8. July 2009 19:00
Jenna Becker of Hartford placed sixth among 26 participants in the cosmetology competition during the annual SkillsUSA National Leadership and Skills Conference in Kansas City, Mo., June 21-26.
The conference is a showcase of career and technical education students, with contests that are run with the help of industry, trade associations and labor organizations.
Becker had placed first in the Wisconsin SkillsUSA State Leadership and Skills Conference in April, which qualified her for the national event. This was the first year that students from Moraine Park’s Barber/Cosmetologist program competed at SkillsUSA.
“I am very excited to be one of the first from Moraine Park to compete in the SkillsUSA competition,” said Becker. “I have learned so much and it was an honor to have the opportunity to compete in nationals this year. The SkillsUSA organization is so wonderful and I wish more students would participate so they could see how much it has to offer.”
Jon Waldhuetter, dean of apprenticeship, commended Becker, saying, “This is an outstanding accomplishment and it reflects strongly on the theoretical knowledge and practical experience that Jenna acquired as a student at Moraine Park. We are proud to have played a part in Jenna's education and her career in the cosmetology industry.”
Barber/Cosmetologist program instructor Eileen Bouchard attended SkillsUSA with Becker and said the competition was exciting for her as well. “I believe competing gives the students the opportunity to perfect the skills they have learned in school, plus move out of their comfort zone and compete with students from other schools. It is a great way to help prepare the students for their careers and challenges that may lie ahead of them.”
For more information about Moraine Park’s Barber/Cosmetologist program and other offerings, go to www.morainepark.edu and click on Academics.