Ask Tim

Involving Your Future

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

Q: Our chapter has had a great year with lots of positive activities. SkillsUSA has helped me accomplish things I never thought possible. I’ve served as an officer and competed at our state contest, and now I’ll be going to nationals in June. I’ll be graduating soon, so how can I stay involved and help others get the same kind of positive experience? — Crystal Acuff, Louisiana Technical College, Sowela Campus

Tim: First, let me commend you on going beyond being a member in name only; you have been involved. Involvement is the foundation for success, and it sounds like you’re off to a great start.

You can help others achieve success right now by taking a proactive role to keep career and technical education alive and strong. There are some funding and programmatic threats at the Federal level. Tell Congress how your technical program has been a platform for your success. On, you can click on “Legislative Alert” to connect with your elected representatives. Being an advocate for federal support is a personal choice and one I hope you’ll consider.

Next, you can stay involved and be a part of a great national support system through our alumni association. Its mission is to promote SkillsUSA with time, talent and financial resources at all levels. There are many leadership opportunities for alumni members. Again, go to our website and click on “Alumni.”

You mentioned coming to nationals in June. What a great opportunity to work with other students, business leaders and educators — and to gain ideas as you share in a national network. This year’s competition will be the largest single day of corporate volunteerism anywhere in America. Be prepared to be inspired. It’s going to be awesome!

Finally, as you read this issue of SkillsUSA Champions, I hope it’s as inspiring to you as it is to me. The stories inside range from the commitment of our national officers to that of our alumni serving in the military in the Middle East. These students and alumni are just a few of the thousands of SkillsUSA success stories — success achieved because of their involvement. Stay involved and always prepare relentlessly, and the future will come to you. I know it will be a bright future in the hands of young leaders like you who believe in helping others.

Please write and tell me about your experiences. I’d love to hear from you. End of story

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SkillsUSA Champions | Summer 2003 | Volume 37, No. 1
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