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Michael Candella Headed to SkillsUSA National Competition

Whitesboro High School student Michael Candella recently earned a first-place finish at the SkillsUSA New York State Leadership and Skills Conference in Syracuse and will now compete at the national conference in Atlanta, GA, in June.

From April 27-29, Michael and his teammates Haley Acevedo (Holland Patent) and Danica Karn (Brookfield) displayed exceptional professionalism, leadership, teamwork and technical skills while participating in the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) team competition. All three team members are enrolled in the New Visions: Health Professions program through the Oneida-Herkimer-Madison BOCES Career and Technical Education Center.

The OSHA competition requires students to work together and complete a binder demonstrating their knowledge of safety in the workplace. The team completed two industry visits where they observed and asked questions about the companies’ safety protocols and then wrote up evaluations from their visits. The team also completed shop visits, inspections and planned meetings based on OSHA standards. They presented their work to judges at the State Conference and will do the same at Nationals, in addition to providing more informational documents and a digital copy of their presentation and work.

SkillsUSA is a partnership of students, teachers and industry working together to ensure America has a skilled workforce. A nonprofit national education association, SkillsUSA serves middle-school, high-school and college/postsecondary students preparing for careers in trade, technical and skilled service occupations. SkillsUSA empowers its members to become world-class workers, leaders and responsible American citizens. SkillsUSA improves the quality of the nation’s future skilled workforce through the development of SkillsUSA Framework skills that include personal, workplace and technical skills grounded in academics.

Congratulations, Michael and the SkillsUSA OHSA team, and best of luck at the National Conference!