Metro Tech Student Monika Gomez Attended Washington DC SkillsUSA Conference
Posted by Community Relations Department at 10/9/2013
Monika Gomez spent a week in Washington, D.C., September 21-25, atthe SkillsUSA Conference to network, meet with politicians and refine herleadership skills. Gomez, a senior whois enrolled in construction technologies at Metro, along with honors classesfor calculus, physics and economics, is the Region 2 President forSkillsUSA. SkillsUSA is a nationalnonprofit organization serving teachers and high school and college studentswho are preparing for careers in trade, technical and skilled serviceoccupations, including health occupations.
The message to legislators was to share the impact of vocational programs in today’s schools as students prepare for the 21st Century workplace. Students spent a day in training and planning their visits with their respective Congressional leaders. Gomez conferenced with the aides to Congressmen John McCain, Kyrsten Sinema, Ed Pastor and Raul Grijalva. Her message was designed to bring awareness of Metro Tech’s Career and Technical Education programs and specifically hers, Construction Technologies.
Students toured the Lincoln Memorial, the Vietnam and Korean War Memorials, the new MLK Memorial and a trip to the Smithsonian and Natural History Museums. Students visited Arlington National Cemetery for a wreath ceremony at the Tomb of the Unknowns and then traveled to see the Pentagon. Later, students shared experiences and education insights with peers at a picnic held at Skills USA National Headquarters. The week concluded with a presentation of a Statesman’s Pin for each student; the highest level of leadership given in Skills USA. Gomez encourages students to get involved at Metro Tech in Career and Technical Student Organizations programs, like Skills USA. One day she hopes to work as a Project Manager for a major construction firm.
“Participation has helped me to grow as a leader, with my pursuit of excellence as a student and as an active member of Skills USA,” Gomez said.