Skills USA Service Day in Meadville showcases students’ vocational talents

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When it comes to businesses hiring young, new employees, a lot of business owners say there is a huge skills gap, and that has an impact on hiring.  

Skills USA can be a way to attract and secure quality employees.

Sills USA Service Day is about rallying around the community and showing students how to get involved and give back to their communities.  Many business owners say the skills gap seen nowadays amounts to a near-national crisis.

Director of the Crawford County Career and Technical Center Kevin Sprong says, “We have a lot of national businesses and industry leaders that cannot get qualified employees.”

That’s where Skills USA comes in. They are a student-led organization dealing with leadership skills needed in today’s industry. It’s a way for students to compete and show the proficiency in the trades that they learn.

The students were taken to different departments at the center to see what it has to offer.

Michael Costa of the Crawford County Career and Technical Center says, “We feel our job as high school training these students to get them ready to go in the workforce, might be another pathway, they might go onto college or trade school, maybe the military…”

Channellock was the official lead sponsor of Skills USA Week.  Officials there saying they are excited to show students of Skills USA how to get involved and give back using their careers and technical training.

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