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State Officer and Advisor 101/201 Training Reminder

April 29th, 2011

Please don’t forget to register for State Officer and Advisor 101/201 Training by the June 1 deadline. The 101 training is designed for high school students who are officers of their state associations and for students who are interested in becoming state officers. The 201 training is designated for college/postsecondary students who are officers of their state associations and for high school officers who have already attended 101 training. Advisors can also benefit from new advisor training that addresses the challenges of advising student leaders and how to effectively run your chapter. The link to register online is

NLSC Entertainment Reminders

April 29th, 2011

This year’s NLSC entertainment activities/locations have been posted on our web page. To view the options, schedules and prices, please go to:

Alumni & Friends Scholarship Reminder

April 29th, 2011

The SkillsUSA Alumni & Friends Association is offering two annual merit-based $500 scholarships to qualifying students. The scholarships will recognize the qualities in SkillsUSA students the SkillsUSA Alumni & Friends Association support, including leadership, commitment to community service, advocacy for career and technical education and his/her chosen career area. The deadline to apply is May 15, 2011. If you have questions, please contact Niki Clausen at or call 703-737-0639. For an application, go to this page.

Tornado Disaster Relief

April 29th, 2011

SkillsUSA is joining the rest of the country in seeking to alleviate the suffering from the tornadoes in the southern United States. Deadly tornadoes and thunderstorms ripped through the South Wednesday, devastating dozens of cities and killing more than 300 people across five states.

The majority of the deaths have been reported in Alabama with 195 people killed, including 15 in the city of Tuscaloosa alone, where 200-mph winds swept homes off their foundations. President Obama declared a state of emergency for the search-and-rescue response in Alabama and said federal officials had their eye on the storms and would offer help as needed.

We encourage those that are able to donate to the American Red Cross. You can also call 1-800-RED-CROSS or text “REDCROSS” to 90999 to make a $10 donation.

Of course local chapters will (and should) have student-led efforts to help the victims of this disaster. We are asking for reports from our chapters and state associations on these efforts and will publish these as best practice ideas for other schools to follow.

Send your stories by clicking the “Contact Us” link at the top of this page.

Thank you for your support. I know our members will step up, as always, to provide service and support to those in need.

Job Opportunities in Dubai

April 29th, 2011

The WorldSkills Official Technical Delegate for the United Arab Emirates (UAE) has asked our assistance in recruiting educators/administrators for their technical training institutes. Specifically, they need instructors in most technical areas and English, Math and Science and principals and vice principals. In addition to having the appropriate education/experience, the only other requirement is that applicants must speak English as their first language. Jobs are in and around Dubai in all new facilities with the latest, state-of-the art equipment. Preferred start date is mid-August.

The UAE will pay air travel costs (business class for principals and directors and economy class for instructors and vice principals) and one paid trip home each year.

Positions are one-year and up contracts. Monthly salaries in USD for technical/academic instructors start at around $7,500, for vice principals $10,000, for principals $13,500 and directors $18,500 with a bonus of one month’s salary at the end of the contract term. All medical and dental is included. There are no government income taxes.

Seriously interested individuals should contact Ms. Rawan Mobaslat at

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