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SkillsUSA empowers workers to be champions
Next week is SkillsUSA Week in Warren County. The week recognizes the partnership of students, teachers and industry representatives who work together to ensure America has a skilled workforce. Proclamations have been signed by both County Executive Herschel Wells and Mayor Jimmy Haley. Pictured, from left, are TCAT representative Sharon Barnes, William Keasling, Mike Tate, Wells, Garrett Arnold and Cindy Wilson.

For Tennessee College of Applied Technology of McMinnville, Feb. 7-13 has been declared SkillsUSA Week in Warren County.
“This is the first time Feb. 7-13 has been recognized as SkillsUSA Week in Warren County,” said TCAT senior administrative office technology instructor Sharon Barnes.
SkillsUSA is a partnership of students, teachers and industry representatives working together to ensure America has a skilled workforce. Skills USA is a national organization geared toward helping each student excel by serving teachers and high school and college students who are preparing for careers in technical, skilled, and service occupations, including health occupations and for further education.
SkillsUSA empowers its members to become world-class workers, leaders and responsible American citizens. It improves the quality of America’s skilled workforce through a structured program of citizenship, leadership, employability, technical and professional skills training to enhance the lives and careers of students, instructors, and industry representatives as they strive to be champions at work.
All TCAT-McMinnville students are members of SkillsUSA, says Barnes.
“Our motto is Champions at Work,” she said. “We focus on leadership, community/citizenship, students’ professional and technical stills, and perform fundraising activities to support the annual state and national competitions. Students can compete in medical terminology, machine turning, machine lathe, welding, computer repair, electronics, culinary, etc. at the state level for all post-secondary schools in April and state gold medal winners get to compete in the national competition in June.”
The next fundraiser is March 18 at TCAT-McMinnville campus. Students are planning a dinner and auction. The dinner begins at 4:30 p.m. and the auction begins at 6 p.m. More information will be made available as details are finalized.
For more information about TCAT-McMinnville, SkillsUSA Week and how you can help with fundraising, call Barnes at 473-5587.