Pasco Students Place High at SkillsUSA Competition

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Pasco Students Place High at SkillsUSA Competition

August 03, 2017 - 09:30

PHSC students Jeff Haney and Michaela DiPerna place at SkillsUSA national competition.

Pasco-Hernando State College (PHSC) students Jeff Haney and Michaela DiPerna, awarded gold medals at the SkillsUSA state competition in April, competed in the national SkillsUSA competition held at the 53rd annual National Leadership and Skills Conference (NLSC) from June 18-24, 2017 in Louisville, Ky.

Haney placed seventh in the nation in the computer programming category, receiving an 89 percent final overall score and a SkillsUSA mastery certificate for his programming skills. The NLSC is a showcase of career and technical education students representing 52 state and territorial associations. DiPerna competed in the related technical math category, placing 11th in the nation.

More than 300,000 students and advisors join SkillsUSA annually. SkillsUSA, formerly known as the Vocational Industrial Clubs of America (VICA), is a partnership of students, teachers and industry representatives working together to ensure America has a skilled workforce. SkillsUSA is a national organization serving teachers and high school and college students who are preparing for careers in technical, skilled and service occupations, including health occupations and for further education. For more information about the career programs at PHSC, call 1.855.NOW.PHSC, or visit