said Jerri Rowland, Principal Monroe County Area Technology Center. "So these opportunities just give them exposure to all the different opportunities that are out there, so that they can be ready for jobs when they graduate."
Skills USA Kentucky is a partnership of students, teachers, and industry representatives working together to make sure Kentucky has a skilled workforce.
"I think what people probably don't realize that Bowling Green Kentucky is a welding town there are thousands of people in this city that their jobs include welding," said David Brumley, Judge. "There's a shortage of those people so we are trying to make welding fun and try to teach the kids proper safety and proper way to do it."
If a competitor places in the regional competition they will move on to state and then could advance to nationals. Winners are also eligible for scholarship opportunities at SKYCTC.