SkillsUSA Week

Tennessee College of Applied Technology – McMinnville receiving a SkillsUSA week proclamations from McMinnville Mayor Jimmy Haley.

Tennessee College of Applied Technology – McMinnville receiving a SkillsUSA week proclamation from McMinnville Mayor, Jimmy Haley.

February 5-11, 2017

SkillsUSA Week is celebrated the second week of February each year.

SkillsUSA Week gives state associations, advisors and student members the opportunity to promote SkillsUSA programs at activities at the local and state levels.

During SkillsUSA week, members can also help raise awareness of SkillsUSA. This can be accomplished through field trips to local businesses, an open house for parents or industry partners, a visit to local community organizations to make a brief presentation about SkillsUSA, or providing news releases and public service announcements to local media outlets for possible distribution.

Involvement in activities such as these brings positive recognition to SkillsUSA, and to local schools and their students. Also, it underscores the importance of SkillsUSA’s purposes and mission, which is to help prepare America’s high performance workers in public career and technical programs.

Plan SkillsUSA Week Activities

Have student members plan and host events that include administrators, business leaders and legislators. You can participate in SkillsUSA Week lots of different ways: hold an open house, invite local media to tour your programs, conduct a community service project, work with area businesses to build more meaningful partnerships, or engage with policymakers to talk about the value of technical education.

For a sample calendar, proclamation and press release, see the RESOURCES box on the right side of this page. (If viewing on a mobile device, it may be at the bottom of the page)

Enter the SkillsUSA Week Video Contest

What a cool opportunity for your members to capture the excitement of SkillsUSA! “SkillsUSA Week: A Time to Celebrate Framework Skill Development in Students” is the topic for the video. While it is ideal to capture events that are taking place during SkillsUSA Week, it is not mandatory for the video. So don’t delay, have members begin the video today!(See full details below at: www.skillsusa.org/events-training/skillsusa-week/.

Order SkillsUSA Week T-shirt

The SkillsUSA Store has created a SkillsUSA Week T-shirt for $12. Visit http://tinyurl.com/gur6o5r to order your shirt and a whole host of products that are ready for your week of celebration!

Issue a SkillsUSA Week Press Release

Use the template to let your congressional representatives, senators and local media outlets know about SkillsUSA Week and Career and Technical Education Month during the month of February. Personalize and use the parts of the template that work for you. You can send an email to up to five media outlets at a time. After the release is submitted, follow up with media outlets by calling or visiting. To use the SkillsUSA advocacy site, go to: www.cqrcengage.com/skillsusa/, click on the “SkillsUSA Week, Feb. 5-11” heading, and fill in your ZIP code; the rest should be self-explanatory. If you have questions, contact Jane Short at 703-737-0612 or jshort@skillsusa.org.

Share Your SkillsUSA Week Pictures

Now is the chance to showcase your students and the great work you are doing in your state. As you conduct SkillsUSA Week activities, please be sure to take pictures and share them with the national headquarters. Your photos may be featured in a Flickr gallery on SkillsUSA’s home page. Send your best photos to cmoore@skillsusa.org. Please be sure to identify everyone in the picture for the caption.

Report Your SkillsUSA Week News

Share your news and stories with Tom Hall at SkillsUSA, 14001 SkillsUSA Way, Leesburg, VA 20176 or email thall@skillsusa.org.