Executive Update: June 15, 2019

Important Dates
June 22-24: Activate, Leverage and Engage Training, Louisville, Ky.
June 24-28: National Leadership and Skills Conference, Louisville, Ky.
July 23-28: Summer National Officer Training, Dulles, Va.

Executive Director’s Report

In the Home Stretch for 2019 NLSC
This will be our largest-ever National Leadership and Skills Conference, with preconference paid registration at 11,132 and the contestant count at 6,472. (In 2018, total registration was 10,881 and the contestant count 6,273.) When judges, exhibitors, other volunteers and observers are added, we expect around 19,000 to attend during the week. It’s a heavy lift for a staff of 35 people to oversee a conference of this size that represents an organization of more than 360,000 members, but it’s a truly awesome opportunity. I appreciate our hard-working staff year-round but especially in June. Here are a few points of interest:

New Employee Joins Headquarters Staff
On June 10, we welcomed Sandy Mueller as a SkillsUSA program specialist for member services in the Office of Education. Mueller has administrative experience in multiple industries, ranging from engineering to technology to education, and a strong accounting background. She will be attending NLSC, and I’m sure you’ll give her a warm welcome when you see her. This brings our full-time staff to 36.

This is the last issue of Executive Update until July 15. I look forward to seeing many of you in Louisville. Thanks for all you do for the great students and teachers we serve.

Got Champions?

Reminder: At the national conference, the staff of SkillsUSA Champions magazine will be on the lookout for interview subjects and cover models.

If you know of a SkillsUSA student, advisor, industry representative or alumnus who will be at conference and whose story would be motivating and inspirational, please email Tom Hall at thall@skillsusa.org. He’ll then set up a specific time to meet with the magazine staff.

In addition, if you have a student who is going to the national conference and he or she could be a potential cover model, there will be designated “photo studio” hours. Please let Tom know, and he will contact you with the available times. Four students’ photos will be chosen to appear on SkillsUSA Champions covers next year. The remaining photos will appear in various materials, from the membership poster to other promotions. Our magazine staff looks forward to meeting your Champions at conference!

Auction Returns to NLSC 

At each year’s National Leadership and Skills Conference (NLSC), an auction committee conducts a fundraiser to help support the National Courtesy Corps. If you have unique items to donate, bring them with you to the conference and drop them off at the Courtesy Corps headquarters in the North Hall of the Kentucky Exposition Center (KEC) or the SkillsUSA Championships office trailer (just outside the East Wing behind Makerspace at door E8). If you have questions, please call 703–737-0611 or email dworden@skillsusa.org.

The auction is open to everyone, so please attend and bid on anything that suits your fancy, Friday, June 28, 10 a.m.-3:30 p.m., in KEC South Wing AB –B105.

SkillsUSA University Offers Wide Variety of Workshops

SkillsUSA University offers educational sessions for students, educators and business and industry representatives during the SkillsUSA National Leadership and Skills Conference (NLSC). Workshops take place at the Kentucky Exposition Center on three days, June 26-28, and cover all facets of career and technical education. For the complete 2019 SkillsUSA University schedule, visit the webpage here: www.skillsusa.org/events-training/national-leadership-and-skills-conference/training-opportunities/skillsusa-university/, or see the SkillsUSA NLSC19 mobile app. Don’t miss this opportunity for free, high-quality professional development.

Help Others by Donating Blood During NLSC

During our national conference, SkillsUSA will host a blood drive Thursday, June 27, from 8-a.m.-2 p.m. The drive is sponsored by the Kentucky Blood Center, and the bloodmobile will be parked outside the North Wing Lobby of the Kentucky Exposition Center.

To schedule an appointment in advance, call 800-775-2522. All blood donors receive a free T-shirt. Donors 18 and older will be entered into a summer drawing to win a Toyota Tacoma truck. Note: Donors must weigh at least 110 pounds and must be at least 16 years of age with a signed parental permission (form is located here: www.skillsusa.net/directors/wp-content/uploads/2019/05/blood-drive-16-year-old-consent-form.pdf) or 17 years of age without parental permission. A state-licensed photo ID is required at the time of donation.

Your blood donation may be the only match for a patient’s unique need. Please donate so that when your specific type is needed, it will be ready to save a life. When you donate with Kentucky Blood Center, your blood serves patients in local hospitals.

Student Leadership Scholarships Available for WLTI

SkillsUSA is offering leadership scholarships for students who wish to attend the Washington Leadership Training Institute (WLTI).

The SkillsUSA Student Leadership Development Scholarship was established in 2007 with financial support from Robert L. Flint, former Caterpillar executive and SkillsUSA board president. In 2019, the scholarship will provide financial support for students who have strong leadership potential and who would greatly benefit from national leadership training but do not have sufficient resources to participate.

Only state SkillsUSA state directors may submit applications for scholarship candidates. Each state association, including both high school and college/postsecondary in applicable states, may submit one application online at: https://skillsusa.wufoo.com/forms/student-leadership-development-scholarship-wlti/. State association directors should solicit the lead chapter advisor for nominations, and then choose one nominee’s application to submit to the SkillsUSA headquarters. Once nomination applications are received at the National Leadership Center, a panel of SkillsUSA staff and leadership trainers will evaluate the applications and select the top candidates.

The WLTI scholarship will allow for four SkillsUSA members with strong leadership potential to be able to attend WLTI. The $800 travel stipend covers registration, lodging (four nights, double room), all meals, bus transportation to all conference activities and $50 spending money. Transportation from home to the event and back is not included. The deadline for applications is July 23.

NLSC Information You’ll Need to Know

How to Get Your Registration Materials/Parking
State SkillsUSA directors: If your registration appointment is on Saturday, June 22, 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 Tuesday, June 25, parking fees will be charged. State SkillsUSA directors will receive parking passes during their registration appointment. 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 assist you in carrying your conference materials.

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.

Please leave behind any cameras, purses, hats, blinking lights, flags, glow sticks or any other conference regalia. If you bring these types of items to the stage, you will be asked to remove them, and we cannot guarantee their return.

Download the Conference App and PDF of the NLSC Program
In keeping with these digital times, there will no longer be a separate printed conference program for the national conference in Louisville. All attendees should download the official conference mobile app. The app includes the entire conference program including contestant schedules; trade show information and exhibitor lists; Opening and Awards ceremonies information; news about special events and entertainment; participant tracks; attendee bus shuttle schedules; messaging/alert features and search functions. The app can be downloaded by searching “2019 SkillsUSA NLSC” in the Google Play or Apple App stores, and the QR code will be in the printed Awards and Recognition book and on signs at Kentucky Exposition Center.

A condensed version of the NLSC program will be included in the printed Awards and Recognition book, available on site. There is also a PDF of this program now available on the SkillsUSA website.

SkillsUSA Championships Clothing and Tools App Updated
SkillsUSA has updated the “SkillsUSA: Clothing and Tools” app for the 2019 SkillsUSA Championships. For each contest, the app includes an overview, eligibility and clothing requirements, and safety guidelines. It also lists the tools, equipment or materials that contestants must provide. The app is free for students, instructors and SkillsUSA business partners and is available in both the Apple Store: http://apple.co/2dtlb8d and the Google Play Store: http://bit.ly/2e5fRec. The app was created and sponsored by Pearson (www.pearsoned.com).

Note: This student resource that does not replace the SkillsUSA Championships Technical Standards. The app connects users to SkillsUSA’s membership site, where educators must join as professional members to receive the full book at no charge.

Awards Ceremony Passes Only Available in Advance and Online
Extra tickets for the awards ceremony on Friday, June 28, may only be purchased in advance and online this year. No passes will be sold on-site at the conference.

You must have a conference name badge or a ticket to enter the awards ceremony, and no on-site ticket sales will be available. Tickets are $10 each, plus a service fee, and a credit card is required. Buyers can download their admission ticket onto smartphones or print out a paper ticket to show at the entrance to Freedom Hall. The number of awards ceremony tickets available is limited due to seating availability at Freedom Hall. Additionally, there are parking fees at the entrance of the Kentucky Exposition Center (KEC). Tickets are selling quickly, so alert your parents and other supporters of this new policy so they buy Awards Ceremony tickets in advance.

To buy Awards Ceremony tickets, go to: http://bit.ly/NLSC19Awards.

For information about KEC parking, go to: www.skillsusa.org/events-training/national-leadership-and-skills-conference/registration-and-logistics/parking/.

SkillsUSA Shoe Drive Saves Lives Through Clean Waterz
Did you know that more than 685 million people lack access to clean drinking water? SkillsUSA is once again partnering with internationally recognized nonprofit WaterStep to help save lives through safe water. WaterStep collects and sells gently-used shoes to fund water projects around the world.

SkillsUSA encourages each student and advisor coming to Louisville to bring just one pair of shoes to conference to donate to this worthy cause. Let’s step up our global influence at the National Leadership and Skills Conference June 24-28 in Louisville and help eliminate unsafe drinking water. Please pass this request along to your delegation.

Here’s Where to Find NLSC Digital Media Kit, Winner Photos and Press Releases
Want to know what’s new at the National Leadership and Skills Conference or find conference statistics? The 2019 digital media kit is online. To download it, go to: http://bit.ly/NLSCPress.

Onstage and backstage photos of national medalists, with captions, will be posted after NLSC. These photos may be downloaded, printed, published and shared. If published, use “Photo courtesy of SkillsUSA” as the credit. Photos will be posted on or before July 15 here: http://bit.ly/NLSCPhotos.

For a list of winners by contest or state, along with contest scores, go to: www.skillsusa.org/competitions/skillsusa-championships/results/. For individual scores for contestants only, go to: www.skillsusa-register.org/rpts/EventScoreDetails.aspx.

Press releases specific to each specific trade or contest area are now available in the press room. Use these when publicizing your students’ participation as a competitor, delegate or National Courtesy Corps member at the NLSC. Download them at: www.skillsusa.org/events-training/national-leadership-and-skills-conference/press-kit/.

A new, editable sample press release has been added to SkillsUSA’s advocacy site. It’s a template to be used by state SkillsUSA 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 National Courtesy Corps member) during the NLSC 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/. Please encourage your teachers, parents and others to use and spread the word about this valuable tool.

National Staff Travel

June
June 18: Birmingham, Ala./Meeting at POWER UP/Gene Dudley
June 22-24: Louisville, Ky./Activate, Leverage and Engage Training/SkillsUSA
staff
June 24-28: Louisville, Ky./National Leadership and Skills Conference/
SkillsUSA staff
June 26-July 2: Carrollton, Ky./Post-election National Officer Training/
Courtney Ferrell

July
July 14: Corpus Christi, Texas/TIVA Conference Advisor Training/Courtney Ferrell
July 16-17: Appleton, Wis./Keynote at Miller Electric Instructors Conference/Tim Lawrence
July 23-26: Norfolk, Va./Virginia Association of Trade and Industrial Educators (VATIE) Conference/Tim Lawrence
July 23-28: Dulles, Va./Summer National Officer Training/Courtney Ferrell