SkillsUSA Week Begins at CCC
CLARKSDALE – Coahoma Community College’s Division of Career and Technical Education kicked off SkillsUSA Week Monday morning with Advocacy Day.
A national organization serving high school, college students, and professional members, SkillsUSA observes the second week of February each year in an effort to highlight the organization’s mission to ensure that America has a skilled workforce. Students in CCC’s Career and Technical Education programs are all members of the organization.
Members met at 9 a.m. in The Gallery for a program, which was highlighted by a Proclamation of National SkillsUSA Week read by Anne Clark, vice president of Career and Technical Education.
“Profound economic and technological changes in our society are rapidly reflected in the structure and nature of work, thereby placing new and additional responsibilities on our educational system,” Clark said during the reading of the proclamation. “Career and technical education provides students with a school-to-career connection and is the backbone of a strong, educated workforce, which fosters productivity in business and industry and contributes to our leadership in the national and international marketplace.”
Advocacy Day was only the beginning to a list of week-long scheduled activities. Tuesday, the week will continue with “Leadership Service Day” with members volunteering to serve food and stock supplies at The Care Station, located in Clarksdale, from 8:30 until noon. Wednesday during “Media Blitz Day”, members will watch an informational video about the organization at 9 a.m. in The Gallery and will enjoy trivia questions, door prizes and refreshments. On Thursday, “Wear Red Day”, members will showcase the organization by wearing customized Skills USA T-shirts. The week will cap off Friday with “Advisor Appreciation Day” where instructors from CCC’s Division of Career and Technical Education will be served a hot breakfast prepared by JoAnn Hoskins, culinary arts instructor, and students at 9:15 a.m. in The Gallery.
For more information, contact organizer Shelia Sanders, support service coordinator in CCC’s Division of Career and Technical Education, at (662) 621-4192.