STC - February 2-8 Designated as SkillsUSA Week
February 3, 2020 – Students and faculty at Southeastern Technical College (STC) will join others across the nation to recognize SkillsUSA Week February 2-8, 2020. The annual recognition represents over 365,000 SkillsUSA members nationwide and promotes career and technical education (CTE). The week highlights the benefits of the SkillsUSA program in developing personal, workplace, and technical skills grounded in academics. It also provides schools with an opportunity to demonstrate how CTE helps prepare local students for college and high-wage, high-demand career fields. More than 4,000 SkillsUSA schools are expected to participate this year.
“I’ve been a student chapter advisor for over 15 years at STC and it’s exciting to see how much students grow throughout their college careers and how SkillsUSA helps them accomplish that when they join as a student member. Both student chapters on our Vidalia and Swainsboro campuses work hard to promote SkillsUSA and I couldn’t be more proud to be an advisor and professional member of such a great organization,” said Tina Jernigan, STC’s SkillsUSA Lead Advisor.
SkillsUSA Week is held the second full week of February each year in conjunction with Career and Technical Education Month.
SkillsUSA is a nonprofit partnership of education and industry founded in 1965 to strengthen our nation's skilled workforce. Driven by employer demand, SkillsUSA helps students develop necessary personal and workplace skills along with technical skills. This SkillsUSA framework empowers every student to succeed at work and in life while helping to close the skills gap in which millions of positions go unfilled. Through SkillsUSA's championships program and curricula, employers have long ensured schools are teaching relevant technical skills, and with SkillsUSA's new credentialing process, they can now assess how ready potential employees are for the job. SkillsUSA has more than 366,000 annual paid members nationwide in high schools, colleges, and middle schools, covering over 130 trade, technical, and skilled service occupations, and is recognized by the U.S. Departments of Education and Labor as integral to career and technical education.
"This is one of the most important weeks of the year. Expanding awareness of SkillsUSA is so important as we work toward our goal of graduating 100,000 SkillsUSA students each year who are career-ready," said SkillsUSA's executive director, Chelle Travis. "SkillsUSA Week is a time for us to spread the positive message of the organization and bolster support for local programs that define student excellence."
For more information: www.skillsusa.org.
SkillsUSA Advisors and STC Students (L-R): Early Childhood Care & Education Instructor Mindy Sumner, Electronics Technology Instructor Chip Greene, Cosmetology Instructor Althea Coney, Cosmetology student Taylor Lively, Electronics student Amanda Rivenburg, Cosmetology student Janet Garduno, Computer Information Systems Instructor Stephanie Moye, Psychology Instructor David Standard, SkillsUSA Lead Advisor Vidalia Campus and Business Management Instructor Tina Jernigan