As secretary for SkillsUSA West Virginia, Shyanna Hatten attended the SkillsUSA Washington Leadership Training Institute (WLTI). WLTI was held in Washington, D.C. on September 19th through 23rd.
WLTI focuses on leadership training for state SkillsUSA officers. In addition to training sessions, WLTI included opportunities for tours of various monuments and memorials, including the Vietnam and Korean War Memorials, the Lincoln Memorial, and the Pentagon 911 Memorial. The West Virginia delegation also toured the Holocaust Museum and took a tour of the U.S. Capitol. Recreation activities included a picnic at the SkillsUSA national headquarters in Leesburg, Virginia, as well as a dance and social event on the last night.
SkillsUSA WLTI participants had the honor of participating in a wreath laying ceremony at the Tomb of the Unknowns at Arlington National Cemetery. This experience included observing the honored ceremony of the Changing of the Guard.
The highlight of the event was the opportunity for SkillsUSA West Virginia officers to speak to Senator Joe Manchin and his staff, as well as Senator Shelly Moore Capito’s staff. State officers discussed funding, support for Career and Technical Student Organizations, and other areas of concern for Career and Technical Education. Senator Manchin also posed questions to students, including asking their position on the minimum wage.
The capstone for WLTI is the coveted WLTI Statesman Award. Shyanna, as well as the other six state officers, demonstrated the necessary leadership skills and completed the required activities to achieve their WLTI Statesman Award. The award ceremony concluded the WLTI event on the morning of September 23rd.
The leadership skills from WLTI will be put to work by the state officer team as they lead the SkillsUSA West Virginia Fall Leadership Conference (FLC) at Cedar Lakes on October 21st through 22nd. Career and Technical students who are interested in attending joining SkillsUSA or attending the FLC need to contact Mr. Roberts. SkillsUSA holds regular meetings during club time on Tuesdays.