DACE Students Win Silver and Bronze Medals at SkillsUSA National Competition

For the past 30 years Los Angeles Unified School District – Division of Adult and Career Education (DACE) has provided opportunities for Career Technical Education (CTE) students to practice personal, workplace and technical skills through local, state and national competitions.  These three components comprise the SkillsUSA Framework, a blueprint for career readiness.

This year, 15 students from DACE participated at the SkillsUSA Championships in Kentucky, where more than 6,300 students competed in 103 occupational and leadership skill areas. The national technical competitions help establish industry standards for job skill training and entry-level workers. SkillsUSA is recognized by the U.S. Department of Education as a successful model of employer-driven youth development training.

The SkillsUSA Championships is a multimillion-dollar event that occupies space equivalent to more than 20 football fields. More than 15,000 people, including students, teachers and business partners, participated in the weeklong event. Contests began locally and continued through the state and national levels. Contests were set with the support of industry, trade associations and labor organizations.

More than 360,000 students and advisors join SkillsUSA each year.  Members are organized into more than 19,000 local chapters and 52 state and territorial associations. Currently, the total number impacted annually is over 420,000, this includes alumni membership. SkillsUSA has served more than 12.5 million members since its founding in 1965.

Over 600 business, industry and labor organizations actively support SkillsUSA at the national level through financial aid, in-kind contributions, and involvement of their people in SkillsUSA activities. Many more work directly with state associations and local chapters. Commitment by industry to the annual national SkillsUSA Championships is valued at more than $36 million.

Next year, SkillsUSA Championships will add an additional contest to its array of competitions.  This initiative has been spearheaded thanks to the leadership of Jonathan Schaeffer, CTE Pathway Advisor and former Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) instructor at NVOC.  Jonathan was appointed as the SkillsUSA technical committee chair person for the EMT contest.

NVOC EMT students working and training with the technical staff of Missouri University Emergency Medical Services at the SkillsUSA National Leadership and Skills Conference.

Congratulations to our DACE students!  They make us proud for their commitment and endless hours of training; they are all winners and DACE is honored to be part of their success!

SkillsUSA Championship Results

Student School Certificate of Proficiency Medal
Gabriela Peters AFOC Screen Printing Technology BRONZE
Daniel Contreras HOC Diesel Equipment Technology
Chiguitha Prescott MWEPC Medical Math
Drenisha Perona MWEPC Customer Service
Herbert Young MWEPC Welding Art Sculpture
Paulette Santillan MWEPC Nurse Assisting
Jon Corey NVOC First Aid – CPR
Servio Escobedo NVOC Non-competitive EMT Demo
Blanca Angeles SLAWSON Barbering
Damian  Vasquez SLAWSON Mobile Electronics Installation Technician SILVER
Francisco Torres SLAWSON Residential Systems Installation and Maintenance
Robert Arriola SLAWSON Principles of Engineering Technology SILVER
Angelica Soto WVOC Cosmetology
Mohammad Ramin WVOC Internetworking
(From Left to Right)
David Earhart, Mobile Electronics Instructor at Slawson; Damian Vasquez, Silver Medalist from Slawson; Gabriela Peters, Bronze Medalist from AFOC; Gayle Brodie, Graphic Design Instructor at AFOC; Robert Arriola, Silver Medalist from Slawson; Henry Saidi, Automotive Instructor at Slawson.

In addition to an unforgettable experience, silver and bronze medalists received an iPad and/or gift cards/tools. Thank you DACE students, teachers, staff and administrators for making these events successful and memorable!

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