Author: Karen Kitzel

Flowers Through Concrete

When Rah’Mere Williams insulted his instructor with a crude name, it looked as if whatever dreams he’d had for a successful future were fading. Turns out, they were about to come into sharper focus, and Williams was about to grab them, never to let go again.

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Peer Award for Teaching Excellence Rooted in the Framework

Instructor Wanda Tyson credits Nash Community College and SkillsUSA with her personal trajectory as well as that of her students, who grow skills by applying the Framework in learning.

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Advisor of the Year’s Success Founded on Mastery Mindset

SkillsUSA’s 2020 top advisor Joseph Chapman proves that even new advocates can grow a SkillsUSA chapter to prominence, inspire belief in the program and deliver graduates with the skills employers want — all while changing students’ lives.

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Believing Means Seeing It Through

When the opportunity of a lifetime presented itself, Paravi Das didn’t hesitate to give it her all, but an unexpected crisis meant a temporary setback. Drawing on her talent, passion and determination, this singer, artist and SkillsUSA Virginia president put on her red jacket and continued reaching for the stars.

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Taking a New Course

SkillsUSA graduate and grandmother Jacqueline Limbrick transformed an unexpected tragedy into an opportunity for lifelong learning.

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Skills Help a Hero Recover and Lead to a New Mission

Life changed in a flash for former SkillsUSA member Brad Lang. Following mission-related injuries, the combat veteran turned challenges into opportunities for a new life and a new business.

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