Magnolia West Seniors Compete in SkillsUSA National Championship

Jillian placed 6th in medical math and Emily placed 7th in basic healthcare in the SkillsUSA national championship. At the state competition, Jillian placed second in medical math and Emily was the state champion for basic health care skills. Health Science instructor Cheryl Halbert stated, “These young ladies are true champions in their dedication to excellence in their trade and their leadership skills. I am so proud of them!”

During the national competition, Jillian, Emily, and other students worked against the clock and each other, proving their expertise in occupations like computer-aided drafting, precision machining, medical assisting and culinary arts. All contests are run with the help of industry, trade associations, and labor organizations, and test competencies are set by industry. In addition, leadership contestants demonstrated their skills, which included impromptu speaking and conducting meetings by parliamentary procedure.

The medical math contestants demonstrated their knowledge of general math concepts used in the healthcare fields. They completed a written test that included the use of ratio/proportion, dosage calculation, metric and household equivalents, Roman numerals, abbreviations, and general math including percentages, among other medical math-related problems.

The basic health care contestants demonstrated their knowledge and ability to perform entry-level procedures or skills based on the following list of core standards: Academic Foundations, Communication Skills, Career Opportunity Concepts and Systems, Employability and Teamwork, Ethical and Legal Issues, Safety Practices. Performance was evaluated through various stations involving written, verbal and skills testing.

SkillsUSA is a national partnership of students, teachers and industry, working together to ensure America has a skilled workforce. SkillsUSA chapters help students who are preparing for careers in technical, skilled and service occupations excel. SkillsUSA has more than 300,000 students and instructors as members.