The students of Lee County School District’s (LCSD) Career and Technology Center (LCCTC) were among nearly 100 Champions at Work who made their way to the S.C. State House on Feb. 4. Legislators recognized them on Hometown Legislative Action Day as members of SkillsUSA South Carolina. The organization is collaboration between teacher advisors, students and industry leaders to ensure career readiness.
Those attending from Lee County all expressed an interest in entrepreneurship. Among them was Brianna Hickmon, the granddaughter of a business owner in Lee County.
“Today is important to me because my granddaddy is into politics and stuff,” says Hickmon. “So, it was cool that I can come and see something that he saw.”
Though she hoped to see her local representative, she was satisfied with just having had the experience. That was the case for all of the students and even their advisors. LCCTC Automotive Instructor and SkillsUSA Advisor Jamie Mack and his fellow advisors (3) say the timing couldn’t have been more appropriate.
“First of all (it’s) SkillsUSA Week and also CTE (Career and Technology Education) Month, and I think it’s important for them to see other districts and meet the representatives,” says Mack.
The students’ day began at 9:45 a.m. with a keynote address from the S.C. Senate President Harvey Peeler followed by breakout sessions and visits throughout the day. The group is already gearing up for next year’s visit.
About SkillsUSA: www.skillsusa.org
SkillsUSA is a partnership of students, teachers and industry working together to ensure America has a skilled workforce. SkillsUSA helps each student excel. We provide educational programs, events and competitions that support career and technical education in the nation’s classrooms.