Alfred State College will host the upcoming 19th annual SkillsUSA-Region I Leadership Conference and Skills Olympics, (formerly VICA-- Vocational Industrial Clubs of America) Tuesday, March 11, from 8 a.m. until 4:30 p.m. (Snow day, Wednesday, March 12.)
Approximately 1,100 BOCES students and their advisers from Western New York counties, including Allegany, Steuben, Monroe, Erie, Niagara, Orleans, Cattaraugus, and Ontario, will converge on the Alfred State College campus and the School of Applied Technology campus, Wellsville, where they will compete in their areas of study. Competition areas range from extemporaneous speaking and graphic communications to heating and air conditioning to law enforcement and ground maintenance to auto service, collision repair, and brick masonry, to cake decorating and small animal care (vet assistant). Alfred State College faculty, staff, and students will assist in judging the competitions.
SkillsUSA participants will have an opportunity during the day to view dorm life and eat lunch in the campus dining hall.
An awards ceremony completes the day.
The winners of this regional competition will advance to the next level of competition at the On-Center in Syracuse, where all six regions in New York State will meet to attempt to qualify for the national competition in Kansas City in June.