The winners of the annual SkillsUSA Championships in CABINETMAKING were announced Wednesday evening, June 27, at the Awards Ceremony of SkillsUSA National Leadership and Skills Conference. The Conference was held June 23 - June 27, 2012 at the Municipal Auditorium, the Kemper Arena, H. Roe Bartle Hall, the downtown Marriott and the downtown Crowne Plaza in Kansas City, Missouri. Over 5,600 outstanding career and technical education students joined in the excitement of hands on competition in 94 different trade, technical, and leadership fields.

Working against the clock and each other, the participants proved their expertise in job skills for occupations such as electronics, technical drafting, precision machining, medical assisting and culinary arts. There were also competitions in leadership skills, such as extemporaneous speaking and conducting meetings by parliamentary procedures.

SkillsUSA is the national organization for students in trade, industrial, technical and health occupations education. It sponsors the SkillsUSA Championships annually to recognize the achievements of career and technical education students and to encourage them to strive for excellence and pride in their chosen occupations.

The contests are planned by technical committees made up of representatives of labor and management and are designed to test the skills needed for a successful entry level performance in given occupational fields. Safety practices and procedures - an area of great concern to labor and management alike - are judged and graded and constitute a portion of a contestant’s score. A short video about the National Leadership and Skills Conference is available online at

Cabinetmaking requires contestants to build a small cabinet from materials and drawings supplied. Contestants are expected to read the drawings, lay out and cut the parts using a table saw, laminate trimmer, hand drill, hinge boring machine and various hand tools. The parts must be accurately assembled, sanded and adjusted to tolerances specified by the judges.

The members of the national technical committee for Cabinetmaking includes Chair Kent Gilcrest, Fremont Interiors, Inc. (Ind.); Jerry Allen, Allen Millwork Company (Kan.); Jerry Brewer, Ohio Valley Door Corporation (Ind.); Kristine Cox, Rowland Woodworking, Inc. (N.C.); Greg Heuer, Architectural Woodwork Institute (Va.); Ted Robinson, Technique Mfg. Inc. (Kan.); John Volpe, Volpe Millwork, Inc. (Ohio); and, Charlie Zizumbo, Salina Planing Mill, Inc. (Kan.).

A national education team assists the national technical committee. Members include Chair Joe Davis, Dale Jackson Career Center (Texas); Alan Gomez, Sun Prairie Area School District (Wis.); Terry O'Reilly, Carpenters Joint Apprenticeship Program (Mo.); Andre Pease, Virginia Beach Vo-Tech (Va.); Brad Sarchet, Coshocton County Career Center (Ohio); Craig Strope, Nichols Career Center (Mo.); A.J. Tinker, Rolla Technical Institute (Mo.); Robert Tobias, Associate Professor, Thaddeus Stevens College (Pa.); Kathleen Turner, Riverton High School (Utah); Bryan Wolf, Nichols Career Center (Mo.); Myles Yates, Dallas County Career Center (Mo.); and, Robert York, Four Rivers Career Center (Mo.).

Other supporting organizations include Blum; Calculated Industries, Inc.; Carhartt, Inc.; DEWALT Industrial Tool Company; Lowe’s Companies, Inc.; Overland Tool; Ranken Technical College; SawStop LLC; Timberland PRO; and, Woodwork Career Alliance.

SkillsUSA helps students discover and grow their career passions. As a nationwide partnership of students, instructors and industry working together, SkillsUSA works to ensure America has a skilled workforce. It helps every student excel. The nationwide career and technical education (CTE) student organization serves more than 320,000 high school, college and postsecondary students—and their instructors—in technical, skilled, and service occupation instructional programs. 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 10.5 million people have been annual members of SkillsUSA since its founding as The Vocational Industrial Clubs of America in 1965. SkillsUSA programs teach leadership, citizenship and character development to complement technical skill training. The organization emphasizes respect for the dignity of work, ethics, workmanship, scholarship and safety.

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