Leesburg High School student to speak before Congress
LEESBURG – Lane Davis, a 17-year-old student of the Leesburg High School (LHS) culinary program, will travel to Washington, D.C., in November to speak before Congress about the importance of Career and Technical Education (CTE).
“CTE programs are extremely valuable to students,” he plans to tell Congress. “It’s hands on. It’s career oriented. It’s a great way to hone your skills before you go into the real world!”
Davis got involved in culinary at LHS as a sophomore, and became active in SkillsUSA during his junior year when he became a regional officer. SkillsUSA is a partnership of students, teachers and industry working together to ensure America has a skilled workforce. The national organization provides opportunities for students to compete and train in their chosen disciplines with their peers across the country.
Through the LHS culinary program, Davis had the opportunity to attend a SkillsUSA Regional Leadership Training that he describes as “life changing.” This year, he is in charge of fundraising and public relations statewide. Under the direction of his culinary teacher, Chef John Bell, Davis and his classmates maintain a winning record in SkillsUSA competitions.
Lake County high schools currently offer more than 77 professional certification programs in highly sought-after careers such as construction, nursing, TV production and robotics. Programs are free to students and frequently launch them into successful, highly paid professions. To find out more about Lake County’s College and Career Readiness programs visit the district’s webpage at https://www.lake.k12.fl.us/Page/55067.