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SkillsUSA high school competition on Thursday

January 22, 2009

What
On Thursday, Jan. 22, the Woodbridge Campus of Northern Virginia Community College will host the regional SkillsUSA high school competition in heating, ventilation, air conditioning and refrigeration. NOVA faculty will judge the contest, which consists of a written examination and hands-on troubleshooting and repair.

Competition Information
High school students will be tested on their ability to perform such jobs as troubleshooting and recommending service and repair, brazing, refrigerant component servicing, air measurement and troubleshooting, electrical troubleshooting, and refrigerant recovery. They will be judged on the use of tools and test equipment, speed, accuracy and safety. The winner will advance to the state competition. The student who places first in the state competition will earn a chance to go to the national conference.

Where
Northern Virginia Community College, 15200 Neabsco Mills Road, Woodbridge

Background
SkillsUSA (formerly known as VICA) is a national nonprofit organization serving teachers and high school and college students who are preparing for careers in technical and skilled service occupations, including health occupations. More than 300,000 students and instructors join SkillsUSA annually, organized into more than 19,000 sections and 54 state and territorial associations. SkillsUSA programs include local, state and national competitions in which students demonstrate occupational and leadership skills. At the annual national-level SkillsUSA Championships, more than 5,000 students compete in 91 occupational and leadership skill areas.

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Northern Virginia Community College is the largest institution of higher education in the Commonwealth of Virginia and one of America’s largest community colleges. NOVA enrolls more than 60,000 students at its six campuses in Alexandria, Annandale, Loudoun, Manassas, Springfield and Woodbridge, and through the Extended Learning Institute. For more information about NOVA and its programs or services, call 703-323-3000 or visit the College’s Web site, www.nvcc.edu.