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Sabin-Schellenberg Center to host Oregon SkillsUSA competition


Students will show off their technical knowledge when they take part in the SkillsUSA Oregon Skill Competitions on April 19-20 at the Sabin-Schellenberg Professional Technical Center in Clackamas.

The center that boasts 15 career-technical elective programs open to students from the district’s three high schools is the largest center of its kind in Oregon.

Students will spend the two days competing for the opportunity of going to the National SkillsUSA Leadership and Skill Championships in Kansas City, Mo., in June. Seventy-five Sabin-Schellenberg students will take part in the competitions, along with 350 students from 21 high schools and two community colleges from across the state.

Competitions will range from automotive repair, welding and carpentry, to law enforcement, early childhood education, broadcasting and culinary arts. Students are required to bring a resume in order to compete and will take a general knowledge test about SkillsUSA.

One of the most dynamic competitions is automotive service technology, where students will spend several hours preparing to show off their breadth of knowledge in front of judges.

Of special interest is the Northwest Battle Fab Challenge held on Friday where local professional welders and fabricators will compete alongside students to showcase their welding and fabrication skills.

All events are conducted and judged by people from the industries related to the areas of competition. The students receive over $50,000 worth of scholarships, cash travel awards, and tools provided by SkillsUSA Oregon sponsors from community colleges, businesses, and industry.

Students from 20 school districts in Oregon will begin the competition at the Sabin-Schellenberg Center at 8 a.m. All competitors will gather for the awards ceremony at Milwaukie High School later at 3:30 p.m.