State Certified Trainers

The State Certified Training Program (train-the-trainer) helps prepare lead advisors to assist other members in their state. Over twenty-five states now have one or more State Certified Trainer. State Certified Trainers are available to assist in training and updating SkillsUSA advisors. The State Certified Training Program was started in 2006-2007 to help the state directors with their state's SkillsUSA training. 

Candidates selected should:
1.   Possess teaching or training experience at the high school or college/postsecondary level
2.   Have used the PDP and/or CSEP curriculum in the classroom
3.   Be an active in SkillsUSA activities
4.   Maintain a flexible schedule so as to assist state director with training

The trainers are equiped to help with information about chapter management, integration of employability skills, fundraising, managing a local/regional contest, and other SkillsUSA resources. 

Your State Certified Trainers are: 

Shane Hunter, TCAT Dickson

Automotive Instructor at Tennessee College of Applied Technology Dickson for ten years. Active advisor in SkillsUSA since 2006. Shane became a State Certified Trainer in 2009.





John Lee, TCAT Elizabethton

John Lee received diplomas from Nashville Auto Diesel College and Wise County Vocational center. John joined the Tennessee College of Applied Technology in 2009 as the Diesel Power Equipment Instructor after spending 11 years in industry. He is a former SkillsUSA competitor and officer.  In 2010 he became the lead advisor for TCAT Elizabethton and became a State Certified Trainer in 2011. John is currently seeking his bachelor’s degree in postsecondary education and intendeds to complete his master’s degree next.



Ernestine Peete, TCAT Memphis

Ernestine Peete is a native of Chicago, Illinois.  She received her education in the field of barbering and cosmetology in Chicago and California.  Then she received an associate’s degree in Culinary Arts at Kendall College in Evanston, Illinois.  She received her Bachelor and Master’s degrees from the University of Memphis.  Mrs. Peete has served as director and manager of Cain’s Barber College in Chicago, Illinois, and in Memphis, TN.  She has also served as Educational Director at Jett barber and cosmetology schools in Memphis, TN.  Mrs. Peete is a veteran of the United States Air force, where she served as an Air Traffic controller.  She has owned several businesses.  Currently she is employed as a Master Barber Instructor at Tennessee College of Applied Technology Memphis. She is the chairperson of the Council of Occupational Education committee at TCAT-M.  She also received the outstanding faculty award in 2004 for all of the technology centers.  She is the former chairperson of the Tennessee Cosmetology Board.  Among her many awards and civic honors she was selected as the Woman Of The Year (2012-2013) from the National Association Professional Women (NAPW). She and her husband reside in Memphis, TN.

Dottye Webb, TCAT Newbern

As a lifelong resident and former technical education student, Mrs. Dottye Webb understands the importance of career-technical training to Tennessee’s communities and workforce.  Her commitment to technical education developed in high school where she seized opportunities to serve as a business co-op student, a leadership-skills competitor, chapter president, and a state officer in the Office Education Association. Later she received an Associates of Science degree from Jackson State Community College and a Bachelor of Science from the University of Tennessee. She has been an employee of the Tennessee College of Applied Technology Newbern for 14 years.  During this time, she has taught in the Business Systems Technology, Computer Operations, and Technology Foundations programs.  Presently she works as a Master Instructor of Technology Foundations, the Testing Center Administrator, and the SkillsUSA Lead Advisor. While serving as SkillsUSA Lead Chapter Advisor, Mrs. Webb coached four quiz bowl teams all of which won their state competition and advanced to nationals where teams placed fourth in 2008, second in 2010, first in 2011, and first in 2012. She has served as a SkillsUSA judge at both the state and national levels. In 2011 and 2012, her institution won the James D. King Small School Award which is presented to outstanding institutions with less than 300 SkillsUSA members.  In 2011, she served as a SkillsUSA State Officer Advisor and became a SkillsUSA State Certified Trainer. In 2012, she attended the Washington Leadership Training Institute where she earned the National Statesman Award. She is active in her local church where she serves as youth director, Sunday school teacher, and choir member.  She is also a member of the National MS Society, the Leukemia & Lymphoma society, and a proud Navy mom. She has been married for 25 years and has three children: Josh, Ben, and Tiffany. She and her husband currently live in Milan, TN.

Angela Richardson, TCAT Harriman

Angela Richardson has been an employee of Tennessee College of Applied Technology-Harriman for over 16 years. She came to TCAT-Harriman with an additional 11 years of postsecondary education experience from Roane State Community College and the University of Tennessee. Angela received her associate degree from Roane State Community College, her bachelor’s degree from East Tennessee State University, and most recently her Masters of Professional Studies degree in Training and Development through Tennessee Technological University. She is a Microsoft Certified Educator, and currently serves as an instructor in both the Administrative Office Technology and the Medical Office Assistant programs. Angela serves on the Advisory Board for Business and Contemporary Management for Roane State Community College, and the Advisory Committee for the Morgan County Career and Technical Education Center. She serves as TCAT-Harriman’s student volunteer coordinator for Ollie the Otter, the Tennessee Children’s Reading Foundation, Roane County’s Imagination Library, and Roane County’s Education Matters. Angela is also a graduate of the 2015 Leadership Roane County class.

Under Angela’s advisement, TCAT-Harriman’s SkillsUSA chapter has received the gold Chapter of Distinction award the past three years, with the chapter being selected as a 2015 Models of Excellence finalist. In addition, Angela has been directly responsible for the success of SkillsUSA fundraising at TCAT-Harriman, raising over $30,000. She has served as a SkillsUSA judge at both the state and national levels and was selected as the 2016 Tennessee State SkillsUSA Advisor of the Year. Angela became a SkillsUSA National Certified Trainer December 2016.In addition, she has received her Tennessee Statesman award and is a 2017 President's Volunteer Service Award recipient.

Angela and her husband, Darrell, reside in Kingston, TN. They have two children, Emilee Jane and Parker. In her spare time, Angela enjoys photography and is a freelance Tennessee Press Association award winning sports photographer.