TEMPLE, Texas (Jan. 28, 2022) – Middle school and high school students from across the region will be on Temple College’s main campus Saturday, Jan. 29, competing in a variety of SkillsUSA 2022 challenges. 

Students participate in the 2020 SkillsUSA competition on the Temple College campus.

SkillsUSA is a partnership of students, teachers and industry professionals 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.

Students will compete in the areas of:

  • Building Search (Criminal Justice)
  • Community Emergency Response Team
  • CPR
  • Crime Scene Investigation
  • Criminal Justice National Competition
  • EMT
  • Felony Traffic
  • Forensic Science
  • Health Portfolio
  • Medical Terminology
  • Nurse Assisting

“The competition allows for Career and Technical faculty to work directly with community partners in the evaluation of skills that students have gained through their ISDs,” said Stephen Phelps, division director of Business and Career Professions at Temple College.

Students participate in the 2020 SkillsUSA competition on Temple College campus.

Phelps said the SkillsUSA challenges provide two primary benefits to the students.

“The first is that they get exposure to critiques that will assist them as they advance to future competitions,” he said. “The second is that the students are exposed to practitioners from the field that are filling the roles that these students aspire to.”

In addition, being on the Temple College campus allows the students to get a feel for higher education, Phelps said.


Temple College is a comprehensive community college offering an array of educational opportunities. Founded 1926, Temple College has enjoyed an excellent academic reputation for more than 90 years, and is nationally recognized for excellence in its programs from the visual and performing arts to competitive athletics, and has become one of the premiere institutions in the state for education and training of health care providers. The faculty and staff are committed to providing exceptional quality instruction.

Temple College is friendly, convenient and economical for students residing in Central Texas. Both day and evening classes are available at the campus in Temple and classes also are available in Hutto and Taylor. Online classes provide the opportunity to learn at any time or any place, 24/7. The college experience is enhanced by a variety of student services ranging from open computer labs and online tutoring to the latest technology in the classroom and personal attention from faculty and staff. Other opportunities for enrichment are provided through student organizations and activities, cultural and athletic events, forums and workshops.