To better prepare students for success in the workforce, the Waco ISD Career and Technical Education program enhances the classroom experience with unique, educational options like SkillsUSA. This Career and Technical Education student organization serves thousands of high school students throughout the country with educational programs, events, and competitions. Students are provided the opportunity to practice and demonstrate their skills through competitions in numerous events that begin locally at the SkillsUSA District competition and continue to the SkillsUSA State and National levels.
This past spring, 61 students from Waco ISD’s Greater Waco Advanced Manufacturing Academy (GWAMA) and Waco High School advanced from the District-level competition to compete at the Skills USA State contest in 16 different categories. Many of those students received first-, second- and third-place ribbons as a result of that competition.
The Waco High School “Health Knowledge Bowl” Team of Elizabeth Garcia, Josue Moralez, Cassidy Stieg, and Alyssa Salazar earned a gold medal at the SkillsUSA District and State competitions and were named the SkillsUSA Champions of the State of Texas. This team is advancing to the the SkillsUSA National Championships, which will be held during the 52nd Annual National Leadership and Skills Conference (NLSC) June 20-24, 2016, in Louisville, Kentucky. More than 16,000 people, including students, teachers and business partners, are expected to participate in the weeklong event.
The SkillsUSA Championships, which will take place on June 22-23 during the conference, will showcase more than 6,000 outstanding career and technical education students –– all state contest winners –– competing in 100 different trade, technical and leadership fields. Students work against the clock and each other, proving their expertise in occupations such as 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.
The “Health Knowledge Bowl” is one of 11 occupationally related contests that tests teams of four students on their collective knowledge of health occupations. Teams are judged on speed and accuracy answering questions in nine categories: (1) Academic Foundations; (2) Communication; (3) Systems; (4) Employability Skills; (5) Legal Responsibility; (6) Ethics; (7) Safety Practices; (8) Teamwork; and, (9) Health Maintenance.
The Waco High SkillsUSA Sponsor for Health Science is Tara Mulchay and the Waco High School Career and Technical Education Department Chair is Floyd Smith.
Waco ISD Photo, Jose Yau:
The Waco High School SkillsUSA State Champions “Health Knowledge Bowl” Team, which is advancing to the SkillsUSA National Championship, includes team members (left to right) Cassidy Stieg, Alyssa Salazar, Elizabeth Garcia, and Josue Moralez.