You know the stereotype: Teens today don't have the skills or attitude that businesses need in their employees. But as with any stereotype, it's exaggerated and in some cases just not true.
Seventeen students at Valley Charter High School in Modesto are among the exceptions. Last month, they claimed 10 gold awards, two silver and seven bronze awards at the 46th annual SkillsUSA State Leadership and Skills Championships in San Diego. They competed in categories such as career pathway showcase-science, math, technology and engineering; photography; firefighting, first aid-CPR, technical computer applications and engineering technology.
Twelve of them are headed to the SkillsUSA National Leadership and Skills Championships in Kansas City, Mo., June 21-29. At this point, they become typical teens: they need money to make the trip, to the tune of $1,200 each.
If you would like to support this team with a donation, contact Tina Collier at Valley Charter High School: (209) 679-1003 or(209) 238-6817 or firstname.lastname@example.org, or mail a check to VCHS Technology Boosters, in care of adviser Tina Collier, 108 Campus Way Modesto 95350
Valley Charter, founded and overseen by the Stanislaus County Office of Education, offers classroom and independent instruction and allows students to concurrently enroll in Modesto Junior College classes.
And congratulations to Valley Charter for its participation and success with SkillsUSA, a nonprofit that allows students to demonstrate their vocational and leadership skills. They deserve as much recognition as those winning athletic and traditional academic competitions.