TSTC hosts SkillsUSA competition

HARLINGEN – Texas State Technical College will host Friday and Saturday a SkillsUSA runoff competition for TSTC students in Auto Collision Technology and HVAC.

The students will compete against each other for a spot at the SkillsUSA state competition. The District 13 competition also will be hosted at the college allowing high school students from across the Rio Grande Valley to participate in a hands-on competition in various fields such as science, technology, engineering, mathematics, construction, information, technology, architecture and web design.

The competition will be held tomorrow, Friday, from 8 a.m to 3:30 p.m. and Saturday from 7:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. It will be held at the TSTC Wellness and Sports Center and TSTC Cultural Arts Building, 1902 N. Loop 499.

TSTC’s Auto Collision program will be competing in two categories refinishing and body work. Of their 14 competitors, Dolores Garza is the only female. TSTC’s HVAC program also will have seven students competing.

SkillsUSA is a professional organization teaching technical, academic and employability skills that help high school and college students pursue successful careers. Members build these skills through student-led team meetings, contests, leadership conferences and other activities.

A Harlingen High School South student practices getting his camera news-ready for the SkillsUSA competition on Feb. 15.