Pittsburgh, PA, January 24, 2013 --(PR.com
)-- On Monday January 14th, 2013, 42 high school students from area vocational and technical schools competed in Pennsylvania’s District 8 regional SkillsUSA competition held at Rosedale Technical Institute. The participating schools included A.W. Beattie CTC, Beaver County CTC, Eastern Westmoreland CTC, Forbes Road CTC, Greater Johnstown CTC, Indiana County CTC, McKeesport ATC, Northern Westmoreland CTC, Steel Center AVTS and Parkway West CTC.
SkillsUSA is a national nonprofit organization serving teachers, high school and college students who are preparing for careers in trade, technical and skilled service occupations. Their mission is to help its members become world-class workers, leaders and responsible American citizens. Winners from the regional event advance to the state finals in Hershey, Pa. Victors at the state level then move on to nationals in Kansas City, Mo, where they will compete for post-secondary education scholarships awarded by SkillsUSA.
This year’s host, McKeesport High School/ATC, decided to team up with Rosedale Technical Institute
. Normally held at one of the region’s participating schools, RTI was not only able to offer an even playing field but also a number of resources critical for the various competitions. Rosedale instructors helped design and then judge the tasks that made up each competition. Top students from around the area contended in a number of Automotive, Diesel, Electrical and HVAC technology competition, as well as Math and Job Interviewing skills competitions.
An invitation to a regional SkillsUSA is an honor in itself; all participants should be proud. The winners moving on to states in April are:
Auto Service Specialization: Ryan Shaner – NWCTC
Auto Service Technology: Brian Bennett – Parkway West CTC
Diesel Technology: Sam Helbling – Forbes Road CTC
Employment Application Process: Leanne Morosky – A.W. Beattie
HVAC: Harry McClements – Beaver County CTC
Industrial Motor Control: Brett Stape – Forbes Road CTC
Job Interview: Tippin Harkins – Beaver County CTC
Power Equipment: Zach Roebuck – Forbes Road CTC
Related Technical Math: Mackenzie Kutchel – A.W. Beattie
Residential Wiring: Michelle Braga – Steel Center AVTS