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Executive Update: March 15, 2021

Executive Update: March 15, 2021

Chelle Travis, WLTI
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

SkillsUSA National Signing Day Returns

On May 4, SkillsUSA National Signing Day returns to celebrate high school seniors and college/postsecondary students who have chosen to pursue careers as professionals in the skilled trades. Learn more about National Signing Day on our site, where you can also download toolkits and other resources to help chapters in your state host their own events.  

New “Connect to My Future” Conference Debuts in May

SkillsUSA hosts its first “Connect to My Future” career conference from May 5-6. The new event will create an authentic career-focused experience through meaningful connections between students and industry partners. It features three program tracks: “Explore” for middle school students, “Aspire” for high school students, and “Connect” for high school seniors and college/postsecondary students. Note: High school seniors are welcome to attend either “Aspire” or “Connect.” Learn more about the “Connect to My Future” conference here.

National Conference Schedule Now Available

SkillsUSA’s National Leadership and Skills Conference may be virtual this year, but genuine excitement is building. Along with a full SkillsUSA Championships, the conference will include delegate sessions, national officer elections and opportunities for leadership development, professional development and member/ chapter recognition. Click here for the full NLSC schedule of dates and activities. Registration will be open April 12-May 14.

Leadership Development Scholarships for Leverage Training

Funded by former SkillsUSA board president and Caterpillar executive Robert L. Flint, the SkillsUSA Leadership Development Scholarship provides financial support for over 100 state officers to participate in Leverage leadership training each summer. State directors must submit the applicationsfor their state officers, and the deadline is May 7. Click here for the application and more information. For additional scholarships, click here.

2021 National Officer Candidate Information

Becoming a SkillsUSA national officer can lead a student to truly life-changing opportunities, and the 2021 national officer candidate application and program guide are now available. The deadline for applications is 6 p.m. ET on June 1.

Reminder: 2020-21 Advisor of the Year

SkillsUSA Advisor of the Year  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

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