BUCKHANNNON—Fred Eberle Technical Center’s National Skills USA students engaged in a local contest back in February, winners of that contest proceeded on to Fairmont State University for a state contest, and those winners furthered to the national level competition in Louisville, KY.
The national competition was held June 24-28 in Louisville. Upshur County was proud to have the Fred Eberle Technical Center (FETC) students to represent in this national competition. Students that attend FETC come from Upshur, Barbour, and Lewis counties.
Adult students that attend the programs are from all over. The students that attended the Skills event encompassed a great opportunity.
Skills USA is a huge trade show.
FETC students had the fortuity to do a great deal of networking with various vendors and also explore future employment opportunities. Of all the students that attended, three were adult students.
There were two Top 10 placements among the group. Rebecca Bowers-Call, Director of FETC, stated, “We have never had a national winner, but we are hopeful for the future.” FETC student that attended the national competition and had top 10 inductions, were Autumn Yoakum, Portfolio (Therapeutic Services) - 7th place and Vincent Landis, Internetworking, 9th place.
In addition to the top 10 contestants, students, Ben Jarell for Electricity, Taylor Chapman for Medical Math, Caroline Fluke for Cosmetolgy, Anthony Dahman for Diesel Technology, and John Kahl for Automotice Technology also attended the competition in Louisville.
FETC currently offers automotive training, diesel mechanic, construction, welding, nursing and certified nursing assistant programs, cosmetology, computer repair, computer networking, collision repair, electricity, and CDL classes for adults only. Call stated, “Enrollment is good and has been for a while.”
As a nation, the education system is currently focused on trade certifications. The previous preference was obtaining a bachelor’s degree, and many found themselves unemployed with student loan debt. Educators want to ensure that students evaluate their career and life goals to align with their studies.
A college degree may be a better choice for some while learning a skill such as welding, auto mechanics, or construction may lead to a lucrative career for others. FETC will host an Open House on Tuesday, August 13th from 12p.m.-6p.m. for parents and students.