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Press Room

Welcome to SkillsUSA’s newsroom. Here, journalists can find general background information, current and archived news releases, access to photos, and contact information. We hope our newsroom will be a resource for your reporting needs and story ideas about career and technical education.

For more information about SkillsUSA:

Jane A. DeShong Short
Senior Manager, Public Relations/Communications
Phone: 703-737-0612

Karen Kitzel
Associate Director, Communications
Phone: 703-737-0607

The SkillsUSA Advocacy Site

This site is a free service for SkillsUSA members to reach the news media or contact policymakers with your message: www.congressweb.com/susa#/

SkillsUSA Public Service Announcements

Mike Rowe and Kayleen McCabe have each recorded some great public service announcements for SkillsUSA.

“Mike Rowe for SkillsUSA” Public Service Announcements (PSAs)

MikeRoweForSkillsUSA_BIGLongtime SkillsUSA supporter Mike Rowe, on behalf of his mikeroweWORKS Foundation, has joined with SkillsUSA to produce a new audio PSA that addresses the growing problem of the skills gap and positions SkillsUSA as a solution to that problem. Thirty- and 60-second versions are available at the links below.

Help us spread the word by contacting your local radio stations and encouraging them to add these PSAs to their rotation.

How? The easiest way is to find the station’s website and look for an email or phone contact for the station’s public service or PSA director. If you can’t locate that info, try the station’s general manager.

Next, send an email asking the contact to consider adding the PSAs to the station’s playlist. We’ve provided text you can use for the email in this Word document. Simply open the document, add your personal info where noted (look for the brackets), cut and paste the text into your email message and send. You may also want to follow up your message with a quick phone call.

That’s it! In just a short amount of time, you can help the SkillsUSA message reach thousands. Consider making this PSA promotion a chapter project and integrating it into your program of work. Email us with any questions and to let us know about your results.

Remember, SkillsUSA is your organization. Thanks for joining with us and Mike Rowe to help spread the word about the life-changing opportunities SkillsUSA is providing students across the country.

Mike Rowe for SkillsUSA :60 PSA (audio file)

Mike Rowe for SkillsUSA :30 PSA (audio file)

Video PSAs

Mike Rowe for SkillsUSA (PSA :60)

Mike Rowe for SkillsUSA (PSA :30)

Kayleen McCabe PSA

National television personality Kayleen McCabe has joined with SkillsUSA to create a public service announcement addressing the skills gap threatening our economy at the local and national levels.

News and Press Releases

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Collaboration offers training for SkillsUSA instructors and free access to Autodesk software Leesburg, Va. — SkillsUSA is proud to welcome Autodesk
Students Receive Funds for Continuing Their Education in HVACR; Effort Supports Continued Development of the Skilled American Workforce ORANGE, Calif.
Event to acknowledge, honor and encourage SkillsUSA students pursuing a career in the skilled trades Leesburg, Va. — On May 5,
Honored as 2022’s Most Outstanding SkillsUSA Programs Leesburg, Va. — SkillsUSA has named 24 SkillsUSA schools as Models of Excellence
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Provides National Carpentry Winners with Scholarships Leesburg, Va. — The National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) has announced support for
SkillsUSA national officers gathered in Washington, D.C. for SkillsUSA Week Feb. 7-11 to advocate for career and technical education (CTE)
SkillsUSA has awarded official, red SkillsUSA jackets to 50 SkillsUSA members in 17 states through the newly launched Journey of
Workforce Development Enhanced with Resources for Learning SkillsUSA has awarded grants to 43 SkillsUSA chapters in 22 states thanks to
Ten Fieldpiece #MasteroftheTrade HVACR Scholarships Now Available to SkillsUSA Students Dec. 1, 2021 — Fieldpiece Instruments, a leader in tool
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Harbor Freight Tools for Schools Recognizes Outstanding CTE Educators Leesburg, Va., Oct. 25, 2021 — Harbor Freight Tools for Schools