School of Applied Technology to Host 12th Annual NYS Postsecondary SkillsUSA Competition

Alfred State College’s School of Applied Technology, Wellsville, will host the 12th annual New York State Postsecondary (college level) SkillsUSA competition Saturday, March 27, 2010. Proposed categories of competition are automotive service, CNC milling, carpentry, collision repair technology, commercial baking, computer maintenance technology, culinary, 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, and the Culinary Institute of Technology. We have also asked vocational high schools with postsecondary students to participate this year. Winners will be eligible to participate in the 46th annual National Leadership and Skills Conference in Kansas City June 20-June 25, 2010, a showcase of career and technical education students.

Last year nine participants from Alfred State College, one from Delhi, and two from the Culinary Institute of America competed at Nationals. Six ASC students placed in the top 10 in the nation! Alfred State College had two students taking home bronze medals and one silver medal. One student from the Culinary Institute of America took home a gold medal. More than 5,000 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, interim vice president for academic affairs, at (607) 587-3101.

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.