Ask Tim

Growing with the Times

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

Q: How can SkillsUSA, a 42-year-old organization, effectively reach today's generation of students?

Tim: Every new school year is a fresh start. Because of our longtime role in developing a highly skilled workforce, SkillsUSA has always focused on the next generation of students. To keep growing, we must understand how to meet their needs.

Here’s what we know. Today’s students are creative and inquisitive. They quickly absorb knowledge and information. Growing up in a world that changes quickly, they’ve learned to adapt to technology and totally new opportunities for social networking, which affect relationships and interaction. And, they truly want to make a difference in that world.

These are exciting times for SkillsUSA students, who are using new technology to plan their future. Our instructors, facing the challenge of meeting students’ needs in rapidly changing education and workplace environments, have more tools and electronic resources than ever before.

By continuing to enrich our website, SkillsUSA is creating better ways for our students, instructors and business partners to interact. We offer instant access to online training tools and materials. But just as we’ve always done, we provide something that’s No. 1 on many students’ minds: the opportunity to serve others and make a difference. Everyone has something to give — whether time, talent or money — to make his or her school, community and the world a better place.

I learned something a long time ago that’s just as true today: Sitting on the sidelines waiting for something to happen will always keep you on the sidelines. This is your time to be involved, and SkillsUSA is your chance to get in the game.

Inside this issue of SkillsUSA Champions, you’ll find many examples of people who stepped off the sidelines to make a difference: the students on our new national officer team, national gold medalists, advisors of the year, involved business partners, and students involved in service learning. These are all true champions of SkillsUSA who make the world better.

Like them, you can use SkillsUSA’s resources — from competitions to community service — to improve your chapter and its activities. Use the new school year as a fresh start to improve yourself and what you can offer. Whether a student, teacher or business partner, you can help make this year SkillsUSA’s best yet. Together, we can do great things. 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 2007 | Volume 42, No. 1
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