Members of Northeast Alabama Community College’s SkillsUSA chapter attended a Local Officer Training Conference at Wallace State Community College recently. The LOTC event was a one day conference where the students were given the opportunity to obtain experience in leadership, citizenship, teamwork, and character development. SkillsUSA gives the students a chance to become more self-confident, while learning proper communication skills and work ethic. This LOTC training allowed students to return to their schools and local chapters prepared to serve as officers.
While at the conference, students learned the basic ideals of SkillsUSA including the pledge, the framework, and the significance of the organization’s emblem parts and colors. Students also engaged in teambuilding activities and a mixer lunch allowing them to interact with other SkillsUSA students from North Alabama
During the conference, NACC had two students who ran for State Officer positions. Riley McAllister and Logan Tidwell spent weeks preparing for the campaign. They had to memorize all components of the framework and ideals of SkillsUSA. They also had to prepare campaign speeches, posters, and business cards for the day of the conference. Each candidate had a campaign manager that spoke with other voting students across the state, to describe why Northeast’s candidates would be best suited for the job. Both Northeast students were selected and are now upholding the position of state president and vice president.
SkillsUSA is a national organization serving more than 300,000 high school and college students and professional members who are enrolled in training programs in technical, skilled and service occupations, including health occupations. It has the active support of more than 600 corporations, trade associations, businesses and labor unions at the national level. Student membership in SkillsUSA offers leadership, citizenship and character development programs and activities to complement skill training. Its programs help students prepare to go to work and on to further education. SkillsUSA emphasizes respect for the dignity of work, high standards in trade ethics, workmanship, scholarship and safety. It promotes understanding of the free enterprise system and encourages the development of patriotism through democratic practices in local chapters.
Career and Technical Education (CTE) is learning that works for America. CTE is helping our nation meet the very real and immediate challenges of economic development, student achievement and global competitiveness. CTE is developing America’s most valuable resource – its people; helping them gain the skills, technical knowledge, academic foundation and real-world experience they need to prepare for high-skill, high-demand, high-wage careers – and keep America working – in every sense of the word.
For more information about SkillsUSA go to http://www.skillsusa.org.
For more information about the NACC chapter of SkillsUSA, contact Kelly Black (256) 638-4418 or 256-228-6001, ext. 2286 or at firstname.lastname@example.org or click on the student services link from the NACC homepage at http://www.nacc.edu/.