They've got skills

Competition prepares students for real life

By Krista Allen
Western Agency Bureau

TUBA CITY, March 6, 2014

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(Times photo — Krista Allen)

A welder competes in the SkillsNATIVE competition last Thursday, Feb. 27, 2014.

A section of the Warrior Pavilion was occupied last Thursday (Feb. 27) for the opening ceremony of the SkillsNATIVE competition.

Instead of the usual baketball jerseys, many of these competitors dressed polished and professional — possessing the building blocks of unimpeachable office style — while others dressed for an industrial work environment.

At 9 a.m., the assembly of future young professionals came to its feet when Tuba City High's ROTC color guard presented the colors.

Eight high schools (Chinle, Ganado, Monument Valley-Kayenta, Piñon, Red Mesa, Tuba City, Valley-Sanders, and Window Rock) in the Navajo Nation came together here where students took part in the 11th annual SkillsNATIVE (Northeast Arizona Technological Institute of Vocational Education), a consortium to help young people work toward higher education, a specialized profession or vocational training.

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