Middle Bucks Institute of Technology senior, Kathryn Gingoloski, joined a delegation of Career and Technical Education (CTE) students and instructors from Pennsylvania to meet with legislative leaders on September 25, 2018. Congressional visits are an important part of SkillsUSA’s Washington Leadership Training Institute (WLTI). The delegation also paid respects at the Tomb of the Unknowns. Middle Bucks Institute’s PA State officer and Medical and Health Professions senior, Kathryn Gingoloski along with her SkillsUSA Advisor, Elizabeth Fala, met with Mr. Mace Flitter, legislative assistant to Brian Fitzpatrick to discuss Career and Technical Education success stories and thanking him for supporting funding for the Perkins V.
The five-day Washington Leadership Training Institute is sponsored each year by SkillsUSA to provide students an opportunity to learn about Washington D.C.; how to effectively communicate with their legislative representatives; and about personal, workplace and technical skills grounded in academics. This year’s delegations discussed the value of public career and technical education to their respective states; the quality of their education and training; their occupational plans; and, the benefits of their participation in SkillsUSA. They explained that today’s workplace requires people with to participate in high-quality systems. SkillsUSA has been successful in developing these skills in students of all ages and backgrounds.
The Washington Leadership Training Institute is a leadership and citizenship training event. WLTI concentrates on advanced leadership and communications skills, including sharing their personal stories with legislative representatives. This year, 525 students and instructors from 27 states attended the leadership conference.
SkillsUSA is an integral part of public career and technical education (CTE) and CTE is learning that works for America. According to the U.S. Department of Education, the average high school graduation rate for students concentrating in CTE programs is 90.18% compared to an average national freshman graduation rate of 80%. CTE is also about jobs — good middle-class jobs — that are essential for the American economy and global competitiveness. One-third will require an associate degree or certificate and nearly all will require real-world skills that can be mastered through CTE.