Author: SkillsUSA

SkillsUSA Instructors Recognized by Harbor Freight Tools for Schools Teaching Excellence Program

LEESBURG, Va.—Harbor Freight Tools for Schools has awarded $650,000 in teaching excellence awards to 12 SkillsUSA instructors from across the country in the 2019 Harbor Freight Tools for Schools Prize for Teaching Excellence. The prize, launched in 2017, is open to skilled trades teachers who are faculty members at U.S. public high schools. Eligible applicants…
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Apply Now for ACTE Teacher and Lifetime Service Awards

The Association for Career and Technical Education (ACTE) is seeking nominations for the National Trade and Industrial Education Division Awards. The deadline is Nov. 1. Qualified individuals may be nominated in the following categories or you may nominate yourself. (If you nominate someone else, please inform that person in advance.) Lifetime Service Outstanding New Teacher Award…
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Helping Hands, Helping Hearts Go Together

Without having to worry about food, students at Texas State Technical College can move one step closer to achieving their education and career goals. SkillsUSA Community Service national medalists Isela Rodriguez, Iris Juarez and Alexandra Lugo (above) decided to incorporate their skills to create an on-campus food pantry. Students partnered with faculty and  staff, as…
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Celebrating a Positive Perspective

Photo: Courtesy Catawba Valley Community College. Used with permission. Catawba Valley Community College students decided to embrace the diversity in their community by hosting a “Celebration of Nations.” The SkillsUSA members in Hickory, N.C., involved local vendors to promote their businesses, ideals and goals during the event. The celebration showcased cultural diversity, strength and equality…
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Sparking a Champion

In Nevada, Desert Oasis High School students had a vision of creating an impactful event that would benefit both the community and the school. They decided to plan a job fair in which students could experience the professional world. After rigorous planning by SkillsUSA members, the first event took place in January. With 33 vendors…
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To Restore a Forgotten History, Students Use One Skill at a Time

Gloucester Institute of Technology students restored the local African American Veterans Cemetery in Franklinville, N.J. The SkillsUSA members were joined by Lowe’s Home Improvement to donate supplies such as plants and paint. Students put their various skills together to create new fencing, build benches, add new landscaping and mow the land, creating a bright new…
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Building a better workforce: SkillsUSA partners with Lowe’s on Generation T

Tim Lawrence shares on LinkedIn that SkillsUSA has joined Generation T, a national movement launched by Lowe’s Home Improvement to address the widening skilled trades gap. Read the full story.

SkillsUSA Names Top Three Chapters in Models of Excellence Program

Winners Highlighted for Application of SkillsUSA Framework in Chapter Programming Leesburg, Va. –– SkillsUSA recently named its top three chapters in the 2019 Models of Excellence program. Chapters at Norwalk High School in California, Geary High School in Oklahoma and Lynn Vocational Technical Institute in Massachusetts triumphed for their effective application of personal, workplace and…
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SkillsUSA and NASSCO Team Up to Support Outstanding Skilled Trades Students

Leesburg, Va. — SkillsUSA is proud to announce that the National Association of Sewer Service Companies (NASSCO) has signed on to become an official sponsor of the organization. NASSCO is committed to setting industry standards for the assessment, maintenance and rehabilitation of underground infrastructure, and to ensure the continued growth of trenchless technologies. “The underground…
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SkillsUSA Names 3M’s Maureen Tholen as Chair of the SkillsUSA Foundation

Helps Improve Quality of Nation’s Future Workforce Leesburg, Va., Oct. 22, 2018 — Maureen Tholen, sustainability director for 3M’s Industrial Business, and Safety and Graphics Business Groups, has been named as chairperson of the SkillsUSA Foundation Inc. The foundation is SkillsUSA’s philanthropic arm. Comprised of representatives from business, industry, organized labor and others who assist…
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