SCTC Students Attend National Conference
Somerset Career & Technical Center’s SkillsUSA Chapter participated in the 2016 SkillsUSA Maine State Leadership & Skills Conference in early March 2016. SCTC students competed in the following categories: Job Interview, Prepared Speech, Pin Design, T-Shirt Design, Photography, Early Childhood Education, Promotional Bulletin Board, Electrical Wiring, Nurse Assisting, and First Aid/CPR. Eight of those students placed first, second or third and three earned the Statesmanship Award for Career Preparation Knowledge.
The two students who earned Gold medals, Hannah McGlashing for prepared speech and Emma Dimock for t-shirt design became eligible to compete in the National SkillsUSA Competition.
Due to generous donations as well as numerous fundraising activities by the chapter, both students and their advisors were able attend the National Skills and Leadership Conference in Louisville, Kentucky.
Over 10,000 people attended the national conference in June, 6,000 of them where SkillsUSA State Champions. The students and their advisors spent a week at the national conference and were able to attended career seminars, including one with Mike Rowe of the Discovery Channel TV Show; Dirty Jobs. They also met Kayleen McCabe from the DYI Network TV Show, Rescue Renovation. The students and their advisors also attended presentations and gathered information from education and business leaders from around the country at the Career TECHSPO.
Hannah, competed and scored in the top 40 percent of Prepared Speech candidates. She was delighted to have the opportunity to go and visit many historical landmarks, as well as meet many interesting people. Emma placed third in her competition bringing home a national bronze medal for t-shirt design. Emma expressed many of the same benefits as Hannah while there, but also had the opportunity to stand on the podium in front of 10,000 people to receive her third place award.
The 2016-17 SkillsUSA Chapter will continue to work hard on developing valuable career skills through community service activities, class work and various statewide workshops.