KANSAS CITY, Mo. - Preparations are underway for the SkillsUSA competition, where thousands of high school students will be taking part.
Every year, students from all over the country pack inside Bartle Hall to compete in 98 different technical and vocational skill areas.
SkillsUSA is an organization for career and technical education students. Their national competition is now the largest convention in Kansas City, covering 16 football fields of floor space.
Students learn essential skills for dozens of careers, but also enjoy the competition and the city.
"It's definitely very serious but it doesn't come without fun," Isabel Soto, past national officer, said. "Students work year-round to get here today, and when they come here they look forward to coming to Kansas City because it has so much to offer the students, but also time for them to showcase the skills they've worked all year to achieve as well as to achieve the goal medal."
With thousands of competitors in town, local residents should be prepared for some road closures. Downtown, 13th Street is closed from Wyandotte to Broadway, and Central Street is closed between 12th and 14th. Both are expected to reopen Friday.
Next year will be the last for SkillsUSA in Kansas City, due to not enough room in nearby hotels. The competition will be moving to Louisville, Ky. in 2015.
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