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SkillsUSA season of competition is set for 2020 


SkillsUSA’s Paso Robles High School team is ready for a new year of competitions. The competitions will begin on Feb. 22 at the Region 2 Competition.

This year the regional competition will be held at Kern Regional Occupational Center in Bakersfield, CA. Students from Monterey County to Fresno County to the north and as far south as Santa Barbara County to Kern County will compete in Region 2. Paso Robles High School will be represented by 150 students and advisors. These contests are representing all of the career technical education pathways at the high school. Most of the contests are one person competitors, others are teams of 2, 3 and 4 competitors.

Students competing will have the opportunity to place as gold, silver or bronze medalists. Medalists in the region will be allowed to advance to the California state competition on April 19, 2020, in Ontario, CA.

Paso Robles has typically placed in 30 or more contests for the state conference. Contestants at the state conference placing gold will have the opportunity to advance to the SkillsUSA National Conference in June 2020. Last year Paso Robles sent 11 contestants in eight contests to the national conference.

The local SkillsUSA Chapter 211 has been funded by local business and industry partners for 17 years. “Our students and advisors appreciate the financial assistance provided by local businesses and individuals who believe and support the Career Technical Education (CTE) program in the Paso Robles Public Schools,” says Paso Robles High School Deputy Superintendent Jen Gaviola.

Qualifying students who compete over two years receive a SkillsUSA Honor Cord upon graduation. Many of these students earning their Honor Cord have met the rigorous requirements for Honor Cords.

Paso Robles High SchoolOur CTE students have the opportunity to earn a “Completor” status for the varied CTE Pathways provided,” Gaviola says. Qualifying students receive the Career Technical Education honor cord for graduation. CTE students that complete a Pathway and earn the GPA and courses required for college entrance become “College and Career Ready” recipients.

Many students entering post-secondary education; apprenticeships, internships, community college and university with career technical education training at the high school level pursue occupations requiring certifications and licensing state and national organizations.

“Communities need highly skilled workforces,” says Gaviola. ” Students entering these highly skilled positions typically received the desire, work ethics and training typically have been CTE students competing in SkillsUSA competitions.”

Interested parents, industry partners and others are welcome to observe the Region 2 Competition at Kern ROC, Bakersfield, CA, Feb. 22, 2020. Additionally, there will be an annual Career Signing Day on, May 3, 2020, at 3:15 pm in the Performing Arts Center at Paso Robles High School.

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News staff of the Paso Robles Daily News wrote and edited this story from local contributors and press releases. Scott Brennan is the publisher of this newspaper and founder of Access Publishing. Connect with him on Twitter, LinkedIn, Instagram, or follow his blog. He can be reached at scott@pasoroblesdailynews.com.