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Skilled trades competition in Omaha

Posted at 4:31 PM, Apr 21, 2016
and last updated 2016-04-21 17:35:48-04
More than one thousand high school and college students learned about careers Thursday through a competition right here in Omaha. The goal is to help students prepare now ... for jobs expected to be open in the next few years in fields ranging from welding to baking. Reporter Shawnte Passmore has more.
 
Students have traveled all over the state to demonstrate their skills. "We have healthcare competitions. We got a new one this year on drones and there's a lot of interests there. Um, restaurant services". At the state championships, there are endless career possibilities for every student. "You had to weld those pieces together. but you definitely have to prepare for it." "So they gave us a scene and they gave us a report of what's happening. Collect your evidence and you can like dust if for prints and they make sure you package everything correctly."
 
Organizers say the object of this competition is simple. "We got a bunch of baby boomers who will be retiring in five years that have skill sets and there's no one there to take their place." Since there are over a 100 competitive categories, this event is actually held at multiple locations throughout the city.The winning students will go on to compete at the nationals this June in Kentucky.