MCTEC Students Attend Skills USA Leadership Conference

PRINCETON, WV, October 30, 2015:     Mercer County Technical Education (MCTEC) was well represented at the 2015 Skills USA West Virginia Leadership Conference on October 21st and 22nd. The conference was held at Cedar Lakes Conference Center in Ripley, West Virginia. Throughout the conference, various workshops were available to help develop each student’s basic leadership skills in parliamentary procedure, public speaking, Skills USA ceremonies and social skills. MCTEC was represented by the WV Skills USA President Colton Egnor, and school representatives Sloan Norman and Chad Stevens. During the conference, Sloan Norman received the Statesman Award, which is an award presented to students who have demonstrated their leadership skills and have mastered requirements in leadership training.

SkillsUSA, a national nonprofit organization, is a partnership that provides career and technical education students with quality experiences in leadership and skills development.

Colton Egnor, WV State President of Skills USA, a Machine Tool Technology student at MCTEC and a senior at Montcalm High School chose the theme of “What Holds You Up” for this year’s fall conference.  Colton decided that Skills USA's use of pillars within their leadership series was a good trait to highlight at the fall conference.

However, it wasn’t all work and no play at the fall conference. Students took time from their busy schedules to partake in a western theme dance, a bon fire and a video scavenger hunt which were all planned by Colton. Colton earned his Statesman's award in the spring and mentored Sloan to help him with the required skills necessary for Sloan to also earn his Statesman Award.