Career Center students will compete in SkillsUSA district

Warren County Career Center students are returning to SkillsUSA Pennsylvania District 10 competitions on Friday.

Twenty-two students from the WCCC will compete against 300 students in over 50 different skill and career trade competitions from Armstrong, Bradford, Butler, Clarion, Crawford, Erie, Forest, Lawrence, Mercer, and Venango counties.

“Last year we had an exceptional year, we had nine gold medal winners at districts last year,” Dan Passmore, WCCC SkillsUSA coordinator, said. “It’s incredible, and we’re one of the smaller schools.”

All classes at the WCCC will participate in district competitions.

They will compete in automotive service technology, collision repair technology, marine technology, automotive service specialization, electronics technology, plumbing, culinary arts, criminal justice, architectural drafting, technical drafting, advertising design, restaurant service, automotive refinishing technology, carpentry, precision machining technology, welding, crime scene investigation, motorcycle, masonry, commercial banking, residential wiring and power equipment.

Gold medal students from districts will go on to compete in state competitions in April at the Hershey Lodge.

This is the first year WCCC will compete in the advertising design competition, crime scene investigation and plumbing.

Last year WCCC seniors Jason Clever and Jacob Devereaux won the state competitions in carpentry and electronics.

The more students compete and understand the process of the competition the more likely they are to advance, Passmore said. District competitions are three hours long and usually only the competitors, judges and contest chair are present in the room. State competitions can go for eight hour sessions, some over a number of days.

Winners at state and national competitions are awarded gift certificates, tools, and computer programs from a number of corporate sponsors.

Last year, Charliegh Smith, an Architectural Drafting student at the WCCC, won a $7,000 scholarship from the Visions and Voices competition at the Pittsburgh Technical Institute.