Becoming world-class workers, leaders and responsible American citizens are the goals for the five state goal medalists from the Tennessee College of Applied Technology – McMinnville. These students are now continuing in national SkillsUSA competition.
SkillsUSA winners demonstrate occupational and leadership skills. The TCAT McMinnville students earned their recognition during the state SkillsUSA competition in Chattanooga during the week of April 13. These winners and their skills areas are Richard Schilt, automotive service technology; Ashley Shelton, medical terminology; Autumn King, commercial baking; Alyssa Lewis, restaurant service; and Nicholas Weiten, culinary arts.
SkillsUSA returns to Kansas City June 23-27 for the 50th annual National Leadership and Skills Conference, a showcase of career and technical education students. The TCAT McMinnville gold medalists will compete on the national level during the conference.
Also during the conference, SkillsUSA will recognize a TCAT McMinnville program that has won the President’s Volunteer Service Award gold medal four straight years. Instructor Deborah Womack and six medical assistant students completed 1,050 hours of community service in 2013, including support to the Pay It Forward program, Academics Inspiring Minds and health screenings at Warren County schools.
Students, faculty and staff have been encouraged to help defray costs of the trip. Director Warren Laux has also asked businesses, industry and community leaders to make donations.
“This is an excellent opportunity to recognize the importance of programs that establish industry standards for job skill training in the lab and classroom, and promote community service,” Laux said. “SkillsUSA is recognized by the U.S. Department of Education and is cited as a successful model of employer-driven youth development training program by the U.S. Department of Labor.”
More than 300,000 students and advisors join SkillsUSA annually, organized into more than 17,000 sections and 52 state and territorial associations. Combining alumni and lifetime membership, the total number impacted this year is more than 335,000. SkillsUSA has served more than 11.2 million members since its founding in 1965.