Sierra Nevada Job Corps Students Headed to National Skills Competition

Hundreds of hand-picked vocational students from dozens of high schools and technical institutes in Nevada met in Reno to compete against each other in Skills Nevada, a wide variety of contests designed to test proficiency in everything from architectural drafting to welding fabrication. A select group of Sierra Nevada Job Corps students, victors from the earlier on-center Trade Olympics event, swept two entire events, while capturing Gold and Silver medals in carpentry and nursing. Below is a list of winners, including three champions chosen to represent the center in the 55th annual Skills USA, to be held June 24-28, 2019 in Louisville, Kentucky:

2019 Gold Medal Winners representing Sierra Nevada Job Corps and the State of Nevada at Nationals

Aaron Hidalgo – Gold Medal in Medical Math

Nataly Juarez-Pina – Gold Medal in Nursing Skills

Breanna Miles – Gold medal in Customer Service

Medical Math – Clean Sweep!

Aaron Hidalgo – Gold Medal

Jose Gurrola Valenzuala – Silver Medal

Amallely Gutierrez-Hernandez – Bronze Medal

Customer Service – Clean Sweep!

Breanna Miles – Gold Medal

Manuel Silva – Silver Medal

Anthony Juarez – Bronze Medal

CPR First Aid

Rhianna “Star” Sansom – Silver

Patrick Lavelle – Bronze

Welding Sculpture

Killian Libro – Silver Medal

Shad Hoppe-Pyles – Bronze Medal

Nursing Skills

Nataly Juarez-Pina – Gold Medal in Nursing Skills

Alexa Hernandez-Reyes – Silver Medal

Carpentry

Angel Valladolid Bernal – Gold Medal

Prince Kargbo – Silver Medal

Medical Administrative Assistant Instructor Lyndsay Evans led the week of events.

“We came through again! Our student competitors made me and my fellow faculty advisors Julie Stone, Manuel Gonzalez, and Michael Thomas very proud to be a part of their efforts. They showed everyone that they deserved to win.”

“It was exciting to meet working professionals who showed us how we could improve our employability. I look forward to visiting a new city in June. I’m just lucky to have this experience,” adds Nataly Juraez Pina who’s headed to the national competition. 

“I had a great time meeting students from all over the state,” said pharmacy technician student and Nationals contestant Aaron Hidalgo, “and I think I’ll do well in Louisville. I know my stuff.”