SkillsUSA, headquartered in Leesburg, Va., is a national association serving high school and college students, and their instructors, in technical and skilled trades. It has 250,000 members in 13,000 chapters in 54 state and territorial associations.
In September, the association held its 36th biennial World Skills Competition in Seoul, South Korea. Supporting organizations include the Air Conditioning and Refrigeration Institute (ARI); Carrier Corporation; Copeland Corporation; Fluke Corporation and others.
Brett Johnson, 21, Checotoh, Okla., won a Diploma of Honor in Refrigeration during the event. Contestants must be able to install refrigerant piping, install and set controls and regulating devices, install and commission complete systems, charge and recover refrigerants, etc.
For more information visit www.skillsusa.org including photos of the team and individual contestants.