The students are really awesome. They give a 5 to 7 minute demonstration of a workforce skill. I judge the competition every chance I get because it’s a learning opportunity for me.
The topics run the gamut from culinary to construction to mechanical and even cosmetology. This year there was a magician competing. He wants to do this as a career. He wasn’t in my group but I hear he was great.
These kids give me a good feeling about life. We need skilled technical workers. These jobs can pay very well and be rewarding.
There have been some very talented kids go through this program and it wouldn’t surprise me to see them with their own businesses in a few years.
We judge their knowledge (do they know how) and demonstration (can they explain their skills clearly). Some create elaborate displays. Some are funny and some are so nervous you want to put your arms around them and tell them it’s ok.
Scholarships are awarded to the winners.
They are all so deserving that at the end of the day you wish you could award more to these deserving students. If you get a chance to be involved in this, go for it.