Press Release from Coahoma Community College Public Relations; (662) 621-4061 - Brittany Davis-Green - firstname.lastname@example.org
CLARKSDALE – Coahoma Community College’s Division of Career and Technical Education is making plans to celebrate SkillsUSA Week, Feb. 9-12.
SkillsUSA is a partnership of high school and college students, teachers, business and industry working together to ensure that America has a skilled workforce. This year the organization is celebrating its 50th year, serving over 10 million students since 1965.
“SkillsUSA helps students excel in their program of study,” said organizer Shelia Sanders, special population coordinator in CCC’s Career and Technical Education Division. “It helps the students build their self-confidence, learn to work as a team, and gives the opportunity to network. It also teaches them the importance of community service and giving back.”
According to Sanders, every CCC Career and Technical instructor and student are members of the organization, which serves students enrolled in training programs in technical, skilled and service occupations, including health occupations, in high schools and college/technical schools.
Student members are required to pay membership dues that are used towards state and national membership required to compete in SkillsUSA competitions. CCC was recently recognized for 100 percent membership in the organization and was awarded a commemorative banner celebrating SkillsUSA 50th anniversary for the accomplishment.
“SkillsUSA is a great program for personal and professional development, so we try to get all of our student active in SkillsUSA week,” Sanders said.
Scheduled activities for CCC’s 2015 SkillsUSA week are as follows:
Monday, Feb. 9— Public Relations Day: SkillsUSA activities will be posted on CCC’s website. A SkillsUSA banner will be posted outside of the B.F. McLaurin and Lee Flowers building to promote SkillsUSA week. Refreshments will be served in the Related Studies Lab of the B.F. McLaurin Building.
Tuesday, Feb.10— Media Blitz Day: This day is set aside for the Career and Technical Education students to learn more about SkillsUSA. Students will visit the Related Studies Lab, located in the B.F. McLaurin Building, between 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. to receive SkillsUSA sling bags, ink pens, wristbands and other goodies.
Wednesday, Feb. 11— SkillsUSA T-Shirt and Advocacy Day: The entire Division of Career and Technical Education will wear customized blue and white SkillsUSA t-shirts to help promote the organization. Anne Clark, CCC’s dean of Career and Technical Education, will give a proclamation to SkillsUSA students in observance of SkillsUSA week.
Thursday, Feb. 12— Leadership through Service Day: SkillsUSA students will visit the Aaron Henry Head Start Center to read to a group of children and bring awareness to the SkillsUSA organization
Friday, Feb. 13— SkillsUSA Advisor Appreciation Day: This day is set aside to commend SkillsUSA Advisor’s for supporting the organization throughout the year. Refreshments will be served in the Gallery for the Division of Career and Technical Education.
Following SkillsUSA week, members will turn their focus to the Mississippi SkillsUSA State Championship, slated for March 3-5 in Jackson, MS, where they’ll showcase their respective skillsets and face off against other members from high schools and colleges across the state..
CCC Culinary Arts major Jamie Lynom of Clarksdale who won first place t-shirt design during SkillsUSA Fall Leadership Conference will also be facing-off against the winner of SkillsUSA South Fall Leadership Conference from Jones County Junior College during the competition. Winners of the state competition will move forward to the National SkillsUSA Leadership Skills Conference scheduled for June 2015 in Louisville, KY.
For more information contact Sanders at (662) 621-4192.