PLAIN CITY — Miami Valley Career Technology Center junior Dental Assistant students competed and won the Regional SkillsUSA Opening and Closing Team Contest on Saturday, Feb. 16, Tolles Career & Technical Center in Plain City, Ohio. The team consisted of members Alina Brown (Huber Heights), Amanda Duffy (Carlisle), Jayla Hill (Vandalia-Butler), Taryn Kiracofe (Eaton), Maddyn McQueen (Twin Valley South), Brooklyn Murphy (Preble Shawnee), and Lindsey Westergerdes (Versailles).
MVCTC Dental Assistant instructor and SkillsUSA Advisor, Abigail Hartman, prepared the Opening and Closing Team last year that won the National SkillsUSA Contest and has put the time in with the new group of juniors to follow in their footsteps. Hartman, an alumnus of the MVCTC Dental program, has shared her passion for SkillsUSA with her students and the work has paid off.
Hartman shared, “Returning to MVCTC as the Dental Assisting instructor has been an honor. I love sharing my passion for dentistry and being with the students every day. My students continue to exceed my expectations in and outside of the classroom. They work hard to represent MVCTC, SkillsUSA, and HOSA and we are excited to continue to compete in the leadership and dental assisting competitions for years to come.”
According to the SkillsUSA website, the Opening and Closing Ceremonies contest is, “a teamwork and oral presentation contest that evaluates teams’ understanding of the symbolic representation of the colors and assembled parts of the SkillsUSA emblem. Each team includes seven registered members in the roles of president, vice president, parliamentarian, reporter, treasurer, secretary, and historian.”
The MVCTC team will next compete at the SkillsUSA Ohio Competition on April 16-17, 2019, in Columbus. The state contests bring over 5,000 competitors, business and industry partners, instructors, and vendors together in over 100 contests in all 16 Career Pathways to showcase Career and Technical Education in Ohio.
SkillsUSA is a vital solution to the growing U.S. skills gap. SkillsUSA empowers its members to become world-class workers, leaders and responsible American citizens as it improves the quality of our nation’s future skilled workforce. The nonprofit partnership of students, instructors and industry ensures America has the skilled workforce it needs to stay competitive. SkillsUSA helps every student excel through the development of SkillsUSA Framework skills that include personal, workplace and technical skills grounded in academics.
The association serves more than 360,000-member students and instructors per year in middle schools, high schools and colleges. This diverse talent pipeline covers 130 trade, technical and skilled service occupations, the majority STEM-related. More than 600 corporations, trade associations, businesses and labor unions actively support SkillsUSA at the national level. Local, state and national championships are designed and judged by industry to set relevant standards for career and technical education and provide recognition opportunities for students. SkillsUSA programs also help to establish industry standards for job skill training in the lab and classroom and promote community service. SkillsUSA is recognized by the U.S. Department of Education and is cited by the U.S. Department of Labor as “a successful model of employer-driven youth development training program.” SkillsUSA offers technical skill assessments and workplace credentials through the SkillsUSA Career Essentials program, a cutting-edge solution that defines, implements and measures career readiness skills for students. For more information: www.skillsusa.org.