Category: Chapter News

Helping Hands, Helping Hearts Go Together

Without having to worry about food, students at Texas State Technical College can move one step closer to achieving their education and career goals. SkillsUSA Community Service national medalists Isela Rodriguez, Iris Juarez and Alexandra Lugo (above) decided to incorporate their skills to create an on-campus food pantry. Students partnered with faculty and  staff, as…
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Celebrating a Positive Perspective

Photo: Courtesy Catawba Valley Community College. Used with permission. Catawba Valley Community College students decided to embrace the diversity in their community by hosting a “Celebration of Nations.” The SkillsUSA members in Hickory, N.C., involved local vendors to promote their businesses, ideals and goals during the event. The celebration showcased cultural diversity, strength and equality…
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Sparking a Champion

In Nevada, Desert Oasis High School students had a vision of creating an impactful event that would benefit both the community and the school. They decided to plan a job fair in which students could experience the professional world. After rigorous planning by SkillsUSA members, the first event took place in January. With 33 vendors…
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To Restore a Forgotten History, Students Use One Skill at a Time

Gloucester Institute of Technology students restored the local African American Veterans Cemetery in Franklinville, N.J. The SkillsUSA members were joined by Lowe’s Home Improvement to donate supplies such as plants and paint. Students put their various skills together to create new fencing, build benches, add new landscaping and mow the land, creating a bright new…
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A Truckload of Food and Music

Twin brothers from Newark, N.J., used their love and passion for culinary arts to fuel the creation of A&J’s Original Cheesesteak food truck. Anthony and Jonathon Rivera have spent the last four years learning preparation and presentation through the culinary arts program at the Essex County School of Technology. With the profits from the food…
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They Pony Up to Party

At Barry Tech BOCES in Westbury, N.Y., students planned a holiday celebration for special needs children at the Jerusalem Avenue School. Funds for the event were raised by selling student-designed sweatshirts and sweatpants to others at their school. The students raised $6,000, which covered the celebration expenses including snacks, arts and crafts, games and certified…
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Building a Bridge to Success

In Oklahoma City, Metro Tech South Bryant students partnered with Bodine Elementary School to help create a cleaner and safer environment. They worked outside of the school while educating the young students and the community about career and technical education organizations like SkillsUSA. Metro Tech students believe that Bodine Elementary needed a champion of their…
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Mentors Spark a Partnership

Thanks to welding instructor Mark Lynch and his students at Sabin-Schellenberg Professional Technical Center in Milwaukee, Ore., the students of Monument School’s shop class got the chance to learn critical welding skills. The tiny town of Monument is home to a new welding program led by shop teacher Michele Engle. During two days of mentoring,…
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NTU Pack Helps Wild Canines Find Sanctuary

The SkillsUSA chapter at Navajo Technical University (NTU) in Crownpoint, N.M., provides much-needed assistance to the Wild Spirit Wolf Sanctuary in nearby Ramah. From welding to landscaping to building fences, students take on this work to allow the sanctuary’s staff to focus on the animals. The Wild Spirit Wolf Sanctuary is a nonprofit organization that…
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Helping With Open Arms

In San Angelo, Texas, Central High School human services students have stepped up to help victims of sexual assault. With the assistance of local women’s empowerment group Dazzling Dames, students put together gift bags of toiletries and blankets for the Open Arms recovery center. They called their project HOPE, an acronym for having faith, overcoming…
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