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Category: Press Releases

COVID-19 Crisis Forces Cancellation of All In-Person Events at SkillsUSA’s 2020 National Leadership and Skills Conference

Leesburg, Va. — SkillsUSA, a national student organization serving more than 365,000 students and teachers in career and technical education, has canceled all in-person events at its 2020 National Leadership and Skills Conference (NLSC) due to the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic. Select leadership components of the conference — including state officer training, delegate sessions,…
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SkillsUSA and Industry Leaders Come Together to Help CTE Students Continue Learning During COVID-19 Crisis

Industry Coalition to Leverage Experience, Connections and Resources Leesburg, Va. — To support continued learning for career and technical education (CTE) students during the COVID-19 crisis, SkillsUSA has joined with Lincoln Electric, Tooling U-SME, NC3 and camInstructor to form the CTE Coalition. The coalition has quickly mobilized to create the Keep CTE Moving website, a…
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Official 2020 NLSC Announcement from SkillsUSA Executive Director Chelle Travis

Official 2020 NLSC Announcement from SkillsUSA Executive Director Chelle Travis The current health crisis we’re facing has affected all walks of life, and, consequently, all aspects of SkillsUSA. That includes our National Leadership and Skills Conference. Over the last several weeks, SkillsUSA has conducted an exhaustive study of all potential options for holding our national…
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Rees Scholarship Program for HVACR Technicians Expands AHRI Partners with SkillsUSA

Leesburg, Va. – The Board of Directors of the Clifford H. “Ted” Rees, Jr., Scholarship Foundation, a 501(c)(3) charitable foundation of the Air-Conditioning, Heating, and Refrigeration Institute (AHRI), today announced a partnership with SkillsUSA, expanding the long-standing scholarship program designed for students pursuing a career in the HVACR and water heating industry. With more than…
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SkillsUSA Week 2020 Highlights Advocacy in Washington, D.C.

SkillsUSA staff and national officers carried out several advocacy events Feb. 4-5 as part of SkillsUSA Week and CTE Month. On Feb. 4, 12 members of the national officer team, executive director Chelle Travis and select staff started the day at the Old Ebbitt Grill in Washington, D.C., where SkillsUSA held a legislative breakfast. Invitations…
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WorldSkills OECD Youth Voice for the Future of Work

WorldSkills and the OECD have joined forces to better understand the attitudes of young people when it comes to how they feel about their futures as working adults, future technologies, their perceptions about how technological change will impact their work opportunities, and whether they feel if they are getting enough support from schools to prepare…
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Seventeen High Schools Win Harbor Freight Tools for Schools Start-Up Grants for SkillsUSA Chapters

Leesburg, Va. — Seventeen high schools from across the country will each receive grants of up to $2,500 from Harbor Freight Tools for Schools to strengthen their local SkillsUSA chapters. The grants, totaling $40,000, will support students learning construction trades, transportation and manufacturing. Designed to strengthen chapters established within the past three years, the Harbor…
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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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SkillsUSA Students Build Bunk Beds for Fire Victims at the Rose Bowl

Over 300 SkillsUSA students from across Los Angeles gathered at Rose Bowl Stadium on Oct. 8 for the Generation T Bunk Build. The group worked with industry partners to build 100 bunk beds for nonprofit Sleep in Heavenly Peace, an organization dedicated to building, assembling and delivering beds to children in need. Some beds were…
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SkillsUSA Holds Dedication for Champions Circle

Pavilion Built by Volunteers from Education and Industry   Leesburg, Va. — A new outdoor pavilion called the “Champions Circle” was dedicated Sept. 21 at SkillsUSA’s 90-acre headquarters campus. It was built through a collaboration of volunteer efforts: more than 80 SkillsUSA advisors and students from four schools who donated their labor, and industry partners…
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