Riverside City College’s Nathan Ribelin earned a silver medal and three students placed in the top 10 nationally at the SkillsUSA 2014 National Competition in Kansas City, MO, June 23-27, where over 6,000 students competed in 99 occupational and leadership skill categories.
Ribelin’s silver medal came in the graphic communications competition, which consisted of an eight-part contest which included segments in digital press, digital workflow, electronic prepress, finishing, offset press operations, oral professional assessment, production planning, and a technical knowledge test. A graduate of Riverside Poly High School, he qualified for the national competition after winning a gold medal in the California competition.
SkillsUSA is a national nonprofit organization, which partners with students, teachers and industry to ensure America has a skilled workforce. More than 300,000 students and advisors join SkillsUSA annually and are organized into more than 17,000 sections and 53 state and territorial associations. Its overall goal is to empower its members to become world-class workers, leaders, and responsible American citizens.
In 2014, more than 16,000 teachers and school administrators were SkillsUSA members and advisors and over 600 businesses, industry and labor sponsors actively supported SkillsUSA at the national level. SkillsUSA is recognized by the U.S. Department of Education and is cited as a "successful model of employer-driven youth development training program" by the U.S. Department of Labor.
Other RCC students who competed in the national competition included Don Welton who finished seventh in photography; Javier Ochoa (Arlington HS) and Ruben Puga (Riverside Poly HS) who came in sixth in television and video production; and Noor Khodr (Aquinas HS) who had a top-15 performance with a 13th in advertising design.
"This year marked the 50th anniversary of SkillsUSA and included thousands of competitors from all 50 states competing in career technical education events,” said Patrick Scullin, assistant professor of Applied Digital Media. “Each event was highly competitive with dozens of students competing for national honors. Overall, our students did very well.”
Click here for a listing of national winners.