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SkillsUSA Student Organization

Seven cosmetology students at West Kentucky Community and Technical College were sworn in as officers of the new SkillsUSA student organization on October 15.

SkillsUSA is a partnership of students, teachers and industry working together to ensure America has a skilled workforce. The national organization works at both the high school and college levels to help students excel in public career and technical programs. Student members are provided quality education experiences in leadership, teamwork,citizenship and character development. The organization also builds and reinforces self-confidence, work attitudes and communications skills, life-long education, and involvement in community service.

With the induction of the cosmetology students as WKCTC SkillsUSA officers, we are bringing this phenomenal organization back to the college, said Steve Holt, WKCTC cosmetology course coordinator. Years ago, every department participated in the SkillsUSA organization; and thats our goal again as we begin a new era for our students.

Marshall County resident Wendy York is the president of the SkillsUSA student organization and is excited about the educational opportunities that are available. This will be a great experience. I will learn to improve my leadership skills as we branch out to all the programs on campus to build the organization, York said. SkillsUSA is just one more way that WKCTC will stand out as a great institution.

Next month, the cosmetology department will host a SkillsUSA competition with students competing in hair, nails, or skin care categories. Two winners will be selected for the state competition in Louisville, KY in April 2013. The national competition will be held next summer.

The WKCTC SkillsUSA officers join the ranks of the more than ten million SkillsUSA members served since the organization was founded in 1965.

The other WKCTC officers are Graves County resident Victoria Tyler, vice president; McCracken County residents Martha Yarbrough, reporter; Jennifer Aviles, secretary; and Amanda Courtney, ambassador; treasurer Victoria Mitchell of Livingston County; and parliamentarian LaRitha Gilliland of Fulton County.
For more information about the WKCTC SkillsUSA organization, contact Steve Holt at 270-534-3375 or email