The demand for the skills our students learn is GLOBAL. A chart from Manpower Group’s 2011 Talent Shortage Survey, listing the Top 10 Jobs Employers are Having Difficulty Filling Globally, is attached here. “Skilled trades workers” appear as number three on the list.
Congratulations to Morgan Finley, the 2012 winner of the SkillsUSA National Pin Design Competition. She is a digital art and design program student at Lexington Technology Center in Lexington, South Carolina. Her advisor is Anna Shumpert.
Congratulations also to Macie Stewart, the 2012 winner of the SkillsUSA National T-shirt Competition. She is a graphic communications student at C.S. Monroe Technology Center in Leesburg, Virginia. Her advisor is Pam Smith.
They will each be recognized along with their advisors, at the Opening Ceremony of the National Leadership and Skills Conference in Kansas City this June. Each of their high schools will receive $5,000 from Lowe’s Charitable and Educational Foundation for classroom and equipment improvements. Each participant at NLSC will receive a conference T-shirt and pin showcasing the design through the Lowe’s sponsorship.
You can see their winning designs here: www.skillsusa.org/compete/pindesign.shtml.
SkillsUSA sponsors a national recognition program based on the Student2Student mentoring program. Any chapter involved in mentoring can submit its project plan, description and outcomes. The winning chapter will be given a cash prize, recognized at the National Leadership and Skills Conference, in Medallion magazine, in the Awards and Recognition booklet and at an event during the conference. In addition, the overall winning chapter will be invited to present its winning mentoring program as a part of SkillsUSA University.
For information go to: www.skillsusa.org/educators/mentrecog.shtml. All entries must be submitted online to the national office by April 4. Winners will be announced in May.