SkillsUSA, the organization that represents the United States in the WorldSkills Competition, is sending 22 career and technical education competitors to Kazan, Russia, to compete in 20 skill categories during the 45th biennial event Aug. 22-27.
One of those 22 competitors is a Tiffin native.
After graduating from Tiffin Columbian High School, Dylan Wertz earned a full scholarship to Universal Technical Institute and graduated in automotive technology in 2018.
Having been passionate about cars his whole life, Dylan Wertz obtained his passion for car painting through countless hours of practice with his high school collision repair teacher, Carl Rusch.
“Mr. Rusch was a mentor in my life whose dedication to put in extra time with his students was a huge step to improving my knowledge. He helped get me to this point,” Wertz said.
Dylan has been involved with SkillsUSA since his junior year of high school, and he is excited for the opportunity to compete at WorldSkills. “It is a huge honor to represent the United States as a WorldSkills USA team member, and I am grateful to have made it this far.”
In the future, Dylan hopes to become a head painter in an accredited collision facility – and maybe even become an instructor to teach students to stay motivated, have fun, and respond to constructive feedback.
“The biggest goal for my career is to wake up every morning and look forward to going to work, doing what I love.”
The WorldSkills Competition will showcase trade skills from construction and building technology, creative arts and fashion, information and communication technology, manufacturing and engineering, social and personal services, and transportation and logistics.
SkillsUSA is a partnership of students, teachers and industry working together to ensure America has a skilled workforce. Its selected team members, with an average age of 19, are masters in their craft. Their dedication to training and perfecting their skills will be on display as they compete against peers from across the globe in a variety of intense skills challenges.
“They come from all corners of the country, they compete for different reasons, but they are all focused on one goal: standing atop the WorldSkills podium, a gold medal hanging around their neck, and honoring the American flag as ‘The Star-Spangled Banner’ fills the conference center loudspeakers,” said SkillsUSA’s executive director, Tim Lawrence. “From mechanical engineering to hairdressing to aircraft maintenance, we’ve watched these competitors gain expertise and create purpose behind their passions. We’re thrilled the WorldSkills USA team will get the chance to represent their country while excelling at a skill they love.”
3M is the lead sponsor of the 2019 WorldSkills USA team. “3M and WorldSkills USA share a commitment to addressing the shortage of qualified skilled workers across many industries,” said Mojdeh Poul, executive vice president, 3M Safety and Graphics Business Group. “As a global science-based company, we recognize that science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) skills are the foundation for many trades. This sponsorship is about inspiring the next generation of skilled workers and supporting their efforts in Kazan.”
Other proud team sponsors include Ferguson and Lowe’s.
The WorldSkills USA team is the largest SkillsUSA has ever fielded, and the team has the most experience, training and dedication of any team that has competed for the United States. Follow the team on their road to Kazan @WorldSkillsUSA on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram, and interact with them using the hashtags #WorldSkillsUSA and #RoadtoKazan.