Emma Cates, a cosmetology student at Indian Capital Technology Center in Muskogee, was elected to serve as a national officer for SkillsUSA. Cates was elected through a formal election process in the SkillsUSA House of Delegates during the 55th annual SkillsUSA National Leadership and Skills Conference held in Louisville, Kentucky, in June.

As a SkillsUSA national officer, Cates will serve as a student leader and advocate for the SkillsUSA organization and will lead SkillsUSA members during both of our annual national conferences. She will speak on behalf of SkillsUSA before students, instructors, education administrators, legislative leaders and representatives of business and industry. She will also represent the national organization at various events.

“Emma believes strongly that CTE prepares students with the technical skills and leadership skills needed for today’s workforce,” said Tim Lawrence, executive director of SkillsUSA. “I look forward to working with her this year.”

To run for a national office, SkillsUSA members must follow the election process for their local training program, school and state. Once they have made it to the SkillsUSA National Leadership and Skills Conference, candidates must then pass a knowledge test, interview for candidacy and begin the campaign process to student delegates representing the 50 states, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands.

The annual SkillsUSA National Leadership and Skills Conference is the largest and most diverse showcase of skill training in the nation. More than 6,400 students compete nationally in hands-on skills and leadership events.

Information: www.skillsusa.org.

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