SkillsUSA chapter promotes community awareness for Alzheimer's disease

Metro Career Academy Entrepreneurship student Alyia Brown lives with and helps care for her grandmother, who suffers from Alzheimer’s disease. It was this experience that inspired her to create an Alzheimer’s awareness event and fundraiser through her SkillsUSA chapter at MCA.

Prior to the event on April 10, Brown and her instructor, Taesika Adams, promoted the event on KTLV radio. The event was held on April 10, kicking off with an informational session by Leslie Illston from the Alzheimer’s Association. Metro Tech students and employees released purple balloons in honor of past and current Alzheimer’s disease sufferers, participated in a half-mile walk, held a hula hoop contest and three-on-three basketball tournament. Brown registered her team Treasures of the Heart at and will accept donations online benefitting Alzheimer’s research.

Brown, along with classmates Autyanna Thompson and Janaya King, will present the community service event at the SkillsUSA state contest in Tulsa the weekend of April 20. Skills USA is a student organization ensuring that America has a skilled workforce. The organization serves more than 300,000 students and instructors annually, and has 13,000 school chapter across the United States. Professional members of SkillsUSA include more than 14,500 instructors and administrators. To learn more about this organization visit