DACE Generational Impact

In the 2022-23 school year, Tania Alquicira participated in SkillsUSA, representing Abram Friedman Occupational Center, where her knowledge and dedication to her craft earned her a gold medal in the Nail Care competition at the State Leadership & Skills Conference. This qualified her to advance to the national championships, held in Atlanta, Georgia, where more than 6,000 state champions from across the United States competed in 115 skill and leadership competitions.

Now, Alquicira's 12-year-old son, Eduardo is following in her footsteps. As luck would have it, his junior high school, Thomas A. Edison Middle School, is also a SkillsUSA participant. This gave Eduardo the opportunity to compete representing his school’s robotics program in this year’s SkillsUSA, where he also earned his way to the state level. Competing against the top state contenders in his category to design and construct a C02 cartridge powered vehicle, Eduardo’s craftsmanship shone through and earned him a gold medal!

Being a proud participant in the annual SkillsUSA competitions is one of many ways that the LAUSD Division of Adult and Career Education has a generational impact on the students we serve and their families, creating a legacy of skilled professionals, career-ready leaders, and responsible community members.

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