Illinois Central College student Jade Milloy-Cobb, of East Peoria, was awarded a college gold medal in graphic communications last month at the 2019 SkillsUSA Championships in Louisville, Ky.

The championship is the world’s biggest skill competition. It’s held annually for students in middle school, high school or college/post-secondary programs. From June 26-27 at a facility covering 1.4 million sq. ft., more than 6,500 students from every state demonstrated their technical, workplace and personal skills. They competed in 103 hands-on competitions at the national showcase with competitions in robotics, automotive technology, drafting, criminal justice, aviation maintenance and public speaking. 

“This showcase of career and technical education demonstrates our SkillsUSA partnership at its finest,” SkillsUSA Executive Director Tim Lawrence said in the release. “Our students, instructors and industry partners work together to ensure that every student excels. This program expands learning and career opportunities for our members.”

The championship presented, in total, 1,122 gold, silver and bronze medals to students, with many also receiving industry prizes, tools of the trade or scholarships. Skill Point Certificates, a component of SkillsUSA’s assessment program for career and technical education, were awarded to students in 72 occupational and leadership events.

“Industry leaders from 600 businesses, corporations, trade associations and unions planned and evaluated the contestants against their standards for entry-level workers,” stated a news release. “Industry support of the SkillsUSA Championships is valued at over $36 million in donated time, equipment, cash and material. More than 1,100 industry judges and technical committee members participated this year.”