Althauser Rayan Abbarno partner Peter Abbarno recently met with Centralia High School Students who won the State SkillsUSA Championship to discuss workforce development. The students have qualified for the SkillsUSA National Competition in Louisville, KY in July.

The mission of SkillsUSA  is to empower its members to become world-class workers, leaders and responsible American citizens. SkillsUSA improves the quality of our nation’s future skilled workforce through the development of Framework skills that include personal, workplace and technical skills grounded in academics. SkillsUSA serves more than 335,000 students and instructors annually. This includes 19,500 instructors who join as professional members. Including alumni, SkillsUSA membership totals over 395,000. SkillsUSA has served more than 12.5 million annual members cumulatively since 1965.

“As a member of the Lewis County Economic Development Board and as President of the Centralia College Foundation, I am very proud of their collaboration with the school districts, local employers, and Centralia College,” said Abbarno. “Workforce development, along with vocational and technical opportunities for our students is a priority; and we are doing something about it.”

The EDC plans to expand their work with schools to promote career and technical education and Centralia College anticipates expanding and creating programs based on EDC Workforce Development research. The College and Foundation are even discussing building a 12,000 square foot industrial training building!

The team will be working to raise funds to support the trip. Persons or businesses interested in helping to send the team to Louisville can contact Centralia High School at 360-330-7605.

If you would like to hear the interview with Peter Abbarno and the Centralia HS students on KELA AM1470, visit the Centralia School District and scroll to the bottom of their article.