Pensacola businesses paved the way for the return of SkillsUSA State Conference
Escambia and Santa Rosa counties' middle and high school students will explore career opportunities at the World of Energy, hosted by Gulf Power.
“It is a testament to greater Pensacola to bring it (SkillsUSA State Conference) back,” Stan Connally, Gulf Power chairman, president & CEO, said. “This underscores this community’s commitment to young people.”

Gulf Power News

For immediate release – April 27, 2018

Pensacola businesses paved the way for the return of SkillsUSA State Conference

Next week, thousands of visitors will converge in Pensacola for this year’s SkillsUSA State Leadership and Skills Conference at the Pensacola Bay Center.

Pensacola State College won the bid to host the SkillsUSA Florida State Leadership & Skills Conference and Worlds of Possibilities Career Expo  this year through 2020, thanks to the efforts of a team of businesspeople who recognized the benefits to our community.

In July 2015, Stan Connally, Gulf Power chairman, president & CEO, worked with PSC President Edward Meadows to form an executive committee of community supporters to begin the process of bringing the Skills State Conference back to Pensacola.

“It is a testament to greater Pensacola to bring it (SkillsUSA State Conference) back,” Connally said. “This underscores this community’s commitment to young people.”

Connally said the state conference will have a “reputational impact” on Pensacola.

“We’re showing the rest of the state, and the rest of the country, that this is a community that gets it when it comes to career and technical education,” he said.

SkillsUSA, the largest student organization in the country, serves as a partnership between students, teachers and industry to ensure the United States has a skilled workforce.

PSC previously hosted the SkillsUSA State Conference and Worlds of Possibilities Career Expo from 2012 through 2014, drawing record numbers of attendees from across the state.

Meadows said bringing the event back to Northwest Florida was an overall community effort.

“The proposal was approved because of the level of community and business and industry support,” Meadows said. “We are so excited to see the talented students from all over Florida competing in these skilled events. As in the past, the Pensacola State family enjoys working with our community partners and vendors, the SkillsUSA advisors and volunteers who work so hard to make the conference a success.”

The cumulative economic impact of the three state conferences could be more than $10 million to the local community.  Attendance is expected to be 6,000 at this year’s April 29-May 1 conference, competition, Worlds of Possibilities and job fair, creating an economic impact of $3.8 million. 

Gulf Power is once again joining dozens of sponsors in presenting the eighth annual SkillsUSA Worlds of Possibilities Career Expo, April 30-May 1, at the Pensacola Bay Center, and is hosting the expo’s World of Energy. 

Worlds of Possibilities will showcase 60 business and industry partners from across the state in technical career fields such as energy, manufacturing, information technology, safety, finance, education, construction and aviation with hands-on interactive experiences to engage thousands of students of all ages from Escambia and Santa Rosa counties. 

“This year’s World of Energy will be larger than previous years with the addition of companies from across the state joining the event, such as Florida Energy Workforce Consortium,” said Kimberly Blair, Gulf Power spokesperson. “Students will be able to learn about the wide variety of career fields in the energy industry, everything from linework to engineering, energy generation and even corporate communications.” 

In addition to Connally and Meadows, executive committee members who worked to secure the upcoming SkillsUSA State Conferences were Sandy Sansing of Sandy Sansing Dealerships; Debbie Calder, Navy Federal Credit Union; Richard McLeod, Lowe’s Home Improvement; Michael Murdoch, AppRiver; Brian Masterson, Jerry Pate Co.; Mark Faulkner, Baptist Health Care; and Randy Ramos, Global Business Solutions.

 

 

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Rick DelaHaya

Media Relations

850.872.3205, cell 318-294-2338

Kimberly Blair

Media Relations

850-444-6050, cell 850-206-5132

Gordon Paulus

Media Relations

850-444-6320, cell 850-525-7510

 

For further information: Kimberly Blair Media Relations 850-444-6050, cell 850-206-5132

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