BANGOR – Right on the heels of a week of tournament action, more than 800 students from around the state are in Bangor to show off their skills.
The United Technology Center in Bangor hosted the Skills USA Maine State Competitions. Students were given the chance to go up against their counter parts from various schools from across the state.
Every technology class from video, to cake decorating and automotive was present under one roof.
Instructor Dave Boardman stated “The primary goal is to give students a chance to show what they can do. We are midway, a little more than midway through the school year, some of these students have been doing this for more than a year.”
Some students like Nathan St. Laurent have been preparing their entire lives. Today he had to try and move an egg with a spoon attached to the bucket of a front end loader.
St. Laurent said “I actually been running these my whole life. The first time I ran one alone when when I was four years old. I was in it and my dad felt my hands moving his before he was doing it.”
Where as Caleb Turmel from Region III in Lincoln was tested for his law enforcement class . He said “I think I was pretty nervous, but now that I’ve done it, I feel really confident and I’d like to do it again. I’ve got a lot out of it.”
Once you have honed those skills you need to get a job. There was even a competition for that.
About the job interview portion Sanford Region Technical Center student, Guenevere Beaupret concluded “It’s one thing to have the knowledge to do the job….it’s not going to be very helpful if you cant get the job.”