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Delta College Hosts SkillsUSA Regional Competition, February 21, Judges & Volunteers Needed!
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Delta College Hosts SkillsUSA Regional Competition, February 21, Judges & Volunteers Needed!

For the 6th year in a row, San Joaquin Delta College will host the SkillsUSA Region 5 Competition, Saturday, February 21. Registration starts at 7:30 a.m. in the Tillie Lewis Theater. The day’s competitions start at 9 a.m., with 80 trade skills judged on campus till 1:30 p.m. The awards ceremony will take place at 2 p.m. in Tillie Lewis.

Delta College seeks volunteers and judges to help with this year’s competition! Anyone interested in volunteering for this year’s event is encouraged to fill out the online volunteer form at:

There will be two volunteer training sessions at Delta College in Holt 313, February 11 at 7 p.m., and Feb. 12 at 6 p.m.

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 school chapters with almost 15-thousand instructors and administrators as members. Statewide, there are over 3600 competitors in six regions. This year, Region 5 expects almost 600 competitors, with about 50 from Delta College.

Winners from this year’s Region 5 Competition will advance to the State Championships in San Diego, April 9-12. The 2015 SkillsUSA National Championships will take place June 22-26 in Louisville, Kentucky.

A minimum of three judges are required for each skill cluster. “The call has gone out for additional judges in some categories,” says Delta College SkillsUSA advisor Alex Taddei. “You don't necessarily need to be a ‘subject matter’ expert, as competition guidelines insure integrity of results." Taddei underscores, "This is an all-volunteer event. It takes a tremendous amount of support from our students, colleagues and community to keep the competitions and ceremonies going smoothly. Last year’s support was outstanding!"

There will be 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,” adds Taddei. "To volunteer or judge at a SkillsUSA competition is definitely a rewarding experience!"

SkillsUSA judges and volunteers will be provided with a continental breakfast and lunch.

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

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

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

The 2015 SkillsUSA National Championships will assemble the “best-of-the-best” from all 50 states. Delta's competitors always do well against other community college competitors from throughout the nation, including competitors from 4-year colleges and trade schools. Alex Taddei is proud of that fact. "The quality of our competitors is a validation of the excellent education our students receive at Delta College."

Alex Taddei finishes enthusiastically, “This event continues to grow every year. I’m amazed how motivational and life changing SkillsUSA competitions are for our students. They will always remember this positive experience the rest of their lives."

See you at SkillsUSA on February 21. Witness our Champions at Work!

For addtional information, contact Dr. Ward Andrus of Stockton Unified at (209) 933-7115 x2734, wandrus@stocktonusd.net, or Delta College SkillsUSA advisor, Alex Taddei, (209) 954-5239, ataddei@deltacollege.edu.

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