Silicon Valley Career Technical Education (SVCTE) students won five gold medals, five silver medals, and three bronze medals during the SkillsUSA California 51st Annual State Leadership and Skill Conference. SVCTE sent 38 students to the state competition on April 19-22 in Ontario, CA. SkillsUSA state gold medalists are eligible to participate in the 54th Annual National Leadership and Skills Conference on June 25-29 in Louisville, Kentucky.
“I was the only girl competing against eight guys,” said Areli Zatarain, an SVCTE student from James Lick High School who competed in Collision Repair Technology. “Before I joined this class, I knew nothing about cars.” Areli was a gold medalist in both the SkillsUSA Regional Leadership and Skills Competition and recent State Leadership and Skill Conference.
Areli said the state competition was more intense than regionals, with timed skills tests in metal straightening and grinding. She is looking forward to seeing the competition at nationals, adding, “first there were five competitors at regionals, then nine of us at state. Now it will be one person from each state, so it will be me and all these people that are super good. Yeah, I got this!”
“This is one of the best group of students we took to the state competition, they really showed their professionalism,” said Gina Fleming, an SVCTE Dental Assisting instructor and SkillsUSA Advisor. “We hold students to a very high standard. We put a lot of time and effort into the students and the students give it back since it is the career they have chosen.”
The students that placed at the SkillsUSA state competition include:
Gold (eligible for Nationals)
Jenjira Charoenratcharoon: Dental Assisting, Prospect High School (Campbell Union High School District)
Brian Hoffman: Diesel Equipment Technology, Branham High School (Campbell Union High School District)
Nathan Munoz: Heating, Ventilation, Air Conditioning and Refrigeration, Santa Teresa High School (East Side Union High School District)
Thao Nguyen: Dental Assisting, Adult Student
Areli Zatarain: Collision Repair Technology, James Lick High School (East Side Union High School District)
Evelina Gromilina: First Aid-CPR, Santa Clara High School (Santa Clara Unified School District)
Ryan Malinsky: Welding Sculpture, Adult Student
Ylana Nguyen: Dental Assisting, Evergreen Valley High School (East Side Union High School District)
Eric Perinet: Heating, Ventilation, Air Conditioning and Refrigeration, Evergreen Valley High School (East Side Union High School District)
Miguel Ruiz: Dental Assisting, JobCorps
Francisco Bueno: Electrical Construction Wiring, Del Mar High School (Campbell Union High School District)
Raymond Le: Dental Assisting, Evergreen Valley High School (East Side Union High School District)
Dakota Scott: Diesel Equipment Technology, Branham High School (Campbell Union High School District)
To support SkillsUSA, SVCTE hosts the 13th Annual Custom and Classic Car Show on Friday, May 4. Classic car clubs, collectors, and enthusiasts are invited to attend the event from 5:00 to 8:30 p.m. Spectator admission to the car show is free, with limited parking. Exhibitor passes are a $20 tax-deductible donation/fee per car, truck, motorcycle or bicycle in the SVCTE auto show. Pre-registration is not available. Exhibitors will pay at the gate on the night of the event. The event is held at the SVCTE campus located at 760 Hillsdale Avenue, San Jose, CA 95136.
The annual SkillsUSA Championships take place this June 26-29 in Louisville, Kentucky. An expected 7,000 competitors will be tested in more than 100 leadership and hands-on occupational skills contests, the majority of which are STEM-focused. Events are as diverse as Humanoid Robotics, Automated Manufacturing Technology, Carpentry, Graphic Communications, Mobile Electronics Installation, Information Technology Services and Medical Assisting. Competitions are planned and run by industry to its standards for entry-level workers.
About Metropolitan Education District: MetroED provides Career Technical Education and academic programs to over 2,600 high school and adult students in Santa Clara County. From its campus located centrally in San Jose, California, the district operates Silicon Valley Career Technical Education and Silicon Valley Adult Education. Register for a free campus tour or get more information at: www.metroed.net
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