Washburn Tech Students on State SkillsUSA Officer Team

October 20, 2015

Topeka, Kan. – Washburn Tech is well-represented on the SkillsUSA State Officer Team for the 2015-2016 school year. Six students from Washburn Tech have been selected to serve among the 14 state officers for SkillsUSA Kansas.

David Praiswater, Washburn Tech instructor and SkillsUSA advisor, said nearly two dozen candidates applied and campaigned for the officer positions at the Fall Leadership Conference. The selected students will travel to events across the state and share the message of career and technical education. In addition, they will visit business and industry representatives as well as legislative leaders to highlight the need for career-readiness.

Washburn Tech students on the state officer team are: William Bottom, Topeka, Building Technology; Paula Carvell, Topeka, Building Technology; Lindsey Jones, Topeka, Building Technology; Michael Lohe, Topeka, Building Technology; Samantha Thuringer, Royal Valley High School, Holton, Diesel Technology; and Kevin Williams, Topeka, Building Technology. 

“SkillsUSA state officers develop and use high level leadership skills to prepare themselves and others for future careers,” said Tim Lawrence, national director, SkillsUSA. “SkillsUSA state officers are among the most elite student leaders in each state.”

SkillsUSA serves more than 300,000 students and instructors annually. It is a partnership of students, teachers and industry working together to ensure America has a skilled workforce through a structured program of citizenship, leadership, employability, technical and professional skills training. 

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