Sydney Riggenbach, 15, with Durango High School borrows a tool from Nicholas Huber, 16, also from DHS, as they compete in the SkillsUSA Region 8 Championships in the cabinet-making category Friday at the La Plata County Fairgrounds. They were each building a charging station for a cordless drill. Seven area schools took part in competition, which tested various skills. SkillsUSA serves students and teachers who are preparing for or teaching students about a career in the trades, technical-skill occupations and skilled-service jobs, such as drafting. The program develops ties with private industry to offer internships and other training opportunities in a real-world environment.