A group of students from Northeast Alabama Community College (NACC) participated in a Local Officer Training Conference (LOTC) held at Camp McDowell on Oct 6-8, in Nauvoo, Alabama.
The students participated in personal development as well as team building activities and learned about local officer duties and proper meeting procedures. The first team building activity was a trust swing with a harness and the students were hoisted up, then released themselves at their comfort point. The second challenge was a personal development exercise, where they climbed a power pole while harnessed and once the top was reached, they jumped to try to ring the bell, relying on themselves and a team member to get down safely. Appropriately, Haley Koger, chapter president, was the first to climb the pole and ring the bell. Brittany Benson, chapter vice president, was the first to complete the trust swing.
Along with several other students attending, the local officers were split into two groups, to gain knowledge of conducting meetings, working as team players, and how to begin to prepare a program of work for the year. One thing they learned was Parliamentary Procedure, which is a set of rules and guidelines on proper meeting etiquette. Each group nominated and elected officers, and began organizing information for the program of work. The program of work sets the pace for each local SkillsUSA chapter and are the expectations for the school year. Areas addressed are: professional development, community service, employment, ways and means, SkillsUSA championships, public relations, and social activities.
Throughout the weekend, the students also worked to earn their Statesman pin. Each student recited a set of criteria to the advisors which included: SkilllsUSA motto, components of the SkillsUSA emblem, SkillsUSA creed, colors and meaning of the emblem and finally, explaining how the SkillsUSA framework is completed.
In addition, accompanied by advisor Regina Gilliland, Benson, Wootten and Koger went to Birmingham, Alabama on October 18 to attend the Joint Leadership Development Conference (JLDC) in their first act as SkillsUSA post-secondary state officers. While there, they attended several seminars to have a better understanding of SkillsUSA procedures, met other officers that will be serving with them and learned about various career technical education courses offered throughout the state and degree opportunities.
SkillsUSA helps students discover and grow their career passions. As a nationwide partnership of students, instructors and industry working together, SkillsUSA works to ensure America has a skilled workforce. It helps every student excel. The organization emphasizes respect for the dignity of work, ethics, workmanship, scholarship and safety.
For more information, go to http://www.skillsusa.org. Visit the NACC website at www.nacc.edu to learn more about the career technical programs or contact Kelly Black at 256-638-4418 or 256-228-6001, ext. 2286 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org for details about the NACC Chapter of SkillsUSA.
LOTC 1:The officers for NACC’s local chapter of SkillsUSA are, left to right: Alternate: Britney Harrison, Historian: Keeli Wetzel, Advisor: Regina Gilliland, President: Haley Koger, Vice President: Brittany Benson, Treasurer: Courtney Moyer, Reporter: Sarah Wootten, and Secretary: Miranda Baker. Not pictured - Parliamentarian: Tanner Lusk.
LOTC 2: Brittany Benson harnessed up for the trust swing.
LOTC 3: Every NACC officer earned their Statesman pin, along with several other medals at LOTC Chapter Excellence Award; Best Opening and Closing Ceremony; Best 30 sec Elevator Speech: Brittany Benson/Courtney Moyer; Best News Article: Sarah Wootten; Best Community Service Project: Brittany Benson; Best Secretary’s Book: Miranda Baker, Courtney Moyer. Brittany Benson, Haley Koger, and Sarah Wooten were chosen to serve as Post-Secondary State Officers for the 2016-2017 year.
JLDC 1: At JLDC in Birmingham, back row: Sarah Wootten, Regina Gilliland, Maci Key, Elleigh Hall, and front row: Brittany Benson, and Haley Koger.