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SOWELA Morgan Smith Celebrates SkillsUSA Week

JENNINGS, LOUISIANA – February 3, 2020

Students and faculty at SOWELA Technical Community College Morgan Smith will join others across the nation to celebrate SkillsUSA Week, February 3-7, 2020. The annual celebration represents over 365,000 SkillsUSA members nationwide and promotes career and technical education (CTE). Among the special activities scheduled at the Jennings site are:

Monday, Feb. 3: Appreciation Day, 8 a.m. – 11:30 a.m., serving breakfast treats to students, faculty, and staff.

Tuesday, Feb. 4: Member Fellowship, SkillsUSA members past and present to gather at a local restaurant.

Wednesday, Feb. 5: SkillsUSA Leadership Day, 6 p.m., members give a presentation at Lake Arthur City Council meeting.

Thursday, Feb. 6: Community Service Day, kicking off a month-long donation drive for needed hygiene items for Jeff Davis CADA (Communities Against Domestic Abuse).

Friday, Feb. 7: Celebrate SkillsUSA, students, faculty, and staff treated to cake and punch.

“SkillsUSA at SOWELA Morgan Smith is committed to bringing awareness to the students and the community about the things that they are learning through the club. The members exhibit their great attributes by focusing on the SkillsUSA framework which is led by Personal Skills, Workplace Skills, and Technical Skills Grounded in Academics. This week’s activities encompass those skills while continuing to show their leadership techniques,” said SkillsUSA Advisor Adrienne Abel.

The week highlights the benefits of the SkillsUSA program in developing personal, workplace, and technical skills grounded in academics. It also provides schools with an opportunity to demonstrate how CTE helps prepare local students for college and high-wage, high-demand career fields. More than 4,000 SkillsUSA schools are expected to participate this year.

About SkillsUSA
SkillsUSA is a nonprofit partnership of education and industry founded in 1965 to strengthen our nation’s skilled workforce. Driven by employer demand, SkillsUSA helps students develop necessary personal and workplace skills along with technical skills grounded in academics. This SkillsUSA Framework empowers every student to succeed at work and in life while helping to close the skills gap in which millions of positions go unfilled. Through SkillsUSA’s championships program and curricula, employers have long ensured schools are teaching relevant technical skills, and with SkillsUSA’s new credentialing process, they can now assess how ready potential employees are for the job. SkillsUSA has more than 366,000 annual paid members nationwide in high schools, colleges, and middle schools, covering over 130 trade, technical, and skilled service occupations, and is recognized by the U.S. departments of Education and Labor as integral to career and technical education. With the addition of our alumni, membership last year was 427,432. We have served nearly 14 million members since 1965. For more information, visit www.skillsusa.org.

About SOWELA Technical Community College
SOWELA Technical Community College provides traditional, distance, and lifelong learning experiences and awards associate degrees, technical diplomas, and certificates. The College empowers learners in career and technical education and enables transfer students to pursue a four-year degree so all learners excel as globally competitive citizens. The College has been educating the region’s workforce for 80 years and has locations in Jennings, Lake Charles, and Oakdale, LA. For more information, visit www.sowela.edu.