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WyoTech Invests in Next Generation of Skilled Technicians by Offering up to $500,000 in Scholarships at SkillsUSA’s National Leadership and Skills Conference

Event will feature two vehicles customized by WyoTech students to highlight training they receive at the career schools.

LOUISVILLE, Ky., June 20, 2017 – WyoTech, a premier provider of technical training, is helping to bridge our nation’s skills gap in the transportation industry by providing up to $500,000 in scholarships to students who successfully compete in the 53rd annual SkillsUSA’s National Leadership and Skills Conference. The four-day event will be held June 20-23 at the Kentucky Exposition Center.

"Career and technical education is extremely important to the success and vitality of our economy, as well as to the livelihood of the thousands of students who will be attending and competing in this event," said Karen Turner, senior vice president and chief business development officer for Zenith Education Group, the parent company for WyoTech. "We salute the students who are pursuing their dreams and look forward to recognizing their efforts through the scholarships we are providing."

WyoTech is part of a growing chorus raising awareness about the widening skills gap in the United States and challenging the idea that a four-year degree is the only path toward a good-paying career with opportunities for advancement.

WyoTech’s message is coming at a critical time in the U.S. economy. The Bureau of Labor Statistics forecasts the skills shortage will worsen for installation, maintenance, and repair occupations, which will result in about 365,500 new jobs, making service technicians and mechanics one of the top jobs with the potential for significant job openings over the next decade.

WyoTech Students Show Off Their High-Tech Skills

WyoTech will be showcasing the hands-on experience students receive at its schools with two vehicles that were customized at the Pennsylvania campus last year to highlight the school’s 50-year anniversary. The vehicles are a 2016 Ford Transit "Shagadelic" van that was customized to pay tribute to the 1976 "Cruising Van" and a souped-up Harley-Davidson Chopper.

Together, the Ford van rebuild and customized chopper illustrate the breadth and depth of training WyoTech students can receive. These projects also point to the type of industry relationships WyoTech cultivates on behalf of its students. Ford provided the van to WyoTech and is a trusted partner.

The vehicles will be displayed in an outdoor exhibit in Lot A of the Kentucky Exposition Center. WyoTech
also will be exhibiting in Booths S37 and S38.

The scholarships will be awarded June 23 in Freedom Hall.

About WyoTech
WyoTech was founded more than 50 years ago in Laramie, Wyo., and has since become one of the premier providers of technical training in the United States. WyoTech offers training for mechanical and technical occupations in automotive, diesel, collision/refinishing, motorcycle and marine technology. WyoTech has campuses in Blairsville, Pa.; Laramie, Wyo.; and Daytona Beach, Fla.. For more information, visit www.WyoTech.edu.

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