Members of SkillsUSA from across the state met with South Dakota legislators Tuesday, February 2, as part of Career and Technical Student Organizations Legislative Shadow Day activities.
Mitchell Technical Institute student Samuel Sletten, of Lennox, was one of the delegates selected to meet with Gov. Mike Rounds. Sletten is vice-president of the MTI chapter of SkillsUSA and in that office serves as state vice-president representing MTI.
The event kicked off with an early-morning breakfast for legislators and students who shadowed them during the day. The breakfast included an informational presentation highlighting some of the efforts and accomplishments of the seven active career and technical student organizations in South Dakota.
More than 6,700 South Dakota students contributed the equivalent of $325,822 to their local communities last year through involvement in career and technical student organizations. Students participated in service projects, volunteerism and charitable fundraising efforts.
Student officers involved in career and technical student organizations are often seen as leaders in their schools and are invited to accompany members of the Legislature each year for a firsthand glimpse into the political process and opportunities for public service.