SkillsUSA is an applied method of instruction for preparing America’s high performance workers in public career and technical programs. We provide quality education experiences for students in leadership, teamwork, citizenship and character development. We build and reinforce self-confidence, work attitudes and communications skills.
SkillsUSA is a national nonprofit organization serving teachers, high school and college students who are preparing for careers in trade, technical and skilled service occupations, including health occupations. SkillsUSA is a partnership of students, teachers and industry representatives’, working together to ensure America has a skilled workforce. SkillsUSA was formerly known as VICA (Vocational Industrial Clubs of America).
Industry members, secondary and postsecondary level career and technical education directors and instructors we are looking for you! The Board of Directors for SkillsUSA will have openings this July. Interested parties should complete the application and submit as directed. Please submit applications by July 15th, 2017. Click here for more information.
For two days in mid-August, join your CTE peers from across the state for the first annual NH Career and Technical Education Summer Conference.
Online Registration is now open for our 2017 CTE Summer Conference! Click this link for all the details and how to register. Registration deadline is June 28, but please jump in before school ends.
We have a full lineup of fantastic keynote speakers, informative and practical workshops, and a showing of the groundbreaking documentary film “Most Likely to Succeed” at the Red River Theater. Not only is this film a wonderful exploration of what education can be, but also it will be followed by a guided audience discussion about how the possibilities presented in the film can come alive in New Hampshire.
CTE Summer Conference 2017 will be a great way to connect with teachers who teach the same CTE program as you from all around the state! You can earn up to 18 hours towards recertification in two days! You can pick and choose workshops to:
- round out your teaching chops,
- design better performance assessments,
- build a more supportive and engaged PAC,
- establish more internships for your students at local businesses, and
- much, much, more…
While some in society still view Career and Technical Education with skepticism, students are using it as a springboard for success, including Salem High School Senior Amanda Maille who has punched her ticket to Harvard. She is also class Valedictorian and will make her speech at graduation on Friday, June 9, although she deflects any praise for her accomplishment.
“If anything, there are so many people who deserve it, too,” she said. “There are different qualities about people. Sometimes, grades aren’t the best representation for what people can do. There are so many people who deserve it, too. There are a lot of people who will do amazing things. They will do amazing things in their lives…Hopefully in my speech, I represent the class enough.”
As for her experience at the Salem High School Career & Technical Education Center where she went completed two years in Health Science Technology, she said it helped her discover not only something she loves, but her future career.
“I started thinking about the health sciences and sciences in 7th grade, but I was unsure what to do as a career,” she said. “I was super stressed out about finding a career.”
Upon enrolling in the two-year Health Science Technology program beginning in her junior year, she said she began “a lot of career exploration.” Noting her first year covered medicine, anatomy and physiology among other thing in order to provide her with a base of knowledge, she said the past few months have been key for her. During this past semester, she said she was able to choose between three career paths—LNA, occupational or physical therapy, or EMT—and she chose the latter.
“You go to the Salem Fire Department every morning for class and you do clinical hours on the ambulance,” she said. “I was actually able to respond to calls with firefighters.”
Maille cited this past weekend as her most intense experience yet.
“We had a call and I was ventilating in the ambulance on someone—it was an incredible experience,” she said.
In looking ahead to her long-term future, she said she plans to become an emergency medical physician. Regarding her immediate future at Harvard, she said her major is Human Development and Regenerative Biology.
“I wanted something with life sciences and chemistry built into it with a lot of research, too—I enjoy research,” she said. “I’ll be doing research on a pre-med track.”
She also plans to be involved in the community while in college with the Volunteer EMS Services.
“I want to be involved in community service organizations—it will be a great experience,” she added.
Acknowledging the scope of her ambition is large and that the path to her dreams once seemed “daunting” when she was younger, Maille said CTE helped provide her with much-needed knowledge and inspiration.
“CTE is so much more than people think,” she said. “It gets you so involved in a career. It shows you what happens on a daily basis in the real world.”
For students or others still skeptical about CTE’s impact and value, Maille cited her own experience and that of other students.
“It helps you decide if you want to do this for rest of your life,” she explained. “I don’t know if I would choose this field if I did not have this experience. There is business, construction and other programs—everyone loves it.”
About the Salem High School Career & Technical Education Center
The Salem High School Career & Technical Education Center offers 13 Career and Technical Education Programs that lead to industry certifications, college credit, post-secondary placement, and employment. The emphasis of its programs is on both college and career readiness. Students learn technical and work-ready skills while integrating core academics. Many of the programs provide internship opportunities and project-based learning.
To learn more, visit www.salemcte.com.