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Minuteman Technical Institute Launches SkillsUSA Chapter for Adult Learners

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Lowe’s Home Improvement and SkillsUSA, an organization dedicated to advancing career and technical education, have awarded Minuteman Technical Institute $1,000 worth of educational materials to launch its own SkillsUSA chapter, which will provide adult students learning opportunities to help fill the nation’s skills gap, Minuteman announced on June 12, 2020.

Minuteman Technical Institute (MTI) is the adult workforce training division of Minuteman Regional Vocational Technical High School in Lexington. MTI’s allocation is from a $100,000 grant from Lowe’s to 100 eligible chapters.

Grants are for SkillsUSA chapters began in 2018 and are designed to provide teachers with more resources to support student-led learning through the SkillsUSA framework.

Each school will receive 25 unique education products designed to guide teachers on SkillsUSA integration, ranging from activity guides to meeting resources, classroom posters and more. The materials are centered on student-led development of personal skills, workplace skills and technical skills grounded in academics, so every member has an opportunity for career success.

“It is thrilling to see new SkillsUSA programs receive these chapter resources,” said SkillsUSA executive director Chelle Travis. “These grants from Lowe’s remove financial barriers to excellence and ensure that new chapters start off on the right foot, armed with quality classroom resources for the betterment of our teachers and students.”

SkillsUSA has partnered with Lowe’s for more than 14 years on a variety of education programs within career and technical education.

“We are appreciative of the support to assist us in launching our own SkillsUSA chapter for Minuteman Technical Institute,” said the institute’s executive director, Dr. Nancy Houle. “SkillsUSA has a long and successful history of providing opportunities for Minuteman High School students. We are excited to extend these opportunities to our adult students at Minuteman Technical Institute.”

For a complete list of SkillsUSA chapters receiving the grant and a list of the educational resources each school will receive, go to: www.skillsusa.org/lowes-provides-resources-to-skillsusa-chapters/.

About SkillsUSA
SkillsUSA is a nonprofit partnership of education and industry founded in 1965 to strengthen our nation’s skilled workforce. Driven by employer demand, SkillsUSA helps students develop necessary personal and workplace skills along with technical skills grounded in academics. This SkillsUSA Framework empowers every student to succeed at work and in life, while helping to close the skills gap in which millions of positions go unfilled. Through SkillsUSA’s championships program and curricula, employers have long ensured schools are teaching relevant technical skills, and with SkillsUSA’s new credentialing process, they can now assess how ready potential employees are for the job. SkillsUSA has more than 372,000 annual paid members nationwide in high schools, colleges and middle schools, covering over 130 trade, technical and skilled service occupations, and is recognized by the U.S. departments of Education and Labor as integral to career and technical education. With the addition of our alumni, membership is 434,141. We have served nearly 14 million members since 1965. For more information: www.skillsusa.org

About Lowe’s in the Community
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