SkillsUSA Launches Journey of a Jacket Program Connecting Donors with Students
Leesburg, Va., Feb. 8, 2022 — SkillsUSA has awarded official, red SkillsUSA jackets to 50 SkillsUSA members in 17 states through the newly launched Journey of a Jacket program, made possible with the support of SkillsUSA individual donors.
This new program, launched in October 2021, invited SkillsUSA members from across the nation to apply to receive their own official jacket. To apply, the students submitted an essay plus a letter of recommendation from their SkillsUSA advisor. The student response was impressive with over 450 applications.
“The jacket is a gift from our generous donors and is a symbol that the member is supported and valued,” said SkillsUSA Executive Director Chelle Travis. “It’s also an opportunity to showcase SkillsUSA pride and affinity by wearing our official attire.”
“When my student first put on his jacket, his pride was evident,” observed Katheryn Herfuth, the advisor of a student recipient from Frederick County Career and Technology Center in Frederick, Md. “He felt professional and ready to be a leader.”
Students were awarded jackets from the following SkillsUSA Chapters:
- Alabama: Greenville High School
- Arkansas: Ashdown High School
- Arizona: Kofa High School and San Luis High School
- California: Atwater High School; Mark Keppel High School; Oxford Academy; and Stride Career Prep at California Virtual Academies
- Florida: Douglas Anderson School of the Arts
- Georgia: Cambridge High School; Forsythe High School; Greenbrier High School; Savannah Technical College; and Statesboro High School
- Idaho: Meridian Technical High School
- Massachusetts: Cape Cod Regional Vocational Technical High School and Greater Lowell Technical School
- Maryland: Frederick County Public Schools Career and Technology Center
- Michigan: Bay-Arenac ISD Center
- Missouri: Nichols Career Center and Northland Career Center
- Ohio: Sentinel High School
- Rhode Island: Warwick Area Career and Technical Center
- Texas: College View High School; Frank McMillan Jr. High School; Victoria East High School and Victoria West High School
- Utah: Unitah Basin High School
- Wisconsin: Oshkosh North High School
To see a map of where the jackets were distributed, go to: www.skillsusa.org/wp-content/uploads/2022/02/2021-Journey-of-a-Jacket-Map.jpg.
To see an unboxing and thank you video of some students receiving their jackets, see below:
SkillsUSA invites others to support the program and gift SkillsUSA jackets to a greater number of members by contributing to the SkillsUSA Journey of a Jacket fund here: www.skillsusa.org/get-involved/donate/journey-jacket/.
SkillsUSA is a nonprofit partnership of education and industry founded in 1965 to strengthen our nation’s skilled workforce. Driven by employer demand, SkillsUSA helps students develop necessary personal and workplace skills along with technical skills grounded in academics. This SkillsUSA Framework empowers every student to succeed at work and in life, while helping to close the skills gap in which millions of positions go unfilled. Through SkillsUSA’s championships program and curricula, employers have long ensured schools are teaching relevant technical skills, and with SkillsUSA’s new credentialing process, they can now assess how ready potential employees are for the job. SkillsUSA has members nationwide in high schools, colleges and middle schools, covering over 130 trade, technical and skilled service occupations, and is recognized by the U.S. departments of Education and Labor as integral to career and technical education. We have served 13.9 million members since 1965. For more information: www.skillsusa.org.