CHIPLEY - Florida Panhandle Technical College was in representation at the Capitol.

U.S. Navy veteran and drafting student Taylor Henley recently represented the technical college and SkillsUSA at the Washington Training Institute in Washington, D.C. She met with government officials, such as Rep. Matt Gaetz, during the trip, at which she - along with other participants - relayed their technical and trade educational experiences.

"This has been a huge opportunity to participate on a national basis and to share my experiences and those of students at Florida Panhandle Technical College with our elected officials," Henley, who is the SkillsUSA Florida State Goodwill Ambassador, said in a FPTC news release about the Capitol trip. 

SkillsUSA is a U.S. career and technical student organization that serves about 400,000 high school, middle, and college students, as well as professionals who are enrolled in training programs in trade, technical and skilled service occupations. 

FPTC offers more than 35 degree and certification programs, ranging from the medical and law enforcement fields to welding and digital media.

"We are proud of our participation and excellence in performance within the SkillsUSA framework," FPTC Director Martha Compton said in the release. "And students like Ms. Henley do a great job of evangelizing our efforts to promote career-path post-secondary educational opportunities such as those afforded here at Florida Panhandle Technical College."

For more information degree and certification programs offered at Florida Panhandle Technical College, visit Student Services at 757 Hoyt Street, call 850-638-1180 Extension 302, or go online to