Executive Update: January 1, 2020

Executive Update: January 1, 2020

Important Dates
Jan. 11-12: Conference Management System “Boot Camp,” Leesburg, Va.
February 2020: Career and Technical Education Month
Feb. 2-8: SkillsUSA Week

Plan Now for 2020 SkillsUSA Week

State SkillsUSA directors, please pass this on to your advisors:

SkillsUSA Week is Feb. 2-8 and you can participate in many different ways: hold an open house, invite local media to tour your programs, conduct a community service project, work with area businesses to build more meaningful partnerships, or engage with policymakers to talk about the value of career and technical education.

We encourage you to celebrate all week by planning activities that follow the daily schedule of events that will be held by local chapters nationwide:

  • Monday, Feb. 3, Appreciation Day. Plan an event to celebrate and honor the support of advisors, teachers and administrators.
  • Tuesday, Feb. 4, Advocacy Day. Plan public relations activities including presentations to legislators, school board members, administrators and community leaders.
  • Wednesday, Feb. 5, Member Outreach Day. Visit other schools to recruit middle school and elementary school students into your CTE programs or plan a special an activity for current members.
  • Thursday, Feb. 6, SkillsUSA Service Day. Support your local community by focusing on a day of giving through a service project or fundraiser for a local charity.
  • Friday, Feb. 7, SkillsUSA Day. Celebrate SkillsUSA by wearing your favorite SkillsUSA shirt, hold a final SkillsUSA Week celebration and post to social media.

For a sample calendar, proclamation and press release, go to: www.skillsusa.org/events-training/skillsusa-week.

Visit www.skillsusastore.org to order SkillsUSA Week T-shirts and other products to support your week of celebration.

ACTE Election Time is HERE!

Members of the Association for Career and Technical Education (ACTE) have an opportunity to elect officers for positions on the ACTE Board of Directors.

All ACTE individual professional, retired, educational institution members, and national affiliate organizations whose membership dues are current can vote. Biographical information and platform statements for the nominees are located here: www.acteonline.org/board_election_candidates/

Ballots have been sent to members in the ACTE database. If you did not receive an electronic ballot, contact support@directvote.net. Electronic ballots must be cast by Jan. 6 at 11:59 p.m. EST.

Bylaw Amendment Deadline Approaching

Current SkillsUSA members can submit proposed bylaw amendments for middle school, high school or college/postsecondary divisions. Bylaw amendment motions must be submitted in writing to Kim Hegedus at khegedus@skillsusa.org by Feb. 3 by 5 p.m. EST.

SkillsUSA’s National Executive Council and board of directors will review all submissions during the March 2020 board meeting. All motions will then be distributed to state SkillsUSA directors by April 20, which is 60 days prior to the National Leadership and Skills Conference (NLSC). Motions will then be presented for vote at the official business meeting of the House of Delegates during the 2020 NLSC.

Bylaw amendments are governed by Article XII of the high school and college/postsecondary bylaws and Article X of the middle school bylaws.

For more information and to view the bylaws, go to: www.skillsusa.org/events-training/national-leadership-and-skills-conference/delegate-sessions/. The motion form is located here: www.skillsusa.org/wp-content/uploads/2019/12/Bylaw-Amendment-Form.docx. If you have questions, contact Kim Hegedus at 317-544-8750 or khegedus@skillsusa.org.

Interested in Becoming a Career Essentials Certified Teacher?

Are you using or planning to use SkillsUSA Career Essentials: Experiences courses and their associated assessments? If so, consider joining one of the January virtual opportunities for Career Essentials certified teacher training.

SkillsUSA Career Essentials certified teacher training is designed for teachers currently using the Experiences courses or who plan to purchase them. These sessions require a minimum of five registrants, and a maximum of 20 will be accepted per training. Contextual information about the SkillsUSA Framework and basic SkillsUSA resource information is assumed to be known by teachers participating in this training. If additional information is needed prior to participating, our trainers can work with you as needed.

Check out the January opportunities here: https://tinyurl.com/sc3gj7p.

National Officers Ready to Serve at Your State Conference 

SkillsUSA’s national officers are ready and willing to serve at your state conference by speaking at events, introducing partners or other stakeholders, leading tours for your business and industry partners, facilitating workshops or helping your state officers with their state conference responsibilities. Complete a request form today to get assistance for your conference while providing an incredible opportunity for a student leader: https://skillsusa.wufoo.com/forms/national-officer-request-form/. 

Insurance Coverage for State SkillsUSA Directors

State SkillsUSA directors — when you are preparing for your state SkillsUSA events and conferences, please keep in mind you can purchase accident medical insurance through the national headquarters at a rate of $0.75 per participant. This is a secondary coverage policy that provides accidental-death-and-dismemberment and medical-treatment benefits for covered participants injured as the result of an accident. Please note that medical treatment for illness is not covered under this plan.

To purchase secondary insurance for state events, contact Missy Wilson at 703-737-0608 or email mwilson@skillsusa.org to make your request and obtain the coverage prior to your event. 

SkillsUSA National Signing Day is May 8, 2020

The second annual SkillsUSA National Signing Day will be held on May 8 to celebrate high school seniors and college/postsecondary students who have chosen to pursue a career as a professional in the skilled trades.

Nationwide kick-off events will be hosted in five cities on May 8. Local SkillsUSA chapters are encouraged to host an event for their students and invite business partners, school administrators, teachers, elected officials, SkillsUSA alumni, family and friends to recognize the students signing “letters of intent” for a job offer, apprenticeship or advanced technical training.

Registration information for the event will be shared soon so watch Executive Update and the SkillsUSA website for details.

SkillsUSA Scholarship Opportunities Now Open

Applications for several scholarships are now open to benefit SkillsUSA students in pursuit of higher education or certification in their chosen field.

Help spread the word so more SkillsUSA students can take advantage of these opportunities:

Additional scholarships will be announced as they are available, so check the website for updates: www.skillsusa.org/membership-resources/scholarships-financial-aid/. 

Earn Recognition for Service Through Presidential Honors

SkillsUSA will recognize individuals or chapters as a certifying organization of the President’s Volunteer Service Award (PVSA) during the 2020 national conference. This program allows advisors, students and registered alumni to earn recognition for their individual or group community service and volunteer activities. With SkillsUSA’s focus on community service, advisors and students may already meet the requirements to receive these awards. To qualify, SkillsUSA members, advisors or alumni must document and submit their service hours.

This presidential honor is a national award that recognizes the valuable contributions of volunteers across the country who are answering a national call to serve others through their current activities or lifetime efforts.

For details on qualifying hours and requirements, visit: www.skillsusa.org/membership-resources/awards/presidents-volunteer-service-award. Applications must be received by March 29 for recognition at the 2020 NLSC.

National Officer Candidate Applications Sought

The 2020 SkillsUSA national officer candidate application and national officer program guide are now available on the SkillsUSA website:


National officer candidates are required to have earned the Career Essentials: Experiences, Fundamental Micro-Credential, or the Advanced or Adult Learner Credential, prior to applying (depending upon their age). The Fundamental course (ages 14-16), Advanced course (ages 17-19) and Adult Learner course (ages 20+) as well as additional information are available here: www.careeressentials.org/implement/experiences/.

The application deadline for SkillsUSA to receive national officer applications is June 1 by 6 p.m. EDT. Contact Kim Hegedus, khegedus@skillsusa.org, 317-544-8750 with questions.

Seeking Talented Singer to Open Conference

SkillsUSA is seeking a talented student or adult member to sing “The Star-Spangled Banner” at the Opening Ceremony of the SkillsUSA National Leadership and Skills Conference on June 23, 2020, in Louisville, Ky. Auditions must be received by Feb. 3. SkillsUSA does not pay any travel expenses for the selected singer to attend NLSC.

To audition, submit a video of yourself singing the national anthem: skillsusa.wufoo.com/forms/national-anthem-auditions/.

National Conference Pin and T-Shirt Design Challenge

Feb. 5 is the final deadline for entries to be received (not postmarked) for the SkillsUSA National Conference Pin and T-shirt Design Challenge. This event is open to all paid student members of SkillsUSA. This is a wonderful way to have a student and advisor from your state recognized on stage at the Opening Ceremony. Rules are posted on the SkillsUSA website at: www.skillsusa.org/competitions/pin-design-challenge/.

Nominations Still Open for Honorary Life Membership and Outstanding Career and Technical Educator

If you would like to nominate someone for SkillsUSA’s national Honorary Life Membership or Outstanding Career and Technical Educator, please submit your nomination by completing the online application. The deadline for both applications is Feb. 15.

If you have questions, contact Laura Rauch at lrauch@skillsusa.org or 703-737-0619.

Focus Students on Safety

CareerSafe sponsors an annual National Youth Safety Video Contest, in which students are challenged to create a two-minute video demonstrating safety in the workplace. All submissions should be sent to CareerSafe by March 1. 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 and receive recognition during NLSC. For more information, visit the CareerSafe website at: www.careersafeonline.com.

Ignore Email Solicitations for SkillsUSA Mailing Lists

SkillsUSA never sells conference attendee lists or email lists. Periodically, individuals affiliated with SkillsUSA will receive emails from companies trying to sell a SkillsUSA attendee or mailing list. These companies do not have a real list from SkillsUSA, and these are not legitimate offers. The people who send these messages are not affiliated with SkillsUSA. We encourage you to avoid interaction with solicitors, report these messages as spam and delete them.

Due Dates

Jan. 6: Final date to vote for ACTE board of director positions
Jan. 31: Presidential Cybersecurity Education Award nominations due
Feb. 1: Marsha Daves Memorial Scholarship applications due
Feb. 3: Proposed Bylaw amendments due in writing
Feb. 3 : National Anthem audition videos due
Feb. 5 : National Conference Pin and T-Shirt Design entries due
Feb. 15: Honorary Life and Outstanding Career and Technical Educator nominations due
March 1: SkillsUSA National Membership Deadline
March 1: National Youth Safety Video Contest submissions due
March 29: President’s Volunteer Service Award applications due
April 15: Sharon Melton Myers Memorial Scholarship applications due
June 1: National Officer Candidate applications due

National Staff Travel

Jan. 8: Washington, D.C./National Career Development Summit of the Coalition for Career Development/Tim Lawrence
Jan. 20-24: Las Vegas/National Association of Home Builders Show/Tim Lawrence

Feb. 11-13: Atlanta/2021 National Leadership and Skills Conference visit/select national staff