Executive Update: August 1, 2022
Aug. 16-19: State Director Association Professional Development and Training Conference, Reno, Nev.
Sept. 17-21: Washington Leadership Training Institute, Alexandria, Va.
Sept. 29: Virtual Chapter of Distinction Mega Prize Event at 7:30 p.m. ET.
Oct. 19: Elevate: Chapter Officer Development Virtual Conference
Member Registration is Open — Join Early as a Professional
The SkillsUSA registration site is officially open for the new 2022-23 school year! We encourage advisors to join early so they receive all mailings and emails. Professional members receive many benefits when they submit membership with a valid email address, including the Framework Integration Toolkit, Program of Work Toolkit, SkillsUSA Championships Technical Standards, opportunities for professional development and more. Learn more here. National dues for professional members are $20 plus state dues, which vary. State dues and deadlines can be found here.
Registration Now Open for WLTI
This year’s Washington Leadership Training Institute (WLTI) will be held Sept. 17-21 at the Hilton Alexandria Mark Center in Alexandria, Va. WLTI is designed for all SkillsUSA students and advisors who want to grow in the essential elements of professionalism, communication and leadership while passionately advocating for career and technical education (CTE). The registration fee is $500 per person and hotel rooms are $180/night + tax. Registration closes Aug. 25 at 11:59 p.m. ET. A promo video and additional information can be found here.
Apply for WLTI Scholarships by Aug. 15
The SkillsUSA Leadership Development Scholarship provides financial support for four students to attend the 2022 WLTI. State directors should collect student nominations from local chapter advisors and then select one application to submit to SkillsUSA headquarters staff by Aug. 15. The scholarship was funded by former SkillsUSA board president and Caterpillar executive Robert L. Flint to open doors for participation to more students in need. Click here for the application.
SkillsUSA Earns APEX Awards
Congratulations to Karen Kitzel from SkillsUSA’s Office of Communications and SkillsUSA Massachusetts director Karen Ward for earning APEX Awards for Publication Excellence in the 2022 competition. Kitzel won in the “Feature Writing” category for a collection of stories she wrote over the last year that showcase the life-changing impact of our mission: “Flowers Through Concrete,” “Linked by Ink,” “Hammering Home the Value of SkillsUSA” and “I’m In It for Them.” Ward earned her award in the “Campaigns, Programs and Plans — Events and Meetings” category for her “FSLC Program & Skill Focus Guide.” SkillsUSA was recognized alongside such familiar names as AARP, Prudential, NASA and the Ford Motor Co. The competition received over 1,200 entries in more than 100 categories.
Share Your Champions
The “SkillsUSA Champions” magazine staff is always looking for potential feature stories for the new digital hub. If you know of a SkillsUSA student, advisor, industry partner or graduate whose story would be motivating and inspirational, please submit the information through our online form.
Chapter of Distinction Mega Prize Event
The Chapter of Distinction Mega Prize Event will be held virtually on Sept. 29 at 7:30 p.m. ET. This year’s lineup includes over 25 MEGA prize packages and door prizes! Eligible advisors have received a save-the-date, and registration details will be sent directly to invited advisors via email. If you have questions, contact Taryn Erminio at email@example.com.
Save the Date for SkillsUSA ELEVATE!
The virtual Elevate: Chapter Officer Development Conference is Oct. 19. Plan now to attend this interactive experience for local officer teams that focuses on building successful chapters by equipping officers with the skills to lead and serve their local members. The Elevate experience is open to all SkillsUSA chapter officers. Please note that at least one advisor is required to participate with each registered chapter officer team. The conference will be held virtually from 11 a.m.-4:30 p.m. ET and the cost is $10 per participant. Additional information will be available soon.
SkillsUSA Instructors Earn Chance at Big Awards
Twenty-five SkillsUSA instructors were recently named as finalists for the Harbor Freight Tools for Schools Prize for Teaching Excellence. Their high school trades programs are in the running for a share of $1.25 million in total cash awards. The list of the SkillsUSA instructor finalists is located here.
Request WLTI Congressional Appointments Now
Perhaps the biggest highlight of SkillsUSA’s Washington Leadership Training Institute (WLTI) is when attendees advocate for SkillsUSA and career and technical education on Capitol Hill with their senators and representatives. If you’re planning to attend WLTI, make sure you request those appointments now! The meetings will take place on Sept. 20 between 9:45 a.m. and 2:30 p.m. ET. You can easily request your appointments using the customizable email template on the SkillsUSA Advocacy website.
State Director Position Updates
Starting with this issue of the SkillsUSA Executive Update, we’ll be keeping you informed when there are changes in state SkillsUSA director positions. We encourage you to welcome the new state directors when you get a chance. The SkillsUSA website will continue to be kept current with the latest information.
- Alabama: Keith Andrews (firstname.lastname@example.org) has assumed the state director position for both the high school and college/postsecondary divisions. Carla Plyer will be the new assistant state director (email@example.com). Yolanda Terrell is no longer with SkillsUSA Alabama.
- Alaska: Joni Simpson (firstname.lastname@example.org) is the interim director, replacing now-retired Ray Jenson.
- Idaho: Chelsie Wilson (email@example.com) has replaced Chet Andes.
- Mississippi: Nichole T. Williams (firstname.lastname@example.org) has replaced Shanta Villanueva.
- Montana: Roberta Tilleman (StateDirector@skillsusamontana.org) has replaced Mary Heller. If you have Roberta’s personal email on file, please update it to the above.
- South Dakota: Kyndra Hosek (SDSkills@lakeareatech.edu) has replaced Katie Paulson.
- Vermont: Linda Randall (email@example.com) has replaced Christopher Gray.
Aug. 25: WLTI registrations and hotel reservations due