The 45th Annual SkillsUSA California State Leadership and Skills Championships was held in San Diego, April 12th–April 15th, 2012. There were over 47 high school contestants at Mossy Toyota on the weekend. This event is known as the State Competition. The Winners of each competition will be able to attend the National Conference in June.
It was the largest showcase of career and technical education in the state of California. The best high school and college/ post secondary students from across the state came together at the event involving a total of 1,700 participants including students, parents, educators, and business and industry representatives. Students showcased their skills and abilities through competition and live demonstrations of their technical trade which in turn will be the future of America’s workforce. The students competed in over 100 contests from Automotive, Construction, Cosmetology, Firefighting, First Aide/CPR, welding, Prepared Speech as well as Delegation meetings covering business matters that affect the state organization in parliamentarian procedures. In addition, over 50 businesses and labor unions are working with SkillsUSA CA to help make it all happen.
This is the 3rd year that SkillsUSA CA has met in San Diego, and the conference is scheduled to remain in San Diego through 2017. Activities during the conference will be hosted at the Town & Country Resort and Convention Center facilities along with five offsite locations.
The collision repair competition took place at Mossy Toyota Collision Center San Diego. Special thanks to and from David Carter, Manager Mossy Toyota Collision Center. Dave Carter generously gave of his time and facility to let SkillsUSA utilize their body shop for the competition. Contact David at (619) 785-5833 firstname.lastname@example.org
“Thanks to all who all in the local industry who were involved, this years Skills competition was a big success! It was nice to see a increase of competitors this year; it looks like we had about 10 more contestants than last year. I think we also had some tighter competition this year with a high number of above average skill level in both refinish and body categories. The competitors also had a opportunity to see and compete in a large modern facility in a real world working environment.
Gene Streeter, Estimatics Team Manager at State Farm, was interviewing and videotaping students. He can be reached at email@example.com
Contact him at the San Diego Operations Center, Office 619-278-4889, Cell 760-445-2860