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Ridgefield students gain business experience through SkillsUSA

The Columbian
Published: April 29, 2023, 5:11am

RIDGEFIELD — Custom-crafted wooden cutting boards, handmade pottery mug sets, and angular modern fire pits, made by Ridgefield High School students, will soon be on sale to the public thanks to the SkillsUSA student association.

Brianna Minor is the president of Ridgefield High School SkillsUSA, a career and leadership organization for high school students. Minor explains that members aren’t just studying career information; they have built their own company around the products crafted by RHS students. They applied for a business license, developed a logo, created a website, designed products, created an online store, and are building an inventory of hand-crafted products ahead of the website’s launch.

The SkillsUSA organization focuses on leadership across a wide range of college, career and technical education areas. There are numerous paths available at Ridgefield High School, including woodshop, metal shop, photography, foods, ceramics, health care, graphic design and more.

Jared Hundley teaches graphic design and animation at Ridgefield High School and leads the Center for Advanced Professional Studies program in digital design and is the sponsor for SkillsUSA. “The students run the club,” he says. “They do a great job with everything, with all of their activities. Students selected the products they wanted to sell, and they all volunteer their time to make them. We should have the online store launching soon.”