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About the SkillsUSA Council:

SkillsUSA Council is a coalition of business and industry partners committed to finding, fostering, and producing a world-class workforce through career and technical training to support local economic and community growth in the Greater Lehigh Valley. At the five local career and technical high schools we serve, SkillsUSA Council promotes mastery of 21st century career skills, training students in effective communication, professional decorum, financial literacy, and collaborative teamwork. Through our Program of Work, we seek to produce a hard-working generation of creative and compassionate critical thinkers.

Mission:

To create a world-class workforce, through professional development of local career and technical education students and partnerships with the local business community, to support local economic and community growth in the Greater Lehigh Valley.

Vision:

All students graduating from our partner career & technical education schools will possess 21st century career skills—effective communication, professional decorum, financial literacy, work ethic, competitive spirit, and collaborative teamwork—which will complement their technical training, preparing them for employment and leadership in the Greater Lehigh Valley.

Staff:

Katie Walter, Executive Director

Katie Walter comes to SkillsUSA Council with previous experience as the Executive Director of two nonprofit senior centers in Montgomery County, having also previously served as Director of Community Engagement and Strategic Initiatives with the YMCA of Greater Brandywine; Associate Executive Director of the same YMCA organization and President of The Chamber of Commerce of Greater West Chester.  Her resume includes over 15 years of executive planning, administration, communications, and marketing experience in the nonprofit sector. Katie has an MBA from Eastern University and a BA from Cabrini College. Katie resides in Quakertown with her husband Tom and two stepdaughters, Alisha, 15 and Samantha, 12.

 Marsha Rivas, Program Assistant

Marsha joined SkillsUSA Council in 2012. She enjoys working with the students and encouraging them to build a strong future. Marsha holds a BA in Criminal Justice from DeSales University and resides in Whitehall Township with her husband, Carlos and daughters, Rebecca and Danielle.