Hancock Student Wins SkillsUSA State Competition, Advances to Nationals

More than 6,400 students will convene in Kentucky next month

Inri SerranoMAY 6, 2019--Allan Hancock College business student Inri Serrano has the gift of gab, and it's taking him all the way to a national competition.

Serrano won a gold medal in the extemporaneous speaking category at the SkillsUSA California competition during the weekend of April 25-28 in Ontario, CA. Serrano will move on to compete in the same category at the SkillsUSA national championships June 24-28 in Louisville, KY.

“It felt great,” said Serrano, who is majoring in business administration at Hancock and will transfer to San José State University this fall. “Public speaking is definitely a skill you need in any career field. As a business major, I definitely am going to need this skill and I knew that if I took on this challenge, I’d be bettering myself and building that skill.”

For the extemporaneous speaking competition, Serrano was presented with a pre-selected topic and given just five minutes to prepare a short speech. Even more impressive than his win was the fact that this was the very first time Serrano had participated in a SkillsUSA competition. He said he was encouraged to try his hand at SkillsUSA while participating in Hancock’s Career Readiness Academy.

“I knew that if I wanted to grow my speaking skills, I would have to get out of my comfort zone,” Serrano said. “I really benefited from the whole experience. I got to meet so many students who were there to develop their skills and become better.”

SkillsUSA is a national organization created to teach students the technical skills required for employment in career technical educational fields, as well as the soft skills required in any modern workplace. The organization is a partnership of students, teachers, and industry representatives that work together to ensure America has a skilled workforce. The organization holds competitions annually to recognize the achievements of career and technical education students and to encourage them to strive for excellence.

“The SkillsUSA program provides students with a wonderful platform to demonstrate the skills they acquire in the classroom,” said Hancock Project Director for Career Center and K-12 Partnerships, Thomas Lamica. “The competitions are a great place to showcase those skills.”

Serrano wasn’t the only Hancock student to take home a medal from the state competition. Student Frankie Maldonado took home a silver medal in the prepared speech category, Joseph Biggs received a silver medal in the automotive technology category, and Joaquin Cruz was awarded a silver medal in the welding category.

This year’s SkillsUSA national championship will feature more than 6,400 students from across the United States competing in 103 different categories. For more information about SkillsUSA, visit www.skillsusa.org.

- AHC -

Caption: Allan Hancock College business student Inri Seranno will compete in the SkillsUSA national championships after winning a gold medal in extemporaneous speaking at a state-level competition in April.

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Last Modified May 6, 2019