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Career & Technical School News

Capital Region BOCES duo represents CTE in meetings with U.S. lawmaker

 

Students from Schenectady, Cobleskill-Richmondville participated in SkillsUSA Washington Leadership Training Institute (WLTI)

U.S. Rep. Paul Tonko poses with SkillsUSA advisor Cynthia Hamel, students Danielle Graham and Savitri Persaud and advisor Matt Millard

A pair of Capital Region BOCES Career and Technical School (CTE) students met with elected officials and learned leadership skills during a recently completed five-day trip to Washington, DC.

"I learned that I have a voice for not only myself, but a voice for my school and my state," said Danielle Graham, a senior from the Cobleskill-Richmondville Central School District, who returned Wednesday from the SkillsUSA Washington Leadership Training Institute (WLTI).

Graham and Savitri Persaud of Schenectady are CTE's two state representatives for SkillsUSA, which is a national organization that promotes personal and professional growth. They were chosen to participate in the institute where they took advanced training that focused on professionalism, communications and leadership skills and then tested that training with a visit to Capitol Hill, where they met with U.S. Rep. Paul Tonko. While in the meeting, they spoke of their experiences at CTE and the value of a CTE education.

"I met with representative Tonko and his legislative aide. From this experience, I learned that as a student you still have a voice and no matter what you do or and what you believe in you can still use that voice to try to make a change," said Persaud.

While in Washington, Persaud and Graham also took part in a wreath-laying ceremony at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, visited the Pentagon and other historical sites and toured the National Leadership Center.Students pose outside the Capitol.

"It was a great experience for the students and really taught them about power and professionalism," said CTE teacher and SkillsUSA advisor Matt Millard.

In the top photo, U.S. Rep. Paul Tonko poses with SkillsUSA advisor Cynthia Hamel, students Danielle Graham and Savitri Persaud and advisor Matt Millard. To the right, the students pose outside the Capitol and below they pose during a WLTI meeting.

 

Posing at WLTI

 

 

 

 

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