Support the Trades — and SkillsUSA — in Fashion

SkillsUSA has teamed up with Tractor Supply Company (TSC) and Carhartt for the new “Support the Trades” campaign, designed to raise awareness of the skilled trades while helping SkillsUSA close the skilled trades gap. As part of the campaign, Carhartt and TSC have created a new line of “Support the Trades” shirts, and proceeds from every shirt sold will be donated to SkillsUSA! Show your pride for the skilled trades you proudly represent every day while supporting SkillsUSA and the “Champions at Work” who keep our nation moving. “Support the Trades” shirts are now available at your local TSC store or online at the TSC site. Please shop and show your support! Check out this promotional video and stay connected with SkillsUSA’s social media platforms for more information about the campaign.


New Research Opportunity to Help Your Students Focus Their Futures

SkillsUSA and the Student Research Foundation — with help from the Manufacturing Institute, National Alliance for Partnerships in Equity (NAPE) and the Hispanic Heritage Foundation — are collaborating on new research about high school students’ perceptions of their education and career opportunities. The goal is to stimulate a dialogue on career pathways among parents, teachers and students.


By including your students as part of this important research project, you can help them gain access to postsecondary scholarship opportunities; explore their career options with improved focus; and connect with colleges, universities, career and technical schools and postsecondary institutions looking for students with their specific interests, talents, skill sets and career goals.


To participate in the research, watch for a package by mail from the National College and Career Pathways Study (Research Consortium on CTE Career Pathways). To make sure you’re on the mailing list, fill out this form or send an email to Packages will begin mailing the end of August.


A Wealth of Fall Professional Development Offerings

As part of SkillsUSA’s new Fall Professional Development offerings, you’re encouraged to join fellow advisors across the nation for the first session in the “Love and Logic” series on Sept. 7 at 3:30 p.m. ET. September’s topic is “Neutralizing Student Arguing,” and we will be uncovering how adult-child arguments often contribute to the development of more serious acting-out behavior. You’ll also learn a practical, shareable skill for disengaging from arguments. The registration fee is $10.


Here are some other sessions coming soon you’ll want to check out:

  • On September 2 at 10 a.m. or 3 p.m. ET, join us for an exploration of “Experiential Activities to Promote the SkillsUSA Framework.” These activities can be used to introduce any Essential Element and provide an opportunity for reflection on the experience while determining real-world application.

  • Ready to explore the benefits of your professional membership and how to best implement them? Join us on Monday, Aug. 30 at 10 a.m. ET for a “Professional Membership Benefits Overview!” Register through 

  • Join us on September 2 at 11:30 a.m. ET for a “What is SkillsUSA?” Professional Development session! We’ll unpack the SkillsUSA infographic to gain a deeper understanding of the organizational structure, including the connections between the organization, the SkillsUSA Framework, the Program of Work and recognition opportunities. 

Register for these sessions through Learn more about these and all of the Fall Professional Development offerings at SkillsUSA's online training calendar. If you have questions, contact Karolina Belen, SkillsUSA’s senior manager of professional development.  


Virtual TECHSPO Resources Still Available

SkillsUSA's 2021 virtual TECHSPO trade show features a dynamic collection of virtual trade show booths filled with videos, resources and guides. This education and early career content is available to schools until Aug. 31. There are 38 businesses represented and there is no charge to visit the online trade show. This could be an interesting class project, team project or individual exercise. Visit the exhibition here.