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Florida Skills USA competition

This week, students from across the State of Florida are showcasing their technical talents and leadership abilities. The 2014 Florida Skills USA state competition is being held at the Pensacola Bay Center.

It kicked off Monday morning. More than 2000 students are competing in areas like masonry, carpentry, esthetics, broadcast video.

The students are in either high school or college. The goal of the nationwide program is to get students truly ready to enter the workforce. Skills USA event coordinator, Jennifer Ponson said, " We have over 118 competitions this year. We have students coming in as far as Miami to compete with the best of the best, to win the opportunity to go to Kansas for our national competition."

Many employers actually come to find potential employees. This is third year it's been held at the Pensacola Bay Center. They added a new event this year, a World of Possibilities Career expo. They brought in more than 1500 local middle school students. They got the opportunity to meet with business leaders and get hands on experience. Pensacola State College EMS students were able to show them what they do.

Organizers say the overall economic impact for the area is estimated at about $3.5 million dollars. The competition wraps up Tuesday afternoon.