SkillsUSA SkillsUSA Champions Summer 2009 : Page 12

what you can expect at 2009’s conference SkillsUSA’s big show comes back to Kansas City, Mo., June 21-26. By the numbers, it includes: • More than 5,000 students competing in 91 different skilled and leadership events • Total contest area of 787,482 square feet (covering more than 16 football fields) • Combined attendance of more than 14,000 • Eighty-two SkillsUSA University sessions • More than 125 exciting exhibits in SkillsUSA TECHSPO • Total in-kind industry and education contri-butions of more than $35 million See you there — or watch it all unfold online at: www.skillsusa.org/events/ nlsc.shtml . “It’s been a real good experi-ence for the kids,” ARLAN PENNER (below) describes his students’ SkillsUSA participa-tion. The carpentry teacher at McPherson (Kan.) High School has had seven state champions in a row. One of them, Adam Deeds, won a national medal three times: twice as Penner’s student and once while attending Pittsburg State University. Penner makes an effort to recruit female students to his program, which has tradition-ally been male dominated. “On average, we have 10 girls in the program every year,” he says. His students do a lot more than compete. They are involved in mentoring and community service. The 2007 Kansas Advisor of the Year adds, “It’s important to learn a skill, but it’s also important to learn the value of giving back to your community.” • • Once is not enough for LILLIE MACK MOSLEY , whether it’s jobs or weddings. Her husband of 22 years plans to marry her in all 50 states. They married for a seventh time, in Missouri, the day after she competed in the national Carpentry contest (see her SkillsUSA-themed wed-ding photo in our online edition) . Mosley, of St. Albans, W.Va., has been a coal miner, welder and chemical operator, just to name a few. Her next stop is carpentry, and she’s the only student from Putnam Career and Technical Center in Eleanor, W.Va., to score 100 percent on the course test. 40949-5 • Give new meaning to Motor-head Hydraulics: Fundamentals Of Service Just one of the 27 books from John Deere Publishing. Learning the operation for hydraulic systems in automotives are simpler than students may think. With Hydraulics , you can show your class the “how-to” necessary for diagnosing problems, testing components in off-road vehicles, trucks and automobiles. Hydraulics is a simple language instruction manual that provides new learners with basic steps to increase their knowledge. With 15 informative chapters, this book can support the beginners or even the most experienced mechanics. Filled with remarkably designed illustrations, Hydraulics gives students clear demonstrations for greater under-standing. From photographs and pictorial diagrams to troubleshooting and diagnostic charts. This is the ideal handbook to help trainees comprehend all the theories of automotive hydraulic systems. www.johndeere.com/publications Call (800) 522-7448 to order, to inquire into prices, or to get our free catalog! Photos: Lloyd Wolf

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