Executive Update: September 15, 2019

Executive Update: September 15, 2019

Tim Lawrence

Important Dates
Sept. 21-25: Washington Leadership Training Institute, Alexandria, Va.

Executive Director’s Report

WLTI Registration Again Breaks Records
It looks like we will have another record-breaking Washington Leadership Training Institute! Registration stands at 558, with teachers and students coming from 29 states.

State delegations will arrive on Saturday and will head to the National Leadership Center for a celebration evening and a dedication of the new Champions Circle. The final touch for the structure will be a branded firepit designed by state SkillsUSA director and former board member Darren Gibson. We will also have the contractors here who donated their time and materials to make this construction project possible. Shelly Coates and I will also be attending a special dinner to honor their service later in the month.

On Sunday, the group will enjoy a morning of training on the SkillsUSA Framework and advocacy. A legislative lunch panel will follow featuring Sam Morgante, deputy chief of staff and legislative director for Rep. Susie Lee (D-Nev.); Kerry McKittrick, legislative assistant for Rep. Jim Langevin (D-R.I.) and Nick Rockwell, senior legislative assistant for Rep. Glenn “GT” Thompson (R-Pa.). They will discuss ways to make an effective visit to Congress. There will be more training in the afternoon, and after dinner the group will go on a night tour of Washington’s monuments.

On Monday, participants will plan for the next day’s advocacy visits in the morning before departing to honor the fallen of 9/11 at the Pentagon Memorial. In the afternoon, they will tour and explore the city on their own.

On Tuesday, to show support for SkillsUSA and CTE, we will hold a “SkillsUSA Perkins POWERR CTE Rally.” The rally is scheduled to be held on the west front lawn of the U.S. Capitol. Speakers will include Sen. Rob Portman (R-Ohio), Rep. Glenn “GT” Thompson (R-Pa.), selected national officers and me. State delegations will then go on their congressional visits and to Arlington National Cemetery for a wreath-laying ceremony at the Tomb of the Unknowns. The conference will close that evening with Statesman awards being presented. Wednesday will be a travel day.

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

SkillsUSA Team Receives Honors at Internationals

The SkillsUSA WorldSkills USA team competed Aug. 22-27 at the WorldSkills Competition. There were more than 1,300 competitors from 63 member countries working in 56 occupational areas. All 22 members of the WorldSkills USA team were fierce competitors, and we are so proud of them.

Overall, the team won a bronze medal and earned four Medallions of Excellence. Ryan Meppelink of Zeeland, Mich., was awarded a bronze medal for Heavy Vehicle Technology and Best in Nation for having the highest score for the team. Medallions of Excellence, awarded to competitors who earn 700 out of 800 possible points, were earned by Paul Danenberg of Boise, Idaho, in Automobile Technology; Ryan Fincher of Cedartown, Ga., in Welding; Rebekah Hagberg of Bloomington, Ill., in Hairdressing; and Dylan Wertz of Tiffin, Ohio, in Car Painting.

The team narrowly missed earning four additional Medallions of Excellence. Based on total points scored overall, the U.S. team moved up 15 places in world rankings when compared to the 2017 WorldSkills Competition in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates.

While there, SkillsUSA executive director Tim Lawrence was honored to receive the WorldSkills Fellowship Award from Simon Bartley, president of WorldSkills. This award is conferred by the WorldSkills board of directors to individuals “in recognition of an outstanding contribution to WorldSkills and a commitment to inspiring and advancing the prospects of young people around the globe.” This was only the second WorldSkills Fellowship Award presented in the 73-year history of the organization.

The entire experience was unforgettable for the team. Experiencing the unique Russian culture and meet workforce development experts from every corner of the globe truly expands minds to new possibilities and perspectives.

In all, SkillsUSA had around 60 U.S. representatives and supporters join the team in Kazan, including Kayleen McCabe, former national conference keynote speaker; technical experts for each of our contests; several parents and family members of the competitors; and SkillsUSA board president Jen Worth from the American Association of Community Colleges.

Hundreds of supporters here in the United States followed the journey on social media. Our 22 competitors truly gave it their all. The next WorldSkills competition will be held in September 2021 in Shanghai.

To write a personal message of congratulations to the team for their hard work, go to: http://bit.ly/2kkWXa0. To see photos and the post-conference press release, go to: www.WorldSkillsUSA.org. In case you missed it, the Closing Ceremony is available on YouTube here:


At the end of the Closing Ceremony, the WorldSkills flag was handed over by the Russian hosts to a delegation from China. The 46th WorldSkills Competition will be held in Shanghai in September 2021.

Going to WLTI? You’ll Need This

For those attending the SkillsUSA Washington Leadership Training Institute (WLTI) Sept. 21-25, here are a few reminders:

SkillsUSA Framework Stories
State SkillsUSA directors: If your state officers attended Leverage at NLSC, please ask them to bring their SkillsUSA Framework stories. We will use these on Sunday, Sept. 22, during the student training session.

Request WLTI Congressional Appointments Now
Students and advisors will go to Capitol Hill during WLTI to visit senators and representatives on Sept. 24 between 9:45 a.m.-2:30 p.m. (Buses depart at 2:40 p.m.).

Appointments must be scheduled, so please request appointments now.

2019 Official Partner List Expands

The following organizations made financial contributions of at least $25,000 and/or documented in-kind contributions of at least $75,000 and thereby qualified to be recognized as a SkillsUSA Official Partner in FY19.

  • 3M
  • Air Products
  • American Welding Society
  • AMT – The Association for Manufacturing Technology
  • Apex Tool Group
  • Apprenticeship.gov
  • Broan
  • CareerSafe
  • Carhartt Inc.
  • CBRE
  • Cengage Learning
  • Centuri Construction Group
  • Channellock Inc.
  • Charles Koch Charitable Foundation
  • Distribution Contractors Association
  • Explore the Trades
  • Ferguson Enterprises Inc.
  • Fine Homebuilding/Taunton Press
  • GE Appliances, A Haier Company
  • Georgia-Pacific LLC
  • Goodheart-Wilcox Publisher
  • Haas Automation, Inc.
  • Harbor Freight Tools for Schools
  • The Haskell Company
  • IAA Insurance Auto Auctions
  • Intelitek Inc.
  • John Deere
  • Klein Tools Inc.
  • Koch Industries Inc.
  • Kreg Tool Co.
  • Lowe’s Companies
  • Magna International
  • mikeroweWORKS Foundation
  • Miller Electric Manufacturing LLC
  • National Association of Sewer Service Companies
  • National Institute for Automotive Service Excellence
  • National Roofing Contractors Association
  • Nissan Motor Corp. in USA
  • Pella Corp.
  • PPG Industries Inc.
  • REC – Robotics Education & Competition Foundation
  • Robert Bosch Tool Corp.
  • Rogers
  • Snap-on Inc.
  • Society of Manufacturing Engineers
  • Southwire Co.
  • Spirit AeroSystems
  • State Farm Insurance Companies
  • Toyota Motor North America
  • Toyota USA Foundation
  • Tremco Roofing & Building
  • United States Coast Guard
  • Universal Technical Institute
  • Volvo Construction Equipment

Key Deadlines Calendar Added for State Association Directors

State SkillsUSA directors: Your calendar for the 2019-2020 school year containing key deadlines for state associations have been posted on your site at: http://bit.ly/2lL24R0. Deadlines will also be posted in the Executive Update, but this calendar should help you in planning your year.

Act Now for Special Pricing on State Medallions and Advisor Pins

State SkillsUSA directors: The SkillsUSA Store is offering early-bird pricing through Sunday, Sept. 30, for state champion medallions and advisor pins. To place your order, visit: https://statedirectormaterial.mybrightsites.com and enter password: SKILLSDIRECTOR (all caps). Then click the “Click Here to Order Your State Medallions” on the blue bar; select your medallion finish (gold, silver, or bronze); choose your state name and quantity needed from the drop-down menu and add them to your cart. Repeat the process for other medals and pins as needed, and check out when finished.

Orders will be invoiced in early February, after you receive the products. If you need assistance with your order, have questions or need help with other projects, please contact Kim Henderson at khenderson@egroupengage.com or 703-673-5465. 

States’ IRS Reporting Form Due Oct. 15 

State SkillsUSA Directors: SkillsUSA Form No. 2 (IRS Reporting Form) is online at www.skillsusa.net/directors/wp-content/uploads/2019/09/Form-2-19.zipYou can download the form, the letter requesting their 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 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 association 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. 

Conference Presentations Available to State Directors

State SkillsUSA directors: If you did not attend the State Directors Association Annual Professional Development and Training Conference in August, you can still benefit. Presentations and supplemental materials are available on the state director site at: www.skillsusa.net/directors/sd-association/state-director-association-professional-development-training-conference/.

SkillsUSA’s Official Attire: New Description

Wearing the official SkillsUSA attire adds a sense of unity and identification, as well as enthusiasm, to meetings, ceremonies, presentations and activities. Members are encouraged to strictly follow the guidelines for official attire during ceremonies, visits with dignitaries, officer campaigns and similar occasions.

  • Red SkillsUSA blazer, windbreaker or sweater, or black or red SkillsUSA jacket
  • Button-up, collared, white dress shirt (accompanied by a plain, solid black tie), white blouse (collarless or small-collared) or white turtleneck, with any collar not to extend into the lapel area of the blazer, sweater, windbreaker or jacket
  • Black dress slacks (accompanied by black dress socks or black or skin-tone seamless hose) or black dress skirt (knee-length, accompanied by black or skin-tone seamless hose)
  • Black dress shoes 

Members Get Free Access to Autodesk Software

Autodesk, a SkillsUSA sponsor for over 20 years, is again providing member students and educators with free access to software. Autodesk shares SkillsUSA’s goal of preparing students in STEM-based careers and creating an industry-ready workforce. Visit the Autodesk Education Community at: www.autodesk.com/education. 

Awards Showcase CTE Partnerships and Champions

Do you know a school or program that’s created a successful partnership with local business, industry or community groups? Or, is there an outspoken supporter in your community who’s championed the value of modern, high-quality CTE? Learn more about these Association for Career and Technical Education awards:

All eligible nominations will be highlighted in a showcase of best practices and success stories.

Due Dates

Oct. 15: IRS Reporting Form (Form No. 2) due
Nov. 15: Membership registration to receive free resources due

National Staff Travel

Sept. 18: Mooresville, N.C./Lowe’s meeting/Cathy Arrington
Sept. 18: Sumter, S.C./meetings with Central Carolina Community College and state SkillsUSA director/Gene Dudley
Sept. 19: Alchua, Fla./NCCER Workforce Development Committee/Cathy Arrington
Sept. 21-25: Alexandria, Va./Washington Leadership Training Institute/select staff
Sept. 30-Oct. 1: Doswell, Va./Virginia State Fair/Tim Lawrence

Oct. 1-3: Virginia Beach, Va./Virginia Association for Career and Technical Education Administrators Conference/Gene Dudley
Oct. 4-5: Raleigh, N.C./ACTE Region II Leadership Conference/Courtney Ferrell
Oct. 9-11: Dallas/Business Partner Summit/select staff
Oct. 10-11: Waco, Texas/Texas College/Postsecondary Advisor Training/Courtney Ferrell
Oct. 12-13: Orlando, Fla./National Career Pathways Network/Courtney Ferrell
Oct. 16-18: Louisville, Ky./GIE Expo National Power Equipment Technology Medalists Showcase/Dave Worden
Oct. 19: Louisville, Ky./Teamsters Appreciation Lunch/SkillsUSA Championships staff
Oct. 21-23: Leesburg, Fla./Chapter Management Institute/Sylvia Phillips
Oct. 21-25: Louisville, Ky./post NLSC meetings/Shelly Coates, Ashley Ridgeway and Kaitlin Youngs
Oct. 27-29: Oasis, Mo./District Officer Training/Sylvia Phillips

Nov. 1-2: Nashua, N.H./Region 1 Advisor Training/Sylvia Phillips
Nov. 18-20: Atlanta, Ga./service provider meetings/Shelly Coates, Ashley Ridgeway and Kaitlin Youngs
Nov. 19: Leesburg, Va./NCC–CTSO meeting/Tim Lawrence

Dec. 4-7: Anaheim, Calif./ACTE CareerTech Vision 2019/select staff