Jeffry Johnson was recognized as a national honorary life member of SkillsUSA before a crowd of 15,000 during the opening ceremony of the 50th Annual SkillsUSA National Leadership and Skills Conference held this month in Kansas City, Mo.
This is SkillsUSA’s highest recognition award, given for outstanding service that advances the purposes and goals of the national organization.
Johnson is an automotive instructor at Francis Tuttle Technology Center. Prior to his 10-year career as an instructor, he was a senior master technician with Ford Motor Co. He has been involved with SkillsUSA since he was a student.
Once committed to a career in education, he graduated summa cum laude with a bachelor’s degree in adult education from the University of Central Oklahoma. He is pursuing his master’s degree in educational leadership at the same institution.
Johnson is vice president for the trade and industrial education division of the Association for Career and Technical Education. He’s been a district SkillsUSA adviser since 2007 and serves on SkillsUSA’s board of directors.
“Through two varied but connected — and highly successful — careers, Jeff has demonstrated the same cutting edge skills he hopes to develop in others,” said Tim Lawrence, executive director of SkillsUSA. “These skills were the direct result of the ideals he learned from SkillsUSA.”
SkillsUSA helps students discover and grow their career passions. As a nationwide partnership of students, instructors and industry, SkillsUSA works to ensure America has a skilled workforce.
More than 300,000 students and advisers join SkillsUSA annually, organized into more than 17,000 sections and 53 state and territorial associations. More than 600 business, industry and labor sponsors actively support SkillsUSA at the national level through financial aid, in-kind contributions, and involvement of their people in SkillsUSA activities. To learn more about SkillsUSA, visit www.skillsusa.org.
Through two varied but connected — and highly successful — careers, Jeff has demonstrated the same cutting edge skills he hopes to develop in others.”
executive director of SkillsUSA