Three student leaders at the Center for Advanced Technical Studies (The Center) have been elected to SkillsUSA South Carolina State Office positions for the 2020-2021 school year: Raymond Jedlicka (Machine Tool Technology from Spring Hill High), Katherine Stodden (Law Enforcement Services from Spring Hill High), and Megan vanVollenhoven (Law Enforcement Services from Chapin High).
Each is a rising senior and will learn of their exact state position in the summer. State Office holders usually gain their title within the State Officer Team during the summer after completing National and State level training, but this has been delayed due to COVID-19 and will not take place. This is the second consecutive year the SkillsUSA chapter at The Center has earned multiple state officers.
“I am enormously proud of these three students,” said The Center’s SkillsUSA Advisor Joe Chapman. “They have been working towards this opportunity for a long time and the effort has paid off. Each of them have contributed greatly to the success of our SkiillsUSA Chapter over the past year and now they will look to positively influence students statewide. They will be tasked with providing the leadership necessary to help guide America’s future workforce to promising careers. I know them all well enough to say that they will leave a lasting impact on our great state.”
Every SkillsUSA Chapter across the state is awarded delegates based on member count and they vote for State Officers. Each candidate had to provide a video speech this year, go through an interview and complete a test. Those results combine with the delegate voting determines the state officers.
This is the 7th year The Center has had a SkillsUSA Chapter, but the first year the chapter has had an elected student board and provided opportunities to the students beyond competition. The school has 260 members including 16 advisors/teachers.
The SkillsUSA Chapter at The Center is the only chapter in South Carolina to reach the CEP Level 2 Gold recognition this school year. Achieving this level of recognition can only be reached through the dedication and hard work of both students, teachers and industry partners.
All Career and Technical Education (CTE) programs in School District Five offer students the opportunity to participate in a Career and Technical Student Organization (CTSO). In addition to SkillsUSA, School District Five students may participate in FFA, HOSA (Future Health Care Professionals), TSA (Technology Student Association), FBLA (Future Business Leaders of America), DECA (Entrepreneurship/Marketing), Prostart (Culinary Arts) and FCCLA (Family, Career, and Community Leaders of America). For more information about any CTSO, contact your CTE teacher or call the Center for Advanced Technical Studies.