View from the President--June 2014

View from the President--June 2014

by Jerry Huismann, Lacy Construction, Grand Island

For the past six months I have served on the planning taskforce to launch the Nebraska Construction Industry Council to promote construction careers in our state. During the planning process all of us had an opportunity to discover or rediscover what a great career club opportunity SkillsUSA brings to young people in the state. Do you know about SkillsUSA?

SkillsUSA is a national student organization that serves students enrolled in career and technical education training programs at our public high schools and colleges. SkillsUSA’s mission is to empower its members to become world-class employees and responsible American citizens.

SkillsUSA complements technical skills training with instruction in the employability skills that make a well- rounded employee. The club is a partnership between students, teachers and industry working together to ensure a future workforce.

Here in Nebraska there are 70 SkillsUSA Chapters in schools across the state from Sidney to Omaha with a total of 1500 student members. The Chapters work in concert with the Career and Technical classes in the public schools to bring the students an applied method of learning, along with an emphasis on teamwork and leadership skills.

This summer the Nebraska Building Chapter will be working on strategies and opportunities to help all of you connect your firms with local SkillsUSA Chapters in your area. We are sure this will be a worthwhile relationship in which to invest for the future!