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Mingus students attend fall leadership conference

More than 40 Career and Technology Education students from Mingus Union High School attended the Arizona SKILLS USA Fall Leadership Conference in Phoenix Oct. 24. The daylong conference, with about 1,500 students from around the state, featured professional development opportunities and workshops.

Mingus students were able to network with other students from throughout Arizona during their workshops.

"There were workshops on meeting new people and how to properly speak and shake hands," said sophomore Jojo McCauley. "We also learned that we are brands, and how we present ourselves in a job interview is as important as the skills we have on our resumes."

In fact, resume preparation was one of the workshops offered to students, along with another on online professionalism. Students also learned that what is on their Facebook may affect their chances of getting a job. That's because prospective employers nowadays check social media sites as well as listed references.

"I learned a lot about professionalism skills, especially about presenting yourself online and in a workplace setting," said junior Dakota Jones. "We got a chance to practice adult social skills that we sometimes take for granted at the high school level."

SKILLS USA is a career and technology education student organization that stresses preparation for the 21st Century workplace.

-Philip Wright

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