CTE Students Prepare for Success

Submitted by Carrie Wolf

SkillsUSA members from across Arizona assemble at the Phoenix Convention Center for a day of leadership and job skill development.

On Monday, October 24, over 1500 SkillsUSA members, made up of high school and college students and their advisors, will attend the annual SkillsUSA Arizona Fall Leadership Conference (FLC). Students will attend a full day of professional development training, facilitated by TRI Leadership Resources. Workshops include résumé building, interview skills, professionalism, goal setting, and networking.

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 over 1,100 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.