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Tuesday, 07 September 2021 16:52

Texas Instructor Felix Cano is Back to Win Another SkillsUSA Title

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Instructor Felix Cano, right, took his prize student Geronimo Medrano, left, all the way to become a national champion in SkillsUSA 21 years ago, and now he’s back to try and win again with a new star pupil. Instructor Felix Cano, right, took his prize student Geronimo Medrano, left, all the way to become a national champion in SkillsUSA 21 years ago, and now he’s back to try and win again with a new star pupil.

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...the Irving School District just outside of Dallas called Cano out of the blue and planted a seed.

 

“People were telling her that I was the guy who took a student all the way to becoming a national winner at SkillsUSA, so she wanted me to come and teach students from all of their four high schools in her district," Cano said. "The auto tech program they had was in bad shape after the teacher quit. The principal described a two-year collision repair and refinishing program where students were bussed every day to a place called the James A. Ratteree Career Development Center. I liked the idea and it was a big pay cut from Verifacts, but I couldn’t resist.”

 

Cano is the newest teacher at Ratteree, but he already has huge plans for some of his students, he said.

 

“I have three young ladies who could go far in SkillsUSA,” he said. “They are smart and good with their hands, which is essential. They absorb the information fast. I also have a handful of young men who are gifted, so we are going to have a strong team when we enter this year’s SkillsUSA competition.”

 

This next district competition for SkillsUSA will be held in February at Texas State Technical College in Waco, TX. If any of Cano’s students perform well there, the next stop is the state competition to be held in Corpus Christi, TX, in April, and then the nationals will be held in Alabama in July.

 

Will Cano be able to achieve his dream of having another Geronimo Medrano? Only time will tell, but there is much work yet to be done before the celebrations can begin, Cano said.

 

“The competition is great for the kids, because it motivates them to get better and I’m also quite competitive, so it motivates me too," Cano said. "I saw Geronimo’s life change when he won that title 21 years ago, and how he turned it into an amazing career. Every time I see him, I almost cry because I know that I helped him by teaching him about collision repair, but maybe most importantly, about life.”

 

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