Oneida-Herkimer-Madison BOCES SkillsUSA visits nation’s capital

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NEW HARTFORD — Students and advisors from the Oneida-Herkimer-Madison BOCES chapter of SkillsUSA recently traveled to Washington D.C. to attend the organization’s annual Washington Leadership Training Institute (WLTI) Conference.

OHM BOCES students Madeline Stell and Jack Barkett, and advisors Kim Petronella and John Stratton attended the conference which focused on professionalism, communication and leadership skills for both students and advisors. The trainings also allowed members the opportunity to share their SkillsUSA and career and technical experiences with elected officials.

During the trip, Stell and Barkett received the National Statesman Award, which is presented to members who demonstrate knowledge and civic awareness, along with an understanding of the SkillsUSA Framework and how to articulate their personal career and technical education (CTE) experience.

While in Washington D.C., the group was able to tour the monuments on the National Mall, visit the Arlington National Ceremony and meet with local Rep. Claudia Tenney, R-22, New Hartford, to discuss the importance of CTE both regionally and nationwide.

“Overall, the Washington Leadership Training Institute Conference was a very interesting trip,” said Barkett. “I have learned several invaluable skills that I am eager to apply not only to my SkillsUSA career, but my life going forward as well.”

Stell and Barkett are now gearing up for the SkillsUSA Fall Leadership Conference being held November 5-9 in Albany, where they will help educate other New York state students about SkillsUSA.

About SkillsUSA

SkillsUSA is a partnership of students, teachers and industry working together to ensure America has a skilled workforce. We help each student excel. A nonprofit national education association, SkillsUSA serves middle-school, high-school and college/postsecondary students preparing for careers in trade, technical and skilled service (including health) occupations.

SkillsUSA serves more than 372,655 students and instructors annually. This includes 20,598 instructors who join as professional members. Including alumni, SkillsUSA membership totals over 434,000. SkillsUSA has served 13.6 million annual members cumulatively since 1965 and is recognized by the U.S. Department of Education and the U.S. Department of Labor as a successful model of employer-driven workforce development.

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