JOPLIN, MO.--- High school students from across Southwest Missouri put their skills to the test today at Missouri Southern State University. They competed in the District Skills U.S.A. Competition for precision machining, technology and drafting. The students are from training centers in Carthage, Monett, Lamar, and Springfield.
Teachers picked their tops students to demonstrate their skills in operation of manual milling machines, lathes, drill presses and surface grinders. They also had to prove their knowledge in machine shop safety, technical math, tools, and more. One student feels the training center has influenced his career path.
"Well, I initially joined this class because I live on a farm. And I can bring in equipment and parts to work on to help my father, but it's kind of changed my career path a little bit. I'm more interested in machining now," said Trent Morgan, Lamar Technical Center Student.
Winners of the district competition will qualify to compete in a regional and national competition later this year.
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