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Wednesday, February 8, 2017

ACC Hosts SkillsUSA Competition

Local high school students had a chance to test their abilities in several different skills during the SkillsUSA Competition at Alvin Community College on January 28.

SkillsUSA is a national organization that encourages student success in the workforce. There are annual skill competitions throughout the country annually in automotive, welding, drafting, cosmetology, culinary arts, criminal justice and more.

ACC hosted competitions in broadcast news, TV video production and digital cinema production. There were 74 students in the competition from Alvin, Angleton, Dawson, El Campo, Friendswood, Hightower and Manvel high schools

“I'm very pleased with the students' performance this year,” said Al Tag, SkillsUSA organizer and Friendswood ISD instructor. “The nature of the contests lend themselves to high pressure, stressful situations. Part of their overall score is how well they were able to overcome challenges, and I feel that all groups were successful in putting forth their best effort.”

Students in the broadcast news production event wrote and prepared a three-minute newscast with only 90 minutes to produce it. The TV video production participants were given four hours to shoot and edit a 60-second commercial. They recorded much of their footage during the ACC Health and Fitness Fair at the Nolan Ryan Center. The digital cinema students had five days to produce a three to five minute short film based on a prompt.

“It’s always fun to see what these young people can come up with in a short period of time,” said Bill Lewis, ACC Communications program chair. “ It’s a type of ‘creativity-on-command’ drill that allows them to hone their technical skills and build on their teamwork capabilities at the same time.”

All of the students in the competition have great potential in the field and the competition will help strengthen their abilities, he said.

“The judges that work on this provide some invaluable feedback not only to the winners that are going to advance to the state level, but also to those who didn’t finish near the top and will not be advancing,” Lewis said. “The time they spend with them will hopefully help them continue to improve and encourage their growth as videographers, editors, reporters and filmmakers.”

The first and second place winners in each competition will represent the region at a statewide competition in Corpus Christi in April.

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