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Manatee Technical Institute shines at annual SkillsUSA Championships

Bradenton Herald

Manatee Technical Institute

For the ninth straight year, Manatee Technical Institute students won more medals than any other school in the nation at the 48th annual SkillsUSA Championships in Kansas City.

To put it in perspective, there are about 10,000 school districts and 4,000 tech centers, colleges and universities in the United States.

Notable this year:

  • MTI students won gold in both the high school and college divisions of two contests: Building Maintenance and Occupational Health and Safety -- Single.
  • One contest traditionally won by a male student was won by a female student this year: Criminal Justice. MTI student Rhonda Madden won first in the nation in the college division. Madden also holds the record of the highest GPA ever in the MTI Law Enforcement Academy.
  • One of the contests that was new for MTI to win this year was Mobile Electronics Installation. MTI student Ryan Purdy took second place in the college division.

SkillsUSA is partnership of students, teachers and industry representatives working together to ensure America has a skilled workforce. The philosophy of the championships is to reward students for excellence, to involve industry in directly evaluating student performance and to keep training relevant to employers' needs.

The championships were held June 22-27. The theme for this year's contests was "Champions at Work, Skilled and Motivated."

For a complete list of winners, go to