What SkillsUSA actually is

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Robby Calandrelli’s definition of SkillsUSA is, “A nationally organized club that helps students find and work on skills they can use in the workplace to get a heads up in the real world.” Google’s definition of SkillsUSA is, “A United States career and technical student organization serving more than 395,000 high school, college and middle school students and professional members enrolled in training programs in trade, technical and skilled service occupations, including health occupations.”

So what does that all mean and why is SkillsUSA important? It’s a great opportunity to test and experience all of the variety you have when deciding on a career. It helps you learn more about each career and what it takes to make it there. It’s a great opportunity to social network with other people who are interested in the same thing as you. Robby, an advisor over SkillsUSA at Westlake High School says, “The way we run SkillsUSA at Westlake is we will work hard to make sure you are comfortable and ready to compete at state level. . .SkillsUSA can unlock a whole new door for your career. Just by having ‘SkillsUSA member’ on your resume could get you ahead of the game from other applicants.”

When Robby was asked why it was important to him he answered with, “Because the whole meaning behind it is to help the youth get into high skilled areas to help keep America’s workforce high leveled, and I believe it’s important to get students interested in careers that will better not only themselves, but the country as well.” I asked him what he would say if he has to convince people to join SkillsUSA and his response was, “It’s to be a part of and to create the newer, younger and skilled workforce America needs.”

For more information message Robby Calandrelli, visit Rebecca Dajany in room D257, visit Darrin Edwards in the media center, visit Mike Taylor in room B113/B108, or visit Nathan Pickett in room B105.