SOUTHEASTERN’S STUDENT SPOTLIGHT–Aliyana Martin of Brockton, SkillsUSA National Officer
Southeastern student, Aliyana Martin (Brockton), is the third student from Southeastern to become a SkillsUSA National Officer and the first student from the City of Brockton. Aliyana shared her experience recently saying, “…I hope to represent my City in a positive light inspiring other CVTE [Career Vocational Technical Education] students [so] that they too can succeed in whatever profession they aspire while also being a leader when doing so.”
SkillsUSA is a partnership of students, teachers, and industry working together to ensure America has a skilled workforce. As a nonprofit national education association, SkillsUSA serves middle-school, high-school, and post-secondary students preparing for careers in trade, technical, and skilled service (including health) occupations.
Over 372,655 students are represented across the nation by SkillsUSA National Officers. Ensuring all students have what they need to become career ready, a National Officers’ duties are to advocate for Career and Technical Education. Specifically, as a Region 1 Vice President, Aliyana serves eleven states providing support to state associations at the national level.
Karen Maguire, Director of Career Services at Southeastern, praises Aliyana stating, “It takes a special kind of student to be a SkillsUSA National Officer and they don’t come around often! [Aliyana] has to balance all of her school work, activities, and family responsibilities while traveling around the country representing the best that Career and Technical Education has to offer. It really is a remarkable accomplishment!”
Through SkillsUSA, Aliyana was able to meet so many new individuals from all over the nation. Not only was she able to meet new people, but she was able to listen to their stories and guide them through overcoming difficult challenges.
Aliyana’s advice to aspiring officers is that, “…perseverance is key. At times you may want to give up, or question why you decide to run for this position, yet I encourage you to remember the reason why you decided to take on this challenge. Being a National Officer is the highest honor a student can have within SkillsUSA, take that and use it to your ability to serve selflessly and provide for the members you serve.”
At Southeastern, students choose from twenty career majors in preparation for life’s challenges and opportunities. Our school combines a rigorous academic curriculum with state of the art vocational and technical studies to help students realize their full learning potential. The schedule is designed to have students alternate between academic and technical coursework. This process promotes the integration of studies and helps bridge the gap between theoretical and practical experience.
The hands-on approach to learning helps connect students to education and provides the basis for life-long learning–an essential skill in today’s highly competitive global market. Upon graduation, students have the choice of furthering their education in any two or four-year institution or going directly into the workforce.
The Southeastern Regional Vocational Technical School District consists of a four-year public high school and a post-secondary technical institute. The high school offers 20 career majors to students from Brockton, East Bridgewater, Easton, Foxboro, Mansfield, Norton, Sharon, Stoughton and West Bridgewater.
To learn more about Southeastern, visit https://sersd.org/
To learn more about SkillsUSA, visit https://www.skillsusa.org/
Krystina Nguyen, Marketing and Entrepreneurship, Brockton
Natalie Kosh, Marketing and Entrepreneurship, Norton