State Officer Team Visits State Capitol

Picture of State Officer Team Visits State Capitol

Tennessee College of Applied Technology students elected to serve as SkillsUSA State Officers attended officer training on February 1-2, 2016, at the Tennessee Board of Regents’ System Office. While at training, the state officers and their advisors toured the State Capitol Building, met with Representative Harry Brooks and Senator Jim Tracy, and attended Governor Haslam’s state-of-the-state address.  During their legislative visits, students thanked legislators for their support of the Tennessee Promise and Tennessee Reconnect Grants, which accounted for a 25% increase in TCAT enrollment over the past year. The students shared the value of public career and technical education to their respective communities; the quality of their education and training; their occupational plans; and the benefits of their participation in SkillsUSA. They explained that today's workplace requires people with leadership, teamwork, and communication skills to participate in high-quality systems. SkillsUSA has been successful in developing these skills in students of all ages and backgrounds.  While the students shared important information with legislators, it is the knowledge that the students gain through this process that is perhaps the most valuable part the experience.

SkillsUSA is a national organization serving more than 300,000 high school and college students and professional members who are enrolled in training programs in technical, skilled, and service occupations, including health occupations.  It has the active support of over 1,500 corporations, trade associations, businesses, and labor unions at the national level. Student membership in SkillsUSA offers leadership, citizenship and character development programs and activities to complement skill training. Its programs help students prepare to go to work and on to further education. SkillsUSA emphasizes respect or the dignity of work, high standards in trade ethics, workmanship, scholarship and safety. It promotes understanding of the free enterprise system and encourages the development of patriotism through democratic practices in local chapters.