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2020 WLTI Canceled

As a result of the ongoing pandemic, SkillsUSA has decided to cancel the 2020 Washington Leadership Training Institute, originally scheduled for September 19-23 in Washington, D.C. This decision was made first and foremost with the health and safety of our members in mind, and it was informed by the guidance and advice of our nation’s…
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Executive Update: August 1, 2020

Share Your “Essential Skills, Essential Workers” Thank-You Messages Since June, SkillsUSA’s “Essential Skills, Essential Workers” social media campaign has highlighted SkillsUSA members who have worked during the pandemic to help keep our nation moving in the fight against COVID-19. While our healthcare workers deservedly take center stage in this effort, areas like culinary arts, welding,…
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SkillsUSA Instructors Finalists for the 2020 Harbor Freight Tools for Schools Prize for Teaching Excellence

Leesburg, Va., July 27, 2020 — Nineteen SkillsUSA instructors are among 50 teachers and teacher teams from across the country who have been named as finalists for the Harbor Freight Tools for Schools Prize for Teaching Excellence. Their high school trades programs are in the running for a share of $1 million in total cash…
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Executive Update: July 15, 2020

New Theme for 2020-21 Announced The SkillsUSA theme for the 2020-21 school year is: SkillsUSA: Champions at Work, Empowered to Succeed The topic to be addressed by contestants in the 2021 SkillsUSA Chapter Display, Prepared Speech and Promotional Bulletin Board competitions is our theme, “SkillsUSA: Champions at Work, Empowered to Succeed.” As you prepare summer…
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SkillsUSA Names Top Three “Models of Excellence” Schools

Winners Highlighted for Application of SkillsUSA Framework in Chapter Programming Leesburg, Va. — The top three schools in the nation were recognized for excellence in programming in the 2020 SkillsUSA Models of Excellence program. The honors are part of SkillsUSA’s Chapter Excellence Program, in which success is measured by how well students apply career-readiness skills…
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Executive Update: July 1, 2020

NLSC Virtual Recognition Session Videos Available SkillsUSA recognized key supporters and leaders on June 26 during the 2020 National Leadership and Skills Conference Virtual Recognition Sessions. There were three 30-minute segments at 3, 5 and 7 p.m. EDT to recognize the Pin and T-shirt Design Challenge winners, awards for Advisor of the Year, Outstanding Educator,…
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2020 Fine Homebuilding Scholarship Winners Announced

Fine Homebuilding has awarded 14 #KeepCraftAlive scholarships to SkillsUSA members studying in construction-related fields who plan to continue their education for the 2020-21 academic year. The $2500 scholarships can be used for further education including community college, undergraduate programs or industry certifications. The scholarship fund was created by Fine Homebuilding to address the skills gap,…
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Executive Update: June 15, 2020

Important Dates June 26: NLSC 2020 Virtual Recognition Sessions at 3, 5, and 7 p.m. EDT Follow-Up to SkillsUSA’s Official Statement From SkillsUSA Executive Director Chelle Travis on Our Commitment to Our Members Dear SkillsUSA members and supporters, On June 4, I delivered an official statement reflecting SkillsUSA’s position on longstanding racial inequities and injustice…
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SkillsUSA Members Serve Local Communities and Receive Prestigious Presidential Volunteer Service Award

Leesburg, Va.—SkillsUSA members from 13 states have been recognized for their outstanding community service this year. SkillsUSA, as an official certifying organization for the Presidential Volunteer Service Award (PVSA), recognized the members for individual or team service efforts. PVSA is a national honor issued by the President’s Council on Service and Civic Participation on behalf…
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Official Statement from SkillsUSA Executive Director Chelle Travis – June 12 Update

June 12, 2020 Dear SkillsUSA members and supporters, Last week, I delivered an official statement reflecting SkillsUSA’s position on longstanding racial inequities and injustice in our country. Words alone, however, quickly ring hollow without specific, measurable actions to support them. With that in mind, I want to share some of the specific actions SkillsUSA has…
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