SkillsUSA Indiana January Part 2

SkillsUSA: 50 Years of Champions at Work


Are you READY?! It's hard to believe that it is that time again. I want to wish ALL of you and your students the best of luck! Please take pictures of your students as group or individual before the contest... take pictures of the competitions if you can... the award ceremonies... and after it is all over! Share them with me via email, share them on our Facebook page or our instagram , even create a dropbox put them in there and we can get them on FB or on our website! We love to share the experiences with everyone!

Regions information

Region 1 coordinators:


Nicole Dyer-

Region 2 coordinators:

Jennifer Garman-

Angie Higginbotham-

Region 3 coordinators:

Debbie Montgomery-

Ginger Robertson-

Follow Region 3 for information at:

Region 4 and 5 coordinator:

Rob Truesdell-


SkillsUSA Week February 8-14, 2015 Celebrating our 50 Years!!!

Make plans now for your chapter to celebrate SkillsUSA Week! SkillsUSA Week is February 8 – 14, 2015 and provides state associations, advisors and student members the opportunity to promote SkillsUSA programs and activities at the local and state levels.

During SkillsUSA week, members can also help raise awareness of SkillsUSA. This can be accomplished through field trips to local businesses, an open house for parents or industry partners, a visit to local community organizations to make a brief presentation about SkillsUSA, or providing news releases and public service announcements to local media outlets for possible distribution. Involvement in activities such as these brings positive recognition to SkillsUSA, and to local schools and their students.

Conducting chapter activities during SkillsUSA Week also helps to satisfy Chapter of Excellence Level 2 Indicators. For more information and ideas on celebrating SkillsUSA Week, check out:


We are going to start registration earlier than stated previously... we are going to open it on February 16. This will give you MORE time to get your registrations and housing forms in. Remember... DON'T WAIT UNTIL THE LAST MINUTE TO REGISTER... NO LATE REGISTRATIONS WILL BE ACCEPTED.

This is for our students so get them registered early.

  • Registration forms, Hotel forms and Parking Form (new) will be on the State website soon.

  • Also, there are some BIG changes this year along with some scheduling changes on FRIDAY for registration- location and times ,as well as, PDT, General Orientation, Opening Ceremonies. There will be leadership workshops for the students and Professional Development workshops for the advisors. More information to follow!

It is ALWAYS the suggestion of the board and HIGHLY recommended that ALL students and participants stay overnight for the conference. THERE IS NO REGISTRATION OR PDT ON SATURDAY!



A Dress Code will be enforced during the Awards Ceremony. To accept an award “on-stage” , the student must wear the “Official SkillsUSA Uniform”, State T-Shirt or the competition attire. NO SHORTS OR HATS!!!

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CareerSafe National Youth Safety Video Contest

2014-2015 National Youth Safety Video Contest

Students across the country are challenged to create a short two minute video demonstrating safety in the workplace. Videos must be postmarked by March 1, 2015. Winners will be announced June 2015 at the SkillsUSA National Leadership and Skills Conference!

1st Place: $2,500 scholarship and $5,000 cash prize

2nd Place: $2,000 scholarship and $3,500 cash prize

3rd Place: $1,500 scholarship and $2,000 cash prize

More information on contest rules, registration process, entry forms, and past winners can be found at:

Sharon Melton Myers Scholarship Opportunity

Through a donation from the Sharon Melton Myers Memorial Fund, SkillsUSA and the McMinn County Vocational Center SkillsUSA Alumni Association are offering a $500 scholarship to a high school SkillsUSA student in memory of Sharon Melton Myers. The Sharon Melton Myers Memorial SkillsUSA Scholarship fund will provide graduating high school SkillsUSA members of this year’s graduating class the opportunity to continue their education in college or technical school.

Sharon Ruth Melton Myers was an active member of the McMinn County Vocational Center SkillsUSA Chapter from 1985 through 1988. During this time, Sharon participated in local, state and national SkillsUSA activities. She served as a local officer in 1986 and 1987, Tennessee State Secretary in 1986-87 and National President in 1987-88. Sharon also participated in the Chapter’s Opening and Closing Team in 1986, 87 and 88. Following graduation from McMinn High in 1988, Sharon continued as an active supporter of SkillsUSA, serving as a National Officer Trainer for several years. Sharon was active in establishing a Tennessee SkillsUSA Alumni Charter and Constitution while attending David Lipscomb College in Nashville. Sharon was totally committed and dedicated to the ideals of SkillsUSA and actively worked for the advancement of this Youth Leadership Organization.

A judging committee comprised of Catherine Melton and National SkillsUSA staff will review the nominations and select the national winner.

Candidates can nominate themselves. All nominations must include two letters of recommendation from any of the following individuals: a) instructors; b) SkillsUSA advisors; c) State Association Director; d) Community leader. A nomination form can be downloaded from SkillsUSA’s web site at:

Nominations must be postmarked by April 30. If you have questions, please contact Karen Beatty (703) 737-0624,

$2,000 Grant - Chapter Excellence Program Applications

Models of Excellence Award Grant - The CEP establishes a quality baseline that all chapters are encouraged to attain with extra incentive for exemplary chapter performance. The program consists of four award levels, with the first three levels recognized by the state and the final level eligible for national recognition. 25 chapters will be recognized as a Model of Excellence and will receive a $2,000 section or chapter grant which may be used to help offset travel to the National Leadership and Skills Conference. Complete your CEP Online Application online at:

If you have questions, contact Gayle Silvey ( / 404-216-6040) or Debbie Peabody ( / 844-875-4557)

Employability Skill Assessment

Looking for a way to assess your student’s employability skills? Through the use of this lesson plan students will be able to assess their own employability skills and identify the skills most desired by employers. Take the first step to making your students career ready - download assessment information and lesson plan at the link below:

SkillsUSA National Conference Pin and T-Shirt Design Contest – Due Feb.1, 2015

SkillsUSA is sponsoring a national conference pin and T-shirt design competition 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 2015 SkillsUSA National Leadership and Skills Conference. The pin and T-shirt will be produced by the SkillsUSA Store. Two designs will be selected. One will be used for the pin and one for the T-shirt. All designs submitted should be appropriate for use on a pin or T-shirt. All entries must be submitted to SkillsUSA exactly as directed in the rules below, and all entries become the property of SkillsUSA once submitted. Only one entry per SkillsUSA member is permitted, and the same student may not win both events. Download complete guidelines at .

Redesign the Walkway for National Headquarters

As we celebrate our golden anniversary of empowering our members to become world-class workers, leaders and responsible American citizens, SkillsUSA needs your help to redesign the front walkway for our 50th-anniversary celebration in May. This is where you come in (literally and figuratively). We want you to submit your conceptual drawing to redesign the SkillsUSA National Leadership Center’s entrance walkway.

The space is 20 feet by 80 feet, and the design will incorporate the custom-engraved pavers purchased through SkillsUSA’s paver campaign. The winning student and advisor will receive a trip to the national headquarters for SkillsUSA’s 50th-anniversary celebration on May 8. Submit your conceptual drawing by Feb. 1. The winner will be announced during SkillsUSA Week. For more information and online submission form, visit .