Osborne High School SkillsUSA Chapter Receives $10,000 Grant From State Farm Insurance For “Green School” Conversion

The Career-Technical Education (CTAE) program at Osborne High School was awarded a $10,000 grant from State Farm Insurance, which will help convert the school into a “Green School!”  The grant, entitled “Green School Conversion: A Green Collar Experience,” is designed to help expose students and the Osborne community to “green careers” through sustainable projects around the school. Osborne engineering, drawing & design teacher Tarsha Wynn explained, “Some of the projects that will be performed include purchasing new, zero-VOC paint for the Career-Tech building, retrofitting for faucets (aerators), implementing recycling and composting programs, and installing rainwater tanks and a small solar unit to power an outdoor performance area and learning center! These projects are creating energy efficiency awareness and we hope to make this an ongoing process.”

SkillsUSA is a national nonprofit organization of students, teachers and industry, working together to ensure America has a skilled work force. SkillsUSA helps high school and college students enrolled in career and technical education programs to excel by teaching employability skills such as communication, problem solving and leadership in conjunction with their trade, technical and service occupations skills. The association’s annual membership exceeds 305,000 students and instructors in more than 3,700 schools and colleges in every state, three territories and the District of Columbia. For more information, visit www.skillsusa.org.