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Penn College to Host SkillsUSA District Competitions

Pennsylvania College of Technology’s SkillsUSA student organization will host six District 6 skills competitions at the college on Jan. 29.

SkillsUSA is a national student organization that, in an effort to alleviate skills shortages in the workforce, develops employability, participatory and leadership skills. Competitions for secondary and postsecondary students are held annually at the district, regional, state and national levels.

Twenty-two high school students from Central Mountain High School, Columbia-Montour Area Vocational Technical School, Lycoming Career and Technology Center, Northumberland County Career and Technology Center, Schuylkill Technology Center, SUN Area Technical Institute and Williamsport Area High School will participate in the one-day event.

The six competitions to be held in Penn College classrooms and labs are: Technical Drafting; Architectural Drafting; Welding; Masonry; Heating, Ventilation, Air Conditioning and Refrigeration (HVACR); and Plumbing.

Students will compete against other high school students in their field of trade, with winners advancing to regional competition.

SkillsUSA, formerly known as VICA, offers competition in more than 80 skills in a variety of fields and is a partnership between education and industry. Nationally, more than 300,000 students and instructors join SkillsUSA annually.

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To learn more about Penn College, visit on the Web, e-mail or call toll-free 800-367-9222.

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