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January 29, 2018

Oregon Chapter Wins New Video Contest

David Molden of St. Helens (Ore.) High School is the winner of the Celebrate SkillsUSA video contest. His advisor is Joe Mauck.

The St. Helens High chapter has won a visit from SkillsUSA executive director Tim Lawrence, Kayleen McCabe of “Rescue Renovation” and national officers Hunter Radford and Brenna Stinnett. The visit will take place on Feb. 9.

Plan now to celebrate SkillsUSA Week Feb. 4-10. The digital toolkit offers all of the resources that your chapter will need to plan a great week. Follow the calendar of events, use the resources and related activities at:

One of America’s most respected workwear brands, Carhartt Inc., is the official sponsor of SkillsUSA Week and supports these efforts to showcase SkillsUSA and career and technical education.

Do You Have ‘The Voice’ to Open Conference?

SkillsUSA is seeking talented student or adult performers to sing the national anthem at the opening ceremony of the National Leadership and Skills Conference. Audition videos can be submitted on CD or DVD and must be the singing of the national anthem.

Please be sure each disc is marked with your name, address, school name and email address. Email submissions are not accepted. Send auditions to Heidi Walsh, SkillsUSA, 14001 SkillsUSA Way, Leesburg, VA 20176. For questions, contact her at 703-737-0615 or SkillsUSA does not pay travel expenses for the selected singer to attend the national conference. Auditions must be received by Feb. 2.

Take Up the Challenge! National Conference Pin and T-Shirt Design

Any paid SkillsUSA member can enter the SkillsUSA Conference Pin and T-shirt Design Challenge. This is a great way to have a student and advisor from your state recognized. Rules are posted on the SkillsUSA website at: Questions may be directed to Heidi Walsh at 703-737-0615 or by email to Feb. 5 is the deadline for entries.

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 at: If you have questions, contact Gayle Silvey at or 404-216-6040. The deadline is Feb. 23.

2018 Brings Change to Advisors Reception at National Conference

Exceptional growth in SkillsUSA’s Chapters of Excellence Program (CEP) has resulted in a change at the National Leadership and Skills Conference. What was formerly 100-Percent Advisor and Chapter of Distinction Reception will now solely honor chapter advisors who have received a Chapter of Distinction status (bronze, silver or gold).

CEP is the single best way to build a successful SkillsUSA chapter. To learn more, visit at:

SkillsUSA looks forward to celebrating all eligible advisors at this year’s Chapter of Distinction Reception in Louisville, Ky.