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LOUISVILLE – Max Yarnell has been one of Nebraska’s leading student advocates for career and technical education programs.

The Louisville junior was able to share his passion for skilled and trade careers with Nebraska legislators during a visit to the Unicameral.

Yarnell joined other state officers from the SkillsUSA Nebraska program on a trip to Lincoln Feb. 19. The group talked about the impact of career and technical education (CTE) programs with multiple state representatives. It was part of a statewide effort to illustrate their views on the importance of CTE classes in local schools.

Louisville SkillsUSA Chapter Advisor Jesse Zweep said Yarnell made a positive appearance at the state legislature. He said he was pleased with the way Yarnell represented both Louisville and the SkillsUSA Nebraska organization.

“Overall it was a successful day for Max and the students of CTE in Nebraska,” Zweep said.

Yarnell is the state vice president for the SkillsUSA Nebraska program. He was joined on the trip by State President Gracie Davis of Papillion-La Vista South, Secretary Tanner Sasse of Omaha Benson, Treasurer Evan Riley of Waverly, Parliamentarian Clayton Riley of Waverly, Reporter Cordell Vrbka of Seward, Historian Jarod Harris of Seward and College/Technical Vice President Chandler Cannon of Metropolitan Community College.

Yarnell met with State Senator Robert Clements of Elmwood and presented many CTE-related statistics and information. He said CTE programs are available at high schools, career centers, community and technical colleges and four-year universities. Yarnell also spoke about the different careers that can come from CTE programs. These include trades, technical services, skilled services and health occupations.

Zweep said he felt it was important for legislators to learn about CTE programs. He said many Louisville students have benefited from their involvement in activities such as welding, auto mechanics, architecture drafting and medical terminology.

“CTE is a major part of the solution to myriad national economic and workforce problems such as high school dropout rates, a weakened economy, global competitiveness and massive layoffs,” Zweep said. “At a time when opportunity for employment is so critical, CTE programs in every community are ensuring students are equipped with the skills to successfully enter the workforce.”

Yarnell’s visit came shortly after Louisville held SkillsUSA Week at the school. LHS students planned several events that followed a “Jump into STEM” pathway. The lessons helped younger students learn more about Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) career fields.

Yarnell is serving as SkillsUSA Nebraska Vice President for the 2018-19 school year. He is also involved in speech, play production and trapshooting at Louisville and has spent time on many local SkillsUSA projects.

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