St. Johnsbury Academy Electricity teacher Michael Bugbee has been selected as the Vermont Skills USA program's Advisor of The Year.
SkillsUSA is a national nonprofit organization serving teachers and high school and college students who are preparing for careers in trade, technical and skilled service occupations, including health occupations.
"Mike epitomizes what is means to be a SkillsUSA advisor," Jane Donahue-Holt, the Vermont program's executive director, said. "He's one of the most conscientious advisors in the state. He works hard to get things right, both for state events and also for St. Johnsbury Academy. I have witnessed the rapport that he has with the Academy students, and it is clear that they love and appreciate what he does for them."
SkillsUSA programs include local, state and national competitions in which students demonstrate occupational and leadership skills. At the annual national-level SkillsUSA Championships, over 5,500 students compete in 94 occupational and leadership skill areas.
The organization's programs also help to establish industry standards for job skill training in the lab and classroom, and promote community service. SkillsUSA is recognized by the U.S. Department of Education and is cited as a "successful model of employer-driven youth development training program" by the U.S. Department of Labor.