By Lori Dugan
THATCHER — Eastern Arizona College is opening its doors once again to present the 41st annual Skills Day on Tuesday, April 11, from 8 a.m. to Noon. A variety of contests will be held for all attending high school students, including competitions in art, graphic design, automotive technology, business, CAD/drafting, computers, language skills, medical terminology, woodworking, welding and machine shop. Following the day’s contests, EAC will provide a picnic lunch for the students during the awards ceremony.
“There is a new Law Enforcement activity this year that students may be interested in registering for,” said Gayrene Claridge, Skills Day coordinator. “We also have, new this year, ‘Art at Our Feet,’ a new sidewalk chalk art contest. There is still space available in many contests. Please check with your high school career and technical education director for contest rules and copies of the fliers.”
To register for the competitions visit http://eacskillsday2017.
EAC invites entries for its annual Skills Day Car Show
Everyone in the community is invited to enter their vehicle in the annual car show that is being offered in conjunction with Skills Day and hosted by EAC’s ITE Division and automotive instructor, Brian Coppola.
“There is no fee to enter your car in the show,” Coppola said. “But we would appreciate it if you would let us know you are coming by registering ahead of time.”
Cars should be 90 percent restored inside and out. EAC’s coveted automotive department hats will be awarded to the top twenty “best in show” vehicles.
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.