A delegation of Career and Technical Education (CTE) students and instructors from Northeast Alabama Community College attended the 2017 Washington Leadership Training Institute (WLTI) recently. They met with Representative Mike Rogers, Representative Mo Brooks, and Representative Bradley Byrne. Congressional visits are an important part of the SkillsUSA WLTI. The delegation also paid respects at the Tomb of the Unknowns and the Pentagon 9-11 Memorial.
The five-day Washington Leadership Training Institute is sponsored each year by SkillsUSA to provide students an opportunity to learn about Washington DC; how to effectively communicate with their legislative representatives; and about personal, workplace and technical skills grounded in academics. This year’s delegations discussed the value of public career and technical education to their respective states; the quality of their education and training; their occupational plans; and, the benefits of their participation in SkillsUSA. They explained that today’s workplace requires people with to participate in high-quality systems. SkillsUSA has been successful in developing these skills in students of all ages and backgrounds.
The Washington Leadership Training Institute is a leadership and citizenship training event. WLTI concentrates on advanced leadership and communications skills, including sharing their personal stories with legislative representatives. This year, 506 students and instructors from 29 states attended the leadership conference.
SkillsUSA is an integral part of public career and technical education (CTE) and CTE is learning that works for America. According to the U.S. Department of Education, the average high school graduation rate for students concentrating in CTE programs is 90.18% compared to an average national freshman graduation rate of 80%. CTE is also about jobs -- good middle-class jobs -- that are essential for the American economy and global competitiveness. Experts project 47 million job openings in the decade ending 2018. One-third will require an associate's degree or certificate and nearly all will require real-world skills that can be mastered through CTE.
SkillsUSA is a vital solution to the growing US skills gap. This nonprofit partnership of students, instructors and industry ensures America has the skilled workforce it needs to stay competitive. Founded in 1965 and endorsed by the US Department of Education, the association serves more than 300,000 member students and instructors each year in middle schools, high schools and colleges. This diverse talent pipeline covers 130 trade, technical and skilled service occupations, the majority STEM-related. More than 600 corporations, trade associations, businesses and labor unions actively support SkillsUSA at the national level. SkillsUSA programs are integrated into career and technical education through a framework of personal, workplace and technical skills grounded in academics. Local, state and national championships designed and judged by industry, set relevant standards for career and technical education and provide needed recognition to its students. SkillsUSA also offers technical skill assessments and other workplace credentials. For more information, go to: www.SkillsUSA.org.
To learn more about the career technical programs offered at NACC, visit www.nacc.edu or contact Kelly Black (256) 638-4418 ext. 2286 or at firstname.lastname@example.org for details about the NACC Chapter of SkillsUSA.