Brittany Whitestone, a 2017 graduate of Winters Mill High School and the Print Production program at the Carroll County Career and Technology Center, will be representing the United States in the Print Media WorldSkills Competition to be held in Kazan, Russia in August 2019. David Hutchison, Print Production teacher at the Career and Technology Center, is training Whitestone for the competition. He also will serve as a content expert for Print Media and will be part of a pool of judges at the competition.
Whitestone enrolled in the Print Production program because of her interest in graphic design and then decided that she wanted to be a printer. Whitestone is quoted on the Maryland SkillsUSA website as saying, “I love getting my hands dirty and creating something for clients that they are ecstatic to receive. Printing can be a challenging field, and knowing the customer is proud of a job I did in bringing their ideas to life – it’s the best feeling.” In addition to preparing for the world competition, Whitestone continues to train and assist other students with their SkillsUSA projects. She currently works for RR Donnelley, a global integrated communications provider, and plans to continue her professional growth in the print media industry.
Print Production teacher David Hutchison believes that a collaborative approach must be taken to shift the focus of education to helping students develop a path of opportunities to serve their individual career needs. He is confident that Whitestone will grow into one of the most professional young women in her field and that she can take the self-confidence that WorldSkills gives her and apply it to the challenges she will face throughout her career.
Every two years, competitors from 76 countries and regions around the world compete in more than 50 different trade skills at WorldSkills. The competition features trade skills from construction and building technology, creative arts and fashion, information and communication technology, manufacturing and engineering, social and personal services, and transportation and logistics.