You know, it really is kind of ironic – here I am sitting in the hotel room writing this article on SkillsUSA 2012 & I got the TV on. This show happens to be on Millennial’s, their stories, and thoughts on the upcoming election. So what am I hearing – I went to university, sent out 80 / 300 applications & I haven’t been called / hired. I spent 200K to become a lawyer & I don’t know if I will ever be able to pay it back. I’m 27 with a Masters & haven’t worked a day in my life… I have a double master & am working part time in retail… I guess they must not have gotten the memo about a career in the trades.
Welcome to Kansas City & the 2012 SkillsUSA National Championships. This year there is almost 6000 competitors competing in 94 different events. Unfortunately with the MLB’s All-Star game coming up soon they had to bump Skills up by a few days so everyone was rushing today to get the finishing touches up as orientations & judging actually starts tomorrow. Unfortunately I didn’t realize that they would still be setting up & my room wouldn’t be ready for a while.
Wow a virtual welder – a special thanks to Lincoln Electric for giving me a quick lesson & for talking me into trying it. That was pretty fun, especially seeing the last time I did any welding was… well lets just say Skills used to be known as VICA back when I did any.
Speaking of virtual, here is one from John Deere
Today’s Courtesy Corp color is red, great job everyone & a big thanks
This was just outside the hall – interesting idea
Wow, now you can further bling out your hammers & tools
SkillsUSA competition taps & pins
Amazingly this display for SCAD.edu is contrary to the way it was supposed to be set up. Nice job & hey it worked as I stopped to look
The Robot competition area – the goal is to get the ball into the hoop. On Monday they have to build the robots from a kit using the spec manual (2nd photo)