Students and faculty at Delta-Montrose Technical College (DMTC) will join others across the nation to celebrate SkillsUSA Week, Feb. 5-11. The annual celebration, presented by Carhartt, represents over 300,000 SkillsUSA members nationwide and promotes career and technical education (CTE). The week highlights the benefits of the SkillsUSA program in developing personal, workplace and technical skills grounded in academics. It also provides schools with an opportunity to demonstrate how CTE helps prepare local students for college and high-wage, high-demand career fields. More than 4,000 SkillsUSA schools are expected to participate this year.
Among the special activities scheduled are daily classroom activities to celebrate and grow awareness of SkillsUSA. Students will also sell breakfast burritos for $3 each in support of DMTC SkillsUSA.
DMTC SkillsUSA programs include secondary automotive, technical drafting (auto CAD) and cosmetology.
"The activities planned over the next week will illustrate the rigor and relevance CTE courses offer our students," said John Jones, director of the school. "By partnering with the business community, CTE programs are investing in students and providing them with the latest technology and skills that will prepare them to become successful employees and future leaders."
SkillsUSA Week activities nationwide include presentations to administrators, business leaders and legislators; school tours and open houses; service events that benefit local charities and organizations; interviews with the news media; student-led rallies and campus outreach; and industry partnership development.
"SkillsUSA Week is a time for us to spread the positive message of our organization and bolster support for local programs that define student excellence. The reach of SkillsUSA is of utmost importance as we work toward our goal of graduating 100,000 Skills
USA students each year who are workforce-ready on day one of their job," said SkillsUSA executive director.
For more information on SkillsUSA Week events, contact Jim Pittsenbarger, secondary automotive instructor, 874-7671, ext. 511 or jpittsenbarger@DMTC.edu.
The election results are in at the local, state and national level, and as expected, Democrats are doing well in state and national races. Colorado has elected Jared Polis as governor; nationally the Republicans appear to retain control of the Senate while Democrats now control the House of Representative.
With a ballot full of local and state measures, voter turnout in Delta County topped 71%, with 15,889 ballots cast. Statewide, voter turnout was just over 52%.
Of the three Delta County residents seeking state offices, Matt Soper won over Thea Chase in State Representative Dist. 54; Mike Mason lost to Julie McCluskie in State Representative Dist. 61; and Olen Lund lost to Kerry Donovan in State Senate Dist. 5.
Locally, in the City of Delta voters rejected a .5% sales tax increase to fund recreation, as well as recreational marijuana sales. The sale of medical marijuana and cultivation/manufacturing facilities was approved by a slim margin. Delta voters also gave the city the green light to move forward with selling or trading the Cottonwood and Riverbend Park, and to sell the old Municipal Light and Power Building.