DCA LogoThe Distribution Contractors Association (DCA) has announced support for SkillsUSA, a national nonprofit focused on workforce development. The 2019 sponsorship will support the mission of SkillsUSA and several national programs that help SkillsUSA instructors and their students become world-class workers, leaders and responsible American citizens.

With the DCA’s partnership, SkillsUSA will receive support for the 2019 National Leadership and Skills Conference, June 24-28 in Louisville, Kentucky, including a Meet the Employer event, the construction sector of the SkillsUSA Championships, the Awards and Recognition conference publication, a state SkillsUSA director’s breakfast and SkillsUSA Champions magazine.

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“SkillsUSA salutes the Distribution Contractors Association for this partnership, which includes support for our workforce development event for middle-school, high-school and college/postsecondary students enrolled in public career and technical education programs,” says SkillsUSA’s executive director, Timothy Lawrence. “The SkillsUSA National Leadership and Skills Conference is the largest hands-on showcase of skilled trades in the nation. It is attended by 18,000 students, teachers, education leaders and representatives from 600 national corporations, trade associations, businesses and labor unions. SkillsUSA lifts up and recognizes students and provides much-needed support for their teachers to ensure America has a future skilled workforce. We could not deliver our mission without partners like DCA.”

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“DCA is very proud to formalize our relationship with SkillsUSA through this partnership,” says Rob Darden, DCA executive vice president. “The quality and character of the SkillsUSA students is exactly the type of individuals that thrive in our industry. The underground construction industry has a massive need for skilled workers. There are 2.1 million miles of natural gas pipelines, most of which needs to be replaced and repaired. The job opportunities in the industry for young people today could lead to a very lucrative lifetime career. These are jobs that provide high tech training, rapid advancement, excellent salaries, and an opportunity to build and improve our nation’s infrastructure.”

For more about the 2019 SkillsUSA Championships, visit: skillsusa.org/competitions/skillsusa-championships/