PCTA celebrates success of SkillsUSA participants

State SkillsUSA Director Joshua Klemp congratulates PCTA for their team’s success.

State SkillsUSA Director Joshua Klemp congratulates PCTA for their team’s success.

A lively school assembly was held at the Providence Career and Technical Academy on Friday, May 22, to celebrate the success of the school’s SkillsUSA team.

“SkillsUSA has changed the lives of teachers and students,” said State Director Joshua Klemp.

The school’s 36 state medal winners for 2015 were honored along with the 13 gold medal winners, who will compete in the national SkillsUSA competition in Louisville, Kentucky beginning on June 21.

Dr. Lori McEwen, chief of instruction, leadership and equity, congratulated the students on behalf of the School Department.

Cosmetology instructor Rahsaan Gomes-McCreary has fun with PCTA students during the assembly as she tosses SkillsUSA T-shirts into the crowd.

Cosmetology instructor Rahsaan Gomes-McCreary has fun with PCTA students during the assembly as she tosses SkillsUSA T-shirts into the crowd.

Also attending were students from Roger Williams Middle School and their principal, Jennifer Vorro, who have created the first middle school chapter of SkillsUSA in Rhode Island.

“We see a real need for career and technical education earlier so students can begin learning about career opportunities,” said Vorro. The school will offer a career exploration class next fall.

PCTA cosmetology students celebrate their Presidential Volunteer Service Award.

PCTA cosmetology students celebrate their Presidential Volunteer Service Award.

Cosmetology students, under the direction of Rahsaan Gomes-McCreary, were recognized for  receiving the Presidential Volunteer Service Award at the gold level with the completion of 479 hours of community service performed in the Providence area.  On the first Saturday of the month from September-though May, the salon was opened to the public for services and also provided guests a chance to learn more about the Ladies in Pink and Two in Blue hair loss awareness campaign.

PCTA’s 36 SkillsUSA medalists with advisors Judy Valentine (far left) and Michael Zanfagna (far right).

PCTA’s 36 SkillsUSA medalists with advisors Judy Valentine (far left) and Michael Zanfagna (far right).

These teams have volunteered at multiple locations. At the Ronald McDonald House, teams were overjoyed to see with the services offered to families of hospitalized children and arranged many more volunteer visits throughout the spring. During each visit, the girls spent time with families and helped them with basic needs during their stay. They also helped the staff with administrative and organizational needs as they occurred.

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