SkillsUSA is a partnership of students, teachers and industry working together to ensure America has a skilled workforce. It is the mission of the SkillsUSA organization to empower its members to become world-class workers, leaders and responsible American citizens. In the 2018-19 school year, over 427,000 career technical education students across the nation participated in SkillsUSA.
North Valley Occupational Center hosts a SkillsUSA chapter on its campus for Career Technical Education program students. Chapter members come from the many different CTE courses at NVOC, working together to promote personal skills, workplace skills, and technical skills grounded in academics.
NVOC student competitors won six medals at the SkillsUSA Region 3 competition on January 25, 2020. The student team of Jose Colon and Servio Escobedo earned a gold medal in the EMT competition and the team of Shaun Napoli and Darwin Montoya took silver in the EMT event. Also winning silver medals were Amairany Rodriguez in the First Aid/CPR competition, and Michael Ramirez for Medical Math. Martha Quevedo (Medical Assisting) and Julia Opoczynski (First Aid/CPR) scored bronze medals in their respective competitions as well.
Congratulations also go to automotive program students August Sidore and Ulysses Hernandez, First Responder student Daniel Giron, EMT student Esau Garcia, and CTE instructors Victor Lerma and Joshua Effle-Hoy for their participation.
The 2019-2020 SkillsUSA team has set a number of milestones for NVOC. This team is the largest group of competitors fielded by NVOC in over a decade and coincidentally, it is also the largest number of medalists for NVOC. Additionally, this is the first time NVOC students have placed in the Medical Assisting and Medical Math. All in all, 12 students competed in four different SkillsUSA events, coached by their instructors and CTE advisor Jonathan Schaeffer.
NVOC student medalists will have the opportunity to represent the school at the 53rd SkillsUSA State Leadership & Skill Conference in Ontario, CA. 
NVOC students have earned gold medals at the SkillsUSA CA State Leadership Conference and Skills Championships in back-to-back years 2018 and 2019.
Amanda Goldberg competed in the 2018 SkillsUSA First Aid / CPR competition and won the state's gold medal. She went on to represent NVOC and
Amanda Goldberg
 SkillsUSA CA at the SkillsUSA National Leadership Conference in Louisville, KY where she placed eighth in the nation. Today, Amanda has gone on to continue her education at the University of Arizona.
In 2019, NVOC student Jon Corey participated in the SkillsUSA First Aid / CPR competition Jon Corey - 2019and won the state's gold medal, a back-to-back event victory for NVOC student competitors. Jon went on to represent NVOC and SkillsUSA CA at the NLSC, placing fifth in the nation. Jon has completed the EMT program at NVOC in 2019, and is currently employed as an EMT with American Medical Response. 
A new group of NVOC students are readying themselves and gearing up for SkillsUSA events in 2020. Best of luck to our SkillsUSA members as they practice and perfect their personal, professional, and technical skills!