February is Career and Technical Education Month. With the theme of Opportunities for Career Success, we want to highlight our Career and Technical Student Organizations. These organizations give our students leadership experience and the opportunity to apply their skills to real-world projects. Students compete against the best of the best at the local, regional, state, and national level.
SkillsUSA works with high school teachers and students to prepare our future workforce to be skilled and effective in their industry. As a participant in SkillsUSA, there are many opportunities to prepare for a successful future.
Career Technical Student Organization:
Welding & Sheet Metal Fabrication
How did you get involved in SkillsUSA?
It was kind of a no-brainer. My teacher held a competition in class to see who would represent us at Skills and my competitive nature kicked in.
What does a welding competition look like?
There are four stations and we have thirty minutes to complete each one. At each station, we are judged on a specific type of weld and the judges are looking for speed, accuracy, and overall how good the weld looks.
How has DACC helped to prepare you for life after high school?
Being in SkillsUSA has taught me how to keep bettering myself and my skills. I’ve also learned a lot about time management skills, both by what I’ve experienced and by watching my competitors.
What do you want to do after high school?
Right now, I’m getting work experience through an internship at Grote. After I graduate, I’d plan on going to Columbus State and someday, owning my own welding and repair shop.