Teen looks forward to White House visit to WSU Tech

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WICHITA, Kan. (KAKE) -

A Wichita teenager will share her views on career technical training with leaders in President Trump's Administration.

Alex Chubbuck is a senior at Heights High School and student at WSU Tech. The 17-year-old is hoping to land a job in aviation.

She will be one of the students who will get the opportunity to be in a roundtable discussion. It will part of Thursday's visit by Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and Advisor to the President Ivanka Trump.

"More of a shock, but I am completely honored and grateful that this opportunity was given to me, that I get to be the role model for other girls, which has been a dream since I was little," said Chubbuck.

The teen is looking forward to meeting a woman she considers a role model, Advisor Trump, who is a woman in leadership.

"It's an empowering role. Something to inspire young women to believe that they can do anything," said Chubbuck.

On Thursday, Secretary Pompeo and Advisor Trump will tour WSU Tech and Textron Aviation. The visit is closed to the public, but KAKE News will cover the events.

Advisor Trump is the co-chair of the American Workforce Policy Advisory Board. The president of WSU Tech, Dr. Sheree Utash, is a member of that board.

In a statement, Utash said:

“It has been a privilege to represent Wichita and the State of Kansas as a member of the American Workforce Policy Advisory Board,” said Dr. Sheree Utash, President of WSU Tech and Vice President of Workforce Development at Wichita State University. “It is an honor to host Secretary Mike Pompeo and Advisor Ivanka Trump at WSU Tech’s National Center for Aviation Training to showcase how Wichita, the Air Capital of the World, is aligning career technical education to meet business and industry needs. We are excited to have students witness local aviation and manufacturing companies sign the Pledge to America’s Workers to commit to new or enhanced career and job training opportunities for American workers.” 

Also, in a statement, Advisor Trump said:

“The Pledge to America’s Workers has touched the lives of American workers across a variety of industries and communities. We’ve secured commitments from private companies to train 14 million workers of all ages and background so they can uplift themselves and their families. I’m excited to visit the Air Capitol of the World, Wichita, Kansas, where the aviation industry is leading in advanced manufacturing training. The State Department’s involvement in this visit shows just how committed the entire administration is to developing our workforce for the jobs of today and tomorrow, and we greatly appreciate Secretary Pompeo’s support!” 

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