Students compete in the forensic sciences challenge during the SkillsUSA competition on the Templ... Students compete in the forensic sciences challenge during the SkillsUSA competition on the Temple College campus. (Temple College file photo)

Temple College is hosting more than 400 high school students from across the region on Saturday, Jan. 27. These students will be competing in a variety of SkillsUSA challenges.

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.

“We’re excited to once again host this annual SkillsUSA competition and welcome hundreds of students to the Temple College campus,” said Stephen Phelps, dean of Business and Career Professions at Temple College. The competition allows for students to engage with community partners, career and technical faculty, who will evaluate the skills that students have gained through their ISDs.” 

Students will compete in dozens of areas, including:

  • Advertising Design
  • Architectural Drafting
  • Basic Health Care
  • Building Searches
  • Community Emergency Response
  • Computer Programming
  • Crime Scene Investigations
  • Criminal Justice
  • Customer Service
  • Cyber Security
  • Dental Assisting
  • Emergency Medical Technician
  • Engineering Design / Technology
  • Entrepreneurship
  • Felony Traffic Stops
  • Firefighting
  • First Aid / CPR
  • Forensic Sciences
  • Graphic Communications
  • Health Occupations
  • Information Technology Services
  • Interactive Application and Game Development
  • Internetworking
  • Medical Math
  • Medical Terminology
  • Nurse Assisting
  • Principles of Engineering
  • Technical Computer Applications
  • Technical Drafting
  • Web Design

“This is a great opportunity for students to meet career practitioners from their fields of interest,” Phelps said. “They will also have the opportunity to receive critiques that will assist them as they advance to future SkillsUSA competitions.”


Temple College is “Your Community’s College,” a dynamic and growing community college that equips thousands of Central Texas students with the knowledge and skills for 21st-century success. Temple College, which has campuses in Temple, Hutto and Taylor, offers more than 75 degree and certificate programs to students who seek to earn credits for transfer, graduate with an associate degree or complete a certificate for fast entry into the workforce.

Founded in 1926, Temple College has enjoyed a reputation for academic excellence for 97 years. It is nationally recognized for its exceptional programs, from visual and performing arts to competitive athletics. The College has become one of the state’s premiere institutions for healthcare providers’ education and training, advanced manufacturing, and workforce development programs. The faculty and staff are committed to providing exceptional quality instruction.