Executive Update: February 1, 2022

Executive Update: February 1, 2022

Important Dates

Feb. 7-11: SkillsUSA Week

New SkillsUSA National-Level Recognition Award

The new SkillsUSA “Hall of Champions” Award recognizes individuals who have dedicated themselves at the national level to helping youth develop and embody the components of the SkillsUSA Framework. Candidates may be nominated by a state SkillsUSA director, current or past SkillsUSA board member, SkillsUSA headquarters staff member, SkillsUSA chapter, stakeholder, alumni, or other leaders in the organization. The nomination form must be accompanied by up to five letters of support demonstrating the nominee’s impact on youth development within the SkillsUSA Framework. Complete the application here no later than April 1.

Remind Advisors to Register Members by March 1

State directors, please pass on to your advisors that the SkillsUSA national membership deadline is March 1. Students must meet both state and national deadlines to be eligible for national competition, serve as voting delegates or run for national office. Professional membership provides valuable benefits, too. Once advisors join and provide their email address, they will receive access to a wide variety of tools and professional development opportunities. All membership benefits are detailed in this online guide. 

Annual Corporation Forms Due March 1

It’s time for state SkillsUSA directors to complete the annual corporation form. This information is key to communicating with corporation members throughout the year and preparing for the annual SkillsUSA Inc. Corporation Meeting in June. The deadline for submission to the Office of the Executive Director is March 1. Complete and submit the form here.

Chapter Charter Certificates Make Great Recognition

An enhancement to the registration system has been added which will allow state SkillsUSA directors to download, print or email Chapter Charter Certificates directly from the website. Here is a link with the directions on how to use this feature. The directions are also in the Membership Report Guide located in SkillsUSA CONNECT. This is a good way to document new chapters and provide chapter recognition at the state and local levels.

Honorary Life and Outstanding Educator Nominations Sought

SkillsUSA is seeking additional nominations for SkillsUSA Honorary Life Member and Outstanding Career and Technical Educator awards. If you would like to nominate an individual for recognition at national conference in June, please complete the online applications here. The deadline is Feb. 15. For questions, contact Laura Rauch.

2021-22 Advisor of the Year Resources Available

This year’s Advisor of the Year (AOY) information and resources for state SkillsUSA directors are located on SkillsUSA CONNECT. There are two separate guides: one for state associations that will use the SkillsUSA Register site to collect and judge state-level AOY applications and the other for state associations that will select their AOY recipient using their own process and then submit their winner into the national AOY program. The deadline for state directors to submit their recipients is April 1. For questions, contact Taryn Erminio.

Funded State-Level Advisor of the Year Awards

SkillsUSA will once again supply state-level Advisor of the Year (AOY) awards. Each state may order one award for a secondary AOY and one award for a college/postsecondary AOY to award in your state. To order your AOY award, send an email request to Kim DeVenuto from the SkillsUSA Store. Awards are custom-produced and shipped from the manufacturer, so order early and allow three weeks for delivery. Be sure to include the following information in your email: Item: SkillsUSA State Advisor of the Year Award; the correct spelling of the name of the advisor to be honored; your state association; your shipping address (no P.O. boxes); and the date you need your award delivered. For questions, contact Taryn Erminio.

National Officers Ready to Serve at Your State Events

SkillsUSA’s national officers are ready and willing to serve at your state conference by speaking at events, introducing partners or other stakeholders and facilitating workshops. Complete a request form today to get assistance for your state conference while providing an incredible opportunity for a student leader.

Interested in Mentoring a New State SkillsUSA Director?

State SkillsUSA directors can use their experience as state leaders to help others by mentoring a new state director. To participate, potential mentors are asked to complete a short application. You will then be sent a mentor guide to prepare you to serve and will be notified when there is a new state director identified as a match. Complete a mentor application here. For questions, contact Gayle Silvey.

Career Opportunities at SkillsUSA

SkillsUSA has several career opportunity openings in the Office of Business Partnerships and Development and the Office of Education. More information is available here.

Due Dates

Feb. 1: Marsha Daves Memorial Scholarship applications due
Feb. 1: Free National Officer Career Essentials credential applications due
Feb. 15: SkillsUSA Honorary Life and Outstanding Career and Technical Educator Awards nominations due
Feb. 27: SkillsUSA University request for presentation proposals due

March 1: SkillsUSA national membership deadline
March 1: #MasteroftheTrade Scholarship applications due.
March 1: National Youth Safety Video Contest entries due
March 1: Annual Corporation Forms due
March 15: National Conference Pin and T-Shirt Design Contest entries due

April 1: President’s Volunteer Service Award applications due
April 1: Student2Student entries due
April 1: State director deadline to submit their state Advisor of the Year recipient
April 1: Hall of Champions Award applications due

May 17: National Leadership and Skills Conference registration deadline
May 17: NLSC hotel reservations due
May 17: Activate, Leverage and Engage registration deadline
May 17: State association NLSC registration appointment request due
May 20: Confirm NLSC state hotel reservation block, if applicable

June 1: National Officer applications due
June 3: Payment for NLSC state delegation registration and ALE due

July 26: Student Research Foundation Scholarship applications due