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ICTC: Students test themselves at Skills USA event

by CHANEL SHERRY, Gazette Student News Reporter on December 07, 2012 10:45 AM

"The heart of a volunteer is not measured in size, but by the depth of the commitment to make a difference in the lives of others." -- DeAnn Hollis.

The Indiana County Technology Center (ICTC) students have the opportunity to participate in Skills USA as an extracurricular leadership activity. Skills USA is a national nonprofit organization serving high school students who are preparing for careers in trade, technical and skilled service occupations.

Skills USA allows students to network with other students and industry professionals involved in the same occupation.

Each year a group of students involved in Skills USA from the Indiana County Technology Center attend a fall leadership conference at Seven Springs. This year the conference was held Oct. 24-26. The Skills USA mission is to help students become world-class workers and responsible American citizens. Skills USA at the ICTC is under the direction of advisers James Gould and Sandy Zulick.

At the leadership conference the students attended various classes on topics such as problem solving, leadership development, time management and organization skills. They also were able to do a rock climb experience with the National Guard, and attend a dance with all of the Skills USA participants.

On Friday, Oct. 19, all ICTC students were invited to attend a field trip to Kennywood's Phantom Fright Night sponsored by Skills USA. Approximately 60 students chose to attend.

On Monday, Jan. 14, 20 students from various program areas will travel with Zulick and Gould to compete against other students in this year's regional competition. Students will use the skills that they are taught in their program area at the ICTC. If they place within the top three they will move onto state competition.

Skills USA is led by the following: (morning officers) president, Cortnee Deyarmin, Digital Media Technology; vice president, Monica Phillips, Digital Media Technology; secretary, Kristen Fletcher, Heating, Ventilation and Air Conditioning; treasurer, Cody Henry, Machining Technology; (afternoon officers) president, Brittany Yankuskie, Cosmetology; vice president, Richard Thomas, Heating, Ventilation and Air Conditioning; secretary, Lacey Shearer, Cosmetology; and treasurer, Ashley Karp, Graphics and Electronic Media.

The ICTC is proud to announce that Richard Thomas was chosen as vice president of Skills USA District 8. Thomas has the extra responsibility of planning activities for Skills USA competitions, attending meetings and being a leader at the leadership conference and competitions.

I asked Thomas why he chose to be involved in Skills USA. He replied, "Skills USA is a great program to have at the ICTC. Participating in activities that raise money for the community and the school is very important."

This holiday season, Skills USA is raising money for the Children's Hospital Teddy Bear Fund Drive.

Members also hold fundraisers throughout the school year for many organizations and events. The students at the ICTC are excited to see what the Skills USA members have in store for them this year.

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