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El.... ...... !4._. Thursday, July 11, 2013 ]g O touunllnlty Tri-C News Streit awarded Skill Point Certificate- Rail crossing in Watkins closed this week Students from Minnesota high school and college technical edu- cation programs won the nation's highest awards at the SkillsUSA National Leadership and Skills Conference. Industry leaders rep- resenting over 1,100 businesses, corporations, trade associations and unions recognized the stu.- dents for their demonstrated excel- lefme in98 hands-on occupational and leadership contests, such as robotics, criminal justice, aviation maintenance and public speak- ing. All contests are designed, run and judged by industry using industry standards. Top student winners received gold, silver and bronze medal- lions. Many also received prizes such as tools of their trade and/ or scholarships to further their careers and education. The Skills USA Championships is for high school and college-level students who are members of SkillsUSA. In addition, high scorers in the contests received Skill Point Cer- tificates. The Skill Point Certifi- cate was awarded in 86 occupa- tional and leadership areas to stu- dents who achieved a high score defined by industry. The Skills USA Championships have been a premier event since 1967. The Skill Point Certificates were intro- duced in 2009 as a component of the SkillsOSA Work Force Ready System. Derek Streit, a Richmond stu- dent at Saint Cloud Technical and Community College in Saint Cloud, was awarded a Skill Point Certificate in Carpentry. "Over 6,000 students from every statte in the nation came to compete iin the SkillsUSA Champi- onships tthis week," said SkillsUSA Executive. Director Tim Lawrence. "This is the SkiIlsUSA partner- ship at its best. Students, instruc- tors and industries are working together to ensure America has a skilled workforce and every stu- dent excels. These students prove that career and technical educa- tion expands opportunities." According to the U.S. Depart- ment of Education, students who take three or more career and technical education (CTE) pro- grams in high school are more likely to attend college and stay there to graduate. In fact, 79 percent of CTE concentrators enrolled in postsecondary edu- cation within two years of high school graduation. And, students in CTE programs have a higher- than-average high school gradua- tion rate. Research has shown the average high school graduation rate for students concentrating in CTE programs is 90% compared to an average national freshman graduation rate of 74.9 percent. Industry support of the Skills USA Championships is valued at more than $36 million in donated time, equipment, cash and mate- rial. All contests are run and judged by industry experts using industry standards for employ- ment. Contests assess hands-on, employability and academic skills. More than 1,700 industry judges and technical committee mem- bers participated this year. The SkillsUSA Work Force Ready System was developed as an extension of the SkillsUSA mission and supported by a grant from the W.K. Kellogg Foundation. The Sys- tem recognizes students for excel- lence in occupational training; it assesses and documents the entry-level technical proficiency and cumulative experiences of candidates. For more information about the SkillsUSA Work Force Ready System, visit SkillsUSA helps students dis- cover and grow their career pas- sions. As a nationwide partner- ship of students, instructors and industry working together, Skills USA works to ensure America has a skilled workforce. It helps every student excel. The nation- wide career and technical educa- tion (CTE) student organization serves more than 300,000 high school, college and postsecond- ary students-and their instruc= tots-in technical, skilled, and ser- vice occupation instructional pro- -grams: CTE is learning that works for America. SkillsUSA has the active support of more than 1,100 corporations, trade associations, business and labor unions at the national level. Over 11.2 million people have been annual mem- bers of SkillsUSA since .its found- ing as The Vocational Industrial Clubs of America in 1965. Skill- sUSA programs teach leadership, citizenship and character develop- ment to complement technical skill training. The organization empha- sizes respect for the dignity of work, ethics, workmanship, scholarship and safety. For more information, contact j_ The CP Rail tracks at the intersection with Central Avenue in Watkins are being worked on this week. The crossing will be closed July 8-12. Staff photo by Jean Doran Matua. Rock-Fest festival events Festival at the John Clark Ele- mentary Grounds, Saturday, July 13, Broadway Street, Rockville, 10-min. West of St. Cloud, Hwy 23. www.rockvillerockfest.corn. Festival family contests: 7 a.m.-noon fishing contest, free registration at Grand Lake and Pleasant Lake. Contact: Jan or Mike at (320) 253-2917 5K and 1K run, Sponsored by Simply Outdoor Experiences. Con- tacLWoody at (612) 270-3275 Festival attractions: 12:30 pan. Present the Colors and openiflg ceremony, St. Cloud Pipe and Drum Corps 1-5 p.m. Food court and vendor exhibits! 1-5 p.m. Fishing pond; free town trolley rides; games, prizes, inflatable rides, and train rides; petting zoo; pony rides; collec- tor vehicles. Contact Gary at (320) 255-5555 or 267-5309 2 p.m. - until found, medallion hunt; clues at information booth, posted every hour until found. 2 p.m. Milking contest. 3 p.m. Kids tractor pull; regis- tration at 1 p.m., Broadway St. Ages 4-11. 6-7:30 p.m. parade. Parade route: E. Broadway to S. Chestnut Street to Othmar Ln. to N. on Cty Rd. 8, parade ends on Broadway St. 6 p.m. -7:30 p.m. fireworks Evening entertainment: 8 p.m. to midnight street dance with live band (Pandemic) and beer garden. Stoney's Bar, downtown Weekend event: CO-REC softball tournament. Three days * Friday, July 12 starts at 7 p.m. * Saturday, July 13 starts at 8:30 a.m. * Sunday, July 14 starts at 8:30 a.m. Contact Kirstin Stanger at (320) 493-1748. Email: rockfes~festival@hotmail .corn, web: www.rockvillerockfest .corn, Tel.: Jan (320) 253-2917, Woody (612) 270-3275 Heavy rains lead to more mosquitoes this summer Mosquitoes are especially abundant this summer because of heavy rainfall and increased moisture in the environment. University of Minnesota Exten- sion entomologist Jeff Hahn explains mosquito larvae live in small pools of water. Increases in rainfall lead to more mosquito breeding grounds. Although rain cannot be controlled, there are many steps Minnesotans can take to combat mosquitoes. Mosquitoes avoid direct sun- light. They are more common dur- ing early morning and evening as well as cloudy days. Try to avoid these times when possible. Draining small child pools, clogged gutters and other small pools of water prevents your yard from turning into a mosquito breeding ground. "If you have something that collects water, dump it or drain it," Hahn says. Put a thin layer of vegetable oil on water that cannot be drained (like rain buckets and bird baths) to suffocate the larvae and stop mosquito breeding. Also, keep weeds and grasses from getting tall. It is important to protect your skin when you are outside. "Repellent is a good first line of defense," says Hahn, who recom- mends using sprays, such as DEET or picaridin on your body and clothes. Also, covering your skin with long sleeves and long pants is an effective method of prevent- ing bites. Alternative and homemade methods of mosquito preven- tion are minimally effective, if at all, Hahn says. Citronella can- dles, ultrasound repellents, or insect zappers will not reduce the amount of bites you get out. side, even if you catch a few mos- quitoes. In the case of bug zap- pers you may even end up attract- ing more insects than the amount you're exterminating. Besides biting, mosquitoes can carry diseases like West Nile virus, which increased nationally and in Minnesota last year. Last year, there were 70 cases of the virus here, according to the Minnesota Department of Health. "Humans are most likely to get infected with West Nile at the end of the summer so even though mosquito numbers go down, peo- ple still need to protect them- selves," Hahn says. 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