Executive Update: July 15, 2022

Executive Update: July 15, 2022

Important Dates
July 15-20: National Officer Summer Training, Alexandria, Va.
Aug. 16-19: State Director Association Professional Development and Training Conference, Reno, Nev.
Sept. 17-21: Washington Leadership Training Institute, Alexandria, Va.

Relive the 2022 NLSC!

The National Leadership & Skills Conference (NLSC) in Atlanta was a spectacular event for our students, teachers and partners. Check out SkillsUSA Champions magazine for our NLSC highlights story and the 2022 NLSC recap video. The archived Opening Session, Recognition and Awards Session videos are now available to view on the SkillsUSA website. Assets from our daily photo and video coverage are also available. (Please credit SkillsUSA if you use them.) Backstage medalist photos of the SkillsUSA Championships winners are posted here. A big thank-you to all SkillsUSA association directors and staff for the excellent work leading up to and during the conference to make it a success and an inspiring return to an in-person NLSC.

New National Officers Elected

Seven SkillsUSA students were elected as 2022-23 national officers at NLSC. The students were elected at-large; their individual offices will be determined during their training on July 15-20 in Alexandria, Va. The High School division is represented by Grace Smith (Wash.), Joseph Price (Ga.), Lili Valencia (Ariz.), Hunter Claflin (Mass.), and Laney Blacketer (Mo.). The College/Postsecondary division is represented by Katahdin Javner (Maine) and Abby Vandiver (Okla.). Learn more about the team here.

SkillsUSA Launches New Brand Portal

SkillsUSA’s new Brand Portal offers links to a wide variety of brand-related resources, including our new Brand Assets and Brand Guide pages. Through the portal, members and stakeholders can easily find logos, photos, video, audio and, coming soon, customizable templates for a variety of uses. (We’ll be adding more content on a consistent basis.) An introductory tutorial video is also available to help you navigate through the site, and look for more personalized training opportunities coming soon. The goal is to help ensure brand consistency on all levels for SkillsUSA, from the local to the state to the national levels, so please feel free to share this new resource with your advisors, members or colleagues. Please contact Tom Kercheval, Office of Communications director, with any questions.

National Models of Excellence Chapters Announced

SkillsUSA announced its top three chapters for the 2022 Models of Excellence (MOE) program during the Awards Session at the National Leadership & Skills Conference (NLSC) in Atlanta. The three winners were selected from a talented field of 24 finalists from around the nation, each representing the intentional application of the SkillsUSA Framework and its three industry-demanded components: Personal, Workplace and Technical Skills Grounded in Academics. Winners for 2022 were Douglas High School of Arizona (Personal Skills), Lynn Vocational Technical Institute of Massachusetts (Workplace Skills) and Putnam Career & Technical Center of West Virginia (Technical Skills). Learn more about the winners here.

NLSC News Coverage

Click here to view three live TV segments from WAGA 5 in Atlanta that aired on Wednesday, June 22, during NLSC. The news clips feature past national officers (Caroline Daley, Noe Garcia and Dianna Serrano), conference manager Courtney Ferrell and two SkillsUSA Georgia college/postsecondary state officers (Ashley Watson and Paige Buhite). On June 30, a total of 2,651 press releases were sent on behalf of our Skill Point certificate recipients and 1,704 on behalf of the medalists. Releases went to two non-daily newspapers and one daily paper closest to each ZIP code. Look for more on our NLSC media coverage soon.

New 2022-23 Membership Theme Announced

The SkillsUSA theme for the 2022-23 school year is: SkillsUSA: Our Time is Now. The topic will be addressed by contestants in the 2023 SkillsUSA Chapter Display, Prepared Speech and Promotional Bulletin Board competitions. As you prepare for back-to-school, please encourage your advisors to use the theme artwork in their SkillsUSA materials and communications. Download the art and watch the video for the theme reveal here.

Registration Opens Soon for WLTI

This year’s Washington Leadership Training Institute (WLTI) will be held at the Hilton Alexandria Mark Center in Alexandria, Va., Sept. 17-21. This experience is designed for all SkillsUSA students and advisors who want to grow in the essential elements of professionalism, communication and leadership while passionately advocating for career and technical education (CTE). The registration fee is $500 per person and hotel rooms are $180/night + tax. Registration for WLTI opens on Aug. 1 and the deadline is Aug. 25 at 11:59 p.m. ET. A promo video and additional information can be found here.

Celebrate Your Champions

As you celebrate the accomplishments of your 2022 champions, be sure to share the news! SkillsUSA offers press release templates to share with local newspapers, TV stations, school or company newsletters or trade journals. The SkillsUSA 2022 NLSC Media Kit includes a link to sample press releases, and we’ve also added an editable press release template to SkillsUSA’s advocacy site. Use this template to share news with media or your elected officials. If you need assistance with your releases, contact Jane Short.

SkillsUSA State of the Association Report

The SkillsUSA State of the Association document is an interactive, content-rich report that covers the organization’s work from June 2021 to the present. Contents were presented to the SkillsUSA Board of Directors during NLSC, and you can now download the report from our online Press Room.

Share Your Successes

The SkillsUSA Champions magazine staff is always looking for potential feature stories for the digital hub. If you know of a SkillsUSA student, advisor, industry partner or graduate whose story would be motivating and inspirational, please submit the information through our online form.

SkillsUSA Announces Scholarship Recipients

In partnership with SkillsUSA, the Larry Rash Memorial Scholarship Fund has awarded two $2,500 scholarships for further education at any postsecondary program in architecture or a related field. Each year, one of the two recipients is the high school national gold medalist in Architectural Drafting. The other recipient is selected through an application process. The 2022 recipients are Jackson Plante from Auburn Career Center in Ohio and Felix Torres from McFatter Technical College and High School in Florida. Torres was a 2022 gold medalist in Architectural Drafting.

Research on High School Students and Future CTE Careers

SkillsUSA and the Student Research Foundation — with the help of the Manufacturing Institute, National Alliance for Partnerships in Equity and the Hispanic Heritage Foundation — are collaborating on new research about high school students’ perceptions of their education and career opportunities. The goal is to stimulate a dialogue on career pathways among parents, teachers and students. Students who participate can increase access to postsecondary scholarship opportunities; learn more about their career options; and receive information from colleges, universities, career and technical schools and postsecondary institutions looking for students with their specific skill sets and career goals. To participate in the research, let your advisors know to watch for a package by mail from the National College and Career Pathways Study (Research Consortium on CTE Career Pathways). To make sure you are on the mailing list, fill out this form or send an email to: info@studentresearchfoundation.org. Packages will begin mailing in August.

Nominations Sought for Cybersecurity Education Award

The Presidential Cybersecurity Education Award is presented by the U.S. Secretary of Education to teachers in the field of cybersecurity to honor their contributions to the education of our nation’s students. The award is bestowed annually to two teachers — one at the elementary level and one at the secondary level — who demonstrate superior achievement in instilling skills, knowledge, and passion with respect to cybersecurity and cybersecurity-related subjects. The award acknowledges the exemplary achievements demonstrated by the teachers and those of the teachers’ students. If you know of a deserving cybersecurity teacher who should be nominated (even if that deserving teacher is you) visit the website for details. The deadline is July 31.

Due Dates

July 26: Student Research Foundation Scholarship applications due
July 31: Presidential Cybersecurity Education Award applications due

Aug. 25: WLTI registrations and hotel reservations due