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SCVTHS HOLDS SKILLSUSA NATIONAL SIGNING DAY FOR STUDENTS ENTERING SKILLED TRADES

On May 7, sixteen seniors graduating from skilled trades programs at Somerset County Vocational & Technical High School (SCVTHS) participated in SkillsUSA National Signing Day, sponsored by the Lowe’s Foundation, State Farm and Constellation. SkillsUSA National Signing Day is a nationwide celebration showcasing the next generation of skilled professionals and the skilled career paths that have been, are, and always will be essential to America’s future.

The participants in the event at SCVTHS came from the contracting trades programs, including Carpentry, Plumbing and Electrical Construction. The students were recognized by administrators, teachers, and advisors as they signed letters of intent, committing to pursue skilled career paths. According to Electrical Construction instructor Mike McClain signing day “allows the students to be excited about the future and what they're going to do.” He added that the event “is kind of an end result of their training and leads to the next step - going out and getting to work.”

There is a critical need for skilled tradespeople in the United States. According to the Associated General Contractors of America, 88% of contractors have difficulty finding qualified candidates for open positions. By empowering the next generation of skilled professionals and career-ready leaders, SkillsUSA and their partners hope to close this skills gap while highlighting the opportunities that exist in fulfilling, lucrative and in-demand skilled careers. 

The SkillsUSA program is thriving at SCVTHS, and students have recently participated in the New Jersey State competition. A contingent of the resulting gold medalists from the school will be heading to the SkillsUSA National Leadership and Skills Conference (NLSC) in Atlanta in June.

SCVTHS celebrated SkillsUSA National Signing Day on May 7th

Photo: SCVTHS celebrated SkillsUSA National Signing Day on May 7th. Attending the event were:

(front row l-r) State Farm Agent Yeni Mendez Romero, SCVTHS students Fernando Morillo of South Bound Brook, Tyler Hays of Bound Brook, Liam Hanily of Somerset, Owen Lee of Somerville, Jason Granese of Warren, Timothy Velazquez of Warren, Electrical Construction instructor Mike McClain, Academic Supervisor Randee Holz, and SCVTHS Principal Hector Montes

(middle row l-r) State Farm Representative Amanda Garcia, SCVTS Superintendent Robert Presuto, SCVTHS students Harold Kreis of Watchung, Raymond Kuper of Basking Ridge, Jordan Pajka of Hillsborough, Joseph Cicalese of Millington, Shamar Walton of Skillman, Supervisor of Career and Technical Education Robert Carrig, Plumbing instructor Salvatore Sciorta

(back row l-r): State Farm Agent Jason Spraggs, SCVTHS students Emily Granja of Hillsborough, Patrick Clancy of Gillette, James Cicalese of Millington, Steven LaRosa of Bridgewater, and Austin Schuster of South Bound Brook.


El 7 de mayo, dieciséis estudiantes del último año que se graduaron de programas de oficios calificados en la Escuela Secundaria Técnica y Vocacional del Condado de Somerset (SCVTHS) participaron en el Día Nacional de Firma de SkillsUSA, patrocinado por Lowe's Foundation, State Farm y Constellation. El Día Nacional de Firma de SkillsUSA es una celebración a nivel nacional que muestra la próxima generación de profesionales calificados y las trayectorias profesionales calificadas que han sido, son y siempre serán esenciales para el futuro de Estados Unidos.

Los participantes en el evento en SCVTHS provinieron de programas de oficios contratistas, incluidos Carpintería, Plomería y Construcción Eléctrica. Los estudiantes fueron reconocidos por administradores, maestros y asesores cuando firmaron cartas de intención, comprometiéndose a seguir carreras profesionales calificadas. Según el instructor de Construcción Eléctrica Mike McClain, el día de la firma "permite a los estudiantes estar entusiasmados con el futuro y lo que van a hacer". Añadió que el evento "es una especie de resultado final de su capacitación y conduce al siguiente paso: salir y ponerse a trabajar".

Existe una necesidad crítica de comerciantes calificados en los Estados Unidos. Según Associated General Contractors of America, el 88% de los contratistas tienen dificultades para encontrar candidatos calificados para puestos vacantes. Al empoderar a la próxima generación de profesionales calificados y líderes preparados para su carrera, SkillsUSA y sus socios esperan cerrar esta brecha de habilidades y al mismo tiempo resaltar las oportunidades que existen en carreras calificadas satisfactorias, lucrativas y en demanda.

El programa SkillsUSA está prosperando en SCVTHS y los estudiantes participaron recientemente en la competencia del estado de Nueva Jersey. Un contingente de los medallistas de oro resultantes de la escuela se dirigirá a la Conferencia Nacional de Liderazgo y Habilidades (NLSC) de SkillsUSA en Atlanta en junio.