In June 2012, PLTC sent a Welding student Zach Miller for the Silex school district to the SkillsUSA National Skills and Leadership Conference in Kansas City, MO. This 5 day event featured competitions, fun, and scholarships and prizes for student competitors. Only the top student from each state earns the right to compete at the national level in their particular contest. Zach placed 23rd out of 50 welders in the welding contest.
To get to the national contests, Zach first had to compete at the district and state contests.
In the district contests, Zack earned 2nd place which gave him the right to compete at the state level. The state contest is held at Linn State Technical College at the beginning of April. Over 2500 Missouri career and technical education students arrive at the college to compete in different hands-on and leadership contests. PLTC students earned the right to compete in welding, welding fabrication, and diesel technology at the state level. After two days of competitions, Zack came out on top in the Welding Contest with a 1st place win. Only 1st place medalists can attend the national competition.
Prior to heading off to national competition, Zack entered a scholarship contest through the Mike Rowe Works Foundation. This foundation has awarded numerous education scholarships and helps to promote the skilled trades. Zack was one of two students from Missouri to win the scholarship. This scholarship helped to pay for the tools and uniforms needed for competition and to cover the cost of his meals during the week long competition. Zack and the 49 other scholarship winner had the opportunity to meet Mike Rowe during a luncheon held in their honor.