SkillsUSA State Officer Andrew Kifer and Advisor Rebecca Hudson attended advanced training for students and advisors that focuses on the skills needed to be champions at work, in the communities and in their personal lives. It's known as the Washington Leadership Training Institute (WLTI).

Student attendees must apply to attend the conference, which focuses on developing advanced leadership, citizenship and employability skills.

While in Washington on Sept. 21-25, Kifer, a student at the Waynesville Career Center, spent time talking about the great need for career and technical education and Carl Perkins funding with Senator Blunt, Senator McCaskill, and Representative Hartzler's aides.

While there, Kifer and Hudson, who teaches computer information technology at the WCC, met up with Dr. Judene Blackburn, Waynesville superintendent, and Dr. Chris Berger, assistant superintendent of instructional services, who were there discussing the importance of education, Impact Aid and support for military students with national leaders.