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May 14th, 2012
  • The official membership number is 330,703. That’s 10,416 more members than last year! Official membership includes students, instructors, alumni and honorary life members. It is now available for download at:
  • Another record was broken a couple of weeks ago. We not only surpassed the total number of Skill Connect Assessments sold all of last year, we’re already 13 percent over that total, and there is still more testing season ahead.


Work Force Ready System/Skill Connect Assessments

May 14th, 2012

The Skill Connect Assessments are still available to order for end-of-year testing for this school year. To order online, go to:

Once your order is placed the tests will be available to use within 24 to 48 business hours. Contact us directly if you need your order expedited. A complete list of available assessments can be found at:

Assessment License Expiration Date
Assessment tests/licenses can be administered anytime from the time you purchase up until July 31, 2012. Unused licenses are not refundable and cannot be carried over to the following school year or transferred to another assessment area.

Reports and Certificates
The instructor’s name provided on the initial order has immediate access to grades, certificates and reports in the test system. A secured username was created and provided to the instructor. Contact our support desk if you need assistance with accessing the reports or go to: for online instructions.

Access to Grade Reports Expire online on July 31, 2012. Grade reports can be downloaded into Excel and saved to your hard drive for future reference by clicking the “export” button in the grade report. Please save your reports before July 31st!

Support Desk
Peak test season (March- May):
Mon – Fri, 8 a.m. – 5:30 p.m. EDT
Contact us at 703-737-0633 or email us at

Thank you to those who have already used the Skill Connect Assessments this testing season. We look forward to serving you next year!


NLSC Travel Scholarships Announced

May 14th, 2012

The mikeroweWORKS Foundation, in partnership with SkillsUSA, is proud to announce a new scholarship opportunity for SkillsUSA members who have competed and placed first in their state association competition. Get the details here: A total of 50 $1,000 scholarships will be awarded. The application deadline is June 1.

Creative Craftsmanship Challenge Reminder

May 14th, 2012

Four aspiring construction professionals will be awarded $400 each to help them attend the SkillsUSA Championships in Kansas City, Mo., June 25-27. To enter, students should submit a brief essay of no more than 200 words explaining their best and most creative uses for LIQUID NAILS Brand adhesives. Entries must be received via email by June 1. To learn more, go to:

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.

Alumni Training and National Conference Volunteers Reminder

May 12th, 2012

The Alumni & Friends Association will be offering alumni training on June 22-23, 2012 at the National Leadership and Skills Conference (NLSC) in Kansas City, Mo. The training will cover how to start a state alumni association, how to plan alumni activities, volunteer training, inclusion and diversity training and professional development. The training will cost $30 and includes two lunches, a training T-shirt and resource materials. The registration deadline for the training is June 1.

We are also seeking dedicated individuals to assist with the NLSC. Alumni who volunteer daily at the conference can have their conference registration fee waived. Alumni help is needed on the booth team, leadership team, Championships team and special services team. While at conference, alumni volunteers will also have the opportunity to network with partners, members, staff and other alumni, will have some meals provided and will get to participate in conference events. This is a great way for alumni members to stay involved and continue the SkillsUSA journey. The registration deadline to be an alumni volunteer is also June 1.

For more information about the alumni training and being an alumni volunteer, please contact Niki Clausen at 703-737-0639 or by email to For more information, go to:

Leverage, Activate and Engage Conference

May 12th, 2012

Don’t forget to register for Leverage, Activate and Engage conferences (formerly known as SkillsUSA Officer Training 101/201 and Advisor Training) by the June 1 deadline. Leverage is for state officers, Activate for chapter leaders and Engage is for advisors. Also, an exciting new element of the conferences is Dr. Tim Elmore, president of Growing Leaders, who will kick-off Leverage and Activate and facilitate a three-and-a-half-hour workshop with SkillsUSA advisors. Engage participants will attend the workshop as a part of their registration fee and others can attend for a $25 fee. Find out more about these conferences and register to attend:

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