2016 MCTEC Food Drive

During the dates of December 5 through December 13, 2016, Mercer County Technical Education Center students collected 1,721 nonperishable food items in a recent community service project sponsored by SkillsUSA. They exceeded last year’s total by 700 cans. These cans will be divided between Appalachian Teen Challenge and Princeton’s Church of God for a local food bank. Using the canned food, the Engineering Department designed and built a Nutcracker sculpture that will be judged in the WV SkillsUSA competition based upon creativity, seasonal theme, color coordination, difficulty level, and dimensional appearance.

MCTEC’s students are active members of SkillsUSA and currently have two students serving as state officers. Destiny Rose of Pikeview High School serves as Historian and Savannah Phillips of Princeton Senior High School serves as Treasurer. In October, twenty (20) of MCTEC’s students and three (3) instructors traveled to Ripley, West Virginia, for a two day Leadership Training Conference. SkillsUSA provides quality educational experiences for students in leadership, teamwork, citizenship and character development. It builds and reinforces self-confidence, work attitudes and communications skills, and it emphasizes total quality at work, high ethical standards, superior work skills, life-long education and pride in the dignity of work. SkillsUSA also promotes understanding of the free enterprise system and involvement in community service activities.

The students are already looking forward to the WV SKillsUSA State Competition in late March when the winner of the canned food sculpture will be announced and the winners of the MCTEC technical skills competitions will compete with winners of other technical centers across the state. Those students winning gold medals at the state level will travel to Louisville, Kentucky, in June to vie for a medal at the SkillsUSA National Leadership Conference.