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Executive Update: March 1, 2021

Executive Update: March 1, 2021

The photo above was taken pre-pandemic and reflects the normalcy we all look forward to returning to.
In the meantime, SkillsUSA recommends and supports full adherence to all CDC guidelines related to COVID-19.

Important Dates
May 4: SkillsUSA National Signing Day
May 5-6: Connect to My Future Conference
May 8: SkillsUSA’s 56th Anniversary

New “Connect to My Future” Conference Debuts in May

SkillsUSA hosts its first “Connect to My Future” conference from May 5-6. The exciting new event will create an authentic career-focused experience between students and industry partners that fosters meaningful and lasting connections relevant to the students’ future careers. It features three program tracks geared, respectively, to middle school students (“Explore”), high school freshman through juniors (“Aspire”) and high school seniors and college/postsecondary students (“Connect”). Learn more about the “Connect to My Future” conference here.

Miguel Cardona to be New U.S. Secretary of Education

SkillsUSA is excited to introduce ourselves to Miguel Cardona, expected to be confirmed soon as the new U.S. Secretary of Education. Part of an automotive studies program as a student, Cardona has been a teacher, principal and administrator in the public school system. Learn more about Cardona here.

New Director of Business Partnerships and Development

Gina Flores Stumpf joined SkillsUSA on Feb. 22 as our new development director for the Office of Business Partnerships and Development. Gina brings 20 years of experience in nonprofit environments to the role, 12 directly in fundraising. She received her MBA in nonprofit management and marketing from Yale University and a bachelor’s in Spanish Literature and Commerce from the University of Virginia. You can reach her at gflores@skillsusa.org or 703-737-0621.

Other Staff Updates

  • Courtney Ferrell has been named SkillsUSA’s new Program Director of Conference Management Services. She will begin her new role on March 1.
  • Anita Foor, Senior Manager, Curriculum and Instruction, returns from maternity leave on March 2.
  • Sylvia Phillips, Senior Manager, Professional Development, recently left the SkillsUSA staff to pursue a new role in the ministry. 

SkillsUSA Job Opening: Senior Manager of Professional Development

SkillsUSA has a job opening in the Office of Education for a senior manager of professional development. Click here for the full job description.

New SkillsUSA Member Handbook Available

SkillsUSA has released a new SkillsUSA Member Handbook (formerly the SkillsUSA Leadership Handbook), the official guide to help members run successful local chapters. The completely revised (both visually and editorially) handbook includes tools to help students intentionally weave the SkillsUSA Framework into their chapter’s annual Program of Work. The SkillsUSA Member Handbook is $6.00 per copy, and the SKU# is BK090. Click here to order. 

Request a National Officer for Your State Conference

States can submit a request for a national officer to participate in upcoming conferences. The officer can provide a welcome, share their Framework story, introduce stakeholders or facilitate workshops. Please complete this form to make your request: National Officer Request Form. 

Media Tools for Promoting Your 2021 State Conference

State SkillsUSA directors recently received a link to the new SkillsUSA State Leadership and Skills Conference Media Guide, which is housed in SkillsUSA CONNECT in the “State Director Resources” section. The media kit includes a letter of invitation for elected officials, news release templates, a fact sheet and more. Templates are provided in Word for easy customization. For questions, contact Jane Short at 703-737-0612 or jshort@skillsusa.org. 

Reminder: 2020-21 Advisor of the Year

SkillsUSA Advisor of the Year (AOY) information and resources are located on SkillsUSA Connect. There are two pathways for selecting and advancing your state candidates. Once logged into SkillsUSA CONNECT, click here to access the information. The deadline to advance state winners for consideration as Advisor of the Year is April 1. Contact Taryn Zeigler with questions. 

Reminder: Annual Corporate Forms Needed

State SkillsUSA directors are requested to complete the annual Corporate Form by Friday, April 23. This information is essential. Complete the form here.

Due Dates

March 1: SkillsUSA National Membership deadline
March 1: National Conference Pin and T-Shirt Design submissions due
March 1: National Youth Safety Video Contest submissions due
April 1: Advisor of the Year State SkillsUSA Director submissions due
April 1: Student2Student entries due
April 1:  President’s Volunteer Service Award applications due
April 2: National Technical Honor Society Scholarship applications due
April 15Sharon Melton Myers Memorial SkillsUSA Scholarship fund applications due
April 23: Annual Corporate Forms due
May 30: #Keep Craft Alive Scholarship applications due
June 1: National Officer Candidate applications due