December 17, 2016

The Skills to Succeed

By Drew DuBoff ‘19
Culinary Arts & Food Service Management;
Restaurant, Food, and Beverage Management, Sommelier Minor

On October 28th, students from Johnson & Wales University and Community College of Rhode Island gathered to participate in the SkillsUSA Rhode Island Fall Leadership Conference, which took place at the Johnson & Wales University Radisson Hotel. The event, which bridged delegations from both the collegiate and high school level, focused on developing the qualities necessary to perform not only as a leader, but as a good competitor as well.
The event was spearheaded by the Rhode Island Executive Officer Team, who planned the events and ran the organized activities. Among the Executive Officers is Johnson & Wales University student, Josie Wolfe ’19, a Baking and Pastry Student, who serves as the College/Post-Secondary Vice President. Wolfe was thrilled with the turnout, and was happy to educate participants on what SkillsUSA is about.
The framework of SkillsUSA illustrates the importance of personal, workplace, and technical skills grounded in academics. In addition to emphasizing technical skills, the organization endeavors to provide quality experiential learning opportunities for students in leadership, teamwork, citizenship, and character development. They also emphasize the belief in high ethical standards, superior work skills, life-long education, and pride in the dignity of work.
One of the main activities was achieving the Statesman Award, an award which demonstrates knowledge of SkillsUSA. In order to achieve the award, students must recite given answers to questions without reference to an Executive Officer. Johnson & Wales University had two students receive this prestigious award: Shaina Flanagan ’20 and Drew DuBoff ’19.
Thank you to Joshua Klemp and the rest of SkillsUSA Rhode Island for an amazing conference.