Approximately 250 high school students from 22 high schools participated in the SkillsUSA competition held at Sierra College on January 11, 2020. The all day event ran from 9 am to 4 pm. Students participated in over 60 competitions testing their skills in drafting, electronics, engineering, robotics, welding, woodworking and leadership skills.
According to Clay Mitchell, State Executive Director, SkillsUSA California, the organization develops middle school, high school and college leaders participating in Career and Technical Education (CTE) programs. “It is the culmination of students using the technical and leadership skills they’ve developed in the classroom with the possibility of representing the region at the state and national competition,” said Mitchell.
Sierra College CTE faculty, staff and students from Welding, Photography, Drafting & Engineering Support, Mechatronics, Construction, and the Dietrich Theatre were on site to welcome the SkillsUSA students and support various competitions throughout the day. Additionally, Andy Shirk opened up the Sierra College Gene Haas Center for Advanced Manufacturing by Design so guests could see the advanced manufacturing lab.
Rachelle Smith, Community Education Liaison, coordinated the event. The SkillsUSA organizing committee expressed their thanks to Sierra College for our hospitality and for an extraordinarily smooth-running event.