EAC Skills Day showcases art, science and contests

Brooke Curley Photo/Gila Valley Central: The EAC Skills Day car show featured cars of every type and a car show and tell.

By Brooke Curley


THATCHER – Students were bussed to Eastern Arizona College (EAC) from all over the state to participate and compete in the college’s 41st annual Skills Day.

Although many individuals may think the skills day at EAC is simply a car show, it is much more than that.  Everything from language skills contests to a cadaver lab was offered to participating students, Tuesday. There were welding competitions, art contests, woodworking displays and biology activities. Starting at 8 a.m. and going until noon, the day was so packed with activities it was impossible to visit them all.

EAC Dean of Admissions Dr. Gary Sorensen was the master of ceremonies for this year’s Skill’s Day. Dr. Sorenson said he believed Skills Day to be a wonderful chance for the youth to explore the college and the competition.

“It’s a great opportunity to see the campus (and) to see what’s available and compete against other students,” he said.

Skills Day began in 1978 as a way for Eastern Arizona College’s Business Department to host a competition for local high school students interested in business. During this first Skills Day, only students from Graham and Greenlee County attended, but the event has now expanded to include students from around the state. Today, 36 schools are invited to participate in Skills Day, bringing more than 400 students onto campus to compete in contests and other activities. The Business and Computer departments continue to hold competitions for the students, and now all of the occupational and language programs participate.