Mt. SAC Students Advance to SkillsUSA Nationals

WALNUT, Calif.–––Mt. San Antonio College vocational education students Rhiannon Britney, Allan Kang, and Xiaoquing Wu won gold medals at the SkillsUSA state competition in San Diego April 4 - 7 and will advance to the SkillsUSA 49th Annual National Leadership Conference competition in June.

Britney (West Covina) won the gold medal in technical drafting, Wu (Walnut) won the gold medal in architectural drafting, and Kang (Hacienda Heights) won the gold medal for culinary arts. The three Mt. SAC students will advance to the SkillsUSA National Leadership and Skills Conference held on June 25-28 in Kansas City, Missouri.

“All nine of our students that we sent to the state competition came home with medals, and that’s quite an accomplishment,” said Mt. SAC professor and SkillsUSA advisor Max Lizarraga, who also serves as the SkillsUSA Region 3 coordinator.

Other medal winners include Carlos Galdamez (West Covina), who won the gold medal in technical design; Rodolfo Herrera (La Puente), who won the silver medal in technical drafting; and Jose Gomez (Azusa), who won a silver medal in electronic technology. Bronze medal winners were Cesar Bustamante (Anaheim) in electronic technology, Phillip Tran (Rosemead) in welding MIG, and Brittany Johnson (La Puente) in commercial baking. This year’s event marks the first time Mt. SAC’s Consumer Science & Design Technology Department has participated in the competition.

The SkillsUSA championships are showcases for the best career and technical students in the country. Contests begin locally and continue through the state and national levels. Last year, more than 5,700 students competed and over 1,500 judges and contest organizers participated in the national event. This year, the national conference will occupy an area the size of 17 football fields filled with tools, machinery, and equipment for the competition.

SkillsUSA (formerly the Vocational Industrial Clubs of America-VICA) is a nationally affiliated vocational club representing secondary and post-secondary students in the trade, technical, and health fields. The vocational education organization represents more than 330,000 students in over 13,500 chapters in all 54 state and territorial associations.


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