What the Chuck…SkillsUSA Review
One year ago, I received an email from the good folks at SkillsUSA containing a link to their National Conference week in review video. I clicked the link with a mild bemusement most often associated with checking theSkillsUSA 2016 Week in Review – What the Chuck mail – could be a package from Amazon, could be a bill from the IRS. I had only been working at mikeroweWORKS for a short time then, and I really had no idea what to expect. So, I settled in, clicked play, and sipped my coffee.
I was amazed.
There were thousands of high school and college aged kids really excited about skills. And they were having such a great time! There were team building exercises, competitions using power-tools, kids in overalls, kids in red jackets, music, lights – I was totally sucked in. Then there were the kids who had won awards, speaking eloquently about how great they felt at their achievement, and how all the hard work had paid off. They had tears in their eyes – hell, I had tears in my eyes, and I hadn’t done anything!
I watched all 6 minutes and 40 seconds of it. And then I watched it again. I teared up again. I took another sip of my coffee only to realize it had gone cold. I immediately wrote back the nice folks at SkillsUSA to say thanks for sending this. Then I called Mike Rowe and told him about the video I’d just seen. I said, “Next year, I want to go to SkillsUSA!” Mike replied, “Sure, now why are you watching videos at work?”
Here’s a link to this year’s #NLSC16 week in review video. I dare you not to tear up.