Gold & Silver Medal Winners at SkillsUSA National competition!

SkillsUSA Contestants, Advisors and Administrators

For 29 years the 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.

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.

This year nine students from DACE competed at the SkillsUSA Championship in Louisville, Kentucky from June 25-29.  More than 6,000 students competed in 100 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.

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 – DACE

Student School Contest Name Medal
Gabriela Peters AFOC Screen Printing Technology
Cristina Gutierrez ELASC Nail Care
Giovanny Camarena MWEPC Customer Service
Phyllis Gabourel MWEPC Medical Assisting
Amanda Goldberg NVOC First Aid – CPR
Jeanice Millan SLAWSON Job Skills Demonstration
Rene Nuñez SLAWSON Mobile Electronics Installation GOLD
David Esparza SLAWSON Action Skills SILVER
Francisco Torres SLAWSON Residential Systems Installation and Maintenance

Gold and Silver medalists, Rene Nuñez and David Esparza from Slawson Occupational Center, received a Kindle, tools and will be mailed a laptop from the SkillsUSA California Association.

Rene Nuñez (First from Left) – Gold Medalist, Mobile Electronics Installation Contest

David Esparza (Second from Right) — Silver Medalist, Action Skills

Rene Nuñez and Francisco Torres from Slawson Occupational Center received the Work Ethic Scholarship ($1,000 each) from the Mike Rowe WORKS Foundation.   This Foundation provides financial assistance to qualified individuals with a desire to learn or further their studies in a skill that is in demand. The Foundation has been instrumental in granting more than $3 million in education for trade schools across the country.

Rene Nuñez (Left) and Francisco Torres (Right) – Recipients of the Work Ethic Scholarship

Amanda Goldberg is a graduate from the Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) Program at North Valley Occupational Center.  Amanda is the first I-TRAIN student representing the EMT program.

Amanda Goldberg (Left)

SkillsUSA continues to advocate for CTE at the federal level.  SkillsUSA communicates with policymakers by addressing our nation’s key challenges — from workforce development to student achievement, from economic vitality to global competitiveness. With more than 12.5 million students nationwide, CTE programs in high schools and postsecondary institutions are leading change, transforming expectations and making a difference. CTE is learning that works for America, including employers, community leaders, economic development professionals, schools and colleges, policymakers, students, parents and local economies. For all of us, CTE is having a profound and positive impact on America and DACE is proud to be part of this change.

Thank you DACE Students and their SkillsUSA Chapter Advisors for making the national competition successful and memorable!

This article was written by Alejandra Salcedo, DACE Central Office CTE Advisor

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