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February 3, 2010 > Local occupational students excel in regional SkillsUSA competition

Local occupational students excel in regional SkillsUSA competition

Submitted By Stephanie Ayala

Students from the Eden Area Regional Occupational Program (EAROP) and Central County Occupational Center (CCOC) competed in a series of events in the Regional SkillsUSA on Saturday, January 30, at EAROP, Hayward.

EAROP was represented by 24 students and CCOC, by 19. They competed in Intro to Auto B, Auto Refinishing and Auto Painting, Collision Technology and Computer Maintenance Technology events.

A total of 29 volunteers consisting of past students, parents, past and present instructors and community members were also present to help as judges for the competition.

SkillsUSA is a national non-profit organization serving teachers and high school and college students who are preparing for careers in trade, technical and skilled service occupations, including health occupations. The regional competition is an opportunity for students from Career Technical Programs to compete against one another to show the skills and knowledge they have acquired through their course of study. Students compete through a written exam, hands-on events and a work portfolio that demonstrates their skills.

"The competition was fun and exciting but there was a lot of pressure to apply all the skills we have learned so far," commented EAROP Automotive Technology I student, Justin Smith.

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