Riverside City College Students Have Strong Showing at SkillsUSA 2014 National Competition
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
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 http://skillsusa-register.org/rpts/EventMedalists.aspx for a listing of national winners.