Students at the Venice Skills Center recently earned four gold medals and one silver medal in the SkillsUSA regional competition at California State University-Los Angeles.

SkillsUSA is a national organization of more than 9.5 million members who help prepare high school and college students for careers in technical, skilled and service occupations. Eight students from Venice Skills Center, which offers Career Technical Education classes, competed in SkillsUSA’s regional competition earlier this month, where students demonstrated occupational and leadership skills.

The students who took home gold medals from the competition are Jill Prestup in the job skills demonstration for Web design; Rutild Cruz in the job skills demonstration for Cisco; Moises Lovos in advertising design; and Catrina Lopez in job skills for child care worker. Student Michael Smith earned a silver medal in job skills demonstration for performance.

“This competition is very important to our students for enhancing student self-esteem, occupational skills, networking opportunities and work ethic,” said Claudia Perkins, Venice Skills Center assistant principal. “The first year we entered, we only had one student — now we have eight.”

The gold medal winners plan to compete at the SkillsUSA state competition in Fresno in April.