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    JVS Student Attends SkillsUSA Leadership Conference in Washington, D.C.
    Andrew Davis

    February 2, 2018

    Andrew Davis, a junior from Sheffield Lake/Brookside High School in the Lorain County JVS Industrial Electricity program, recently attended a week-long Regional Officer Leadership Training in Washington, D.C. Davis was elected Historian of the North Central Ohio Region at the SkillsUSA Fall Leadership Conference in November. All regional officers, which included 46 from Ohio, were invited to this conference.

    The purpose of the conference is to develop leadership, receive officer training to execute the duties of a regional SkillsUSA officer, and experience the process of our federal government.

    During his week-long stay, Davis attended many training sessions at the SkillsUSA National Headquarters in Leesburg, Virginia which included leadership training, opening and closing ceremony training, and receiving the Statesmen Awards. In addition, the group received a bus-tour of downtown Washington, D.C., toured the Capitol, viewed the wreath-laying ceremony at the Arlington Monument, walked the Arlington National Cemetery and visited the Pentagon. The week-long training concluded with an evening Awards Banquet and Dance at the Hilton Garden Inn.

    Davis shared, “my favorite part of the trip was visiting the Arlington National Cemetery. What an experience!” He also noted that the group met with the President of the National SkillsUSA Organization who talked about leadership and what it takes to be a good leader. Davis also said it truly was an awesome experience to meet and work with 45 other regional officers from across the state of Ohio.

    Davis plans to continue his studies in the field of industrial electricity, and after graduation next year, apply for an electrical apprenticeship, acquire a journeyman’s card and secure employment in the electrical field. He shared that his father was employed in the electrical field in the steel industry as well.

    SkillsUSA is a national partnership of students, teachers and industry representatives working together to ensure America has a skilled workforce. SkillsUSA serves middle school, high school and college/postsecondary students who are preparing for careers in technical, skilled and service occupations, including health occupations. More than 300,000 students and advisors join SkillsUSA annually.