Congratulations to Emma Maloney and Gracelyn Germain for their recent success at the NYS SkillsUSA competition in Syracuse. Gracelyn’s portfolio in Health Occupations earned her a silver medal, and Emma’s knowledge of equine skills earned her a silver medal also.
Emma and Gracelyn competed against thousands of students from all over New York State in front of a panel of judges who are professionals in their industries. More than 16,000 people — including students, teachers and business partners —participated in the weeklong event.
SkillsUSA is a partnership of students, teachers, and industry representatives working together to ensure America has a skilled workforce. It has an applied method of instruction for preparing America’s high performance workers in public Career and Technical Education programs. SkillsUSA provides quality education experiences for students in leadership, teamwork, citizenship, and character development. 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.
Every year, Career and Tech Ed students compete in local SkillsUSA competitions in order to earn the chance to compete at the SkillsUSA Regional, New York State, and National competitions. Stellar performances by Emma and Gracelyn result in WSWHE BOCES being one of the top medal-winning schools in the state.
SkillsUSA, a national nonprofit organization, is devoted to rewarding students for excellence, for involving industry in directly evaluating student performance, and for keeping career training relevant to employers’ needs. To learn more, click here.