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EAC to present 32nd Annual Skills Day on April 14

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EAC to present 32nd Annual Skills Day on April 14

By Jeanné Clark

THATCHER, AZ—Eastern Arizona College is opening its doors once again to present the 32nd Annual Skills Day on Tuesday, April 14, 2009, from 8 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. A variety of contests will be held for all attending high school students, including competitions in art and graphic design, automotive technology, business, CAD/drafting, computers, language skills, medical terminology, woodworking, and welding and machine shop. Following the day’s contests, EAC will provide a picnic lunch for the students during the awards ceremony.

“Skills Day provides a valuable opportunity as a program-validating competition to benefit area high school students and for students to explore higher education options,” says Gayrene Claridge, Skills Day coordinator. “Students are able to showcase the various skills they have learned in their high-school career and technical education classes.”

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 and they bring over 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 participate.

New for this year’s Skills Day are an objective test in Marketing Analysis and Decision Making, a Business Ethics team contest, and a contest in Emerging Business Issues. The previously completed artwork exhibition will also be returning to the Skills Day 2009 lineup. This year’s additional activities will include a large car show, presentations by the U.S. Marines, Air Force, and Army, and the EAC Biology Department DNA Learning Lab.

For more information about Skills Day 2009, contact Gayrene Claridge at 1-800-678-3808, extension 8341 or visit