We had a great day with the SkillsUSA WorldTeam on Friday, August 28 in our nation’s capital. And, on Saturday, they boarded a flight to Calgary from Ronald Reagan International airport in Washington, D.C.
The SkillsUSA WorldTeam students were in Washington, D.C. on Thursday evening to participate in a night tour of the monuments. Friday was a full day of recognition activities for the team. We traveled to the Departments of Education, Labor and the U.S. Senate. The students were recognized by the Under Secretary of Education at the U.S. Department of Education, the Director of the Workforce Investment System at the U.S. Department of Labor and by Senator Mike Enzi’s office at the U.S. Capitol. The students also had an appointment at the Canadian Embassy where they received an orientation to the geography and culture of Calgary, Alberta, Canada. In every location, the students demonstrated a high level of professionalism and skill.
It was a great day, and the students were able to articulate their commitment to world-class skills training and their passion for education to all the government leaders they encountered. I was really impressed with how much they were able to influence the attitudes of the officials in D.C. In fact, at both the labor and education agencies, this was the first exposure the new Obama appointees had with career and technical education students. I think they learned a lot from the students.
The SkillsUSA WorldTeam is excited and ready to represent the U.S.A. in the WorldSkills Competition against 50 other countries. I know they will represent SkillsUSA very well. Check out the pictures from our day in D.C.