Tech center students prepare to compete

With the school year drawing to a close, it is now time for 14 students from the Sheyenne Valley Area Career and Technology Center to show off what they’ve learned this year.

SkillsUSA is a nonprofit organization comprised of students, teachers and other members of the educational industry working together to ensure that the nation has and can continue to develop a skilled workforce. The SkillsUSA program includes local, state and national competitions that allow students to demonstrate occupational and leadership skills.

This year’s state competition will take place at Bismarck State College on April 22 through 24.

“We have about 23 individuals and staff going to that,” said tech center director Jeff Bopp.

Students Dillon Baasch, Jacob Hanson and Brandon Compson will be competing in the automotive category, Anderew Sadek in electrical wiring, Brady Beckman and William Carpenter in welding, Jed Hanson and Karli Wilson in computer maintenance technology, Wyatt Reinhart in job skill demonstration, and Makenzie Krueger, Khadijiah Terry and Molly Wilson will compete in medical fields.

Baasch and Compson will also be competing at the Ford AAA competition for auto-mechanics on May 10 at the Red River Valley Fairgrounds in West Fargo.

Bopp said Baasch was a student in the Hope-Page School District, and opted for open enrollment through the Maple Valley School District to attend classes at the tech center, of which Hope-Page is not a member school.

“So I’m going to be using that when I talk to Hope-Page, doing some recruiting there,” Bopp said. “You wouldn’t lose your kids, if...”