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Partnership with Rebuilding Together

May 13th, 2012

SkillsUSA recently signed a non-binding partnership agreement with Rebuilding Together. RT’s mission is to preserve and revitalize houses and communities assuring that low-income homeowners–particularly the elderly, the disabled and families with children–live in warmth, safety and independence. Rebuilding Together aspires to make a sustainable impact on the community.

More than 200,000 skilled and unskilled volunteers from all ages, faiths and walks of life come together to paint, clean, weatherize and generally repair the homes of those in need. Volunteers are mobilized each year by 200 local RT affiliates to complete 10,000 projects. Rebuilding Together chapters will be reaching out to SkillsUSA chapters seeking volunteers and team leaders. These will be optional opportunities to engage your chapter in a worthwhile community service project.

The two organizations have agreed to promote each other to our respective constituencies, to encourage volunteer engagement in each other’s projects and missions, and to mutually publicize partnership activities.   Contact Eric Gearhart ( if you have any questions about this partnership.

Alumni Membership Incentives Reminder

May 13th, 2012

The Alumni Coordinating Committee is offering two incentives this year. One is for SkillsUSA advisors who sign up alumni from their chapters and the second for students who join alumni. For every five members an advisor gets to join the SkillsUSA Alumni & Friends Association, he or she will be entered into a drawing for a VISA gift card. For each student who joins the Alumni & Friends Association, he or she will be entered into a drawing for a VISA gift card.

To be officially entered into the drawing, the advisor must have students register and join online at: The advisor must then send an email to Niki Clausen at The email must contain the advisor’s name, school and state, and a list (for verification) of the students (first and last names) who joined as alumni. Remember that graduating seniors qualify to join during their senior year. Former SkillsUSA students are also eligible, provided they are not members already. These students must register through their former advisor to be counted as part of that advisor’s entry. Students who join are automatically entered into the drawing. Students may only join once.

Deadline for entry into the drawing is June 1. Contact Niki Clausen at 703-737-0639 or via email, if you have questions.

Motorized Scooters Available in Kansas City

May 13th, 2012

For our guests who may need special assistance, Chuck’s Mobility Center in Kansas City, Missouri, has available for rent wheelchairs and motorized scooters during the conference. To receive more information, or to make a reservation, contact Chuck at 877-788-5275, or 913-859-0290 or Weekly rental cost for scooters is $160 that includes delivery and pick up. Make sure to mention SkillsUSA for special pricing. Scooters will be delivered to SkillsUSA registration office in Room 2103A on Thursday, June 21, and picked up on Thursday, June 28. Scooters will not be allowed out of the Bartle Hall facility unless advance arrangements are made with the mobility company.

National Courtesy Corps Needs You!

May 13th, 2012

We encourage advisors and students to sign up to come to the NLSC as National Courtesy Corps members. There, they will be assisting in the setup and take-down and everything in between at the NLSC. This year, because of the change in days when the conference is held and the need for a rapid move-out, we will require many volunteers to assist in the effort to move out quickly.

We request members arrive on Wednesday, 6/20/12, by 5 p.m., so they can start to work on the contest areas on Thursday , 6/21/12. They will depart from conference on Thursday, 6/28/12. All NCC participants will be housed at Park University Campus in Parkville, Mo. This campus is about 12-15 minutes away from Bartle Hall. The advisors must supervise the students. SkillsUSA will develop an individual schedule for each student and advisor listing work assignments, breaks, free time, etc., and there will be a separate advisor session to review their duties and responsibilities. For more information about Courtesy Corps, please go to: To register, go to and then follow the instructions for Volunteers-Courtesy Corps.

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