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Pensacola State College hosts 2014 Florida SkillsUSA State Competition & Worlds of Possibilities Career Expo, April 28-29

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Showcasing technical talents and leadership abilities, the best and the brightest of Florida SkillsUSA competitors will face off at the 2014 Florida SkillsUSA State Competition held in conjunction with the 2014 Worlds of Possibilities Career Expo, April 28-29.

For the third straight year, the event will occur at the Pensacola Bay Center, 201 East Gregory Street, Pensacola, Fla.

New this year, the Florida SkillsUSA State Conference will include a community service project open to all attendees. ARC Gateway students will assist SkillsUSA students in building picnic tables for ARC Gateway on Monday afternoon, April 28.

The Worlds of Possibilities Career Expo will showcase businesses and vendors in technical and vocational career fields by engaging over 1,500 middle school students from Escambia County and 2,500 high school students from Santa Rosa County, and more than 2,000 high school and college students from throughout Florida, with exciting hands-on and interactive experiences in 11 worlds and industry sectors-ranging from the World of Energy to the World of Manufacturing, which is new this year.

The public is invited to tour the Worlds of Possibilities 2- 3 p.m. on Monday, April 28, at the Pensacola Bay Center. Immediately following the tour, the third floor of the Pensacola Bay Center will be open for the public to participate in a Job Fair 2-5 p.m., so dress for success and bring your resume and portfolio’s.

Back by popular demand, SkillsUSA will cohost an Electrathon Race competition at Five Flags Speedway on Saturday, April 26. Sanctioned by Electrathon America and sponsored by the Gulf Power Engineering Society, high school and college competitors from Florida will race electric vehicles through an endurance course to determine how far they can travel on electric batteries.

Estimated to have more than $3.5 million in economic impact on our local economy this year, the three-day event is hosted by Pensacola State College and coordinated through Gulf Power Company, Greater Pensacola Chamber, Visit Pensacola, Career Source Escarosa, Escambia County, and Santa Rosa County and Escambia County school districts.

All businesses and industries are encouraged to participate by hosting a trade exhibition at the Worlds of Possibilities Career Expo, being a sponsor, judging one of the SkillsUSA state competitions, or volunteering for the event. To learn more about the Expo, go to http://www.worldsofpossibilities.com.

SkillsUSA has more than 300,000 members nationwide and serves as a partnership between students, teachers and industry working together to ensure the United States has a skilled workforce.

For more event or sponsorship information, contact Jennifer Ponson at 850-484-2245, jponson@pensacolastate.edu.