Five members of the Alfred State College NYS College/Post-secondary Skills USA delegation placed in the top 10 at the National SkillsUSA Championship in Kansas City, MO, in late summer. Cristian Cruz, East Amherst, who took first place in the state then continued on to Nationals, was awarded a bronze medal for third place in the nation in masonry.
The NYS delegation included nine students and four faculty/administrators from Alfred State College (ASC). All of the participating students had previously won the NYS competition held at Alfred State in April.
Other Alfred State students placing in the top 10 included Shelby Whitney, Prattsburgh (fifth place, carpentry), Travis Clark, Alfred (fourth place, CNC milling), Paul Murillo, Fillmore (fourth place, computer maintenance technician), and Stephen Moshano, Sodus (seventh place, technical drafting).
This year, more than 4,500 students from around the country competed in 87 different trade, technical, and leadership fields.
Students work against the clock and each other, proving their expertise in occupations like electronics, computer-aided drafting, precision machining, medical assisting and culinary arts. Contests are run with the help of industry, trade associations, and labor organizations, and test competencies are set by industry. Leadership contestants demonstrate skills including extemporaneous speaking and conducting meetings by parliamentary procedure.
The students compete to national standards with other students from all 50 states. The competitions are set up and judged by industry representatives. Over $20 million dollars is donated in time and equipment to the weeklong event.
SkillsUSA is a national organization that serves trade, industrial, technical, and health occupations and students in public high schools, vocational centers, and colleges. The organization serves over 250,000 students nationwide.
Alfred State College faculty and staff who accompanied the students to Kansas City included Craig Clark, interim vice president for Academic Affairs; Deb Burch, instructor, Culinary Arts Department; Jeff Stevens, assistant professor, Electrical/Electronic Service Department; and Jim Fleischman, instructor, Automotive Trades Department.
Those interested in forming chapters at other NYS colleges should contact Clark at (607) 587-3101. Program information regarding technical areas of education should be directed to 1-800-4-ALFRED.