Students From Mercer County Technical Education Center Receive National Skills USA Awards


Katelyn Jackson                 Marisha Poore

Princeton, West Virginia, October 4, 2017:  Two West Virginia SkillsUSA state officers from Mercer County Technical Education Center recently received National Awards at the Washington Leadership Training Institute (WLTI) held in Washington, D. C.   

Katelyn Jackson a Carpentry student who currently serves as the Vice President of Region 1, and  Marisha Poore, a Health Occupations student, serving as State Treasurer both received the coveted WLTI (Washington Leadership Training Institute) Statesman Award.  This award is given to individuals who demonstrate leadership skills while completing the required activities during the institute.  Additionally, Marisha Poore was awarded third (3) place in the nation for her SkillsUSA promotional brochure.  Her brochure was selected from over five hundred (500) brochure entries.

According to SkillsUSA, their program is designed to help improve the quality of America’s skilled workforce through a structured program of citizenship, leadership, employability, technical and professional skills training. As they strive to be champions at work, SkillsUSA programs are also geared to enhance the lives and careers of students, instructors and industry representatives.  

WLTI focuses on leadership training for the state SkillsUSA officers.  As part of their training activities, students attending the WLTI participated in tours of various monuments and memorials, including the Vietnam and Korean War Memorials, the Lincoln Memorial, and the Pentagon Memorial. The West Virginia delegation also visited the Air and Space Museum, Natural History Museum, the American History Museum, and the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier at Arlington National Cemetery to observe a wreath laying ceremony and the Changing of the Guard.     

One of the highlights of the event occurred when the SkillsUSA West Virginia officers were afforded an opportunity to speak with Representative Evan Jenkins and his staff as well as a legislative assistant for Representative Alex Mooney.   During this time, state officers discussed the importance of the Carl D. Perkins Funding for Career and Technical Education as well as the Skills Gap - the gap between what employers need and what job seekers are offering. The officers were asked to share their personal Career and Technical Education stories with Jenkins.       

For the West Virginia SkillsUSA Fall Leadership Conference, Mercer County Technical Education Center will be sending twenty (20) students and two (2) advisors to Cedar Lakes in early November.  The leadership skills the West Virginia State Officers gained from WLTI will definitely be put to work as they lead during the upcoming conference.     

Mercer County Schools and Dr. Deborah S. Akers, Superintendent, are proud of our MCTEC SkillsUSA team.