Category: Chapter News

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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Meals, Wheels for Stranded Pets

When Hurricane Harvey devastated the Gulf Coast of Texas, students at El Paso Independent School District (EPISD) Center for Career and Technology Education showed up to help displaced pets at two facilities: the Animal Rescue League of El Paso and MuttLove Dog Rescue. Students held drives for donations of pet supplies. In addition, the veterinary…
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With a Program Short on Funds, Students Combine Skills to Help

Students from Central Technology Center in Drumright, Okla., raised $1,500 for Cleveland Public Schools, a feeder system in need of funding. Welding/fabrication students worked with the diesel technology class to build outdoor furniture and custom signs. The items were sold in conjunction with a car show and auction held by the Octane Outlaws of Cleveland.…
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Senior Center Visits Benefit All Involved

Students at Reading-Muhlenberg Career and Technology Center wanted to bring cheer to residents of a local senior-living facility. What they got in return was a lasting bond. The Pennsylvania students set out to deliver 100 “blessing bags” of toiletries as well as pens and pencils, playing cards, puzzles and word search books. They also did crafts,…
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Learn, Give, Empower

At Orange Technical College in Orlando, Fla., students have conducted numerous projects that help them meet their community service theme: Learn, Give, Empower. Projects have included preparing and delivering meals to the homeless (pictured above), delivering Thanksgiving food baskets to 65 needy families, hosting a fair to connect volunteers to agencies in need of help,…
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Because High School Can Be Scary

In Stockton, Calif., to quell the anxiety of incoming freshman, some of the upperclassmen at Cesar Chavez High School agreed to connect with those who signed up for mentoring during orientation. Older students hosted icebreakers, exchanged contact information and coordinated meetings to help the newcomers understand their new environment. During the meetings, they discussed classes,…
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One Team Helps Another, and Everyone Becomes a Winner

Coach Brian Hamel (pictured kneeling, front row, far left) needs community funding so his Snowdogs basketball team can attend the Special Olympics Maine state tournament. The Snowdogs got a major assist from another team, three SkillsUSA students from Presque Isle (Maine) High School. Griffin Guerrette, Ryle Mortland and Randon Mortland (back row, center) helped raised…
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