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Students Compete in SkillsUSA Regional Conference

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Each March, hundreds of Career and Technical Education students from across Long Island gather to demonstrate their career-related abilities and compete against peers in the Annual SkillsUSA Regional Conference.

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Students from the Eastern Suffolk BOCES (ESBOCES) Special Career Education Program and the Eastern Long Island Academy of Applied Technology, referred to as the Academy, participated. The ESBOCES Special Career Education Program provides skills training to students with special education needs, and the Academy is the Career and Technical Education Program of ESBOCES.

Held at Suffolk County Community College in Brentwood, students competed in skills contests, such as public speaking, graphic design, quiz bowl, TV and video production, carpentry, cosmetology, medical assisting, automotive, and many more.

Students who placed first, second, and third received recognition, awards, and sometimes industry equipment as prizes at the luncheon ceremony held at Crest Hollow Country Club in Woodbury. More than 100 ESBOCES and Academy students placed in their respective competitions.

Said Leah Arnold, ESBOCES director of Career, Technical, and Adult Education, “CTE students strive to qualify for the regional conference. Participating in an event at this level is both exciting and teaches students what they can achieve and to think on their feet, qualities that will serve them well throughout their careers.” 

SkillsUSA is a national student-teacher and industry leadership organization, headquartered in Leesburg, VA, with chapters across the country. High school students enrolled in career and technical education programs engage in leadership training, fundraising, and program-specific competition among peers from other schools at regional, state, national, and international conferences.