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Florida Wins Big at National Career and Technical Competition

Florida schools won more than 100 awards this year at the 45th Annual SkillsUSA Championships in Kansas City, Mo., making the Sunshine State the lead medal winning state in the nation. The SkillsUSA Championships are a showcase for the best career and technical education students from across the country.

The SkillsUSA Championships began in 1967 and has grown to more than 5,000 students competing in 93 different skill, technical and leadership fields. Students work against the clock and each other, proving their expertise in occupations like building maintenance, entrepreneurship, fire fighting, and Web design.

For the sixth consecutive year, Manatee Technical Institute in Bradenton, Fla. won more awards than any other school, technical center, college or university in the nation, receiving 62 medals.

Congratulations to all nine Florida schools receiving SkillsUSA medals, Manatee Technical Institute, Pinellas Technical Education Center Clearwater Campus, Pinellas Technical Education Center Saint Petersburg Campus, Robert Morgan Educational Center, Sarasota County Technical Institute, Southeast High School, South Broward High School, South Technical Education Center, and Treasure Coast High School.

For more information about the SkillsUSA Championships, visit