Executive Update: May 15, 2019

Important Dates
June 22-24: Activate, Leverage and Engage Training, Louisville, Ky.
June 24-28: National Leadership and Skills Conference, Louisville, Ky

Executive Director’s Report

First SkillsUSA National Signing Day a Big Success
For our first SkillsUSA National Signing Day on Wednesday, May 8, over 300 schools and an estimated 3,000 students participated across the country. Our partner Klein Tools took the lead, providing T-shirts, hats, backpacks and Klein pliers as gifts as well as pledge cards, signs, tablecloths and water bottles. The event saluted career and technical education students for pledging to continue in a skilled trades career after high school, in the same way as student athletes who sign for college sports programs or even the NFL.

NFL quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo was the lead spokesman at Silicon Valley Career Technical Education Center in San Jose, Calif. He addressed the group there alongside his father, Tony Garoppolo, a career electrician who recently retired. I also spoke, as did the principal of Silicon Valley CTEC, plus Klein Tools president Mark Klein and vice president of marketing Greg Palese.

The first signer was our WorldSkills USA cabinetmaking competitor, Ethan Harrison. Ten students at a time sat at a table, signed pledge cards to a future skilled trades career, then stepped to the mic and stated their plans, posed for photos as a group, and received their hat and T-shirt, backpack and pliers. Don Black, of the Western Electrical Contractors Association and board chair of SkillsUSA California, also attended.

SkillsUSA national officers participated at four other signing day locations: Brooke Gatchell was at Ponaganset High School in Rhode Island; Ulamila Uluiviti was at the Fremont (Ohio) campus of Vanguard Technical Center; Amari Brown was at Oklahoma’s Gordon Cooper Technology Center; and Guadalupe Cortez was at Slawson Occupational Center in California.

We had excellent media coverage for the entire day. WorldSkills USA competitor Ethan Harrison was interviewed by Education Week on Monday. See the article here: http://blogs.edweek.org/edweek/high_school_and_beyond/2019/05/now_theres_a_national_signing_day_for_career_programs.html. Jimmy Garoppolo was interviewed by local and national news media, and we will share links of the coverage in the near future. Visit SkillsUSA’s Facebook or Instagram pages on social media for some of the coverage.

Making the Last Stop on My State Conference Tour
On April 28-30, I went to Oklahoma’s State Leadership and Skills Conference (SLSC) for my final visit to a SLSC as SkillsUSA executive director, and it was a grand celebration of skills. Kudos to state SkillsUSA director Darren Gibson and a large team from the Oklahoma Department of Career and Technology Education for managing an excellent event of more than 3,500 registrants. It was also great to see board member Dean Baker there with some of his student competitors.

That Saturday evening, I spoke at a banquet honoring state officers and alumni and presented the Marsha Daves Lifetime Achievement Award to three recipients. Marsha’s daughter, Amber, and family members were there to support and honor the legacy of our former national staff director of education. Our national officer Amari Brown did a spectacular job speaking at the banquet and leading activities throughout the conference. It was also great to see eight former national officers from Oklahoma who were there to give back.

Former SkillsUSA Oklahoma state president Lauren DeLaRosa’s mom, dad and two sisters also attended the conference. Lauren died in an auto accident this past year. Her blazer hung on the podium at the opening and awards ceremonies, and her family rapped the gavel to call the opening ceremony to order. I was pleased to see a $5,200 check presented to the family for a scholarship fund honoring Lauren.

Leadership competitions were held on Sunday, and that evening I spoke at a very high-quality delegate assembly.

Skill competitions ran throughout the day on Monday at the Cox Convention Center. I spent most of the day with state supervisor of Oklahoma Trade and Industrial Education Jeff Huffman traveling to outlying contest sites. The Tulsa technical system is very impressive, ranging from massive skill labs at Tulsa Tech’s Broken Arrow Campus to its Riverside Campus, where there are two full-size hangars with planes from single-engine Cessnas to huge military cargo planes and corporate jets. These schools are some of the best anywhere. Industry was involved in nearly every contest area, including local union training centers that hosted the metal trades competitions.

Skill competition awards were presented on Monday. Darren Gibson was very proud of SkillsUSA Chapter Excellence Program recognition on stage. Former national officer Cody McPherson, now an instructor and SkillsUSA advisor, received the first Oklahoma Model of Excellence award for his chapter. Cody also received 2019 Advisor of the Year Award.

I was honored that Oklahoma was the place for the final state conference of my tenure as executive director. It was awesome!

NCCER Reports a Banner Year
On May 1-2, I participated in the NCCER board of trustees meeting in Napa, Calif. The meeting was well attended and, as always, it was a great opportunity to network with top leaders from the commercial and industrial construction industry. This was Vice President Steve Greene’s final board meeting, and the opening dinner was a celebration of his retirement. CEO Don Whyte is also retiring in January 2021, and Boyd Worsham (one of our SkillsUSA Championships technical committee chairs and a great friend) has been named NCCER president. Boyd will step in to replace the CEO in 2021. He gave his first official report to the board, and NCCER has had a banner year in curriculum, assessment and certification of craft professionals. We voted to approve the annual audit and received updates on legislation affecting the industry, marketing initiatives and recruitment programs. NCCER continues to be an outstanding partner of SkillsUSA.


• On April 24, staff member Sylvia Phillips met with Dwayne Hobbs, work-based learning program specialist at the Georgia Department of Education. Sylvia facilitated a demonstration of the SkillsUSA Career Essentials: Experiences fundamental course and explained the features and benefits of all four courses. They also spoke at length about the value of the SkillsUSA Career Ready Assessment in measuring skill development.

• On April 30, staff member Gene Dudley met with the Northeast Alabama Community College Workforce dean and the adult education director to discuss the SkillsUSA Career Essentials. They are very interested in launching the curriculum for their career and technical education credit programs, business and industry program and their adult education programs.

• Staff member Anita Foor has been working to prepare the new learning management system for hosting the SkillsUSA Career Essentials suite resources. This is a very heavy lift with tedious work.

• National officer Tony Peeler Jr. was included in a recent Education Week article published May 7. Here is the link: www.edweek.org/ew/articles/2019/05/01/why-the-high-achievers-have-moved-to-shop.html.

That’s it for now. Thank you for all you do for the great students and teachers we serve.

Presidential CTE Scholars Include SkillsUSA Members

U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos announced the 55th class of U.S. Presidential Scholars, which for the fourth year includes students in career and technical education (CTE) fields. SkillsUSA members receiving the award:

• Ian Henry Carnate Acosta of Waipahu High School in Hawaii
• Megan Elizabeth Brown of Shawsheen Valley Technical High School in Massachusetts
• Sonia Purohit of the Academy for Health and Medical Sciences in New Jersey

The White House Commission on Presidential Scholars honors scholars annually based on academic success, essays and school transcripts, as well as evidence of community service, leadership and demonstrated commitment to high ideals. In all, the U.S. Presidential Scholars Program cited 161 high-school seniors for their accomplishments in academics, the arts and CTE.

Created in 1964, the program has honored almost 7,500 of the nation’s top-performing students with the prestigious award given to honorees during an annual ceremony in Washington. In 2015, the program was expanded to recognize students who demonstrate accomplishment in CTE fields. To see a list of the career and technical education 2019 Presidential Scholars, go to: www.ed.gov/news/press-releases/161-students-across-country-named-2019-us-presidential-scholars.

Use Your State Logo Consistently to Promote a Stronger Image

A reminder to state SkillsUSA directors: If you have any questions as you prepare national conference materials or logo wear for your state delegations, please contact Tom Hall, director of the Office of Communications, at thall@skillsusa.org.

Using SkillsUSA’s graphic identity consistently is a way to build public recognition. Please use your official state logo. All official state logos can be downloaded from the new SkillsUSA Brand Center at: www.skillsusabrandcenter.org. These state logos follow the graphic standard for adding type to the trademarked SkillsUSA logo.

It’s important to follow SkillsUSA’s graphic standards (listed at: www.skillsusa.org/wp-content/uploads/2018/05/SkillsUSA-Graphic-Standards-18.pdf). For example, don’t add any extra type or art to your official state logo. Run your logo in only one color when it’s used against a color background.

At this time of year, we get questions about T-shirt designs for your state delegations. A common question is how to present the state logo correctly while having a unique design to show pride in your state. In such cases, keep your state logo apart from the new art; for example, put the logo on the front or sleeve while putting the state art on the back. Or, keep enough space between the logo and new art so that it’s clear they are two separate elements. Be as creative as you like with your new art. The name “SkillsUSA” can be spelled out in any typeface to match your design — just keep it one word. (Don’t try to match the typeface in the logo or use the type itself without the top “flag” part of the logo, which violates our graphic standards.)

Remember, these shirts probably will be worn in public after the conference is over, and by keeping a consistent graphic identity, they’re another opportunity to make SkillsUSA more recognized.

Need Extra Room for NLSC? Our Team is Accommodating

State SkillsUSA directors: As a reminder, the housing office and SkillsUSA staff will do our best to try to accommodate states that may need additional sleeping rooms for the national conference. Please understand there is no guarantee that extra rooms are available, but we will do our absolute best to find the necessary housing needed. Should your state need additional rooms, we have the following possible options:

• If there are other states at the same hotel that are not using all of their assigned rooms by the cutoff date (May 21), unused rooms can be made available.
• If a hotel is willing to increase the original contracted block, there may be additional rooms available (this must be done by the housing office).
• Assigning extra guests to an “overflow” hotel — An overflow hotel is a hotel that has a contract with SkillsUSA and has extra rooms available under the original contracted block that are not being used by states assigned within the hotel. In these cases, SkillsUSA would assign an overflow hotel to a state that is on the same bus route. Being on the same bus route enables the guests to use the conference transportation to commute back and forth to the official state hotel and not rely on rental cars.

If you need extra sleeping rooms, use the form in the 2019 NLSC Guide and submit your request before the housing deadline: https://skillsusa.wufoo.com/forms/request-to-add-hotel-rooms-for-nlsc.

Please do not assign additional rooms not already assigned to your state. Let us know now exactly what you need, and we’ll check inventory after the deadline. We will work closely with the state SkillsUSA directors who make these requests to accommodate as many needs as we can. It’s very rare that we have not been able to fulfill all requests — please been patient with us as we get closer. If you have questions, do not hesitate to contact Karen Wallace at kwallace@gotolouisville.com.

Leading Coach in Team Building and Leadership Development to Present During Engage Training

This year’s SkillsUSA Engage training will open with a half-day session from Box of Crayon’s The Coaching Habit. Deseri Garcia will facilitate “The 5 Question Leader” in which participants will learn how to be more coach-like and be able to support their students through consistent and ongoing feedback. Garcia will share practical ways to slay “the advice monster” and foster autonomous, accountable teams. Participants will also learn a proven framework for more productive, engaging conversations.

Garcia is the owner of Vida Aventura, a consulting and coaching company that helps individuals and organizations reach their true potential through team building and leadership development. She is an accredited facilitator of The Five Behaviors of a Cohesive Team, is certified by the Association for Challenge Course Technology, holds a certificate from the Coaching Clinic–Corporate Coach U and has a bachelor’s degree in small business entrepreneurship.

Time to Register for Activate, Leverage and Engage Training

State SkillsUSA directors: As you plan for our National Leadership and Skills Conference, please share these incredible pre-conference leadership opportunities with your teachers and students. SkillsUSA’s Leverage is designed specifically for state officers, while Activate makes a terrific training ground for younger chapter leaders, and Engage is the optimal training for advisors.

Registration is $165 per person. SkillsUSA’s Activate, Leverage and Engage will be held June 22-24 at the Kentucky Exposition Center (KEC).

Leverage, Active and Engage fliers have been added to our website. We encourage state SkillsUSA directors to download and print them for distribution to teachers and students. Here are the links:

• Leverage: www.skillsusa.org/wp-content/uploads/2019/04/Leverage-Flier-2019.pdf
• Activate: www.skillsusa.org/wp-content/uploads/2019/04/Activate-Flier-2019-.pdf
• Engage: www.skillsusa.org/wp-content/uploads/2019/04/Engage-Flier-2019.pdf

Get Your Official NLSC T-Shirts Now

State SkillsUSA directors: In advance of the National Leadership and Skills Conference, you can now order official T-shirts for your state delegation and save in the process.

T-shirts are available to preorder for only $10 each. That’s a savings of $5 off the regular price. Shipping charges will be free, and all orders will be available for pickup in Louisville during your state’s registration.

The deadline to submit your order is May 17. Shirts are available in sizes S-5XL, and the minimum order is 25. To place the order, contact Kim DeVenuto at kdevenuto@egroupengage.com.

Become a SkillsUSA Career Essentials Certified Teacher

State SkillsUSA directors: Please pass this information on to your advisors who will be attending the National Leadership and Skills Conference (NLSC).

SkillsUSA will host SkillsUSA Career Essentials certified teacher training at the 2019 NLSC in Louisville, Ky. The training requires full participation in four sessions, which will be offered on both June 26 and June 27. Participants can complete all four sessions in one day or complete the four sessions across two days.

Registered individuals will receive a voucher to access SkillsUSA Career Essentials: Experiences, develop an implementation plan and learn teaching strategies for the program. Individuals completing all four sessions in full will be SkillsUSA Career Essentials certified teachers.

There is no additional charge for this training. Registered teachers are guaranteed a seat in the four required sessions. Walk-in participants will be accepted on a space-available basis and there are 35 seats per session.

Registration for the training closes May 20. For more information, contact Anita Foor at afoor@skillsusa.org. To register, please go to the link and complete the form with your contact information, your session choices and request hotel accommodations, if needed: https://tinyurl.com/y54bo4kd.

Scholarship Deadline Closing Soon

The deadline for the Fine Homebuilding #KeepCraftAlive Scholarship is May 22. For more information and to apply, go to: https://skillsusa.wufoo.com/forms/keepcraftalive-scholarship/.

Many SkillsUSA scholarship winners for 2019 have already been announced, and more will be posted soon. To see a list of winners, go to: www.skillsusa.org/membership-resources/scholarships-financial-aid/.

Deadline Extended for NLSC Crisis Contacts

State SkillsUSA directors: Please email your cellphone number as well as the names and phone numbers for up to three crisis team members for this year’s National Leadership and Skills Conference (NLSC). If you cannot be contacted in the event of an emergency at NLSC, we will call the team members on your list. We need your cell number and a maximum of three crisis team members.

Remember, do not turn off your cellphones during your week in Louisville, as the ability to reach you is crucial. Please email the NLSC crisis team names and phone numbers to Jane Short at jshort@skillsusa.org no later than June 1.

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.

NLSC Courtesy Corps Members Needed

SkillsUSA needs more than 200 National Courtesy Corps (NCC) members for our national conference. The work of this group supports the contest technical committees and is deeply appreciated. This is a great opportunity for students to network with industry partners and experience the national conference.

NCC members receive free conference registration plus housing, local transportation, meals and entertainment. Each member is given several free shirts. All NCC participants are housed at the University of Louisville’s Community Park, about 15 minutes from the Kentucky Exposition Center.

NCC members are responsible for their own transportation to and from Louisville, Ky., and should arrive on Saturday, June 22, by 4 p.m. so they can start to work in the contest areas on Sunday, June 23. Departure is Saturday, June 29.

Advisors must supervise their participating students and all members must abide by the code of conduct for the National Leadership and Skills Conference. SkillsUSA will provide individual schedules for students and advisors listing work assignments and breaks. There will be an advisors-only session to review student duties and responsibilities. SkillsUSA works to enhance the NCC experience each year.

Dorothy Loges from Missouri is the NCC chair. Questions can be directed to her at: Dorothy.loges@bisonpride.org. To register, go to: https://w3.smartreg.com/webreg/SKILLSUSA19/.

National Officer Candidates Sought

Being a national officer is the ultimate growth, personal development and student leadership experience in SkillsUSA. The overall program focuses on five key essential elements of the SkillsUSA Framework: responsibility, communication, teamwork, leadership and professional development. The skills learned through the national officer program will help students be successful in serving the organization and throughout their lives and careers.

The application deadline for SkillsUSA national officer applications is June 1. Contact Kim Hegedus at khegedus@skillsusa.org or 317-544-8750 with questions. The national officer application and program guide are now available:

Help Others by Donating Blood During NLSC

State SkillsUSA directors: Please pass this information on to your advisors and students attending the 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 just outside the entrance to the North Wing Hall entrance to 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 new car. 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 on the state directors’ site) 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.

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 list, general session information, special events, entertainment, participant tracks, attendee bus shuttle schedules, messaging/alert features and search features. The app can be downloaded by searching “2019 SkillsUSA NLSC,” 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. In addition, there will be a PDF of this program available for download from our SkillsUSA website by June 1.

State Pins Requested

For the national conference, SkillsUSA’s Alumni and Friends Executive Board requests 169 state lapel pins from each state association or territory. The pins will be used to create two full pin sets for each state association.

Additionally, nine sets will be given to the first-, second- and third-place middle school, high school and college/postsecondary medal winners of the national Pin Design (State Conference) competition. Six sets will be placed in the Friday auction.

Please drop off your pins at the Alumni Booth in the North Wing Lobby of the Kentucky Exposition Center by 10 a.m. on Monday, June 24. State pin sets must be signed for and picked up at the state association breakfast on Friday, June 28.

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. Online sales begin June 3, but sign up now for a reminder alert. 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). Alert your parents and other supporters of this new policy so they buy Awards Ceremony tickets in advance.

To sign up for alerts or 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 Water

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.

For more information about how donating your shoes saves lives, go to: www.waterstep.org. Watch this video to learn more about the WaterStep shoe program: http://link.brightcove.com/services/player/bcpid2035075745001?bckey=AQ~~,AAAB2oUxGjE~,utVw2c5hsy-toSRZ-5n964-ATUIy2fgD&bctid=4522271076001.

NLSC Digital Media Kit, Winner Photos and Press Releases Coming

Want to know what is new at NLSC or find conference statistics? The 2019 digital media kit will be online by June 1. 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 for national medalists and Skill Point Certificate recipients, including lists of medalists by school or state, will be sent to daily and weekly newspapers. We encourage SkillsUSA competitors to contact their local newspapers or TV stations to tell them about their trip to Louisville. Visit the SkillsUSA site for an editable press release and media contacts. Click on “Sample Press Release for National Champions” and follow the instructions provided: http://cqrcengage.com/skillsusa/

Press releases specific to each specific trade or contest area will be available by June 1. Use these when publicizing your students’ participation as a competitor, delegate or National Courtesy Corps member at the NLSC. Download them at:

NLSC Offers Two Entertainment Options for Attendees

Champions Night: Louisville Bats Game
On Wednesday, June 26, SkillsUSA Champions Night is moving to Louisville Slugger Field for a fun-filled night at the ballpark, where the Louisville Bats will take on the Toledo Mud Hens. There will be giveaways all evening, and SkillsUSA will be featured throughout the game.

Each paid attendee will receive an admission ticket with a $5 pre-loaded value to use at the gift shop or the concession stand, as well as a baseball hat. SkillsUSA attendees will have many opportunities to be involved in activities in between innings and to receive additional free items at random the entire night, including two free NASCAR tickets. Game time is at 7 p.m., and the event will be held rain or shine. Plan to arrive by 6:45 p.m. to hear SkillsUSA Vermont director Jane Donahue Davis sing the National Anthem, and watch SkillsUSA New Hampshire director Josh Brunk officially start the evening’s activities. There will also be free gifts from select inning sponsors.

Shuttle bus transportation to the stadium will begin approximately 5:30 p.m. and run until the close of the event. There will be no shuttle service available from all downtown hotels, since the event is within walking distance. Game tickets will be distributed to state SkillsUSA directors during scheduled registration appointments.

A SkillsUSA logo shirt, appropriate attire and the official conference name badge are required to enter. A donation of $1 is being asked of attendees at the entrance. This donation will be used to offset the cost of the new Champions Circle Amphitheater at the National Leadership Center in Leesburg, Va.

SkillsUSA Night Returns to Kentucky Kingdom
On Thursday, June 27, from 6 p.m.-10 p.m., join your SkillsUSA friends and colleagues at Kentucky Kingdom. Fun is required at this traditional night following the SkillsUSA Championships. The park is open only to SkillsUSA attendees.

Tickets for registered participants will be distributed by the state SkillsUSA director at each state’s delegation orientation meeting. Additional tickets will be on sale in the Kentucky Exposition Center’s North Wing Lobby for $20. Transportation is provided from state hotels through the close of the event. A SkillsUSA logo shirt, appropriate attire and the official conference name badge are required for admittance. A $1 donation at admission will support Feed Thy Neighbor, a Louisville program to help the homeless.

‘Meet the Employer’ Sponsored by Magna International

SkillsUSA will be conducting a Meet the Employer event for SkillsUSA students at the National Leadership and Skills Conference on Friday, June 28, from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. All student members, regardless of graduation date and curriculum, are encouraged to attend and bring résumés. We anticipate over 50 employers will staff booths in the East Wing of the Kentucky Exposition Center. The first companies to sign up are Magna International, 3M, CBRE (commercial real estate services), Centuri Construction, Ferguson, IAA, NASSCO, Spirit AeroSystems, Textron Aviation and Nissan. Meet the Employer will include career development seminars for attendees.

A flier about Meet the Employer can be downloaded and shared with your students who are coming to Louisville in June: http://MeettheEmployer.skillsusa.org.

Prepare Delegates to Vote on New Constitutional Amendments

New constitutional amendments will be presented to the high school, middle school and college/postsecondary House of Delegates during the National Leadership and Skills Conference in June.

If you have delegates representing your state at the National Leadership and Skills Conference, please ensure they arrive with a strong familiarity with the motions that will be discussed during their business meetings. To see them, go to: http://bit.ly/2019Amendments

To assist with preparing your delegates to vote on these motions, training videos will be posted in the near future on the SkillsUSA delegate sessions webpage at: www.skillsusa.org/events-training/national-leadership-and-skills-conference/delegate-sessions/

If you have questions, contact Kim Hegedus at khegedus@skillsusa.org.

Watch for Spam Regarding NLSC Attendee Lists

Periodically, people affiliated with SkillsUSA receive emails from various companies trying to sell an attendee list from one of our conferences or from our TECHSPO event.

This is not a legitimate offer. It’s a scam. Rest assured, they don’t have a real list from SkillsUSA.

• SkillsUSA doesn’t ever sell our attendee lists or email lists.
• Offers claiming to sell these lists are fraudulent

The people who send these messages are not affiliated with SkillsUSA in any way.

Avoid interaction with these solicitations. The best thing you can do is report the messages as SPAM and delete them.

To read more about data scraping and how companies attempt to harvest data, go to: www.incapsula.com/web-application-security/web-scraping-attack.html.

WLTI: Where Leaders Become Advocates

Consider attending the Washington Leadership Training Institute (WLTI), held in the nation’s capital Sept. 21-25. This conference offers advanced training for students and advisors focused on professionalism, communication and leadership. During the conference, participants will demonstrate the use of these key Essential Elements while advocating for SkillsUSA and career and technical education. Additionally, participants will have the opportunity to tour Washington, visit the SkillsUSA National Leadership Center and view the changing of the guards along with a wreath ceremony at the Tomb of the Unknowns. This year, each participant will also receive a House and Senate gallery pass.

WLTI registration opens Aug. 1 and is $450 per participant. For additional information: www.skillsusa.org/events-training/washington-leadership-training-institute/.

Save with May Educational Resources Bundle

State SkillsUSA directors: SkillsUSA is offering special pricing on a select bundle of educational materials. May’s bundle pricing includes Impact and The Four Pillars. The bundle price is $10, a savings of $4.90. Order Stock No. BMAY2019.

Impact: Experiential Activities to Launch Successful Teams features activities that promote team interaction, trust exercises and problem solving. It covers group facilitation and the use of debriefing questions. Activities incorporate the SkillsUSA Framework of developing personal, workplace and technical skills.

The Four Pillars: Your Personal Leadership Journey is designed for students who are ready for a more in-depth approach to learning leadership.

Due Dates

May 15: mikeroweWORKS Foundation Travel Scholarship applications due
May 17: State SkillsUSA director deadline to order discounted conference T-shirts
May 20: SkillsUSA Career Essentials certified teacher training registration closes
May 22: Fine Homebuilding #KeepCraftAlive Scholarship application deadline
June 1: National officer applications due
June 1: National Leadership and Skills Conference crisis contact information due
June 7: GAERF 2019 Student Design Competition entry deadline

National Staff Travel

May 17: Decatur, Ala./Calhoun Community College meeting/Gene Dudley
May 23: Raleigh, N.C./Meetings with CTE and Adult Education
Leadership/Gene Dudley
May 31-June 1: Jacksonville, Fla./SkillsUSA Florida Board of Directors
meeting/Gene Dudley

June 4-6: Birmingham, Ala./Alabama Adult Education Conference/
Gene Dudley
June 6: Brandenburg, Ky./Advisor Training/Courtney Ferrell
June 22-24: Louisville, Ky./Activate, Leverage and Engage Training/SkillsUSA
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 23-28: Dulles, Va./Summer National Officer Training/Courtney Ferrell