Executive Update: June 1, 2022

Executive Update: June 1, 2022

Important Dates
June 18-20: SkillsUSA Leverage, Activate and Engage Training, Atlanta
June 20-24: National Leadership & Skills Conference, Georgia World Congress Center, Atlanta
Aug. 16-19: State Director Association Professional Development and Training Conference, Reno, Nev.
Sept. 17-21: Washington Leadership Training Institute, Alexandria, Va.

SkillsUSA’s Five Regional Advisors of the Year Announced

SkillsUSA’s five regional advisors of the year have been chosen. These five outstanding advisors will be recognized on June 22 during NLSC’s new Recognition Session, and one will be named National Advisor of the Year. Congratulations to Kimberly Petronella (Oneida Herkimer Madison BOCES CTEC, N.Y., Region 1), Kenneth Brown (Richlands High School, N.C., Region 2), Warren Caskey (Wayne County JVS, Ohio, Region 3), Jesse Zweep (Louisville High School, Neb., Region 4) and Troy Reichert (Guernsey-Sunrise High School, Wyo., Region 5).

SkillsUSA Rhode Island Student Earns Presidential Scholar Honors

John T. Soscia, a pre-engineering/robotics student at Cranston (R.I.) High School, was named a 2022 U.S. Presidential Scholar in career and technical education. The 2022 U.S. Presidential Scholars are comprised of two students from each state along with 20 scholars in the arts, 20 scholars in career and technical education and 15 additional scholars chosen at large. Visit here for a complete list of the 2022 U.S. Presidential Scholars.

New NLSC Experience Team Launched

We are delighted to share the selection and launch of our NLSC Experience Team from Georgia. These students will serve as the welcome crew for SkillsUSA’s National Leadership & Skills Conference. Team members will serve as hosts and support conference logistics while demonstrating the Essential Element of Service Orientation. The NLSC Experience Team members are Hana Siddiqi, Cambridge High School; Bhavya Siva, Alliance Academy for Innovation; Jennica Watson, West Laurens High School; Anna Melvin, Worth County High School; Eyan Zupko, Worth County High School; Raquel Kangalee, Gwinnett Technical College; and Monica Sifuentes- Velazquez, Gwinnett Technical College. A special thank you to the SkillsUSA Georgia state associations, led by Ashley Brown and Tjazha Mazhani, for their support of this new program.

New Work-Based Learning Program Director Joins SkillsUSA

We’re pleased to announce that Pamela Sieffert has joined the Office of Education as a program director for work-based learning. She brings with her a wealth of expertise in career and technical student organizations centered on providing opportunities for all individuals to gain the education and experience they need to lead successful lives.  Pamela holds two bachelor’s degrees from Lambuth University in Tennessee, one in Humanities and the other in Communications and Public Relations. She also earned a master’s degree in College Student Personnel Administration from the University of West Florida. Please join us in welcoming Pamela Sieffert to the SkillsUSA team!

State Director Crisis Contacts Still Needed

Each year, SkillsUSA confirms cellphone numbers for state directors and their key team members to be used in case of emergency during the national conference. We are also requesting one or two other names and phone numbers of those who can serve as your onsite crisis contact(s). If you cannot be reached in the event of an emergency at NLSC, we will call the next person on your list. Be sure to keep your phone powered up and on in Atlanta so you can be reached if the need arises. Email your crisis contacts to Jane Short at jshort@skillsusa.org as soon as possible.

Got Story-Worthy Champions?

At the national conference, the staff of SkillsUSA Champions digital magazine will be on the lookout for interview subjects. Our goal is to highlight how SkillsUSA can change the trajectory of a student’s life and career path. If you know of a SkillsUSA student, advisor, industry representative or alumnus who will be at national conference and whose story would be motivating and inspirational, please email SkillsUSA’s director of communications Tom Kercheval. Tom or a member of the communications team will then reach out to set up a time during conference week to meet these individuals. If you are attending NLSC, you are also invited to stop by the Media Room in GWCC A-402 anytime on Monday, June 20, through Thursday, June 23, to share story ideas and contacts.

Nominations Open for Presidential 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 both the exemplary achievements demonstrated by the teachers and that of the teacher’s students. Know of a deserving cybersecurity teacher who should be nominated (even if that deserving teacher is you)? If so, visit the website for full details. The deadline is July 31. 

Due Dates

June 1: National Officer application deadline
June 3: Payment for NLSC state delegation registration and ALE due
June 15: Horatio Alger Scholarship application deadline
June 20: State lapel pins drop at SkillsUSA Headquarters GWCC A-401

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