SkillsUSA WorldTeam Heads to International Competition for Young Skilled Workers

Skilled, capable and flexible workers are the backbone of any nation’s economy and this international competition allows us to measure our SkillsUSA students and training programs against the best in the world.

SkillsUSA, the organization that represents the United States in the WorldSkills Competition, is sending 11 career and technical education competitors to Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, to compete in 10 skill categories during the 44th biennial event Oct. 14-19. Members of the WorldTeam won the right to compete by earning a national medal in the SkillsUSA Championships and completing other prerequisites prior to being chosen for the team.

“The SkillsUSA WorldTeam will meet and compete in Abu Dhabi with young workers from all around the globe, and I know our team will represent the United States very well,” said Tim Lawrence, executive director, SkillsUSA. “Just as in sports, winning contestants will be awarded medals and honors. But, the difference is that nations rise on the success of their workforce. Skilled, capable and flexible workers are the backbone of any nation’s economy and this international competition allows us to measure our SkillsUSA students and training programs against the best in the world.”

Competing in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates for the U.S.:


  •     Automobile Technology: Jonathan Robertson, Blue Springs, Mo.
  •     Bakery: Jordyn Baker, Anchorage, Alaska
  •     Bricklaying: Luke Dutton, Salisbury, N.C.
  •     Hairdressing: Kylie Burkey, Bristol, Tenn.
  •     Mechatronics: Joshua Whittington, Hogansville, Ga. and Corey Cleghorn, Tifton, Ga.
  •     Plumbing and Heating: Asher Chicoine, East Hampton, Mass.
  •     Print Media Technology: Chandler Kerr, Severn, Md.
  •     Refrigeration and Air Conditioning: Krzysztof (Chris) Zamajtys, Bohemia, N.Y.
  •     Web Design: Riley Johnson, Carrboro, N.C.
  •     Welding: Chandler Vincent, Price, Utah

In 2017, more than 1,300 competitors will test their skills in Abu Dhabi. Considered “the best of the best,” contestants compete for four days in 51 occupational skill areas from economic sectors including manufacturing and engineering technology, information and communication technology, construction…

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