Active Advisor News
April 2012

Message from Tim
Work Force Ready System
Skill Connect Assessments

Tim LawrenceThank you! Because of your great work and because you believe strongly in professional development for your students, SkillsUSA has surpassed last year's membership total! As of today, membership is 302,877 and we still have some memberships coming into the office and we will continue to count them until April 15. We now have 28 state associations that have exceeded last year's total state memberships and there are a few more states that are very close. A reminder that professional membership and alumni memberships count and individuals who are industry partners and other friends not affiliated with a local chapter can join online at this following link. We are grateful for the great job you ALL do in changing lives for the better.

Enjoy the spring season. I look forward to seeing many of you at your State Leadership and Skills Conference!

Advisor of the Year Regional Winners
A big congratulations to the advisor of the year regional winners for 2012. They are:

Region I - James Berman, Culinary Arts Instructor from Delcastle Technical High School in Wilmington, Del.
Region II - Debra Peabody, Architectural/Engineering Drawing instructor from Union Grove High School in McDonough, Ga.
Region III - Angela Haley, Human Services/Cosmetology Instructor from Oakland Technical Campus Northeast in Pontiac, Mich.
Region IV - Larry Batson, Electrical Technologies Instructor from Tulsa Tech, Tulsa, Okla.
Region V - California - Donald Runyan, Drafting/Architecture Instructor from Cleveland High School in Reseda, Calif.

The National Advisor of the Year will be announced at the National Leadership and Skills Conference this June.

NLSC Pin and T-shirt Design Winners
Congratulations to Morgan Finley, the 2012 winner of the SkillsUSA National Pin Design Competition. She is a digital art and design program student at Lexington Technology Center in Lexington, S.C. Her advisor is Anna Shumpert. Morgan's winning design is below:

NLSC Pin for 2012

Congratulations also to Macie Stewart, the 2012 winner of the SkillsUSA National T-shirt Competition. She is a graphic communications student at C.S. Monroe Technology Center in Leesburg, Virginia. Her advisor is Pam Smith. Macie's winning design is below:

NLSC 2012 Shirt Design

They will each be recognized along with their advisors, at the Opening Ceremony of the National Leadership and Skills Conference in Kansas City this June. Each of their high schools will receive $5,000 from Lowe's Charitable and Educational Foundation for classroom and equipment improvements. Each participant at NLSC will receive a conference T-shirt and pin showcasing the design through the Lowe's sponsorship.

National Week of Service
Week of ServiceWe invite all our chapters to participate in the SkillsUSA National Week of Service on May 6-12. Chapters may participate in two ways: 1) conduct a community service project during that week; or 2) promote a service project the chapter did earlier in the school year during that week. This will help commemorate the founding of SkillsUSA on May 8, 1965. The SkillsUSA National Week of Service not only shines a spotlight on SkillsUSA's dedication to serving others, but it also showcases the skills and expertise of career and technical education students who are learning to become tomorrow's leaders.

We encourage chapter advisors to send a brief report on their community service activities to Niki Clausen at the national headquarters - Please let us know in a paragraph or two what the chapter does to help the community and we'll post these reports and photos online. The first 50 chapters that report Week of Service plans to the national headquarters will receive a prize.

Imagine one amazing week in May when SkillsUSA students nationwide are busy reporting about their community service events or conducting service projects in their communities. Imagine the power they'll hold in their hands as they and their fellow SkillsUSA members work nationwide to improve the lives of their neighbors in countless ways. Imagine the difference one week can make.

For planning materials, click here.


WFRSThe Skill Connect Assessments are perfect for end-of-year testing. Our online industry-driven assessments evaluate technical and employability skills and knowledge through drag-and-drop, simulations, hot spot and other question forms. Choose from 47 assessments at this link, which include five PrintEd and four Automotive ASE/SkillsUSA co-branded assessments. Discount pricing is available for SkillsUSA member schools and PrintEd affiliated schools. Pricing information is available here.

To order online, click here.

Support Desk Expansion
We have expanded our Support Desk with two levels of support and longer hours during peak testing season.

Peak test season (March- May):
Mon - Fri, 8 a.m. - 5:30 p.m. EDT
Contact us at 703-737-0633 or email us at

  • Press #1 for general questions, assistance with testing procedures, ordering, enrollments, usernames and passwords.
  • Press #2 for technical assistance with sound, graphics, test questions, internet connections and reporting features.

Tips for Student Testing

Free Benefit for SkillsUSA Students and Teachers has announced a free benefit for SkillsUSA. SkillsUSA students and teachers can get free membership to resources. To learn more, and to join, go to this website.

GAERF Student Design Competition
The Graphic Arts Education and Research Foundation (GAERF) has announced the launch of the GAERF 2012 Student Design Competition, themed "Why Hire Me?" This annual contest, in its fourth year, challenges participants to demonstrate their creativity and skill by creating a marketing campaign that positions them as ideal candidates for a career they select in the graphic communications industry.

First-place winners and their instructors will receive a two-day, all-inclusive paid trip to attend GRAPH EXPO in Chicago, Ill. The winning students will receive an award of $2,000 presented during GRAPH EXPO 2012's Career Awareness Day, October 10, 2012. Second-place winners will be awarded $1,500, and the third-place winners will receive $1,000.

For complete information about the GAERF 2012 Student Design Competition, visit The entry deadline is June 15.

Top 10 Jobs Employers are Having Difficulty Filling Globally
The demand for the skills our students learn is GLOBAL. A chart from Manpower Group's 2011 Talent Shortage Survey, listing the Top 10 Jobs Employers are Having Difficulty Filling Globally is available at this link. "Skilled trades workers" appear as number three on the list.