COVID-19 Crisis Forces Cancellation of SkillsUSA National Signing Day on May 8
Due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, SkillsUSA has made the decision to cancel SkillsUSA National Signing Day, previously scheduled for May 8. The decision aligns with current guidelines from the World Health Organization, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the federal government, as well as stay-at-home mandates and other directives from state governments.
The decision to cancel National Signing Day follows SkillsUSA’s decision to cancel its 2020 National Leadership and Skills Conference this June. Although a variety of logistical factors influenced these decisions, including what would have been a distinct lack of state participation resulting from the pandemic, both were driven — first and foremost — by health concerns. “There is nothing more important to SkillsUSA than the health and wellbeing of our members and stakeholders,” said SkillsUSA executive director Chelle Travis.
Despite this setback for 2020, plans are already underway for next year’s event, currently scheduled for May 4, 2021. SkillsUSA and its National Signing Day partners are more dedicated than ever to build on the inspiring success of the 2019 National Signing Day event while continuing to shine a much-needed public spotlight on students pursuing careers in the skilled trades.