Category: Press Releases

SkillsUSA Former Members Featured in TechDirections

Two past SkillsUSA success stories were featured in the November 2016 issue of TechDirections, a magazine and website for technology, career and technical, and engineering educators covering automotive, IT, CAD/CAM, electricity/electronics, engineering, manufacturing, woodworking and construction. They provide information on industry practices and new products to integrate into technical classrooms. To read the story: http://tinyurl.com/zz2b3le

SkillsUSA and Pearson Launch New App for SkillsUSA Championships Clothing and Tool Requirements

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contacts: Jane DeShong Short or Karen Kitzel 703-777-8810, jshort@skillsusa.org or kkitzel@skillsusa.org Technology Helps SkillsUSA Career and Technical Education Students Prepare to Successfully Compete at SkillsUSA Competitions Leesburg, Va. — SkillsUSA and Pearson have launched a new SkillsUSA Championships app designed to support middle-school, high-school and postsecondary students as they compete in the program…
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New Story on SkillsUSA Construction Trades Competitions in ENR

Engineering News Record has just published a new story about that SkillsUSA Championships that highlights a couple of 2016 competitors and provides an overview of construction competitions. Engineering News–Record (widely known as ENR) is an American weekly magazine that provides news, analysis, data and opinion for the construction industry worldwide. The magazine’s subscribers include contractors, project owners, engineers, architects, public…
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Executive Director Tim Lawrence Interviewed for Agri-Pulse

Following the WorldSkills General Assembly, writer Sara Wyatt of Agri-Pulse reached out to interview Tim Lawrence on workforce development trends. Agri-Pulse is a weekly update that is considered the most trusted farm and rural policy source in Washington, D.C. Here is a link to the article: www.agri-pulse.com/The-next-generation-of-infrastructure-requires-winning-the-war-for-talent-10172016.asp

Rethinking Higher Education on KOCHstories.com

KOCHstories.com has posted new content called Rethinking Higher Education. This piece focuses on the importance of skilled trades, and highlights some of the local and national skilled trade initiatives Koch supports, including SkillsUSA. Make sure to check out the three student video profiles at the end. http://kochstories.com/articles/rethinking-higher-education

2016 WorldSkills Leaders Forum Provides New Perspectives on the Future of Skills

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE  Contacts: Mike Pitre or Michèle Rogerson, Skills/Compétences Canada 613-784-9996, mikep@skillscanada.com 613-266-4771, micheler@skillscanada.com Contacts: Jane Short or Karen Kitzel, SkillsUSA 703-737-0612, jshort@skillsusa.org 703-737-0607, kkitzel@skillsusa.org Niagara Falls, Canada, Oct. 6, 2016 — Skills/Compétences Canada along with SkillsUSA hosted the WorldSkills Leaders Forum on October 4, as part of the WorldSkills General Assembly 2016. This…
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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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SME and SkillsUSA Partner to Provide Memberships to High School Educators and Students

(DEARBORN, Mich. – June 22, 2016) – SME and SkillsUSA, two organizations dedicated to finding solutions for the U.S. skills gap, have announced a high school membership partnership to inspire and engage students and educators, to ultimately fill the manufacturing workforce pipeline. Read the full press release.

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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SkillsUSA Response to Ohio Masonry Contest Issue

Attached is a statement from SkillsUSA and a statement from the Ohio Department of Education. These statements pertain to an issue with the scoring of the 2016 SkillsUSA Ohio Masonry competition that resulted in a number of mentions in the press. The issue was national competition eligibility.  SkillsUSA Statement