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Executive Update: September 1, 2020

Executive Update: September 1, 2020

Help Carhartt Fund the Future of Work … and SkillsUSA


For Carhartt, every day is labor day. SkillsUSA agrees. That’s why Carhartt, one of our longstanding partners, has generously agreed to support SkillsUSA’s mission during their “Every Day is Labor Day” event on … you guessed it … Labor Day, Sept. 7. From 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. (EDT), all sales of products made through Carhartt.com will be donated to SkillsUSA! Again, not just a “portion” of sales, but all sales. It’s an incredible opportunity to purchase some of Carhartt’s amazing products while contributing to the SkillsUSA mission — now more vital than ever — at the same time. Learn more at Carhartt.com, and get ready to do some truly life-changing Labor Day shopping. 

National Officers Trained and Ready for Assignments

SkillsUSA’s 2020-21 national officer team recently completed two months of virtual training to prepare them for their year of service. During training, they prepared for their role as leaders by developing their unique SkillsUSA Framework stories about their SkillsUSA and CTE experiences. At their most recent training session, officers elected positions among themselves, and it is our pleasure to share the results. The national officers are now available for assignments for speaking engagements and training sessions by clicking here. The team is excited and energized to serve at an unprecedented level due to increased virtual opportunities.

High School Officers

  • Tarik Barnes, president, a health sciences student at Cleveland High School, Texas.
  • Kayla Ketterling, vice president, an engineering and welding technology student at Cheyenne Central High School, Wyo.
  • Ryan Tinder, secretary, a pre-engineering student at Canadian Valley Technology Center, Okla.
  • Abigail Jensen, treasurer, a technical drafting student at Wasilla High School, Alaska.
  • Cecelia Lausten, parliamentarian, a carpentry student at Sebeka Public School, Minn.
  • Aliyana Martin, Region 1 vice president, a medical assisting student at Southeastern Regional Vocational Technical High School, Mass.
  • Alexis Gamez, Region 2 vice president, a nursing student at Leesburg High School, Fla.
  • Abberah Nasir, Region 3 vice president, a pre-nursing student at Fairfield Career Center, Ohio.
  • Dianna Serrano, Region 4 vice president, a criminal justice student at the Townview Law Magnet, Texas.
  • Andi Soliz, Region 5 vice president, a graphic design student at Dysart High School, Ariz.

College/Postsecondary Officers

  • Sarah Romanko, president, an entrepreneurship student at the University of Texas at Dallas.
  • Xiomara Schultz, vice president, a cosmetology student at Tulsa Technology Center, Okla.

Joint Executive Council

  • Chair and Board Representative: Tarik Barnes, Texas.
  • Vice Chair: Sarah Romanko, Texas.
  • Secretary: Kayla Ketterling, Wyoming.

Chapter of Distinction Mega Prize Event 

The Chapter of Distinction Mega Prize Event will be held virtually on Sept. 24 at 7:30 p.m. EDT. This year’s lineup includes over 25 Mega prize packages and door prizes! Eligible advisors will receive save-the-date and registration details directly via email. If you have questions, contact Taryn Zeigler at tzeigler@skillsusa.org.

Recognizing State Associations through State Standards of Excellence Program

SkillsUSA’s State Standards of Excellence Program experienced growth in its fourth year, as 35 states completed the process and received recognition. The purpose of the program is to ensure state associations have in place policies, procedures and structure on an annual basis that deliver a high level of service to membership. This program is not competitive between states but serves as a system to allow states to benchmark their performance and determine improvements to become the very best organization for their members. State associations, rather than the state SkillsUSA director, are recognized for achieving State Standards of Excellence. Congratulations to the state SkillsUSA directors who provide leadership for these state associations.

The following state associations were recognized for achieving Bronze level by establishing a baseline for a healthy association: New Hampshire, New York (high school) and North Dakota.

The following states were recognized for achieving Silver level, ensuring sustainability of a healthy association: Alabama (high school), Indiana, New Mexico, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, Puerto Rico, South Dakota, Texas (college/postsecondary), West Virginia and Wyoming.

The following states reached the pinnacle of achievement by successfully completing the Gold level requirements, ensuring continual growth of the association: Arizona, California, Colorado, Florida, Georgia (college/postsecondary), Georgia (high school), Illinois, Iowa, Kansas, Maine, Massachusetts, Nevada, New Jersey, Ohio, Oklahoma, Oregon, Rhode Island, South Carolina, Tennessee (college/postsecondary), Texas (high school), Virginia and Washington (high school).

Plan Now to Participate in Manufacturing Day

SkillsUSA traditionally participates in Manufacturing Day, a celebration of modern manufacturing meant to inspire the next generation. While Manufacturing Day is officially celebrated the first Friday in October (this year, Oct. 2), SkillsUSA chapters can hold events on any date in October that works best. Events for students can include a plant tour, a virtual tour or an event on your campus that highlights manufacturing.

SkillsUSA chapters are asked to share their Manufacturing Day photos and stories with Hayley Uffelman at huffelman@skillsusa.org. For resources, or to find events in your area, go to: www.mfgday.com.

Registration Opens — Enjoy the Benefits of Professional Membership

The SkillsUSA registration site is officially open for the new school year. If you or any chapter advisors need assistance with SkillsUSA membership or registration, hotline operators are ready to answer questions about starting a new chapter, ways to engage chapter members or strategies to strengthen an existing chapter. Operators are on call 8 a.m.-5 p.m. on Monday, Wednesday and Friday; and 11 a.m.-7 p.m. on Tuesday and Thursday (EDT). To reach the hotline, call 844-875-4557 or email operators@skillsusa.org. You can also chat online on the membership registration site.

This year, SkillsUSA Professional members receive these complimentary benefits:

  • Framework Integration Toolkit — The Framework Integration Toolkit has everything you need to ensure career readiness for students, including videos, Framework Foundation lesson plans, experiential activities and more.
  • Program of Work Toolkit — The Program of Work Toolkit includes the Program of Work Launch Activity Guides, including Virtual Classroom edition, videos and resources to help you implement effective activities.
  • Jump Into STEM!  updated to include Virtual Classroom edition — The “Jump into STEM!” curriculum provides an opportunity for SkillsUSA members to engage and mentor elementary- and middle-school students in STEM learning while creating an open door to future recruitment into high-school career and technical education programs. The program highlights engaging, hands-on learning provided by current SkillsUSA members for younger students.
  • 2020-2021 SkillsUSA Championships Technical Standards — The SkillsUSA Championships Technical Standards are the official rules and regulations for each competition that’s part of the SkillsUSA Championships, and they are included as a benefit of professional membership. Along with rules for all national events, the standards include an overview, lists of technical skills and knowledge required, clothing requirements, and eligibility and equipment lists. It also lists the embedded academic skills in math, English and science.

SkillsUSA professional members receive all of these materials when they submit membership along with a valid email address. The 2020-21 SkillsUSA Championships Technical Standards and other materials are provided through a digital delivery system. National dues for professional members are $20 plus state dues, which vary. The 2020-21 state dues and deadlines is online: www.skillsusa.org/membership-resources/membership-kit-2/.

Becoming a professional member of SkillsUSA is one of the best ways to demonstrate to students the importance of joining a professional organization and the opportunities that membership will provide.

Discounted Pricing on Career Essentials Suite Curriculum

We are pleased to announce that all SkillsUSA Career Essentials suite project-based learning online curricula are deeply discounted for a limited time to support educators as you leverage new ways to teach in the upcoming school year. To view discounted price models, visit www.careeressentials.org/pricing/.

For more information about Career Essentials, visit www.careeressentials.org.

To register to attend a Career Essentials overview, go to: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSdHakvnaro6xmuGXlLVAlgIUJPd3kZLH0DhLaOG-Oq_gfM6gQ/viewform.

Got Champions?

The SkillsUSA Champions magazine staff is looking for potential feature stories for the new digital hub. If you know of a SkillsUSA student, advisor, industry representative or alumnus whose story would be motivating and inspirational, please email the director of communications, Tom Kercheval, at tkercheval@skillsusa.org. 

States’ IRS Reporting Form Due Oct. 15

State SkillsUSA Directors: SkillsUSA Form No. 2 (IRS Reporting Form) is online at https://bit.ly/30LaVnG. You can download the form, the letter requesting a state’s federal ID number and the instructions from this link. Please fill out the necessary information and return the signed form and letter to Kim Graham (kgraham@skillsusa.org) at the national headquarters by Oct. 15.

Please note: The form is now formatted as an Excel file. You will see two tabs at the bottom of the worksheet. The first tab, “Form2Coverltr,” contains the letter giving permission for your state association to be included in the group return. Simply fill in the required information, sign and date. Please be sure to include your state association’s federal ID number.

The second tab, “990Form2,” contains the financial information required by the IRS. The Excel file will automatically calculate the totals as information is entered. The form has been password protected, so you can only enter information into the required fields. This form is lengthy, so please scroll to the end (Line 108). Again, fill in the required information, sign and date.

These forms will not be mailed to state SkillsUSA directors and are available only online. We file with the IRS on states’ behalf, and the completed Form No. 2 is all we need. Reminder:  No extension will be filed for this filing year as to avoid any occurrence of non-filing notices being sent by the IRS. 

State SkillsUSA directors, please do not miss this opportunity to be part of our joint return. If you encounter any problems or have questions, please contact Kim Graham at 703-737-0602 or kgraham@skillsusa.org.

SREB Offers Free Professional Development

The Southern Regional Education Board (SREB) is holding a free series of two-hour introductory workshops on innovative practices for teaching students in a virtual setting. With seven topics to choose from, participants will be prepared with tools and strategies for building lesson plans and creating formative and summative assessments in the first weeks of school. All sessions take place from 2-4 p.m. (EDT) and will include 30 minutes for peer collaboration or one-on-one support from SREB staff.  To view session descriptions and register to attend, visit www.sreb.org/free_workshops. 

NEW From the SkillsUSA Store: Career Collection Tees

SkillsUSA members, alumni, instructors and advisors know there has never been a better time to be skilled in America. Individuals within each major industry make unique and essential contributions every day, moving us closer to a better world. To recognize the unique value of those essential skills, the SkillsUSA Store has launched an exclusive collection of T-shirts designed specifically for each career cluster. Explore the collection on the SkillsUSA Store today.