Executive Update: August 15, 2021

Executive Update: August 15, 2021

Important Dates:
Aug. 17-19: State SkillsUSA Director Virtual Training
Aug. 20: State SkillsUSA Director Virtual Business Meeting
Sept. 18-22: Washington Leadership Training Institute, Alexandria, Va
Sept. 23: Chapter of Distinction Mega Prize Virtual Event
Oct. 4-7: State Directors Association Annual Professional Development and Training Conference, Atlanta, Ga.

Update on Medallion Shipments

The shipping of medallions began last week as scheduled. Please allow at least two weeks for delivery. If state directors or advisors (depending on the method of delivery selected) have not received their medallions after two weeks have passed, please contact the customer care team for assistance with tracking information at 844-875-4557.

SkillsUSA Joins U.S. Department of Education Back-to-School Event

The U.S. Department of Education recently held a week-long series of Back-to-School events to support state education leaders, parents, families and communities as in-person learning returns this fall. As part of the activities, two 2020-21 SkillsUSA national officers — Xiomara Schultz and Aliyana Martin — were asked to share their insights from a student perspective. SkillsUSA business and industry board member Jason Scales from Lincoln Electric was also asked to present. SkillsUSA will share video of the presentations when they become available. In the meantime, visit the Return to School Roadmap to access resources to support schools, districts, and states in a healthy, safe and successful school year.

Post-Conference Advocacy Outreach to Elected Officials

In the weeks following the national conference and SkillsUSA Championships, SkillsUSA sends press releases with the names of all national medalists to hometown media and each respective state governor and congressional representative. This work ensures that our elected officials are aware of SkillsUSA and our mission while encouraging them to share the news with their constituents through a congratulatory letter, certificate or social media mention. To assist us with this important work, SkillsUSA employs a public relations consultant from Virginia named Carol Wynne. Carol has worked for SkillsUSA as a public relations consultant for over a decade. If you have any questions about these initiatives, please contact Jane Short. To date, 14 states have confirmed they will be recognizing their 2021 SkillsUSA medalists in some fashion.

Support the Trades in Fashion Through New Campaign

SkillsUSA has teamed up with Tractor Supply Company (TSC) and Carhartt for a soon-to-be-launching “Support the Trades” campaign designed to raise awareness of the skilled trades while helping SkillsUSA close the skilled trades gap. As part of the campaign, Carhartt and TSC have created a new line of “Support the Trades” shirts, and proceeds from every shirt sold will be donated directly to SkillsUSA! Show your pride for the skilled trades you proudly represent every day while supporting SkillsUSA and the “Champions at Work” that keep our nation moving. “Support the Trades” shirts will be available exclusively at TSC starting Aug. 23. When available, they can be purchased at a local TSC store or online at the TSC site. Look for more information soon on SkillsUSA’s website and social media platforms.

Chapter of Distinction Mega Prize Event 

The Chapter of Distinction Mega Prize Event will be held virtually on Sept. 23 at 7:30 p.m. ET. This year’s lineup includes over 25 MEGA prize packages and door prizes! Eligible advisors will receive save-the-date and registration details by email. If you have questions, contact Taryn Zeigler at tzeigler@skillsusa.org.

Career Opportunities at SkillsUSA

SkillsUSA has two career opportunity openings in the Office of Education for a program director of work-based learning (active until Aug. 23) and a program manager of career competitions (active until Aug. 18). More information is available here.

State IRS Reporting Forms Due Oct. 15

SkillsUSA Form No. 2 (IRS Reporting Form) is online here. You can download the form, the letter requesting a state’s federal ID number and the instructions from this link. Please fill out the necessary information and return the signed form and letter to Kim Graham at the national headquarters by Oct. 15. You will see two tabs at the bottom of the worksheet. The first tab, “Form2Coverltr,” contains the letter giving permission for your state association to be included in the group return. Simply fill in the required information, sign and date. Be sure to include your state association’s federal ID number. The second tab, “990Form2,” contains the financial information required by the IRS. The Excel file will automatically calculate the totals. The form has been password protected, so you can only enter information into the required fields. This form is lengthy, so please scroll to the end (Line 108). Again, fill in the required information, sign and date. No extension will be filed for this filing year as to avoid any occurrence of non-filing notices being sent by the IRS. If you encounter any problems or have questions, please contact Kim Graham at 703-737-0602 or kgraham@skillsusa.org.

Registration Open for the Washington Leadership Training Institute

Join us in-person this fall for our 2021 Washington Leadership Training Institute (WLTI), scheduled for Sept. 18-22. The advocacy conference will be held at the Hilton Alexandria Mark Center hotel in Alexandria, Va. This conference is for SkillsUSA students and advisors who want to grow in the Essential Elements of professionalism, communication, leadership and multicultural sensitivity and awareness as they learn how to passionately advocate for SkillsUSA and career and technical education. WLTI registration opened on Aug. 2, and conference and hotel reservations must be made by Aug. 27 at 8 p.m. (ET). For more information, view our WLTI guide. You can also register for WLTI here. Please email WLTI@skillsusa.org with any questions.

Request WLTI Congressional Appointments Now

Students and advisors attending WLTI will have time to visit with their senators and representatives on Sept. 21 between 9:45 a.m. and 2:30 p.m., either in-person in Washington, D.C., or virtually from the hotel. While Capitol Hill currently offers only limited (and fully escorted) constituent visits, we are hopeful in-person visits will be allowed in September if restrictions ease. Either way, WLTI attendees should begin requesting congressional appointments now. SkillsUSA provides a customizable meeting request form on the SkillsUSA advocacy webpage.

SkillsUSA Earns dotCOMM Platinum Award

SkillsUSA has been honored with a Platinum Award in the 2021 dotCOMM Awards. The Platinum Award is the highest achievement possible in this annual competition, and it was awarded for the feature article “Crowning His Prince,” written by Office of Communications director Tom Kercheval for the SkillsUSA Champions Digital Hub. The dotCOMM Awards is an international competition honoring excellence in web creativity and digital communication. Other Platinum winners in 2021 include AARP, Adobe, Caterpillar, NATO, PBS, OptumRX, the Salk Institute, Digital Trends Media Group and more. You can find the full list here.

Due Dates

Aug. 27: WLTI Conference and Hotel Reservations deadline

Sept. 17: State Directors Association Conference payment due

Oct. 15: SkillsUSA Form No. 2 (IRS Reporting Form) due