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Words to Live By

Executive Director Tim Lawrence has known SkillsUSA as a student member, instructor, industry partner and state director. Got a question? He can help.

Q: What does SkillsUSA offer me other than a membership card?

Tim: First, congratulations for being part of SkillsUSA. You’re one of more than 8 million who have joined our student organization since 1965. Serving students for the past 38 years has led us to understand that SkillsUSA offers students much more than a school-based leadership activity or a chance to enter a competition. SkillsUSA quite literally works to help you become connected to your career path.

Our partnerships within education mean you have a chapter advisor who is committed to your professional development through leadership activities that help students feel motivated as they become educated. SkillsUSA programs are designed to help students get excited about learning as they develop new skills.

Our business and industry alliances help connect you with those already working in your occupation. Involvement in employability skills training such as our Professional Development Program helps you become better skilled and prepared.

Completing these programs gives students solid credentials that are respected in the workplace. A quality SkillsUSA chapter creates an atmosphere where all members can feel involved in decisions and events that affect the school and community.

Certain words in this column appear in bold type. These words represent the way we want all SkillsUSA members to feel about themselves and their organization. Our membership poster this year features these words prominently, along with the faces of our members and a brand-new slogan, which also will be this year’s theme, SkillsUSA: Champions at Work. If you haven’t seen this poster, ask your instructor to pull it out of the membership kit and hang it in your classroom.

High school and college are a time when your lives are unfolding before you and the opportunities—and the challenges—seem endless. I encourage you to adopt a personal statement for living that can help you to stay focused on what you want out of life. You can use this statement or take a minute to write your own: I will strive to be a person who is motivated, educated, skilled, prepared, respected and involved at school, on the job and in my community.

A person who at least tries to live by these words will be living a life that is engaging and meaningful. I’d love to hear from you about your experiences and what SkillsUSA has done for you. End of story

Got questions about SkillsUSA or other topics? E-mail or send a letter to SkillsUSA / P.O. Box 3000 / Leesburg, VA 20177. Put “Ask Tim” in the subject line or mail address.

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SkillsUSA Champions | Fall 2003 | Volume 38, No. 1
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