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State Farm support of SkillsUSA helps students soar

Nontraditional education path can lead to successful career opportunities.

Mark Carr

Mark Carr turned his high school vocational technical training into a successful State Farm® career as an appraiser on the estimatics team in P&C Claims. Mark is a 23-year employee who began his automotive career installing windshields in a body shop. He worked his way up to a body tech position, foreman and then eventually as an auto estimator with State Farm.

Mark is telling his story of success to high school and college students who are preparing for careers in technical, skilled, and service occupations – including auto collision repair.

As part of the State Farm® support of SkillsUSA, Mark is sharing in the mission to prepare students for success in a non-traditional educational environment. Taking a pathway other than a customary four-year college degree, Mark says skills training can, “open doors for new opportunities and financial reward.”

SkillsUSA is a nonprofit national education association with a partnership of students, teachers and industry working together to ensure America has a skilled workforce.

It provides quality education experiences for students in leadership, teamwork, and citizenship and character development. It also provides training for career and technical education instructors to enhance their industry knowledge and teaching skills.

Chelle Travis, executive director of SkillsUSA, says, “State Farm has served as a strategic partner with SkillsUSA for 30 years. With the support of State Farm, SkillsUSA annually serves more than 20,000 career and technical education teachers, ensuring they have the most current technical skills and student engagement strategies to deliver the SkillsUSA mission on the local level.

“We appreciate State Farm for investing in these critical professionals who guide our students’ futures while helping to shape the future of our nation.”

For information on skilled and technical job opportunities at State Farm, please visit State Farm Careers.

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