Florida Panhandle Technical College celebrated Election Day by holding their own election of class officers on Tuesday. The SkillsUSA offices of President, Vice President and Treasurer were at stake on Tuesday morning as the entire student body turned out to hear the candidates and vote for their choice. SkillsUSA is an opportunity for technical school students to exhibit technical skills, outstanding character and leadership abilities, and the FPTC SkillsUSA teams historically do very well in local, regional and national competition.
“‘Every student competitor is a winner,” said Martha Compton, FPTC director, as the students made their case for their respective positions. “While they have proven technical skills, outstanding character and leadership abilities, it takes real courage and determination to put yourself into a position of running for office. The benefits are a sense of pride and enhanced confidence.”
Students involved in SkillsUSA work together to contribute to the local community, and this year FTPC SkillsUSA Leadership Chapter played a major role in supporting the recent Candy and Careers Festival. These activities promote leadership, citizenship, teamwork and ideals that help mold employees with high ethical standards, great communication skills and superior work attitudes.
Compton and staff are working with many regional businesses, collaborating and drilling down to find what skills are needed in the workplace- and offering programs at the college to ensure a steady stream of these qualified students.
“This school is a great resource for the community and the region, and ultimately raises the standards and the availability of opportunity for the tri-states area,” said Joe Taylor, Washington County Superintendent of Schools.
For more information about Florida Panhandle Technical College and over 40 certification and degree programs offered, visit the Student Center on Hoyt Street in Chipley, call 850-638-1180 or visit online at www.FPTC.edu.