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Under the direction of Instructor Jay Vrabec, the South Stark Career Academy Automotive Technology program took part in Regional SkillsUSA competition on Saturday, Feb. 18, at Stark State College of Automotive Technology.
Canton South High School senior Shawn Covert placed first. As a result of his first place finish, Covert received a $1,000 scholarship to Stark Sate College. Covert currently works part-time at Patriot Auto Center in Canton.
His first place win qualifies Covert for the SkillsUSA Ohio Championships held at the Greater Columbus Convention Center on April 11-12, 2017.
SkillsUSA programs include local, state and national competitions in which students demonstrate occupational and leadership skills. At the annual national-level SkillsUSA Championships, over 6,000 students compete in 100 occupational and leadership skill areas.
SkillsUSA programs also help to establish industry standards for job skill training in the lab and classroom, and promote community service. SkillsUSA is recognized by the U.S. Department of Education and is cited as a "successful model of employer-driven youth development training program" by the U.S. Department of Labor.