In addition to Congressional visits and leadership training, all three students earned their National SkillsUSA Statesman Award, the highest achievement for a SkillsUSA student. The delegation also paid respects at the Tomb of the Unknowns and the Pentagon 9/11 Memorials.
The five-day Washington Leadership Training Institute is sponsored each year by SkillsUSA and provides students an opportunity to learn about Washington and the democratic process. This year’s delegations discussed the value of their education; the value of public career and technical education to their respective states; the quality of their education and training; their occupational plans; and, the benefits of their participation in SkillsUSA.
They explained that today's workplace requires people with leadership, teamwork and communication skills to participate high-quality systems. SkillsUSA has been successful in developing these skills in students of all ages and backgrounds.
The Washington Leadership Training Institute is a "capstone" leadership and citizenship training event to which students must apply for admission. WLTI concentrates on advanced communications skills, including working with the news media and the inner workings of government.