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Alumni Pin

Alumni Pin Design Winner

Congratulations to Heather Brown, this year’s winner of the SkillsUSA Alumni Pin Design Challenge. She is an advertising design instructor and SkillsUSA advisor at A.W. Beattie Career Center in Allison Park, Pa. She will be recognized during the NLSC in June 2017.

2017 Models of Excellence Announced

Congratulations to the 24 SkillsUSA chapters nationally recognized as a “Model of Excellence” recipient for 2017. Models of Excellence is a national program that recognizes the exceptional integration and application of personal, workplace and technical skills for SkillsUSA chapter activities. This is one of the highest awards bestowed on chapters by SkillsUSA, one of the…
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Jump into STEM! Expands with Middle-School Edition

In 2015, SkillsUSA launched its free member resource Jump into STEM!, a curriculum developed for high-school students to use when mentoring elementary-school students on future career-path options. Based on the huge success of the elementary-school edition, SkillsUSA has released 22 new Jump into STEM! lessons designed to provide opportunities to engage middle-school students in STEM-related…
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2017 Pin and T-shirt design

2017 National Conference Pin and T-shirt Design Challenge Winners

Congratulations to Melissa Swanchara, the 2017 winner of the SkillsUSA National Pin Design Challenge. She is a student at C.S. Monroe Technology Center in Leesburg, Va. Her advisor is Pam Smith.  Congratulations also to Alexis Espinoza, the 2017 winner of the SkillsUSA National T-shirt Design Challenge. He is a student at YV-TECH in Yakima, Wash.…
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SkillsUSA Joins Mike Rowe to Support Baltimore Workforce Development

SkillsUSA executive director Tim Lawrence attended the 2017 Build Baltimore Gala on February 25 to support and celebrate Project Jumpstart, a Baltimore workforce development program. The invitation was extended to SkillsUSA by the Koch Foundation, which partners with both mikeroweWORKS and SkillsUSA. Brennan Brown from Koch Foundation and Laura Hands of Koch Industries were in…
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Relevant or Irrelevant?

SkillsUSA Executive Director Tim LawrenceTim appeared on the radio program “Relevant or Irrelevant” (ROI) and talked extensively about SkillsUSA and the skills gap. ROI is a radio show produced for public radio station KALA, based at St. Ambrose University, Iowa. To listen to this broadcast or other SkillsUSA Podcasts, go to: goo.gl/12VfSrcontent_copy

Ring in 2017 with Career Planning and Goal Setting

It’s time to kick off the new year with the help of the Career Transitions site. This is a free resource where students can: Assess their career interests by taking an online assessment Browse career paths and check out videos of real people working in the field Learn to write a résumé and cover letter…
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Article Highlights Maryland HVAC Program and SkillsUSA

This story by reporter Jon Pitts is about a growing HVAC program at Delaney High School. The article ran Dec. 21, 2016 in The Baltimore Sun (daily readership of 177,000). HVAC program at Delaney High introduces students to a thriving trade Executive Director Tim Lawrence responds to Baltimore Sun article with a Letter to the Editor on…
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Students Who Study Technical Education May Earn More

A new white paper, entitled “Preparing our Students for Career Success – What Parents Should Know” examines the U.S. Department of Education’s College Scorecard and U.S. labor market trends to provide insights on choosing educational paths that lead to well-paying jobs. The analysis finds that students who choose an industry-aligned technical education can go on…
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SkillsUSA Supports Putting Learner Success First

SkillsUSA Executive Director Tim Lawrence authored a guest post on Advance CTE’s blog. Advance CTE: State Leaders Connecting Learning to Work is the longest-standing national non-profit that represents State Directors and state leaders responsible for secondary, postsecondary and adult Career Technical Education (CTE) across all 50 states and U.S. territories.  Advance CTE was formerly known…
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