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December 15, 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.

Try This Calendar of Events 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 news 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. Follow the calendar of events below and go to: for additional resources.

Appreciation Day Monday, Feb. 5

Plan an event that will celebrate and honor the support of advisors, teachers and administrators.

Advocacy Day — Tuesday, Feb. 6
Target state and local public relations activities including presentations to legislators, school board members, administrators and community group leaders.

Member Outreach Day — Wednesday, Feb. 7
Involve members in the recruitment of middle and elementary school students, and plan appreciation activities that honor current members.

SkillsUSA Serves Day — Thursday, Feb. 8
Rally around your community by focusing on a day of giving through service projects and fundraisers.

SkillsUSA Day — Friday, Feb. 9
Celebrate SkillsUSA by wearing your favorite SkillsUSA shirt, planning a celebration and posting the event to social media.

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.

Championships Clothing and Tools App Updated

SkillsUSA has updated the “SkillsUSA: Clothing and Tools” app for 2018. This is a great starter resource that does not replace the SkillsUSA Championships Technical Standards but connects users to SkillsUSA’s membership site, where educators can join as professional members to receive the full standards at no charge.

For each contest, the app includes an overview, clothing requirements, and eligibility and safety guidelines, as well as lists the specific tools, equipment or materials that contestants need to provide.

It is offered completely free of charge for students, instructors and SkillsUSA business partners.

The app is available now in both the Apple Store: and the Google Play Store:

This app was created and sponsored by Pearson (

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

If you would like to nominate someone for SkillsUSA’s national Honorary Life Member or Outstanding Career and Technical Educator award, please submit your nomination by Feb. 23. Online applications are available at:

If you have any questions, contact Gayle Silvey at or 404-216-6040.

The Best Way to Build a Successful SkillsUSA 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 (

If you are new to CEP, then check out the toolkit of resources at:

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