Skills Center Students To Compete For Scholarship $$

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A team from Puget Sound Skills Center (PSSC) will compete for scholarship money and prizes during the global finals of the Construction Challenge in Knoxville, Tenn., May 20-23, 2009.

The PSSC team will compete against 900 teams from around the world. PSSC qualified for the international championship at the regional competition in February, when more than 300 teams competed in 15 simultaneous qualifying rallies to secure their spot in the global competition.

The Construction Challenge, a creative problem solving program in its second year, introduces students to the skills they need to be successful in construction-related fields. The competition is designed to engage teens through a hands-on, educational experience and to introduce them to careers as engineers, equipment technicians and manufacturing professionals.

The Association of Equipment Manufacturers (AEM) sponsors the Challenge in partnership with Destination ImagiNation.

Students on the Construction Challenge team are enrolled in the construction technology program at PSSC.

PSSC offers a half-day vocational training program for students in area high schools.

PSSC is one of Highline School District’s most unique and specialized secondary programs. Founded in 1966, it was the first of what now number ten regional Skills Centers funded by the Washington State Legislature. For forty years, PSSC has been a school of choice for students from Mount Rainer, Evergreen, Tyee, and Highline High Schools, as well as for students from adjacent school districts, home schoolers, and students enrolled in private schools.

Students do not withdraw from their enrolled high school in order to attend PSSC. The PSSC experience becomes a part of a student’s four year high school experience in a joint partnership agreement. Classes at PSSC are “half day” and the 10th, 11th and 12th grade student spends half of each day at PSSC in the chosen program and half of each day at the enrolled high school. Transportation is provided between the two schools.

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