Students and advisors from across Delaware attended the 53rd annual National SkillsUSA Leadership Conference from June 19-23, 2017 in Louisville, Kentucky. Delaware students represented our state in competitive events that included: Architectural Drafting, Automotive Service Technology, Aviation Maintenance Technology, Carpentry, Computer Programming, Cosmetology, Criminal Justice, Diesel Equipment Technology, Electronics Technology, Extemporaneous Speaking, Heating, Ventilation, Air Conditioning & Refrigeration, Industrial Motor Controls, Information Technology, Masonry, Plumbing, Prepared Speech, Technical Math, Welding, and more.
Highlights of the conference include:
- A delegation of 119 students and advisors from 6 schools represented Delaware.
- Kimani Jackson of Howard High School of Technology was selected to sing the National Anthem at the Opening Ceremony of the SkillsUSA National Leadership and Skills Conference.
National Contest Medalists:
- GOLD Sheet Metal – Sarah Buehler, Delcastle Technical High School
- SILVER Advertising Design – Kate Bagshaw from Sussex Tech High School
- SILVER Heating, Ventilation, Air Conditioning and Refrigeration – Tyler Lord from St. Georges Technical High School
- BRONZE Broadcast News Production – Chase Albright, Hannah Wolk, Sydney Gross, and Ryan Bradley from Sussex Technical High School
Delaware SkillsUSA is a Career and Technical Student Organization (CTSO) dedicated to students who are interested in pursuing their future in technical careers. Through SkillsUSA, members have the opportunity to participate in career focused competitive events, take part in community service work, and become leaders for the organization in their school, state, and at the national level. SkillsUSA incorporates curricular and co-curricular experiences to emphasize the importance of knowledge, leadership, skill development, and teamwork. A list of all national finalists can be obtained online from: http://skillsusa.org. To learn more about Delaware SkillsUSA, please visit: http://delawareskillsusa.org/ or contact Mike Fitzgerald by phone at: 302.735.4015 or by email at: Mike.Fitzgerald@doe.k12.de.us.
The state officer team met together for the first time to meet with the representatives and senators in the state house at the annual CTSO legislative day. SkillsUSA President, Ashish D’Souza led the officer team throughout the day while also speaking in both the house of representatives and the senate with his prepared speech that focused on the need for students to practice both leadership and technical skills as advanced by student participation in the Delaware SkillsUSA.
Delaware SkillsUSA attends 3rd Annual Delaware Pathways Conference at the Chase Center in Wilmington. Governor Carney shared that “Delaware’s economy remains in a period of significant transition, and we should ensure our schools are teaching the skills that employers demand,” said Governor Carney. “That means connecting Delaware’s educators with our employers, allowing our students to gain practical, work-based experience and retooling our workforce development programs to help students and employers succeed. Thank you to the members of the Steering Committee for producing this Strategic Plan, which will help us prepare Delaware’s students to succeed in jobs of the future.”
On March 22, 2017 business, industry, and academic partners from throughout Delaware and the Mid-Atlantic region gathered Wednesday to honor SkillsUSA members at the Modern Maturity Center in Dover. More than 300 students were recognized for their outstanding performance in 63 individual, team, technical, and leadership contests with nearly $875,000 in student scholarships and prizes awarded. The top medalist in each contest will further advance his or her outstanding achievement at the National SkillsUSA conference in Louisville, Kentucky.
Delaware SkillsUSA is a Career and Technical Student Organization (CTSO) that recognizes the importance of students, teachers, and industry partners working together to ensure America has a skilled workforce. SkillsUSA incorporates curricular and co-curricular experiences to emphasize the importance of knowledge, leadership, skill development, and teamwork
Click here for the list of results. Click here for the awards PowerPoint presentation.
On January 16, 2017, the Delaware SkillsUSA state officers took part in the Invention Convention at the Hagley Museum in Wilmington. This event is specifically geared towards young children, and encourages them to get creative. The event features a science show, an invention room, and a deconstruction room.
The science show featured a chemist conducting various weather experiments for a large crowd of children and parents alike. In the invention room children could build anything they desired with the help of volunteers, and tons of items like cardboard, and soda bottles. There was even a patent table where they could document their invention. In the deconstruction room children could take apart household items such as clocks, printers, and computers to see how they worked.
The state officers aided in keeping the work areas safe, stocked, and clean. We look forward to coming back and doing it all again next year!