Wilmot High School Board Discusses SkillsUSA Program

new wilmot_logo_jpegWilmot High School may join schools across the country and around the world by implementing the SkillsUSA program, a leadership organization that encourages students through leadership, trade & industrial, technical and health occupation contests. Students compete against the clock, each other and themselves as they strive to prove their expertise in such job skills as carpentry, plumbing, graphic design, architectural drafting, welding, and nurse assisting. Other avenues of the program include speech preparation, resume building, job interviews and quiz bowls.

SkillsUSA is a partnership of students, teachers and industry representatives, working together to ensure America has a skilled work force. The program’s mission is to help each student excel.

The national nonprofit organization serves teachers, high school and college students who are preparing for careers in trade, technical and skilled service occupations, including health occupations.

Dave Leuty, Engineering, welding and metals teacher presented the year round program to the Board of Education Tuesday night, and the program will be voted on at the next meeting.

“The students would compete with not only themselves but with students from 72 counties throughout the state,” he said. “There are lots of hands on activities and students often go from this program to Gateway or Engineering schools.”

If approved, Leuty plans to begin small and build up to 100 students next year.

“There are lots of activities and it covers Tech Ed, digital photography, Art, business, Family Consumer Science and other departments,” he said. “This group will be a great asset to many departments in the school.”


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