San Jac SkillsUSA team competes at national competition

07.25.2017 | By Madelon Zimmermann

HOUSTON, Texas – The San Jacinto College SkillsUSA team recently attended and competed in the 53rd annual SkillsUSA National Leadership and Skills Conference (NLSC) in Louisville, Kentucky.

Students from San Jac’s North, Central and South campuses competed. Participants from the South Campus included Lizna Lalani, medical math; Kelci McClary-Davis, customer service; and Lorian Landrum, cosmetology. The participant from Central Campus was Cesar Hernandez, automotive service technology. Participants from the North Campus included Paula Avila, medical terminology; Sydney Olsen, esthetics; Ashley Nixon, model in esthetics

Several students brought home high ranking awards in multiple categories. Lalani placed sixth in medical math, McClary-Davis placed ninth in customer service, Landrum placed ninth in cosmetology, Hernandez placed 18th in automotive service technology in addition to winning a Snap on Skills Challenge and Mustang Cat Challenge, Avila placed fifth in medical terminology, and Olsen placed eighth in esthetics. Avila and Olsen both received Skill-Point awards for achieving a score of 80 percent or higher at the national level.

“I was so proud to have such a devoted and well-mannered team representing San Jacinto College. They were a delight to travel with and they truly gave their all, to get in the top 10 was just fantastic. We appreciate the College’s support and look forward to more fun times in the future with our SkillsUSA chapter,” said Pandora Freestone, San Jacinto College cosmetology instructor and SkillsUSA advisor.

SkillsUSA programs include local, state and national competitions in which students demonstrate occupational and leadership skills. SkillsUSA programs also help to establish industry standards for job skill training in the lab and class room, and promote community service. More than 300,000 students and advisors join SkillsUSA annually, organized into more than 17,000 sections and 52 state and territorial associations.


About San Jacinto College

Surrounded by monuments of history, industries and maritime enterprises of today, and the space age of tomorrow, San Jacinto College has been serving the citizens of East Harris County, Texas, since 1961. As a fiscally sound institution, the College currently holds bond ratings of AA and Aa2 by Standard & Poor’s and Moody’s, respectively. San Jacinto College is a 2017 Aspen Prize for Community College Excellence Rising Star Award recipient and an Achieving the Dream Leader College. Approximately 30,000 students each semester benefit from a support system that maps out a pathway for success. The College offers seven areas of study that prepare a diverse body of students to transfer to a four-year college or university or enter the workforce with the skills needed to support the growing industries along the Texas Gulf Coast. San Jacinto College graduates contribute nearly $690 million each year to the Texas workforce.

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