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SkillsUSA's News Room

Welcome to the SkillsUSA online newsroom. Here, journalists will find general background information, current and archived news releases, access to photos, and 24-hour media contact information. We hope our newsroom will be a resource for your reporting needs and story ideas. Thanks for coming.

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Trade Releases
The 2014 SkillsUSA National Leadership and Skills Conference trade releases are available now. Download them here.

SkillsUSA Appoints Kelly Persons as Director of the Office of Business Partnerships and Development
Kelly Persons, previously with AARP Foundation, Lowe’s Companies, Inc., and Habitat for Humanity, became director for the Office of Business Partnerships and Development at SkillsUSA in Leesburg, Va. on December 10, 2013. Read more.

SkillsUSA on American Graduate Day
SkillsUSA was featured on the PBS program "American Graduate Day" and aired live nationwide on Saturday, September 28, from noon - 7 p.m. EDT. The program spotlighted 20 organizations - including SkillsUSA - that help keep students on the path to high school graduation and successful futures.

Among the SkillsUSA features were SkillsUSA alumnus Chris Jimmerson and his teacher, Alice Boss, both of Ypsilanti, Mich. No surprise, therefore, that SkillsUSA Michigan has posted the clip, so if you missed it, see below:

United States Skills Gap
Our friends at developed a great infographic to highlight the skills gap in the U.S. Please take a look and feel free to share it with everyone.

Girl Power
Haley Krueger got duped into collision repair. That’s right: hoodwinked, hornswoggled, swindled, whatever term you want to use. Her friend Tyler asked her if she would attend summer school auto body class at Bismarck State College with him, and she agreed. Problem is, Tyler bailed from the class shortly after it began. A funny thing happened, though: Haley fell in love with collision repair. Read more.

SkillsUSA: Home to the Top Techs of Tomorrow
In 1965, Studebaker introduced the first electronic ignition; the big advance in car audio was the eight-track tape player and gas cost 31 cents a gallon. It was still the day of "the shade tree mechanic," and professional mechanics were too often called "grease monkeys." Read more.

Shop Classes Return -- with a 21st-Century Twist
Students in auto-body shop in the Tucson Unified School District, in Tucson, Arizona, don't just learn how to change oil or hammer out a dent. They use computer diagnostic equipment to fix cars, and learn the green technologies of hybrid vehicles and hydrogen fuel cells. Read more.
Edutopia Magazine.

Building Skills, And a House
Students Lend Varied Talents To Create Model of 'Green' Home
This is the house that Victor built. Read more.
The Washington Post

SkillsUSA Conference Moving to Louisville in 2015
SkillsUSA, a national organization of career and technical education students, instructors and business partners announced today that it will move its National Leadership and Skills Conference to Louisville, Ky., for six years beginning in 2015. Read more.


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For more information about SkillsUSA:
Thomas W. Holdsworth, Director
Communications/Government Relations
Phone: 703-737-0607 • FAX: 703-777-8999

Jane A. DeShong Short, Program Manager
Communications/Government Relations
Phone: 703-737-0612 • FAX: 703-777-8999