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December 18, 2018

The Best Way to Build a Successful SkillsUSA Chapter

You know you are having a great year in SkillsUSA, so why not be recognized for it? Did you elect officers, hold chapter meetings and engage in chapter activities? Then take it to the next level: Complete the Chapter Excellence Program Quality Chapter application and receive the recognition you have earned as a chapter.

Start your SkillsUSA Chapter Excellence Program (CEP) application today and earn recognition for your chapter. The online application is on the main page of the membership registration site once you log into your school account (

The Building a Successful SkillsUSA Chapter Teacher’s Guide can be downloaded at: The guide offers simple and easy steps to follow on completing the application, engaging students in the process and infusing the SkillsUSA Framework into chapter activities.

For questions or help, call or email the SkillsUSA Hotline: 844-875-4557 or

Get Ready, SkillsUSA! New Year, New Blazers Coming Your Way!

The new year is just around the corner, and for SkillsUSA Store staff, it means “out with the old and in with the new” for 2019.

The SkillsUSA Store is excitedly preparing to launch the highly anticipated and newly redesigned SkillsUSA blazers. The store elves are busy making room, opening boxes, stocking shelves and updating the website for a new year launch of the new blazers at:

With a new lower price point of $99, bulk-buy discounts as low as $79 and upgraded features, you can update your closet and outfit your students less expensively for competitions throughout the new year.

The entire SkillsUSA Store team wishes you and yours a healthy and happy holiday season. Make the SkillsUSA Store your first stop in the new year!

Plan Now for SkillsUSA Week

In preparation for SkillsUSA Week Feb. 3-9, encourage student members and advisors to host events that include administrators, business leaders and legislators. You can participate in SkillsUSA Week lots of different ways: hold an open house, invite local media to tour your programs, conduct a community service project, work with area businesses to build more meaningful partnerships, or engage with policymakers to talk about the value of technical education.

For a sample calendar, proclamation and press release, go to:

The SkillsUSA Store has created a SkillsUSA Week T-shirt for $18. Visit to order your shirt and a whole host of products that are ready for your week of celebration.

ACTE Election Time is Here

From Nov. 30 to Dec. 31, members of the Association for Career and Technical Education (ACTE) have a chance to elect officers for positions on the ACTE board of directors.

All ACTE individual professional, retired, educational institution members, and national affiliate organizations whose membership dues are current, are eligible to vote. Biographical information and platform statements for the nominees are located here:

The election process will be conducted via electronic ballot only. Ballots have been sent to member email addresses listed in the ACTE database. If you have not received the email, please contact Electronic ballots must be cast by Dec. 31 at 11:59 p.m. ET.

Amazon Smile Purchases Benefit SkillsUSA

Don’t forget that you can support SkillsUSA when you do your holiday shopping through Amazon. Make your order through AmazonSmile, and search for ”SkillsUSA Foundation” as your charity of choice. You can also click on this link. SkillsUSA will receive a percentage of the sale, and you will not incur any additional cost.

Nominations Open for Honorary Life Membership, Outstanding Career and Technical Educator

If you would like to nominate someone for SkillsUSA’s national Honorary Life Membership or Outstanding Career and Technical Educator, please submit your nomination by going to the following assigned links and completing the online application. The deadline for both applications is Feb. 15.

If you have any questions, please contact Laura Rauch at or 703-737-0619.

Help is Only a Call, Email or Chat Away!

Hotline operators are ready to answer your questions on how to start a new chapter, engage chapter members and strengthen an existing chapter. Operators are on call from 8 a.m.–5 p.m. (Eastern time) Monday, Wednesday and Friday and from 11 a.m.–7 p.m. (Eastern) Tuesday and Thursday. Call the hotline toll free: 844-875-4557.

Don’t have time to call? Send the operators an email at or chat with them online at the membership registration site.