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SkillsUSA student competitors seeking financial assistance 

The 2015 season of SkillsUSA Leadership & Skills competitions began on Feb. 7, when 124 Paso Robles High School students competed in the region 2 SkillsUSA contest, along with students from Monterey and San Luis Obispo Counties, and Hancock College in Santa Barbara County. Approximately 350 students competed in 40 different contests. 101 students were asked to advance to the state conference in April; 82 of which are Paso Bearcats — a 33 percent increase over last year.Skills usa logo

In order to attend the state conference, students are asked to solicit donations from friends, family, and community for a portion of the cost. Each student is asked to raise $225.00, which is approximately half of the transportation, lodging and registration costs per student to attend the state conference. The 4-day conference in San Diego will run from April 9 through April 12.

Anyone interested in financially assisting a SkillsUSA student to attend the state conference may contact Randy Canaday, chapter advisor at PRHS, by calling (805) 674-4170 or via email at

At the state SkillsUSA conference, these students will represent 34 different occupational areas. Many of these occupations are taught in eight different advanced career technical education classes at PRHS. Career technical education courses include: building trades, automotive, information technology, early childhood education, medical, health, culinary arts and welding. The Gold Medalists from each state contest will then advance to the national SkillsUSA conference being held from June 22 through June 27, in Louisville, KY.

The SkillsUSA competitions are based on career technical education (CTE) classes which provide students the opportunity to experience real life occupations. They are prepared to apprentice in a career in the “pathway” of their choice, or for further education in a college, technical school or military. PRHS is the only school in San Luis Obispo County to offer such a broad array of occupational experiences. This is the reason PRHS has the largest SkillsUSA Chapter in their Region.

On May 13, 2015, PRHS SkillsUSA will host the 12th annual “Sponsor Appreciation Dinner,” at 6 p.m. in the Culinary Arts facility on Golden Hill Road. All are welcome to attend. The cost per person is $15.