Executive Update: February 15, 2021

Executive Update: February 15, 2021

Important Dates
February 2021: Career and Technical Education Month
May 4: SkillsUSA National Signing Day
May 8: SkillsUSA’s 56th Anniversary

SkillsUSA Week Celebrations


Cheers to a great SkillsUSA Week 2021! Last week, chapters across the country engaged in experiences that honored their community supporters, connected with local business and industry professionals and shared SkillsUSA with their administrators. Here are just a few examples of our chapters in action during the week:

  • For Recognition Day on Monday, Feb. 8, SkillsUSA students from Wildwood Campus in Hornell, N.Y., provided SkillsUSA thermal lunch bags filled with lunch and cupcakes prepared by their culinary department for their CTE faculty and staff.
  • For Give Back Day on Tuesday, Feb. 9, the students from the Franklin County Career and Technical Center SkillsUSA chapter in Meadville, Miss., finished building and delivering a bed to a child in their community who didn’t have one.
  • For Partner Day on Wednesday, Feb. 10, students from Cheyenne (Wyo.) Central High School hosted representatives from 4Rivers, the local John Deere dealer. The SkillsUSA members provided a tour of their engineering and welding labs, and industry representatives spoke about the opportunities within 4Rivers and John Deere.
  • For Advocacy Day on Thursday, Feb. 11, the national officers held a virtual meeting with Rep. Glenn Thompson (R-Pa.), the co-chair of the House Career and Technical Education Caucus.
  • For Celebration Day on Friday, Feb. 12, students from the Southeastern Regional Vocational Technical High School in South Easton, Mass., celebrated SkillsUSA by hosting a virtual SkillsUSA-themed scavenger hunt.

Check out what other chapters were up to during SkillsUSA Week here: https://skillsusa.egnyte.com/fl/XCUhxGYmE2#folder-link/?p. Look for more stories on these events in the days to come on the SkillsUSA Champions digital hub.

New Ways to Share Your Stories During CTE Month

We encourage you to use the editable press releases on the SkillsUSA advocacy site to let your U.S. congressman and senators, state legislators and local media outlets know about your activities during SkillsUSA Week and Career and Technical Education Month. To personalize the templates, go to: www.congressweb.com/susa/#/. There are two templates for SkillsUSA Week: one to write elected officials and another to contact local media. After you send press releases to the local media, it’s a good idea to follow up with a call. If you have questions, contact Jane Short at jshort@skillsusa.org.

Please share your SkillsUSA Week and CTE Month stories and photos with the national headquarters. Your photos may be featured in a Flickr gallery on SkillsUSA’s home page or on the SkillsUSA Champions digital hub. Submit stories and photos here: https://skillsusachampions.org/submit-a-story/.

Remind Advisors to Register All Members by March 1

State SkillsUSA directors, please pass this on to your advisors to ensure they receive all membership benefits and that students qualify for national events:

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 members receive the following benefits:

  • The Framework Integration Toolkit, consisting of 45 separate resources.
  • Program of Work Toolkit for in-person and virtual chapter activities.
  • SkillsUSA Championships Toolkit, including the 2021 SkillsUSA Championships Technical Standards and local career competition guides.
  • Jump into STEM! Toolkit plus virtual lesson plans.

Post Office Delivery Delays and Membership Dues

Like much of the nation, SkillsUSA national headquarters is experiencing delays in receiving mail when sent by USPS. A student must be a paid member to register as a contestant in state or national competitions. We recommend using electronic forms of payment instead of mailing checks to ensure payment is received prior to conference registrations. Payment options can be found in the Post Office Delay Advisory.

Call the SkillsUSA Customer Care Team if you have questions or need assistance with online membership registration. Call 844-875-4557 from 8 a.m. – 5 p.m. ET Monday, Wednesday and Friday, and 11 a.m. – 7 p.m. ET Tuesday and Thursday, or email customercare@skillsusa.org.

SkillsUSA National Signing Day is May 4, 2021

SkillsUSA National Signing Day on May 4 is open to all SkillsUSA high school seniors or college/postsecondary members who are pursuing the skilled trades. Don’t miss this opportunity to have students recognized! Encourage local SkillsUSA chapters to host a SkillsUSA National Signing Day event by inviting business partners, school administrators, teachers, elected officials, SkillsUSA alumni, family and friends to honor students signing “letters of intent” for a job offer, apprenticeship or advanced technical training.

Mark your calendars for May 4 and start planning now. Once registration opens in mid-March, all students participating will need to register for the event. Advisors should also register to gain access to the SkillsUSA National Signing Day Toolkit and all the details for a successful event! Be on the lookout for more Signing Day details, including information about promotional materials and giveaways, over the coming weeks. For help or questions, contact Brandon Monk at bmonk@skillsusa.org or 540-550-2831. 

Schedule a One-on-One Demo with Career Essentials Coach 

To learn more about the SkillsUSA Career Essentials curriculum and to gain a greater understanding of how to implement it within your program, we encourage you to sign up for a one-on-one, 15-minute demonstration of the curriculum. To register for a free session, click on the link and complete a short information form. A coach will contact you to set up your demo: https://goo.gl/forms/jIS73zAkkDXSl80d2.

For additional questions and assistance, please call 844-875-4557 and ask to speak with a SkillsUSA Career Essentials coach.

To visit the website, go to: www.careeressentials.org. 

Chapter Charter Certificates Make Great Recognition 

Have you established new chapters in your state this year? State leadership and skills conferences provide the perfect opportunity to recognize newly formed chapters during a general session or awards ceremony. Access middle-school, high-school or college/postsecondary fillable chapter charter certificates in SkillsUSA CONNECT or request the national headquarters to mail pre-printed certificates by completing an online form. 

Lincoln Electric Offers Prizes for State Winners 

State SkillsUSA directors: Lincoln Electric Co., is once again offering prizes for state contests in Welding, Welding Fabrication and Welding Sculpture. The prizes are for the top three placements plus a prize for each first-place team’s instructors.

All state directors have already received the order forms from Darren Gibson by email. Please complete the forms and submit directly to Lincoln Electric for processing. If you need the forms, contact Darren at dgibson@skillsusa.org.

Please encourage students and instructors to send a thank-you note for the prizes to:

The Lincoln Electric Company
ATTN: Jason Schmidt, Manager of Technical Services-CWI
22800 St. Clair Ave.
Cleveland, OH  44117

Miller Electric Offers Prizes for State-Level Gold Medalists in Welding, Welding Fabrication, Welding Sculpture and Collision Repair

State SkillsUSA directors: Miller Electric Manufacturing Co., is continuing its awards to state-level high school and college/postsecondary first-place medal winners in Welding, Welding Fabrication, Welding Sculpture and Collision Repair Technology. The information has been emailed to state SkillsUSA directors by Darren Gibson. The email included a letter outlining the new rules for the awards and a form for state directors to give to their winners. Here is a YouTube video to review the process:

These certificates are only for the gold medalists. Prizes are not available if your state does not run any of the aforementioned contests. It is important to Miller that these prizes are only awarded to the gold medalist in the respective contest. We ask that they are not substituted for other place finishers or to other contests, regardless of your levels of local industry support.

Please encourage students and instructors to send a thank-you note to Miller Electric Mfg. LLC for the prizes to:

Miller Electric Mfg. LLC
ATTN: Nick Peterson, Welding Engineer/Cur. Dev
1635 West Spencer Street
Appleton, WI  54914

Malco Products Offers Prizes for State-Level Gold Medalists in Sheet Metal

State SkillsUSA directors: Once again, Malco Products is providing a toolkit prize for each high school and college/postsecondary Sheet Metal state competition gold medalist. State directors need to email Karla Braun at klb@malcotools.com if you plan on running the competition. Please let her know the address you would like the award sent to and the date you need it by.

SkillsUSA Scholarship Opportunities Now Open for Applications 

Applications for several scholarships are now open to benefit SkillsUSA students in pursuit of higher education or certification in their chosen fields. Help spread the word about these opportunities:

  • SkillsUSA has teamed up with the National Technical Honor Society (NTHS) to promote outstanding student achievement within career and technical education. NTHS will award four $1,000 scholarships; two scholarships will be awarded to high school members, and two scholarships will be awarded to college/postsecondary members. For more information and to apply, go to: skillsusa.org/membership-resources/scholarships-financial-aid/. The deadline for applications is April 2.
  • The Sharon Melton Myers Memorial SkillsUSA Scholarship fund will provide graduating SkillsUSA members the opportunity to continue their education in college or technical school. For more information and to apply, go to: skillsusa.org/membership-resources/scholarships-financial-aid/. The deadline for applications is April 15.
  • #Keep Craft Alive Scholarships: Fine Homebuilding magazine will be awarding scholarships to SkillsUSA high school or college/postsecondary students continuing their education or certification programs in construction-related fields, such as architectural drafting, carpentry, cabinetmaking, electrical and residential wiring, HVACR, masonry, woodworking and plumbing. For more information and to apply, go to: https://skillsusa.wufoo.com/forms/2021-keepcraftalive-scholarship/. The application deadline is May 30 at midnight ET.

For additional scholarship information, continually check the website at: www.skillsusa.org/membership-resources/scholarships-financial-aid/.

Final Reminder: Take Up the Challenge! National Conference Pin and T-Shirt Design

SkillsUSA is sponsoring the 2021 National Leadership and Skills Conference T-shirt and pin design challenges, open to all dues-paying student members. The winning designs will become the official T-shirt and pin design for the 2021 Virtual SkillsUSA National Leadership and Skills Conference.

This annual challenge has been updated to reflect the virtual delivery model of the 2021 National Leadership and Skills Conference and contestants are encouraged to embrace this unique aspect of the 2021 NLSC in their artwork. Your challenge is to create an icon that can mark this historic occasion!

The top three finalists from both challenges will be announced on March 7. Student members from across the nation will then have the chance to vote on designs for the official pin and T-shirt design of the 2021 NLSC via SkillsUSA CONNECT during the week of March 15. The winners will be announced on March 22.

Submissions are due by March 1, 11:59 p.m. (ET). To submit your design, go to: Pin Design Challenge Submission and T-Shirt Design Challenge Submission. 

Final Reminder: Focus Students on Safety

CareerSafe is sponsoring the annual National Youth Safety Video Contest, challenging students to create a two-minute video demonstrating safety in the workplace. The winning students will receive a SkillsUSA prize pack as well as a scholarship up to $2,500, and the winning school will receive a prize up to $5,000. All submissions must be sent to CareerSafe by March 1. For details visit the CareerSafe website at: www.careersafeonline.com/scholarships/video-contest.

Due Dates

Feb. 15: Honorary Life Member and Outstanding Career and Technical Educator nominations due
Feb. 15: National Officer Candidate Career Essentials Staff Member Instructor and Proctor applications due
March 1: SkillsUSA National Membership deadline
March 1: National Conference Pin and T-Shirt Design submissions due
March 1: National Youth Safety Video Contest submissions due
April 1: Advisor of the Year State SkillsUSA Director submissions due
April 1: Student2Student entries due
April 1:  President’s Volunteer Service Award applications due
April 2: National Technical Honor Society Scholarship applications due
April 15: Sharon Melton Myers Memorial SkillsUSA Scholarship fund applications due
April 23: Annual Corporate Forms due
May 30: #Keep Craft Alive Scholarship applications due
June 1: National Officer Candidate applications due