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September 16, 2019

T-shirt Design Contest Opens for 2020 SkillsUSA Week

Student designs are being sought for the official T-shirt of SkillsUSA Week. One design will be selected and produced by the SkillsUSA Store in 2020.

The contest is open to all dues-paying student members. Only one entry/design per SkillsUSA member is permitted. All designs submitted should be appropriate for use on a red T-shirt.

All entries must be submitted to SkillsUSA exactly as directed in the rules and become the property of SkillsUSA once submitted.

Download the contest rules at:

Submission deadline is Sept. 27.

Become a SkillsUSA Career Essentials Certified Teacher

Are you using or planning to use SkillsUSA Career Essentials: Experiences courses and their associated assessments? If so, consider joining SkillsUSA’s virtual opportunities for Career Essentials Certified Teacher training in September.

At present, there is one option for completing the training in one four-hour online session, and there are also several options for completing the training in four one-hour online sessions. In addition, there are opportunities to set your own date for on-site training of a teacher group (for groups of 12 or more) or your own date for virtual training of a teacher group (for groups of five to 20).

Virtual training sessions require a minimum of five registrants, and a maximum of 20 will be accepted for any one given date.

SkillsUSA Career Essentials Certified Teacher training is designed for teachers who are currently using the Experiences courses or who are planning to. Contextual information about the SkillsUSA Framework and basic resource information is assumed to be known by individuals participating in this training. If additional contextual information is needed for trainees prior to participating, our trainers will work with you as needed.

Check out the many opportunities here.

MyOptions Survey Packages Delivered

As another academic year begins, SkillsUSA has partnered with MyOptions to provide postsecondary planning for students. This free, voluntary program is conducted through a customized survey program. It has been developed to not only provide college and career planning resources to SkillsUSA students, but also provide customized reporting to instructors.

Packages began shipping Aug. 29 to select classrooms. If your classroom was selected, you will receive a postcard a few days before the survey packages arrives. Once you have received your package, please take 20 minutes to pass a copy out to all students, have them complete the form and return it in the postage paid envelope provided. There is an educator survey form so SkillsUSA can also collect your valued feedback. Packages should be returned as soon as possible but within six weeks of receiving them.

If you do not receive a postcard or package and would like to participate, please request a package at: If you have any questions, please send an email to

Plan Now to Participate in Manufacturing Day

SkillsUSA traditionally participates in Manufacturing Day, a celebration of modern manufacturing meant to inspire the next generation. While Manufacturing Day is officially the first Friday in October — this year, Oct. 4 — SkillsUSA chapters can hold events on any date in October that works best. Events for students can include a plant tour, a virtual tour or an event on your campus that highlights manufacturing.

SkillsUSA chapters are asked to share their Manufacturing Day photos and stories with national communications specialist Hayley Uffelman at For resources, or to find events in your area, go to:

Need Help with Your Chapter or Registering Members?
Call the SkillsUSA Membership Hotline Toll Free: 844-875-4557

Hotline operators are ready to answer your questions on how to start a new chapter, engage chapter members and strengthen an existing chapter — you name it, they are ready to tackle it! 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.

Don’t have time to call? Send the operators an email at or chat with them online at the membership registration site. Also, check out the membership site for the helpful Quick Start Guide at: