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Buckeye State Student Officers Make a Splash

February 1st, 2011

Ohio State Officers visit SkillsUSA's National Leadership Center
Recently, we had 50 Ohio state, regional and two national officers conducting training here at the National Leadership Center week before last along with 10 advisors and Mike Cowles, Ohio state association director. The whole delegation went to Washington, D.C. and Capitol Hill for congressional visits. Delegations of students and teachers met with eight Representatives and both of the state’s Senators. I understand the meetings went extremely well. Advisors who told me about the experience did so with gleaming eyes.

Then, in a new addition to the Ohio conference, the state officers held a summit with the Maryland state student officers in Frederick, Md. It was a great week of experiences for all concerned.

Highlights

January 1st, 2011
  • Membership as of December 22 stood at 180,132 or 13,670 over our membership on that date last year. It also appears that Total Participation Plan membership is increasing over last year.
  • Staff attended a panel discussion recently hosted by the Manufacturing Institute of the National Association of Manufacturers and Youth Development Foundation member Emily DeRocco. The subject of discussion was the disconnect between the skilled worker needs of manufacturing employers and the education system. Panelists included former SkillsUSA board member Bryan Albrecht and current YDF member Lynn Scheitrum of Air Products.
  • There are two new developments at the National Leadership Center. Staff reports that the wheelchair lift is now installed and has received its certificate of completion. Thanks go to Lowe’s for helping to underwrite this important improvement in service to our guests and members. And, SkillsUSA will be installing a new FIOS connection that should boost our Internet speed considerably and at a much reduced cost.

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