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December 8, 2017

‘Celebrate SkillsUSA’ Contest —
Your Video Could Earn a Visit from SkillsUSA’s Executive Director, a Celebrity and a SkillsUSA National Officer

Win a visit from SkillsUSA executive director Tim Lawrence, celebrity Kayleen McCabe of “Rescue Renovation” and a SkillsUSA national officer. To seize this rare opportunity, your chapter simply needs to submit a video that creatively captures why a visit would be impactful for the chapter, school and community. The visit will occur on Friday, Feb. 9, so be sure to describe the event where Lawrence, McCabe and a national officer will be speaking or interacting with students. Video entries should be between 60 seconds and 2 minutes in length and submitted no later than midnight Jan. 12. For full details, go to: SkillsUSA Week.

Plan Now for SkillsUSA Week

Plan now to celebrate SkillsUSA Week Feb. 4-10 by encouraging 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 $12. Visit to order your shirt and a whole host of products that are ready for your week of celebration!

Gain National Attention for Mentoring

SkillsUSA sponsors a national recognition program based on the Student2Student mentoring program. Mentoring connects a young person to personal growth and development, as well as economic opportunities. When a SkillsUSA chapter mentors an elementary- or middle-school classroom, it can mean a lot to the younger students’ future successes.

The Student2Student program recognizes SkillsUSA chapters that are involved in a mentoring program in their communities. Any chapter involved in mentoring can submit its project plan, description and outcomes. The winning chapter will be recognized at an event during the National Leadership and Skills Conference and in the Awards and Recognition book. In addition, the overall winning chapter will be invited to present its winning mentoring program as a part of SkillsUSA University. For more information, go to:

All entries must be submitted online to the national office by April 1. Winners will be announced in May. You can also use this link to download the Mentoring Guide: For more information, email Susanne Kahler at

2018 National Conference Pin and T-shirt Design Challenge

SkillsUSA is sponsoring a national conference pin and T-shirt design challenge that is open to all dues-paying student members of the organization. The winning designs will become the official pin or T-shirt for the 2018 SkillsUSA National Leadership and Skills Conference. The pin and T-shirt will be produced by the SkillsUSA Store. All entries must be received (not postmarked) in the SkillsUSA national headquarters by close of business on Feb. 5 by mail (USPS, FedEx, UPS, etc.) only.

You could have the winning design! For complete details, visit: Pictured: 2017 Design Challenge winners

Start Your Holiday Shopping at the SkillsUSA Store

With the holidays right around the corner, why not make a stop at the SkillsUSA Store? With new apparel, bags, drinkware and executive items, you will be able to shop for everyone on your holiday list. Click on the multi-view angles of products and see every detail before you check out.

Once you’re finished with your holiday shopping, don’t forget to pick up your SkillsUSA essential uniform components, such as blazers, pins, and patches, just in time for your 2018 events.

The SkillsUSA Store makes shopping not just fun but efficient! Find everything you need all in one place. Visit it at: