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CTE Month and SkillsUSA Week Events and Activities

January 31st, 2013

SkillsUSA WeekFebruary is Career and Technical Education Month and February 10-16 is SkillsUSA Week. SkillsUSA Week activities are a great way to highlight the good work your state association and local chapters are doing. For SkillsUSA Week ideas, see the chapter management section on the SkillsUSA website. SkillsUSA offers downloadable public service announcements at:

On February 12th, at 1 p.m. EST, SkillsUSA will be holding a Web conference to kick off SkillsUSA’s week of celebration. Hear from your national student leaders and SkillsUSA leaders on the state of the organization. You will also have the opportunity to ask questions. All state directors, instructors and members are welcome to participate in the Web conference. To participate, call 1-334-323-0270 or 1-888-537-7715 to hear the discussion and then go to: to get the link to join. The meeting number is 46844558 and the participant passcode is 5892.

2012-13 Officer Team

January 31st, 2013

The highly motivated and trained 2012-13 national officers are ready and willing to come serve you and your state delegation this spring. To have a national officer assist with your state conference, bring greetings, conduct a workshop, assist with your Championships, share their SkillsUSA story or other assignments you need help with contact Stephanie Bland at 703-737-0622. The current national officers are listed below. For more information about them, go to:


High School Division

President: Sergio Cavazos, Texas

Vice President: Mayokun Ojo, Maryland

Secretary: Jonathan Irizarry, Puerto Rico

Parliamentarian: Marical Ryan, Ohio

Region I Vice President: Kaila O’Farrell, Massachusetts

Region II Vice President: Brian Bradley, Georgia

Region III Vice President: Natasha Osborne, Ohio

Region IV Vice President: Alyssa Erwin, Texas

Region V Vice President: Hans Rodriquez, Arizona

College/Postsecondary Division 

President: Ben Morris, Washington

Vice President: Jonathan Garcia, Texas

Secretary: Mary Kamuiru, Tennessee

Treasurer: Craig Swanson, Georgia

Parliamentarian: Mark Roark, Tennessee

Harley-Davidson Motorcycle Raffle at SkillsUSA National Conference

January 31st, 2013

SkillsUSA will, once again, be raffling off a Dyna Super Glide Motorcycle at the 2013 National Conference Awards Ceremony, Friday, June 28, in Kansas City. This event is made possible thanks to a generous donation by Harley-Davidson Motor Co., Inc.

The SkillsUSA Alumni & Friends Association will be the beneficiary of this year’s raffle. State alumni groups have an opportunity to sell the raffle tickets and raise money for their own state group or to support the national alumni association. We anticipate this to be a lucrative fundraising opportunity. Tickets are $5 each or five tickets for $20. For each ticket sold, the state alumni group selling the ticket will receive $2.

2012 Harley Painted

The lucky winner of the 2012 Harley-Davidson Dyna Super Glide Custom, painted by Justin Barnes, was Jacob Fulford of Florida.

Please start promoting this raffle at your upcoming state conferences. Tickets can be sold anywhere. All state association ticket sales end on May 31. Ticket stubs, unsold tickets and sales check ($3 per ticket sold) need to be sent to Heidi Walsh by June 1. The winner does not need to be present for the drawing. The winner will be responsible for picking up the motorcycle at a local Harley-Davidson dealer in his or her community.

For more information about this fundraiser and to order raffle tickets to sell at your SkillsUSA state events, please contact Heidi Walsh at 703-737-0615 or by email to


Alumni Coordinating Committee Nominations

January 31st, 2013

The SkillsUSA Alumni Coordinating Committee (ACC) is seeking nominations for Regions I, III and V. If you, or someone you know, would like to run for a position on the committee, please complete the nomination form. The form is posted online at: This dynamic group provides leadership and guidance in furthering the goals and purposes of SkillsUSA and its alumni. This group of elected volunteers works directly with the national staff and meets regularly to carry out alumni projects. Please contact Heidi Walsh at if you have questions or would like more information. You can also visit our website. Nominations must be received by April 1, 2013.

Administrator Email Addresses Needed

January 31st, 2013

SkillsUSA would like to begin sending monthly newsletter emails to administrators to keep them informed about the work of SkillsUSA and to encourage state association support and their participation in our organization. We’re requesting that you send us names and email addresses of administrators/principals in your states so we can start our listing. Please send information to Jane Short at

Competition Central

January 31st, 2013

SkillsUSA medalistsThe SkillsUSA Store is here to help students look their best this conference season. Visit our “Competition Central” section at: today to find the full line of SkillsUSA work uniforms, official blazers and wind jackets, along with everything else they need to succeed.

And, please reference the official competition uniform chart for photos and descriptions of the uniform components needed for each competition.

2013 SkillsUSA University Reminder

January 30th, 2013

We are currently accepting proposals from high-quality presenters of innovative, timely and dynamic educational topics to present at the 2013 SkillsUSA University. This year SkillsUSA University is sponsored by Universal Technical Institute. All sessions will take place at the Downtown Marriott Hotel or the Kansas City Convention Center on June 26, 27 and 28.

We ask state directors or instructors who would like to present to send emails with proposed topics to Nikole Clausen at

Possible topics: local chapter activities; fundraising; community service; SkillsUSA Program of Work success stories; business etiquette; communication skills for students; local industry partnerships, etc. These can be best practices (with a local advisor presenting) or an expert in the subject area. If you do not want to present, but you have suggestions for workshop topics, please feel free to forward them to us.

The deadline for proposals is February 28. For more information and a Request for Proposal (RFP), go to:


Regional PDP, CMI and CSEP Training Seminars

January 30th, 2013

State Farm Insurance is, once again, generously sponsoring regional Professional Development Program (PDP), Chapter Management Institute (CMI) seminars and Career Skills Education Program (CSEP) seminars. There will be one training session (CMI, PDP or CSEP) per region. All materials and training will be free to participants. The only cost is $30 for lunch and breaks. PDP participants will receive a complete set of PDP materials and free licenses for each level. CMI participants will receive an Advisor’s Success Kit (ASK) CD, a SkillsUSA Leadership Handbook and the SkillsUSA Championships Technical Standards CD package. CSEP participants will receive one free CSEP license.

If you would like to sign-up for or to host a regional PDP, CMI or CSEP training seminar, please contact Stephanie Bland at 703-737-0622 or A minimum of 25 participants is needed to conduct the training. For the latest seminar information, go to:

Interstate Batteries Fundraiser Reminder

January 30th, 2013

Interstate Batteries logo

As you recall, SkillsUSA announced a new partnership with Interstate Batteries and a fundraising program for local chapters.

This is a great opportunity for your chapters to raise funds in partnership with a company whose mission and product align very closely with SkillsUSA. Through this partnership, local chapters can now sell Interstate Batteries’ products, and they will receive 50% of the sales.

Below is the link for your chapter to sign up today. This is a great program to participate in as you seek to raise funds for district and state events and for leadership development activities and materials. For more information, go to:

Work Force Ready System Updates

January 30th, 2013

Work Force Ready System

NEW! Teacher Preparation Guides:
Teacher Preparation Guides are now available to assist teachers in preparing students for the Skill Connect Assessments. The first six were released in January: Carpentry, Cosmetology, Criminal Justice/Crime Scene investigation, Television (Video) Production, Nurse Assisting and Welding. The guide will be included as part of the assessment purchase and will be accessible online in the test system to the instructor.

Additional guides will be available in the next school year.

Coming Soon! PrintED Student Certification
Coming soon for this spring testing, a student who achieves a passing score on any of the SkillsUSA/PrintED Co-branded assessments will be awarded a PrintED/SkillsUSA Student Certification in that subject area, valid for two years. The certification, which does not require work experience, is designed to be the initial step for students seeking to build a career in the graphic communications industry. Additionally, responding to the growing emphasis on accountability in education, this student credential provides a means for graphic communications courses of study to measure and demonstrate their success. The certificate can be printed online immediately after a student achieves a passing cut-score. Student Certifications are available for the following assessments – Advertising Design, Digital File Preparation & Digital File

For information on our assessments, visit our Work Force Ready System website at:, contact us at 703-737-0633, ext. 1 or email us at

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