Paso Robles High School sees 113 advance to SkillsUSA State competition


Paso Robles High School students, 113 in all, advanced to the 2019 California SkillsUSA State Conference in Ontario next month. Thirty-eight Bearcats earned gold medals, 27 were awarded silver medals and 28 received bronze medals.

PRHS and 40 other schools from the Central Coast and Central Valley competed in the 2019 Region 2 Conference Feb. 23 in Paso Robles. Atascadero High School had one advance to State.

“This is a wonderful celebration of our continued college and career success at Paso Robles High School,” Paso Robles Joint Unified School District officials stated.

The State Conference will be April 25-28.

PRHS students placed in 43 contests: 20 Second Elevator, Additive Manufacturing, Basic Health Care, Broadcast News, Cabinetmaking, Carpentry, Commercial Baking, Computer Programming, Career Pathway – Health, Human Services, Culinary Arts, Digital Cinema, Early Childhood Educ., Electrical, First Aid, Health Knowledge Bowl, Health Portfolio, Information Tech., Video Game Dev., Intro Drafting, Intro Woodworking, Job Interview, Job Skill A, Medical Math, Medical Terminology, Mobile Electronics, Robotics, Motorcycle Service, Plumbing, Power Equipment, Technical Math, Tech. Computer Applications, Tele. Cabling, TV Production, Web Design, Welding, Welding Fabrication, MIG Welding, Oxy-Acetylene Welding, Metal Arc Welding and TIG Welding.

Many of the contests are teams of two to three students, some are four students. Most contests are individual competitors.

Students may be advancing to the State Conference despite not placing high enough to medal. Chapter 211 is one of a few Chapters with over 80 students advancing to the State Conference.

The PRHS SkillsUSA Chapter is financed by business and industry partners.

“Our community has successfully partnered with SkillsUSA Chpt. 211 for the past 16 years,” district officials stated.

Expenses have included equipment and clothing, tools and materials, transportation and hotel expenses.  Students also contribute financially to their expenses.

PRHS SkillsUSA advisors believe students need to understand there are financial responsibilities every employee and business owner must bear to expand their horizons in the world of work. 

The cost to attend the State Conference is approximately $450 per student. Students are asked to fundraise a portion of their expenses, $250. Those who “work and think hard” in the State Conference have the opportunity to advance to the National

Conference in Louisville in June. The cost per student for the National conference is near $2,000.  Students are asked to fundraise approximately $450 of this amount.

“Our challenge to the community is to continue their assistance to SkillsUSA Chpt. 211 to finance the balance of these costs,” PRJUSD officials stated.

They have four levels of contribution — Gold Sponsors, $1,000 or more; Silver Sponsors, $500 to $999; Bronze Sponsors, $250 to $499; and Sponsors of Recognition are $100 to $249.

“We have not ever left a student home who could not afford the cost of this life-changing experience,” district officials stated. “ However, we also highly encourage them to try and find several sponsors who are willing to contribute to their portion of the cost.”

Anyone wanting to contribute may contact PRHS SkillsUSA Advisor Randy Canaday at Paso Robles High School. Donations can be mailed to SkillsUSA Chpt. 211 c/o Randy Canaday, 4025 Dry Creek Rd., Paso Robles, CA 93446.

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