32 Days and Counting

Regional Competitions Quickly Approaching - Feb 20th & 27th

Breaking Records! Again...

As we embark on yet another year of SkillsUSA, the state of California continues to see incredible growth. After deadlines for membership registration this past November, we saw another increase and an all time high for our state. 10,649 active members! This year we have over 180 chapters across six regions and over 5,200 registered to compete at their respective regional events. (over 390 in Region 1) To put this into perspective, just six years ago our total membership was 2,300. WOW! These are staggering statistics and we can attribute this growth to many different factors. Most importantly, it's because of you and your students. We can't accomplish our goals and objectives without the amazing work of our advisers and student membership. Thank You! We look forward to seeing you soon.

Fall Leadership...Contests for Region 1...and more

This past October, our Fall Leadership was another great success. A number of advisers and students from throughout the region showed up for an excellent day of discussion and training. Thank you to those who attended. If you didn't attend, please remember that this is an excellent time for you ask questions, make a plan, and start the year on a positive note with your student leadership team.

This year, our region has registrants in 49 separate contests! Again, another record breaker for our region. In comparison, we ran a total of 21 contests just three years ago. This is a big change for us over the past few years and it requires substantial time and effort to organize. Thank you to the individuals who assist with this process. We can't make this work without our judges, volunteers and state leadeship teams.

Getting Down to Business!

As it is with many organizations that grow quickly, changes are inevitable. For SkillsUSA California, this year is no exception. We will be asking schools that have the only competitors in a given event to run their own competition. Although it's not the case in all regions across California, these "demo" events in Region 1 have three, or less, competitors/teams. Having schools run these events allows us to free up time and volunteers to assist with our multi-school "live" competitions. In addition, it avoids having our members drive a great distance to complete a 15 minute demonstration of their event.

Regional Competition #1 - Maria Carrillo High School

Region 1 - Leadership and Skills Conference

Saturday, Feb. 20th, 9am-2pm

6975 Montecito Boulevard

Santa Rosa, CA

The following competitions are running at the Maria Carrillo location:
  • Culinary Arts
  • Job Interview

Regional Competition #2 - SVCTE (Silicon Valley Career Technical Education Center)

Region 1 - Leadership and Skills Conference

Saturday, Feb. 27th, 9am-2pm

760 Hillsdale Avenue

San Jose, CA

The following competitions are running at the SVCTE location:

  • Automotive Refinishing Technology
  • AST - Automotive Service Technology
  • Collision Repair Technology
  • Diesel Equipment Technology
  • Carpentry
  • Electrical Construction Wiring
  • Medical Assistant
  • Related Technical Math
  • Information Technology Services

Individual School Contests

The following contests will be held at the individual school locations.

  • Alhambra

    Advertising Design


    Welding – TIG

    Motorcycle Service Technology
    Intro AST A

  • Petaluma

    Architectural Drafting

    Broadcast News

    Basic Health Care

    Job Skills Demo A

    Technical Drafting


    Prepared Speech


    OCC - Opening and Closing Ceremonies

    Nurse Assistant
    Intro Drafting A

    Dental Assisting

    Digital Cinema

    CNC Technician

    CNC Turning

    HVAC and Refrigeration
    Health Knowledge Bowl


    Medical Terminology

    Job Interview

    Welding SMA



  • Maria Carillo

    Commercial Baking

  • Irvington

    CPS Information Technology


  • Eden Area ROP

    Criminal Justice

    Welding Fabrication

    Computer Programming

    CSI – Crime Scene Investigation

  • Benicia

    Job Skills Demo O

  • Pittsburg

    Web Design

Christopher A Jones - Regional Coordinator (Secondary)

Chris has over 26 years of experience in the Engineering and Architecture industries as a CAD Designer/Specialist. Since 2008, Mr. Jones has provided his expertise in the classroom and with the SkillsUSA organization. He is a full-time instructor at Petaluma High School in Northern California and head coach of the Girls Golf team. His classes include Introduction to Engineering, Architecture, 3D Animation, Yearbook, and Advanced Project Based Learning. In addition, he is the lead adviser for the Petaluma SkillsUSA Chapter and represents California as the Region 1 Coordinator for secondary institutions. Mr. Jones is passionate about CTE and it's place within our education system. He hopes to provide students with the knowledge and skills necessary to find their passions in life.

Cathleen M Jones - Regional Coordinator (PostSecondary)

Cathleen has 33 years of experience in Computer Aided Drafting & Design. Early in her career, she became a certified teacher of Technical Education and taught at both high school and post-secondary levels for 5 years in the Denver-metro area. Her career covers a variety of design fields including Process Piping, Architecture, Aircraft Design, Manufacturing/Mechanical Design, and Land Surveying. She currently works as an Electrical Designer and also in Fire & Life Safety. In addition, Cathleen has worked for Autodesk and is a published technical writer. As Region 1 Coordinator for Post-Secondary institutions, Cathleen brings a familiarity with a variety of construction fields. Her experience as a Voc-Ed teacher provides her a unique perspective for advising students on career options and paths. As an active member of the business community, she has years of experience in the employment application and interview process. Ms. Jones strives to share her expertise and insight with interested students in the post-secondary arena.