ELIZABETH, NJ – Technical careers were the subject of a Career and Technical Education (CTE) Showcase at Thomas A. Edison Career and Technical Academy, organized and hosted by the Elizabeth Chapter's American Spirit Group of SkillsUSA, in celebration of CTE Month.

SkillsUSA is a partnership of students, teachers and industry working together to create a skilled workforce through a structured program of citizenship, leadership, employability, technical and professional skills training. SkillsUSA serves more than 300,000 students and instructors annually in 13,000 school chapters in 54 state and territorial associations.

The showcase featured careers in retail services, automotive technology, construction technology, printing services, process technology, education, and a host of others.  Middle school students from George Washington Academy School No. 1 and Winfield Scott School No. 2 also were invited to participate in hands-on activities and games related to each career booth visited.

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Local career professionals who participated in the event include members of Elizabeth Public Schools, City of Elizabeth, Elizabeth Police Department, Elizabeth Fire Department, Judge Carl Marshall and the United States Military.

"We are so proud of our SkillsUSA Team as a whole for working together and accomplishing our goals in promoting Career and Technical Education,” said juniors Lais Davis and Zariah Adams, alongside fellow SkillsUSA members Rocio Carmona and Katerine Pinchisaca. 

SkillsUSA advisor Penelope Hudeen said that the CTE showcase was an enriching experience for all involved. The students she advises shared a similar sentiment about the event.

“It was very exciting to see the outcome of all our hard work come into place and we are looking forward to hosting the next CTE Showcase,” said junior Lizeth Monge.

“Our visiting career professionals shared the same sentiments and look forward to participating next year,” said junior Mahasin Dubose.