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2011 SkillsUSA Recap

This year’s 2011 Skills USA Championship in Kansas City, Missouri, was very
exciting! The students were prepared, they were energized and proved to be
GREAT competitors. This year’s AMT (Automated Manufacturing Technology)
challenge was a five piece game based after the childhood classic Connect-4

SkillsUSA Connect4 project

After drawing the part and generating the CAM (Computer Integrated
Manufacturing) CNC code, they then prepared blank stock and made the parts.
This year’s challenge included the 5 part assembly. Those students who finished
the 5 parts, turned them in and got a change order for the top (the sixth

In talking with one of the teams, I learned they competed last year and were
coming back for medals this year. This team event tests the skills these
students have under pressure while competing with the best in the nation. These
student’s have the right stuff! They are going to work and on for more
schooling to keep America competitive. For those who haven’t been to a National
Skills Leadership Competition (NSLC), seeing is believing. Pictures are good
but do yourself a favor, get there. There are over 18 acres of competitions on
just one of the floors with students competing on skills challenges from
Carpentry, Household Wiring, Masonry, to Cosmetology, Nail Care, Culinary Arts,
Automotive Body Repair, Robotics and Automation and Automated Manufacturing.
These are the skills that keep America moving!

Intelitek was the primary industry sponsor at this year’s Robotics and
Automation competition at the NLSC, providing 11 ER 4u robotic workcells for
students to compete with over a two day period. “This two person team
competition is exciting for us to host”, says David Crowell, Regional Sales
Manager for Intelitek and National Chairman of the Robotics and Automation
Competition. This competition tests the students ability to design, layout,
wire, program and prove the best solution for a workcell project. This year the
teams implemented the use of a pallet system to move parts around the workcell.
Teams were interviewed and had to present to a technical committee their
designs. This was done in a design review process and we were assisted by teams
of engineers from Honeywell who are based in Kansas City.

For more information about SkillsUSA, please visit

Heading West: Intelitek in Kansas City for SkillsUSA Championships!

Intelitek is in Kansas City this week at the SkillsUSA Championships! Our VP of Sales and Marketing, Mike Ogilvy, wanted to share our partnership with the organization and what it’s like to be on the Championship floor:

Skills USA is one of the country’s largest Career and Technical Skills Organizations, and Intelitek has been a close partner of skills USA for over 25 years.  Our involvement has grown over the years and we are pleased to help in the following major areas:

The National Leadership and Skills Conference: Intelitek is the lead sponsor in the  Automated Manufacturing Technology, Robotics and Automation, and Mobile Robotics competitions. Students from all over the United States come to compete in these areas. Many of them are either accepted into a job or post-secondary education by the time they are competing in June.

Skills Connect Assessments: 46 technical assessments and an employability virtual assessment.  Intelitek was the lead developer and hosts the assessments for Skills USA on LearnMate, our E-Learning Learning Management System.

Youth Development Foundation: The Youth Development Foundation is a separate Industry group that is responsible for Industry involvement and fund raising for SkillsUSA. Intelitek has served on this foundation for many years.

SkillsUSA is a student organization with over 310,000 members!  This organization is not just about local, state and national competitions.  This organization is about skill development for sure, but equally, if  not more important, SkillsUSA programs promote and instill leadership skills that transcend a student’s life.  These include community development, organization, and employability skills that make SkillsUSA students successes.

This week in Kansas City anyone can see that the proof is in the pudding!  In Barrtel Hall alone, there is over 18 acres and over $25,000,000.00 worth of state of the art industrial and commercial technology at the hands of the students who have come from 50 states to win a national championship.  Intelitek alone will have over $1,250,000.00 of equipment supporting over 200 students competing in team competitions.  Over all, there are over 5,000 students that will be competing for gold awards in careers from Culinary arts to Factory Automation.  To see it is to believe it, pictures can tell a story, but from one who has been active over 15 years, I can share with you each and every time I walk onto that floor, the hair goes up on my back to be part of such a great event.  The story is not about the millions of dollars of equipment on the floor, or the thousands of hours that go into making and supporting these competitions, the event for all involved each year comes to life when we engage our champions, the students.  We all hear about the problems in America.  Well each and every year we go to Kansas City, those problems go away.  We see what a great county we have, we experience the active minds of students who are leaders in their communities around the country.  We meet the skills champions!!!

Intelitek is so very proud to be a sponsor and partner of SkillsUSA.  It is part of our culture.  The purpose of this blog is to “get the word out”  share the experiences of being involved as a partner of a great organization like SkillsUSA and to tell the story from a partners eyes.

Next week we will capture pictures and share the excitement with you as we can.  Stay tuned more to come.

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