Students place at the 47th SkillsUSA conference
Fifty-four PRHS students attended the 47th annual SkillsUSA California State Leadership and Skills Conference, held on Apr. 24-27 at the Town & Country Conference Center in Mission Valley. Nineteen returned with state medals. Seventy schools attended the conference, totaling 1,595 contestants from around the state. Randy Canaday feels that because of the larger competition “We will get better. If you don’t compete [against worthy competitors] you don’t get any better.” PRHS fielded 54 students; 19 came home with a state medal (see sidebar for names of medalists).The gold medalists in each competition will be invited to the National competition in Kansas City, MO. Paso Robles will send six state gold medalists from June 23 to June 27, 2014.
PRHS medaled in 12 of the 109 competitions. To win a medal, competitors had to test well on the SkillsUSA knowledge test and material pertaining totheir selected competition.
“The testing was pretty basic. They had a test about SkillsUSA at the beginning of the conference,” said Robert Comstock lll.
SkillsUSA has large opportunities for job applications in the desired fields of trade, technical and skilled service occupations, including health occupations.It also allows students to receive direct information from business industries. Students can also receive scholarships for showing success in the program, not to mention important resume and job skills experience.