The 2013-14 officers of the inaugural SkillsUSA chapter of Tennessee College of Applied Technology Shelbyville were recently elected and installed.
The chapter advisor is CAD & Drafting instructor Russell White; president, Ty Carrington, vice president, Frank Mikeals; secretary, Tamara Scarberry; parliamentarian, Victoria Rowell; and reporter, Matt Clark.
For those who haven’t heard of SkillsUSA, it is a partnership of students, teachers and industry working together to ensure America has a skilled workforce. Students in high school and post-secondary institutions from across the state will compete at the state level in April 2014 in fields ranging from computer-aided drafting, welding, nursing, automotive technology, machine tool technology and many more.
Those who win gold in their field will go on to the national competition in Kansas City, Mo.
With over 15 years of mechanical and civil drafting, chapter advisor Russell White hopes “for the school to grow the local chapter and help bridge the gap of skilled trades in the younger generation, and to make TCAT Shelbyville become the leader in skilled trades in the middle Tennessee area and throughout the state.”
The chapter is currently working with Lowe’s to receive a grant for budgetary concerns, such as travel, uniforms and other recourses to promote SkillsUSA to local high schools in surrounding counties.
“SkillsUSA gives students the required skills to be at the top of their field, with such a skills as leadership, public speaking, networking and soft skills that employers are desperately in need of in today’s workforce,” Carrington said. “By going to speak with local high school students, the chapter hopes to promote SkillsUSA and its benefits and making TCAT Shelbyville, a leading name in technical skills for prospective high school students.”