In addition to Congressional visits and leadership training, John Adams (AMCHS), Tannah Brister (CSHS), Chloe Merkel (CSHS) and Spencer Williamson (AMCHS) earned their National SkillsUSA Statesman Award, the highest achievement for a SkillsUSA student.
The delegation met with Christopher D. Taylor, staff member of Bill Flores, and Dylan MacInerney, assistant to Kevin Brady, on September 26, 2017.
Attendees also had the opportunity to visit historic sites such as the Lincoln Memorial, Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, the Pentagon 9-11 Memorial and some of the most well-known monuments, memorials and Smithsonian museums.
The five-day Washington Leadership Training Institute is sponsored each year by SkillsUSA to provide students an opportunity to learn about Washington D.C. 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, bridging the national skills gap, and the benefits of their participation in SkillsUSA.
They emphasized that today’s workplace requires employees with leadership, teamwork, technical and communication skills. SkillsUSA has been successful in developing both the technical and soft skills needed in students of all ages and backgrounds.
The Washington Leadership Training Institute (WLTI) is a “capstone” leadership and citizenship event to which students must earn their Statesmen award from their individual states for admission. WLTI concentrates on advanced communications skills, including sharing personal stories with the media and elected officials.
This year, 534 students and instructors from all over the nation attended the workforce development conference.