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Delta Hosts SkillsUSA Regional Competition, Volunteers Needed!

Event date: 2/1/2014 Export event

For the 4th year in a row, San Joaquin Delta College will host the SkillsUSA Region 5 Competition on Saturday, February 1. The proceedings start at 9 a.m. in Atherton Auditorium, with the day’s competitions taking place throughout the campus.

SkillsUSA is a national nonprofit organization that partners with students, teachers and industry to ensure America has a skilled workforce. The goal is to help prepare students for careers in trade, technical and skilled service occupations. The organization has 13-thousand chapters with almost 15-thousand instructors and administrators as members. Statewide, there are over 3600 competitors in six regions.

Admission to the competition is free, but with a 25% increase of registered contestants Delta College seeks volunteers to help with the event. Anyone interested in volunteering or judging this year’s competitions may contact Delta College welding instructor and SkillsUSA advisor, Alex Taddei, (209) 224-7405, or email:

Region 5 expects almost 500 competitors. Last year, Delta fielded 20 competitors - this year, 48. Delta is adding 30 contestants from its Culinary Arts program. "It will be their first year competing in SkillsUSA in one of the largest category groups," says Alex Taddei. "We're pretty excited because Delta Culinary Arts should do very well at the regionals and state level. The competition is gaining in popularity every year."

Winners from the Region 5 competition will advance to the State Championships in San Diego, April 24 - 27. Last year, 13 Delta College students advanced to the state championships, with four winning gold medals and advancing to the SkillsUSA National Championships. The 2014 SkillsUSA National Championships will assemble the "best of the best" from all 50 states, and will take place June 23-27 in Kansas City, Mo.

Alex Taddei says SkillsUSA competitions provide a student with a venue to display their proficiency in a competitive environment. "To compete and earn an award in a SkillsUSA event is validation of an individual’s ability. SkillsUSA helps students stay at the forefront of the latest technologies in their disciplines." Taddei emphasizes, "A SkillsUSA award is unquestionably a point of interest in a resume."

"This is an all-volunteer event,” says Taddei. “It takes a tremendous amount of support from our students, colleagues and community to keep the competitions running smoothly. Last year’s support was outstanding! With the increase in competitors, the need for judges will be greater.”

There will be at least two pre-contest judge training sessions to help make scoring easier and more understandable. The two tentative training dates are scheduled for: Jan 23 and 24.

A minimum of three judges are required for each skill cluster. “The call has gone out for additional judges in some of the categories,” adds Taddei. “Even if you don't feel you’re a ‘subject matter’ expert, please give it some consideration. There are many opportunities to help - such as correcting written exams, observing hands-on testing, personal interviews, etc. In addition, it's a great opportunity to see future skills leaders compete in their respective disciplines.”

This year, Delta’s Region 5 Competition seeks additional judges in these skill categories:

*Advertising/Media Design                         *Firefighting                                      
*Auto Service Technology                          *Health Occupation Skills                             
*Community Service                                  *Job Interview  
*Commercial Baking/Culinary Arts               *Photography
*Computer Repair                                      *Public Speaking
*Criminal Justice                                        *Robotics
*Drafting                                                   *Web Design

SkillsUSA event judges and volunteers will be provided with a continental breakfast and lunch. For more information or to volunteer, please contact Alex Taddei at (209) 954-5239, (209) 224-7405(Cell) or ataddei@deltacollege.

Taddei finishes enthusiastically, “I’m amazed how motivational and life changing SkillsUSA competitions are for our students. They will always remember this positive experience during their years at Delta College, and throughout their lives..."

Help our students become the best they can be! See you at SkillsUSA on February 1.
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