Executive Update: January 15, 2022

Executive Update: January 15, 2022

Important Dates 

Jan. 18-21: CMS Virtual Boot Camp
Jan. 31-Feb. 3: SkillsUSA Technical Committee Chair Meeting, Atlanta
Feb. 7-11: SkillsUSA Week

SkillsUSA Full-Time Staff Additions

We are pleased to announce a new hire and a change of status for three previous contractors to full-time employees. Hilary Legge joined SkillsUSA as our new data stewardship manager in the Office of Business Partnerships and Development. Lauri Domer, Payten Gallatin and Chelsea Kinsman have all transitioned from contractor roles on SkillsUSA’s Customer Care Team to full-time employee status in those roles within the Office of Education. Please join us in congratulating these new members of our full-time national staff!

Final Call for Proposed Bylaw Amendments

Registered SkillsUSA members can submit proposed bylaw amendments for middle school, high school or college/postsecondary divisions for consideration by the SkillsUSA House of Delegates. Bylaw amendment motions must be submitted in writing to Tyler Chaffin by Jan. 22 at 5 p.m. ET. SkillsUSA’s national executive council and board of directors will review all submissions at the March 2022 board meeting. All motions will be distributed to state SkillsUSA directors by April 22. Motions will then be presented for vote at the official business meeting of the House of Delegates during the 2022 SkillsUSA national conference. For more information and to view the bylaws, go here. The motion form is located here. For questions, contact Tyler Chaffin.

Marsha Daves Memorial Scholarship Opportunity Closes Soon

The Marsha Daves Memorial Scholarship is open to current SkillsUSA state officers who are high school seniors or non-senior college/postsecondary students. All video applications must be submitted with their state director’s signature of nomination and a letter of recommendation from their SkillsUSA mentor, such as an instructor, advisor or state association director. The deadline for applications to be received is Feb. 1. The state director’s office will be notified by Feb. 10, so the winner may be recognized at their State Leadership and Skills Conference. For more information and to apply, go here. For questions, contact Megan Flinn.

Funded State-Level Advisor of the Year Awards

Again this year, SkillsUSA will supply state-level Advisor of the Year (AOY) awards. Each state may order one award for a secondary AOY and one award for a 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 please 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, please); 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 or facilitating workshops. Complete a request form today to get assistance for your state conference while providing an incredible opportunity for a student leader.

Order Your 2022 SkillsUSA Week T-Shirts

The SkillsUSA Week T-shirt is now available in the SkillsUSA Store. This 100% cotton shirt features the winning design by Ellis Eley from SkillsUSA Georgia – High School, with some additional SkillsUSA spirit on the sleeve.

Nominations Sought for Honorary Life Members and Outstanding Career and Technical Educators

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.

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

Jan. 21: Educational Resources and Career Essentials Grant applications due
Jan. 22: SkillsUSA Bylaw Amendment Motions submissions due 

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 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

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