Category: Chapter News

A Vision of Healing for Veterans

In Ohio, SkillsUSA members raised $3,700 to support local veterans at the Chillicothe VA Medical Center’s Mace House. Students met with staff and landscapers to share their plan for a “healing garden” where veterans could spend time with their families and friends. From planting trees and shrubs to refurbishing wooden benches, these students from Pickaway-Ross…
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Students Offer Free Auto Checks

With winter making its way to Yelm, Wash., high-school automotive students got a firsthand look at how to prepare a vehicle outside of the classroom. They set up shop in a local parking lot, along with SkillsUSA advisor Brandon Hoke, to perform free safety checks for their community as part of the annual Lights On…
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Technology Provides a Better Future

Engineering students from Sylmar (Calif.) Biotech Health Academy wanted to help the homeless by creating a resource that would change lives. Jonathan Pena and Brian Hernandez decided they would create a systems app that could help to better track homeless individuals and provide resources to them. The team decided to start by taking part in…
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Every Penny Counts

Each year, Olathe (Kan.) North High School students raise money for the Pennies for Shoes Campaign. This effort supports the Mayor’s Christmas Tree Fund to purchase footwear for Olathe students in need as well as ensure that each local family has food, clothing and water during the holidays. SkillsUSA members held various fundraisers, including an…
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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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