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They worked two straight days, the second of which was extended a couple of hours to allow a bit more construction toward completion. But in the end, three high school teams and one post-secondary team brought home the medals.
The inaugural TeamBuild contest winners are:
Silver--Auburn Career Center, Concord Township, Ohio
Bronze--Caldwell County Career Center, Hudson, N.C.
- Gold--Petoskey Career Tech Center, Petoskey, Mich.
Gold-North Central Kansas Tech College, Beloit, Kan.
The winners were announced Friday evening, June 30, 2000 at the Awards Session of the SkillsUSA-VICA National Leadership and Skills Conference held in Kansas City, Mo. TeamBuild contestants were among approximately 4,000 outstanding vocational students attending the conference.
TeamBuild was planned by a technical committee made up of representatives of labor and management and was designed to test the skills needed for a successful entry-level performance in the construction field. Safety practices and procedures--an area of great concern to labor and management alike--were judged and graded and constituted a portion of a contestant''s score.
The contest consisted of teams of four contestants each, with expertise in carpentry, electricity, plumbing and masonry, competed in planning, scheduling and building of a project over a two day period in a simulated real world situation. This two day competition placed a special emphasis on individual trade students working collectively to coordinate all phases of project execution.
John Crowley, New England Classic, chaired the TeamBuild technical committee. Other members: Peter Anderson, Pulaski County High School (VA); Tim Carter, Ask the Builder; Dean Horowitz, Cahners Business Information; Joe Keppler, Construction Management Advisory Group; Bill Robinson, Journal of Light Construction; and Rick Wolverton, The Stanley Works. Stan Boody, Gloucester County Institute of Technology in New Jersey, assisted the national technical committee. Other supporting organizations for TeamBuild include: Andersen; Becker Electric Supply; Belkin; Bosch Power Tools; Builders Training Council of Kansas City; Charlotte Pipe; Copper Development Association; DuPont/Tyvek; Elkay Sinks and Insinkerator; Georgia Pacific; Keidel Supply Co.; Linbeck; Magla Products; Maguire-Nicholas; NAHB Home Builder Press; Portland Cement Association; SPEC MIX; U.S. Safety; Verform Siding; Whirlpool; and Wilsonart.
SkillsUSA-VICA 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 vocational students and to encourage them to strive for excellence and pride in their chosen occupations.
Rod Sutton is the Editor-in-Chief for Professional Remodeler. Please email him with any comments or questions regarding his column.
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