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CTE Sending Four Students to SkillsUSA Nationals

Wednesday, May 03, 2017

Skills USA

Students from both centers at the state competition

Congratulations to all 150 Career and Technical Education (CTE) students who participated in the SkillsUSA State Leadership and Skills Championships from April 26 to 28 in Syracuse.

Two students returned home with the title of New York State Champion in their respective fields:

  • Melissa Phelps of Saratoga Springs won first place in Basic Health Care Skills (below left)
  • Aiden Almeda of Cambridge won first place in Basic Automotive Vehicle Maintenance (below right)

Lindsey Wilcox of Argyle was elected State Parliamentarian (bottom photo, center).

                 Aiden Almeda, Cambridge CSD

Seven students placed in the top three at the state competition. Click here to see the individual awards received at the competition.

Melissa Phelps will represent the F. Donald Myers Education Center and Lindsey Willcox, will represent the Southern Adirondack Education Center at the 53rd annual National Leadership and Skills Conference in Louisville, Ky., June 19-23. The Basic Automotive Vehicle Maintenance competition is not offered at the national level.

Two other students, Frederick Scott and Emma Orton, will also be going to the national competition. Frederick Scott, is in the HVAC/R program. He took second place at states but the first place winner dropped out, so Frederick will represent New York State in the Action Skills Competition. Emma Orton is in the Health Occupations program. She took third place in the Job Interview competition. The first and second place winners declined to attend the national conference giving Emma the opportunity to compete on the national level. Both students are enrolled at the F. Donald Myers Education Center.

The National Leadership and Skills Conference showcases career and technical education students. More than 16,000 people — including students, teachers and business partners — are expected to participate in the weeklong event.

SkillsUSA is a partnership of students, teachers, and industry representatives working together to ensure America has a skilled workforce. It has an applied method of instruction for preparing America’s high performance workers in public Career and Technical Education programs. SkillsUSA provides quality education experiences for students in leadership, teamwork, citizenship, and character development. It emphasizes total quality at work – high ethical standards, superior work skills, life-long education, and pride in the dignity of work. SkillsUSA also promotes understanding of the free-enterprise system and involvement in community service.

Every year, Career and Tech Ed students compete in local SkillsUSA competitions at the F. Donald Myers and Southern Adirondack Education Centers in order to earn the chance to compete at the SkillsUSA Regional, New York State, and National competitions. WSWHE BOCES is one of the top New York schools in terms of medal counts at the SkillsUSA State Championships.

Each competition measures a student’s hands-on skills in his or her chosen field of study including nursing, baking, welding, auto repair, and carpentry as well as interviewing for jobs and public speaking. Students are given an assignment that must be completed within a set time frame. Business and industry leaders judge the competitions. Students prepare for the competition for months, often staying after school to be coached by their teachers, and the prizes are well worth the effort. Some students receive scholarships and awards as a result of their exceptional performance at a competition.

SkillsUSA, a national nonprofit organization, is devoted to rewarding students for excellence, for involving industry in directly evaluating student performance, and for keeping career training relevant to employers’ needs. To learn more, click here.