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High school to host SkillsUSA competition this Saturday 

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Paso Robles High School will be hosting the Region 2 SkillsUSA California Conference this Saturday, Feb. 4, beginning at 8:30 a.m. in the Gil Asa Gymnasium.

The conference will have over 1000 student competitors from 42 different chapters from the counties of San Luis Obispo, Monterey, San Benito, Fresno, Kern, Kings, and Santa Barbara. Judges for the competition include many local business owners and industry personnel. The awards ceremony will begin at approximately 1:00 PM.

SkillsUSA, celebrating its 50th year in California schools, is a partnership of students, teachers, and industry working together to ensure America has a skilled workforce. SkillsUSA provides educational programs, events, and competitions that support career and technical education (CTE) in schools.

Paso Robles High School has one of the largest CTE programs in the state. Courses offered include Culinary Arts, Automotive Industry, Building Trades, Informational Technology, Digital Media, Early Childhood Education, Law Enforcement, Welding, and Leadership. The CTE courses help students develop a skill set to prepare them to enter the workforce.

The high school has 140 students registered in competitions. There will be about 70 different competitions throughout the day in various categories. As part of the competition, students have to perform in several skill components and written tests including the presentation of a resume. The top two students in each category advance to the California State Conference in San Diego from April 27th – 30th. From there, students move on to the national conference in June in Indiana. Last year, PRHS sent eight students to the national conference and had two national medalists: Mason Steiner (silver – plumbing) and Cassidy Moses (bronze – early childhood education).

  • 8:30 am – Opening session in the gym
  • 9:00 am – All Contests begin
  • 12:00 pm – Contests conclude
  • 1:20 pm – Awards ceremony begins in the gym


Parents, business owners, industry personnel, and the general public are all invited to watch the students in action. For more information, please contact Randy Canaday at

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