GREENSBORO, N.C. -- No need for tests or quizzes when you can show what you've learned in the classroom in a competition against your peers.
Students from across the state are in Greensboro for the 49th SkillsUSA North Carolina State Conference this week. The conference involves many events for students, but the centerpiece is a competition between the best of the best in several industries. Students are competing in more than 100 competitions that stretch across 100 industries. The challenges include everything from carpentry to cosmetology.
The top student in each competition will head to Kansas City, MO, for this year's SkillsUSA national competition.
SkillsUSA is a national non-profit organization for students and teachers on the high school and collegiate level. It helps prepare students for careers in trade, technical and service jobs.
Lowe's Home Improvement partners with SkillsUSA for the competition and has done so for several years. In 2014 alone, Lowe's has committed to invest $1.4 million in SkillsUSA. And, in all its time working with the group, Lowe's has already contributed more than $10 million to the organization.
For more information about the state branch of SkillsUSA, head to the SkillsUSA North Carolina website.