Executive Update: June 15, 2017

Important Dates
June 17-19: Leverage, Activate and Engage Training, Louisville, Ky.
June 19-23: National Leadership and Skills Conference, Kentucky Exposition Center, Louisville, Ky.
June 24-27: Post-election National Officer Training, Underwood, Ind.
July 24-30: National Officer Summer Training, Leesburg, Va.

Executive Director’s Report

We’re in the Home Stretch for NLSC 2017
SkillsUSA staff met last Thursday to discuss final plans for the National Leadership and Skills Conference. We went over details of many events while coordinating and sharing information. For a staff of just 30 people to oversee a conference of nearly 16,000 attendees who represent an organization of 395,000 members is a heavy lift, but it’s a truly awesome opportunity. I appreciate our hard-working staff year-round but especially in June.

Homeland Security Agent Presents at Center
As part of our crisis management preparations for NLSC, SkillsUSA staff heard a special presentation May 30 from Jack Phillips of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security. Agent Phillips came to the National Leadership Center to talk about several recent world events and give tips for preventing a crisis as well as taking specific actions during an actual event.

Our staff recently updated our crisis management plan and staff procedures to minimize risk and increase awareness. All employees also participated in CPR training earlier this year as part of this effort.

Marriott Association Masters Conference
Shelly Coates and I attended Marriott’s Association Masters Conference at its newest property in Houston, the Marriott Marquis, June 1-2. We were invited for two days of conference-related training including financial, crisis and brand management. We saw many good friends at this event from the Washington, D.C., association community, including DECA and FCCLA. More than 1,000 attended the conference, with expenses covered by Marriott.

SkillsUSA Participates in White House Listening Session
Invited by the White House Office of Public Liaison, SkillsUSA provided a strong voice at a recent “Workforce Development and CTE Listening Session.” The June 1 event at the Eisenhower Executive Office Building included other career and technical student organizations. The goal was for White House staff and senior administration officials to hear directly from CTSOs on their programming and what is working within CTE, including industry partnerships and employment pathways.

Representing SkillsUSA were national officer Mackenzie Oestreich, high-school secretary from Oklahoma; Sam Bottum, chief marketing officer and vice president at Snap-on Incorporated and vice president of the SkillsUSA board of directors; and Christa Floresca, SkillsUSA’s director of business partnerships and development.

Education Secretary Betsy DeVos also attended. Christa Floresca had the opportunity to address her directly, discussing SkillsUSA’s mission and how, in addition to technical skills grounded in academics and industry standards, our framework ensures students have the personal and workplace skills to be job-ready Day One. Mackenzie did a terrific job as a representative and advocate for us. She is quite an impressive and well-spoken young woman.

We were so proud of our organization — its effectiveness, its scope and its reach. SkillsUSA encouraged the administration to promote CTE as a viable pathway for millions of young people. Also discussed: issues about the disappearance of CTE programs, funding, involvement of business and industry, and the importance of changing the perception of the trades.

Meetings Conclude with Mike Rowe and C-Suite Executives
On June 6, Christa Floresca, Leslie Lawrence, Dave Worden and I joined a lively group in Orlando, Fla., for the last of a series of executive conversations with Mike Rowe. Participating were executives from NCCER, Ariens, Harley-Davidson, Braun/NuTone, Haskell Construction and Current Builders. Mike outlined some of potential partnership benefits, including videos designed to highlight opportunities that exist in a variety of different career clusters. There was an overwhelmingly strong and growing interest in exploring this partnership opportunity with SkillsUSA

We will be making an announcement on this campaign at NLSC during Thursday’s Town Hall meeting for business partners.   


  • This week, I’m traveling to the NATEF board of directors meeting on Monday and Tuesday before arriving in Louisville on Wednesday.
  • During NLSC, there will be a special SkillsUSA Career Essentials booth in the North Wing Lobby of the Kentucky Exposition Center. Stop by after the Advisors’ Call to Action to learn more about this new suite of products and its fall launch. The Call to Action session will focus on the introduction of these Career Essentials.
  • And if you want to take a look, the NLSC FAQ is online at: www. skillsusa.org/events-training/national-leadership-and-skills-conference/registration-and-logistics/faq/.

That’s it for now. Hope to see you in Louisville. There is no July 1 Executive Update, so the next one you will see will be on July 15.

Deadline Nears for New Round of SkillsUSA/Lowe’s Community Service Grant Applications

Lowe’s continues a ninth year of generosity with another round of SkillsUSA grants in 2017. Grant information and the application are now available on the SkillsUSA website at: www.skillsusa.org/membership-resources/grants/lowes/. The focus of the grant program is significant community improvement. Grants of up to $25,000 will be awarded. Multiple applications per school will be accepted, and priority for funding will be given to new SkillsUSA chapters.

The best proposed projects will:

  • provide a life-changing experience for the SkillsUSA students involved and the beneficiaries of the grant dollars
  • demonstrate a well-articulated, planned partnership with engagement from local Lowe’s store team(s)
  • show impact — how many SkillsUSA students participated/how many members of the community will be affected?
  • show collaboration with other organizations and show sustainability
  • show active use of social media to promote and document the project
  • be improvement projects that use Lowe’s as a resource for employee knowledge and/or available products

For more information, please email Jim Kregiel at jkregiel@skillsusa.org. The deadline for grant applications is June 30 at 11:59 p.m. EDT. Late applications will not be accepted. Please review the grant guidelines to be sure that applications are properly completed and submitted. Winning projects will begin in the fall and must be completed no later than Dec. 1.

NLSC Information You’ll Need to Know 

Customize a Press Release for NLSC Competitors and Participants
SkillsUSA’s advocacy website has a new press release for you to edit. Please encourage your teachers, parents and others to use and spread the word about this valuable tool. It’s a template to be used by state association directors, instructors, parents and others to help get the word out to the media about the students who competed or participated in some other way (e.g., as a delegate or Courtesy Corps member) during the National Leadership and Skills Conference in Louisville. The press release can be sent to five media outlets at a time. The site can be reached by going to: www.cqrcengage.com/skillsusa/.

Use This Social Media Hashtag
We will be using the hashtag #NLSC17 for this year’s National Leadership and Skills Conference. Be sure to include it in your conference tweets, Facebook posts and Instagram photos. Also, be sure to follow us on all social media platforms @SkillsUSA.

During the opening and awards ceremonies, attendees will have the opportunity to post photos on Twitter and Instagram that will then be displayed on the big screens. The hashtag for the photo wall will be #NLSCLive17.

Download the Conference App
The 2017 SkillsUSA Conference App is ready to be downloaded from the iTunes and Google app stores. The app is now an essential part of the conference experience. It includes participant tracks, conference navigation, the bus shuttle schedule, messaging/alert features and search features. It can be downloaded by searching for “2017 SkillsUSA NLSC”. (Note: The app will request permission to send you notifications when you first open it; you must allow this to receive onsite updates/notifications.)

If you downloaded the app prior to June 8, please delete it and download it again. There was a glitch in the original file that has since been fixed.

Know What to Do in the Event of a Crisis
Unfortunate events can occur quickly and without warning. Planning is a crucial step in dealing with events in a calm and effective manner. The 2017 SkillsUSA Crisis and Communications Plan has been added to our state directors’ password-protected website at: www.skillsusa.net/directors/. This plan has been prepared to establish policy and procedures during a crisis, and it’s also designed to help state association directors assist their delegations in the event of a critical incident. The guide can be used as a framework for developing a state crisis plan. We encourage you to print the guide for reference and to keep a PDF on your computer or mobile device.

As you prepare for NLSC, please update cellphone contact lists for your delegation and national headquarters staff, and assign two or more individuals to assist you in the event of a crisis. In the event of a critical incident involving a member of your state delegation, you will be notified and given further instructions. In the event of a less severe incident, or if there is information that should be distributed to all attendees, this information may be shared by cellphone, text alert, SkillsUSA’s website and social media. Please be sure your cellphone is charged and powered on at all times. The welfare and safety of our members and partners is always the ultimate goal. 

Reminder: How to Get Your Registration Materials/Parking
State association directors: If your registration appointment is on Saturday, June 18, please park in Lot A at the Gate 1 entrance to Kentucky Exposition Center, which is the closest available to the registration office. There is no charge for parking on Saturday and Sunday, which are conference “move-in” days. Beginning Monday, parking fees will be charged. State SkillsUSA directors will receive parking passes during their registration appointments. Additional parking information for the general public and for state- and school-chartered buses can be found at: www.skillsusa.org/events-training/national-leadership-and-skills-conference/registration-and-logistics/parking/. Please plan on bringing an extra person to registration to help you carry your conference materials.

Help Your Members Prepare
A new NLSC FAQ list has been posted to the SkillsUSA website with some good information and videos pertaining to the upcoming conference. We highly recommend you look at the following information and forward it to your registered students and teachers. Go to: www.skillsusa.org/events-training/national-leadership-and-skills-conference/registration-and-logistics/faq/ and scroll to the bottom to “Other FAQs.”

Dress Code for Award Winners to Be Strictly Enforced
Photos of medalists and industry supporters are used in trade and SkillsUSA publications. It’s important that all members demonstrate their professionalism by looking the part. Therefore, the national board of directors has ruled that all contestants receiving medals at the awards ceremony must be dressed in official SkillsUSA attire or SkillsUSA Championships work clothing.

Winners who are dressed inappropriately will not be allowed on stage. Other attire, jeans, T-shirts, sneakers, boots and sandals are not allowed. Please leave behind any cameras, purses, hats and blinking lights.

Join the New Public Relations Challenge

Start planning now for the 2017-18 SkillsUSA Public Relations Challenge. This new online challenge encourages local chapters to demonstrate how they showcase SkillsUSA to the news media in ways that highlight CTE and student success. The purpose of the challenge is to help students grow in their communication and teamwork skills while promoting SkillsUSA to a wider audience.

The PR challenge is open Sept. 1, 2017, to March 30, 2018. The media coverage period must be three months to six months, starting Sept. 1. You must complete an application and document all news coverage. Teams will promote SkillsUSA to a minimum of three identified audiences in your community, and then document your media coverage. For example, promote SkillsUSA and your local or state programs to potential students, parents and business leaders to gain positive local media attention for your schools, programs and events. Participation in the SkillsUSA Public Relations Challenge supports a balanced Program of Work and a quality chapter by helping document outreach efforts.

Student officers and advisors, state officers and state staff can join the new SkillsUSA Public Relations and Advocacy Facebook group, “Must Love Red.” This is a closed group that will provide resources for your public relations and advocacy efforts starting in July, so join now: www.facebook.com/groups/421237134924875/

 Three schools will be selected as winners. One state officer team will also be recognized. Winners will receive a check payable to their school or state association.

SkillsUSA Media Champion (first-place school or section): $900
SkillsUSA Media Boss (second-place school or section): $300
SkillsUSA Media Whiz (third-place school or section): $200
State Advocacy Award (first-place State Officer Team): $900

The entry application will be posted Sept. 1. For questions, contact Karen Kitzel, kkitzel@skillsusa.org or 703-737-0607. For complete rules, go to: www.skillsusa.org/competitions/skillsusa-pr-challenge/

2017 Scholarship Winners Announced

The winners of several different SkillsUSA-related scholarships for 2017 have been announced. For more information, go to: www.skillsusa.org/scholarship-winners-announced. The lists are also included below:

Marsha Daves Memorial Scholarship
In memory of Marsha Daves and her legacy, SkillsUSA is pleased to offer one annual merit-based $1,000 scholarship for college/postsecondary education and a supplementary $500 travel stipend for SkillsUSA’s national conference to a state officer. The recipient for 2017 is:

  • Guadalupe Cortez, Digital Imaging, Cathedral City (Calif.) High School

Mike Rowe (mikeroweWORKS Foundation) Scholarships
For six years, the mikeroweWORKS Foundation has offered travel scholarships to SkillsUSA competitors who face a financial challenge in attending the SkillsUSA Championships. This year’s $50,000 scholarship contribution from the mikeroweWORKS Foundation was matched by the Charles Koch Foundation and Koch Industries, bringing the fund to $100,000. The 2017 recipients are:

  • Derek Lewis, Law Enforcement, Alaska
  • Seth Harper, Architectural Drafting, Arkansas
  • Gregory Coleman, Major Appliance Technology, Arkansas
  • Joel Ledesma, Heating, Ventilation, Air Conditioning and Refrigeration, California
  • Steven Fuentes, Residential Systems Installation and Maintenance, California
  • Ramon Favela-Figueroa, Automotive Refinishing Technology, Colorado
  • Frank Dabbiero, Collision Repair Technology, Colorado
  • Victor Sotelo, Automotive Technology, Colorado
  • William Rose, Aviation Maintenance Technology, Georgia
  • Isabelle Linkous, Sheet Metal, Georgia
  • Jason Burdette, TeamWorks, Georgia
  • Jarrod Rollins, TeamWorks, Georgia
  • Hamilton Noggle, TeamWorks, Georgia
  • Carter Arrington, TeamWorks, Georgia
  • Jared Dove, Technical Drafting, Georgia
  • Jacob Parker, Aviation Maintenance Technology, Idaho
  • Elizabeth Rappe, Customer Service, Illinois
  • Justus Younger, Sheet Metal, Illinois
  • Josia Williams, Collision Repair Technology, Indiana
  • Scott Decker, Heating, Ventilation, Air Conditioning and Refrigeration, Indiana
  • Keith O’Dell, Automated Manufacturing Technology, Iowa
  • James Dubbelde, Automotive Manufacturing Technology, Iowa
  • Collin Van Diepen, Automotive Service Technology, Iowa
  • Ben Barritt, Technical Drafting, Iowa
  • Savannah Woods, Chapter Display, Kansas
  • Janice Switzer, Chapter Display, Kansas
  • Jacob McAtee, Chapter Display, Kansas
  • Kody Stockton, Heating, Ventilation, Air Conditioning and Refrigeration, Kansas
  • Todd Clubine, Job Skill Demonstration, Open, Kansas
  • Nicholas Perry, Mechatronics, Kansas
  • Luis Alata, Mechatronics, Kansas
  • Alex Boley, Quiz Bowl, Kansas
  • Wyatt Bolton, TeamWorks, Kansas
  • Riley Hanks, TeamWorks, Kansas
  • Logan Meyers, TeamWorks, Kansas
  • Caden Godfrey, TeamWorks, Kansas
  • Spencer Betts, Crime Scene Investigation, Kansas
  • Justin Allen, Sheet Metal, Kentucky
  • Ryan Douglas, Action Skills, Maine
  • Joseph Leavitt, Collision Repair Technology, Maine
  • Gabrielle Sirois, Early Childhood Education, Maine
  • Leonid Richter, Electrical Construction Wiring, Maine
  • James Walker, Mobile Robotic Technology, Maine
  • Gabriel Swason, Mobile Robotic Technology, Maine
  • Trevor Moats, Building Maintenance, Maryland
  • Kyra Pratley, Engineering Technology/Design, Maryland
  • Shawn Mitchell, Major Appliance and Refrigeration Technology, Maryland
  • Torrey Smith, Chapter Display, Massachusetts
  • Joseph DeSalvo, Chapter Display, Massachusetts
  • Emma Murray, Career Pathways Showcase, Massachusetts
  • Rebecca Smalley, Career Pathways Showcase, Massachusetts
  • Holden Creller, Welding Fabrication, Michigan
  • John Clemmer, Heating, Ventilation, Air Conditioning and Refrigeration, Minnesota
  • Brandon Jones, Architectural Drafting, Mississippi
  • Isaiah Elam, Carpentry, Mississippi
  • Joe Westbrook, Technical Drafting, Mississippi
  • Jared Doty, Chapter Display, Montana
  • Austen Wingler, Additive Manufacturing, Nebraska
  • Addison Nosal, Additive Manufacturing, Nebraska
  • Juan Ortiz, Automotive Service Technology, Nebraska
  • Ryan Essink, Cabinetmaking, Nebraska
  • Lydia Clarke, Job Skill Demonstration A, Nebraska
  • Austin Long, Technical Drafting, New Hampshire
  • Jimmy Henriquez, Building Maintenance, New Jersey
  • Annalie Spencer, Occupational Health and Safety, New York
  • Patrick Collins, Quiz Bowl, North Carolina
  • Joshua Buck, Quiz Bowl, North Carolina
  • Will Crews, TeamWorks, North Carolina
  • Hunter Hamby, TeamWorks, North Carolina
  • Christian Byrd, TeamWorks, North Carolina
  • Adam Bryant, TeamWorks, North Carolina
  • Tyler Force, Collision Repair Technology, North Dakota
  • Gregory Lahlum, Diesel Equipment Technology, North Dakota
  • Tylor Balcom, Prepared Speech, Oklahoma
  • Hillary Glass, Quiz Bowl, Oklahoma
  • Austin Davis, Additive Manufacturing, Oregon
  • Eddy Dawson, Diesel Equipment Technology, Oregon
  • Christopher Lynch, Team Engineering Challenge, Oregon
  • Samantha Bramblett, American Spirit, Oregon
  • Travis Jalbert, Automated Manufacturing Technology, Oregon
  • Connor Lennie, Automotive Manufacturing Technology, Oregon
  • Justin Vielmetti, Automotive Service Technology, Oregon
  • Joshua Duckworth, Motorcycle Service Technology, Oregon
  • Jose Lopez Paz, Prepared Speech, Oregon
  • Juan Lopez, Architecture Drafting, Puerto Rico
  • Matthew Poston, Mobile Electronics Installation, South Carolina
  • Jacob Howanich, Mobile Robotic Technology, South Carolina
  • Zack Oliver, Additive Manufacturing, Tennessee
  • David Oliver, Architectural Drafting, Tennessee
  • Maverick Smith, Career Pathways Showcase, Tennessee
  • Trenten Brown, Career Pathways Showcase, Tennessee
  • Harley Hill, Dental Assisting, Tennessee
  • Jordan Lawson, Job Skill Demonstration A, Tennessee
  • Darryl Hitechew, Quiz Bowl, Tennessee
  • Austin Boling, Quiz Bowl, Tennessee
  • Allison Arrington, Quiz Bowl, Tennessee
  • Robert Dover, Welding, Tennessee
  • Jack Snow, Entrepreneurship, Texas
  • Jayson Waters, Telecommunications Cabling, Virginia
  • Matthew Rossow, Nurse Assisting, Washington
  • Zachary Granger, Cabinetmaking, Wyoming

SkillsUSA STEM Scholarships
This scholarship awards a select number of $1,000 scholarships to SkillsUSA students who are graduating seniors or college/postsecondary students whose area of study will lead them into a STEM-related field. The following members have received the award this year:

  • Christen Deocampo, Information Technology, Thomas A. Edison CTE High School (N.Y.)
  • Joseph Derienzis, Aerospace Engineering, St. Stephens High School (N.C.)
  • Kimberly Erett, Industrial Engineering, Union Grove High School (Ga.)
  • Katelyn Evans, Nursing, York County School of Technology (Pa.)
  • Dominique Galvez, Optical Engineering, Perry High School (Ariz.)
  • Alyssa Grassie, Chemical Engineering, Gloucester County Institute of Technology (N.J.)
  • Jaime Hoy, Biomedical Engineering, Keystone Central Career and Technology Center (Pa.)
  • Olivia Klotz, Mechanical Engineering, Blackstone Valley Regional Vocational-Technical High School (Mass.)
  • Kelly Krenek, Computer Science, A&M Consolidated High School (Texas)
  • Benjamin Lind, Network Engineering, Lower Pioneer Valley (Mass.)
  • Joseph Mendoza, Architectural Drafting, Ralph R. McKee CTE High School (N.Y.)
  • Kaitlyn Mote, Engineering, Union Grove High School (Ga.)
  • Kyle Murray, Chemical Engineering, Fallbrook Union High School (Calif.)
  • Gregory Ryba, Nuclear Engineering, Lincoln-Way East (Ill.)
  • Sydney Rothbard, Diesel Technology, Pike Lincoln Technical Center (Mo.)
  • Justin Schneider, Mechanical Engineering, Jeffersontown High School (Ky.)
  • Brianna Smith, Nursing, Northeast Technical High School (S.D.)
  • Benjamin Steger, Civil Engineering, Pekin Community High School (Ill.)
  • Boone Tate, Aerospace Engineering, Auburn Riverside High School (Wash.)

SCOAR Scholarships
The Southeastern Construction Owners and Associates Roundtable (SCOAR) offers $1,000 scholarships to high-school seniors or college/postsecondary educational students pursing a degree, diploma or certificate in a construction-related program. This year’s recipients:

  • Andrew Adams, Welding, Calhoun Community College (Ala.)
  • Dylan Bauguess, Building Construction Technology, Wilkes Community College (N.C.)
  • Micheal Connor, Architecture, Robeson County Career Center (N.C.)
  • Kaleb Deason, AutoCAD/Architecture, Richland High School (Tenn.)
  • Jeffrey Fleming, Heating, Ventilation, Air-Conditioning; Mississippi Delta Community College, Moorhead, Miss.
  • Dylan Foster, Heating, Ventilation and Air Conditioning; Mississippi Delta Community College, Moorhead, Miss.
  • Carrington Fox, Construction Technology, Tennessee College of Applied Technology
  • Timothy Halbrooks, Welding/Pipefitting, Hickman County High School (Tenn.)
  • Claude Halcomb, Masonry, Pearl River Community College (Miss.)
  • Justin Hall, Electrical Engineering, Hickman County High School (Tenn.)
  • Ja’Vonta Harris, Welding, Coastal Pines Technical College (Ga.)
  • Shawn Holland, Drafting/CAD, Tennessee College of Applied Technology
  • John Huggins, Electricity, Darlington County Institute of Technology (S.C.)
  • Jobyas James, Architecture, Richlands High School (N.C.)
  • Harris Lanier, Carpentry/Construction Management, Lee County High School (N.C.)
  • Jeremy Lewis, Carpentry, Jefferson County High School (Miss.)
  • Felicia Miller, Civil Engineering, Bartow County College and Career Academy (Ga.)
  • William Taylor Lee, Heating, Ventilation and Air Conditioning, Mississippi Delta Community College, Moorhead, Miss.
  • Matthew Long, Building Construction Technology, White County High School (Tenn.)
  • Stephen Ozment, Drafting/CAD, Tennessee College of Applied Technology
  • Natlyaly Razo, Masonry, Columbus Career and College Academy (N.C.)
  • Ricky Rowe, Welding, Bartow County College and Career Academy (Ga.)
  • Aria Scaggs, Construction Engineering, Kennesaw Mountain High School (Ga.)
  • Conner Schmidt, Welding, Fleming County High School (Ky.)
  • Ian Slone, Construction Management, Swansboro High School (N.C.)
  • Jerry Standridge, Electrical and Civil Engineering, Hickman County High School (Tenn.)
  • Cody Stockbridge, Electrical Technology, Limestone County Career and Technical Center (Ala.)
  • Joshua Teague, Residential Architecture, A.L. Brown High School (N.C.)
  • Otavio Torres, Construction, South Baldwin Center for Technology (Ala.)
  • Taylor Wagoner, Welding, Alleghany High School (N.C.)
  • Jayson Waters, Electrical Engineering, Stafford High School (Va.)

Sharon Melton Myers Memorial Scholarship
Through a donation from the Sharon Melton Myers Memorial Fund and the McMinn County Vocational Center (Athens, Tenn.), the SkillsUSA Alumni Association offers $500 scholarships to one or more high-school students in memory of Sharon Melton Myers. This year’s recipients:

  • Valerie York, Southwestern Randolph High School, Asheboro, N.C.
  • Caleb Underdown, McMinn County High School, Athens, Tenn.

NTHS Scholarships
The National Technical Honor Society annually awards four $1,000 scholarships. Two scholarships are awarded to high-school members and two to college/postsecondary members. To be eligible, students must be active, dues-paying members of both SkillsUSA and NTHS. This year’s recipients:

  • Rosajunely Cartagena, Liberty High School, Kissimmee, Fla.
  • Marena Draskovich, Northland Career Center, Platte City, Mo.
  • Rachel Peal, Fayette Institute of Technology, Oak Hill, W.Va.
  • Marissa Thomas, Lee County High School, Sanford, N.C.

Robert Flint Leadership Scholarships
Thanks to a contribution from retired Caterpillar executive Robert L. Flint, SkillsUSA awards four $1,300 scholarships for participation in Leverage training at NLSC to prepare students for leadership roles in America’s skilled and technical workforce. Recipients are:

  • Brianna Broderick, Academy for Health and Medical Sciences, Bridgewater, N.J.
  • Marcdrevious Flagg, Troup High School, LaGrange, Ga.
  • George Gannon, Coffee County Central High School, Manchester, Tenn.
  • Ian Kelly, York County Community College, Wells, Maine 

Fine Homebuilding “Keep Craft Alive” Scholarships
SkillsUSA and Fine Homebuilding have partnered to create a new “Keep Craft Alive” scholarship program. The scholarship is open to SkillsUSA members or alumni members studying construction-related fields. The scholarship is valued at $25,000 total, with five students selected to each receive $5,000 awards. The following individuals have each received $5,000 Keep Craft Alive scholarships for the 2017-18 academic year:

  • Isaiah Elam, Carpentry, Franklin County Career and Technology Center, McCall Creek, Miss.
  • Eddie Escamilla, Construction Management, East Career and Technical Academy, Las Vegas
  • Harris Lanier, Construction, Lee County High School, Sanford, N.C.
  • William Lee, Heating, Ventilation, and Air-Conditioning, Mississippi Delta Community College, Moorhead, Miss.
  • Sam Vitez, Construction Technology, Hunterdon County Polytech, Whitehouse Station, N.J.

Alumni Merit Scholarship Winners
The SkillsUSA Alumni and Friends Association offers two $500 scholarships to recognize achievements in leadership, community service and advocacy for CTE. This year’s recipients:

  • Vivian Bunch, Digital Media, Meridian Technology Center, Perry, Okla.
  • Mathew “Tyler” Chaffin, Culinary Arts and Health Sciences, Belleview High School, Ocala, Fla. 

Due Dates

June 15: State Certified Director applications due
June 15: Horatio Alger Scholarship applications due

July 7: State Association Director Professional Development and Training Conference registration deadline
July 15: State Standards of Excellence Program materials deadline
July 21: Student Leadership Development Scholarship for WLTI deadline