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Skills for the USA

Skills for the USA
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     VMHS Students, Are you searching for an exceptional school organization that guarantees an exciting experience, fosters strong team bonds, and profoundly impacts your educational journey? Look no further than SkillsUSA! This dynamic and purpose-driven organization is tailor-made for students who aspire to kick-start their careers in fields shaping the future workforce our nation relies on, ensuring that graduates are job-ready from day one.

     SkillsUSA, with its presence felt in over 400,000 careers across various programs, stands as a powerful advocate. Its influence extends to middle schools, high schools, and college and postsecondary institutions nationwide. Through the SkillsUSA Framework, students at SkillsUSA hone their practical skills against current industry standards in more than 140 occupational areas, from 3-D Animation to Welding and nearly everything in between. Simultaneously, they develop transformative career-readiness skills such as teamwork, communication, professionalism, leadership, and more, which are vital to fueling career and life success.

     VMHS is a part of this inspiring community and provides exciting opportunities in four critical areas: Graphic Design and Communication led by Kelle Muse; Computer Science and programming directed by Michael Barkley; Cyber Security and Cyber Patriots supervised by Joshua Bailey; and cosmetology run by Patricia Alejandro.

VMHS Cyber Patriots meet to discuss plans moving forward in the program during an early October meeting.
Kelle Muse discusses upcoming program information with SkillsUSA members during the biweekly meeting. (Albert Feliciano Otero)

     These fields are at the forefront of innovation and are integral to the 21st-century job market. SkillsUSA serves as your passport to explore, master, and excel in these domains, assisting you in preparing for the future in a way that is both educational and incredibly enjoyable! We had the privilege of interviewing the 2023-2024 presidents and officers in Graphic Design and Cyber Patriots. Richard Lujan, the president of Cyber Patriots, and Demetra Kizas, the president of Graphic Design, shared their enthusiasm for working with their team members.

     “It has been a great learning experience for me and also my team members,” said Demetra.

     The 2023-24 Graphic Design and Cyber Patriots officers shared thoughts on the SkillsUSA programs.     

“I love being a part of this organization; it has taught me a lot,” shared David Maldonado, a first-year reporter for Graphic Design.

Similarly, David Simon, a parliamentarian for Cyber Patriots, expressed, “It is my first year being a Parliamentarian, but it’s still fun and a great learning experience.”

SkillsUSA students acquire essential skills and create lasting memories and valuable connections. It’s more than just an organization; it’s a pathway to a brighter future.

If you’re interested in SkillsUSA and the programs mentioned, ask Rodney Neal, Career and Technology department chair,  or any of the teachers previously mentioned how you can be part of this impactful organization here at VMHS and embark on a personal and professional growth journey acquiring vital skills but also forge lifelong friendships and connections. SkillsUSA isn’t just an organization; it’s your gateway to a brighter future. To be part of this exciting journey!

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Matthew Medina
Matthew Medina, Staff Writer
Hello, I'm Matthew Medina, a junior in the class of 2025. This is my first year as an active staff member of the Patriot's Voice for a year now and my third year in graphic design. My passions encompass music, video games, skateboarding and all art forms. Looking ahead, my post-high school aspirations include establishing my own clothing line, pursuing a career in film editing or delving into the realm of music.
Albert Feliciano Otero
Albert Feliciano Otero, Staff Writer
Hello! I'm Albert Feliciano Otero, and this is my first year in Yearbook and Newspaper. I am a junior graduating in 2025. I'm a part of the Fine Arts beat for The Patriot Voice and The Patriot Echo. I am the Command Sergeant Major for the VMHS Patriot Battalion JROTC. I enjoy playing basketball, football, baseball, volleyball and tennis. My friends are the highlights of my day; they allow me to push forward. I aspire to be a sports journalist and analyst in the future.

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