Ask Tim

Look Out, It's Spreading

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

Q: I’m nearing the end of my technical program. SkillsUSA has been great. How can I stay a part of it?

Tim: Traveling to SkillsUSA conferences all over the nation this spring, I’ve seen something amazing. At the core of every local chapter and state association, there’s a spirit of leadership, cooperation, service and integrity that seems to be contagious.

I recently spoke with a business partner from Wisconsin who had attended our national conference last June. He was so excited about the students he had met. “I’ve got to bring more people from my company, and I want to bring my own family to nationals in 2007,” he said. “It’s hard to explain, but I saw such a goodness in the SkillsUSA students. I had never seen students so focused, so professional and so happy. I’ll be back this summer, and I’m bringing as many as possible with me.”

This spirit we see comes from each of you. You’re all champions, stepping forward to make a difference. By choosing career and technical education — and SkillsUSA — students, teachers and partners are standing up for the future of our communities and of the whole nation.

So, how does that address your question? I believe that even out of school, you can still be “contagious.” Your spirit can spread as others follow a positive pathway in education, career, community and life. It really does work that way. Unlike the science we learned when studying magnetism, in the case of SkillsUSA and CTE, positive indeed attracts positive!

Your journey doesn’t end when you leave your SkillsUSA chapter. You can be involved throughout your lifetime as a member of our Alumni and Friends association. It’s free to all who have been a member of SkillsUSA, as well as family, friends and our business partners. Just go to and sign up. We’ll stay in touch with you, and you’ll get to read SkillsUSA Champions magazine and alumni newsletters electronically on a quarterly basis.

We do ask something in return. Let us know at least once a year where you are and how you’re doing. We’d love to hear your success stories. And, we need you to come back and volunteer as a contest judge, guest speaker or member of your local advisory council. There are lots of ways to stay involved, and this participation always looks good on a résumé.

Your contagious spirit is the main reason this has been another year of positive growth for SkillsUSA. You’re the best! 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 | Summer 2007 | Volume 41, No. 4
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