Alfred State College to Host Post-Secondary SkillsUSA Contest March 28

Alfred State College's School of Applied Technology, Wellsville, will host the 11th annual New York State Postsecondary (college level) SkillsUSA competition Saturday, March 28, 2009.  Proposed categories of competition are automotive service, CNC milling, carpentry, collision repair technology, commercial baking, computer maintenance technology, cosmetology, culinary, job skills demonstration, masonry, precision machining, residential wiring, technical drafting, and welding.

Contestants will report by 8:30 a.m. and the competition runs through 4 p.m. An awards banquet follows at 6 p.m.

The college anticipates participants from Alfred State College, SUNY Delhi, ITT (Albany), Corning Community College, Monroe Community College, and Wilson Technology.  We have also asked vocational high schools with postsecondary students to participate this year.  Winners will be eligible to participate in the National SkillsUSA competition in Kansas City June 21-26, 2009.  Last year nine participants from Alfred State College, one from Delhi, and two from the Culinary Institute of America competed at Nationals. Six students placed in the top 10 in the nation! Alfred State College had two students taking 5th place in the nation and the two students from the Culinary Institute of America each took home a silver medal. More than 4,500 students from around the country competed in over 87 vocational and leadership skill areas.  The competitions are set up and judged by industry representatives.

"The success of our students at this national event is an indication of how strong our programs are and shows off the talents of New York State students," noted Craig R. Clark, NYS Postsecondary SkillsUSA Director.                                                                                       

If there are any questions at the administrative level, please call Clark, executive director, Wellsville campus and dean, School of Applied Technology, at (607) 587-3102.

SkillsUSA is a national organization that serves trade, industrial, technical, and health occupations and students in public high schools, vocational centers, and colleges.  They serve over 284,000 students and instructors nationwide.

Alfred State was the first college in New York State to establish a student organization for postsecondary SkillsUSA and continues to lead in this process.