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Hundreds of students learn valuable career skills at SkillsUSA conference

FORREST COUNTY, MS (WDAM) -

Potential leaders of tomorrow learn advantageous skills today.

More than 260 students of SkillsUSA attended the Fall Leadership Conference South hosted by Pearl River Community College Wednesday morning.

High school and college students around the state are enrolled in career-technical programs, and attended the workshop for the opportunity to learn job interview and employability skills, public speaking, resume writing and job skills demonstrations.

SkillsUSA State Director, Andy Sims says the leg up individuals need to pursue a career is shared at the conference by leaders who are out there working in schools and various industries. The students of SkillsUSA say they're experiencing the benefits of the organization.

"There are a lot of people out there that may want to be a leader, but it takes training," said Sims. Part of this opportunity for them is to offer this training, so they get this from dedicated leaders and advisors of our industry and in our schools that teach them these different types of skills that they can use to pursue that career.

"Personally, it has helped me with interviews I'm going through right now for different jobs, and this definitely helps a lot with resumes. It helps you get the upper advantage of other people who haven't had these classes," said SkillsUSA State Secretary, Ryan Berg.

"Eventually, it is going to help me get a job in the future, cause I've learned all kinds of new things already since I have been here, what I don't need to do when I'm trying to get a job," said George County High School Student, Kalyn Burge.

To learn more about SkillsUSA visit http://www.skillsusa.org/index.shtml

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