Already making summer plans? Then first on your list should be SkillsUSA’s National Leadership and Skills Conference in Kansas City, Mo. The NLSC and corresponding SkillsUSA Championships continue to be the reigning tag-team title holders of career and technical education showcases.
The SkillsUSA Championships will feature 80 contests (the most ever), with nearly 5,000 student competitors. TECHSPO, the nation’s largest technical education trade show, will encompass figurative and literal city blocks with both indoor and outdoor exhibits. There’ll be networking opportunities with the nation’s top businesses, social opportunities with SkillsUSA members from across the nation, community service projects, SkillsUSA University seminars and much more. One week that will last a lifetime: what a way to start the summer!
It’s easy to say that the SkillsUSA message is catching on nation- wide, that more and more students are realizing how important SkillsUSA can be to their future, that more teachers and administrators are recognizing the importance of career and technical education, and that more businesses are understanding how support of SkillsUSA inevitably helps their bottom line.
Yep, it’s easy to say all that, but backing it up calls for hard numbers. How does 279,000 sound? At press time, that’s the number of current SkillsUSA members, the second highest total ever and the highest in 25 years! There’s never been a better time to be a member, or supporter, of SkillsUSA.
Who better to “kick off” SkillsUSA’s National Leadership and Skills Conference than a football legend? Terry Bowden, current ABC sports analyst and former head football coach at Auburn University, will deliver the keynote address at the Opening Ceremony.
As a student athlete at West Virginia University, Bowden lettered two years as a running back, held a 3.65 GPA in accounting and graduated magna cum laude. He performed postgraduate work at Oxford University in England, and he earned a juris doctorate degree from the Florida State University School of Law in 1982 while a graduate assistant football coach.
After accepting his third head coaching position at Auburn in 1992, Bowden accomplished a feat within five months that no other Division I-A coach had accomplished before: He’d gone undefeated in his first year, a perfect 11-0, and went on to sweep nearly every national coach of the year award. He secured his 100th win before turning 40, the first coach in 50 years to do so.
In 1998, Bowden joined ABC to become one of the top studio analysts in college football. He’s been a champion in everything he’s tackled in his life, and his message will undoubtedly spark an inspirational week.
If you’re a SkillsUSA member who will be attending a college/postsecondary training program next year, we have some good news: We just saved a bunch of money on our ... wait a sec, wrong good news. The real good news is that you’re eligible for a $500 scholarship from the SkillsUSA Alumni and Friends Association. The scholarship will recognize leadership, commitment to community service, and other qualities. For more information and an entry form, visit: www.skillsusa.org/alumnischolar.html. All entries must be postmarked by June 1, and the winner will be announced at this year’s national conference in Kansas City, Mo.
SkillsUSA has teamed up with the National Technical Honor Society to promote outstanding student achievement within career and technical education. In fact, SkillsUSA chapters are encouraged to participate in the NTHS as part of their annual program of work.
The NTHS has 2,000 member schools and colleges. Students who join should demonstrate academic achievement, skills development, leadership, honesty, responsibility and good character. They should also be active in SkillsUSA.
Rewarding excellence in workforce education, developing personal pride, and promoting business partnerships are all part of the honor society’s commitment to its members. For more information on joining, visit: www.skillsusa.org/nths.html
SkillsUSA Champions | Summer 2005 | Volume 39, No. 4