Students at Marchman Technical Education Center are getting ready to put their skills to the test during the regional SkillsUSA competition on Feb. 25-26.
That's when about 450 students from Pasco, Pinellas, Hernando and Hillsborough counties will descend upon the New Port Richey campus to compete in hands-on skills and leadership competitions in 38 categories, including automotive service technology, carpentry, culinary arts, cosmetology, nursing, residential wiring, video production and Web design.
First and second place winners from the regional contest will go on to compete at the state level April 19-21 at Manatee Technical Institute. First place winners from state go to the national competition June 20-26 in Kansas City.
• SkillsUSA serves about 300,000 students across the country, supporting the training needed for a skilled work force. The organization has 13,000 school chapters in 54 state and territorial associations. More than 14,500 instructors and administrators are professional members of SkillsUSA. For information, go to skillsusa.org.
• Marchman Technical Education Center offers a variety of programs for high school students and adults. To learn more, go to mtec.pasco.k12.fl.us or call (727) 774-1700.
• The cosmetology program at Marchman Technical Education Center offers a variety of services to the public at a fraction of the cost of the typical salon. To make an appointment or for information about hours and fees, call the school.