Confirm SkillsUSA Membership Before March 1
The SkillsUSA national membership deadline is March 1 each year, but many state deadlines fall earlier. Please confirm membership dues are current for all chapter members to ensure full participation in SkillsUSA programs and activities. Visit www.skillsusa-register.org to register yourself and student members. If you need assistance confirming membership, joining SkillsUSA, or renewing a professional or student membership, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Post Office Delivery Delays and Membership Dues
The SkillsUSA national headquarters is experiencing delays in receiving mail when sent by the USPS. A student must be a paid member, in some states, to register as a contestant in state and national competitions. We recommend using an electronic payment method instead of mailing checks during these unpredictable times to ensure payment is received prior to conference registrations. Details of payment options and can be found in the Post Office Delay Advisory.
Marsha Daves Memorial Scholarship Application Deadline is Feb. 1
SkillsUSA is pleased to be offering one annual merit-based $1,500 scholarship for college/postsecondary education to a state officer in memory of the legacy left by our champion Marsha Daves. The scholarship is open to SkillsUSA state officers in ALL REGIONS who are high school seniors or non-senior college/postsecondary students. The Marsha Daves Scholarship recognizes how SkillsUSA student leaders are empowered by the skills they have gained through their association with SkillsUSA to fulfill the mission of becoming world-class workers, leaders and responsible American citizens. For more information, and to apply for the scholarship, visit:
The 2021 National Leadership and Skills Conference T-Shirt and Pin Design Challenge is Now Open!
SkillsUSA is once again sponsoring the 2021 National Leadership and Skills Conference T-shirt and pin design challenge! These challenges are open to all dues-paying student members of the organization. The winning designs will become the official T-shirt and pin design for the 2021 Virtual SkillsUSA National Leadership and Skills Conference.
This annual challenge has been updated to reflect the virtual delivery model of the 2021 National Leadership and Skills Conference. Contestants are encouraged to embrace this unique aspect of the 2021 NLSC in their artwork. Your challenge is to create an icon that can mark this historic occasion for years to come!
The top three finalists from both challenges will be announced on March 7. Student members from across the nation will have the chance to vote on designs for the official pin and T-shirt design of the 2021 NLSC via SkillsUSA CONNECT during the week of March 15, with the final winners being announced on March 22. Submissions are due by March 1, 11:59 P.M. (ET)
Plan Now for 2021 SkillsUSA Week
SkillsUSA Week is Feb. 7-13, and you can participate in many ways. Honor your community supporters, connect with local business and industry professionals or make a presentation about your CTE program and SkillsUSA chapter at a school board meeting. We encourage you to celebrate all week by planning activities that follow this daily schedule of events created for local chapters nationwide:
Monday, Feb. 8, Recognition Day. Celebrate and honor members, advisors, administrators, business partners, community leaders and supporters who make a meaningful impact on your CTE program and SkillsUSA chapter.
Tuesday, Feb. 9, Give Back Day. Rally around your school and community by focusing on ways for your chapter to give back.
Wednesday, Feb. 10., Partner Day. Invite local business and industry leaders to connect with chapter members as you highlight the importance of developing the career-readiness skills found in the SkillsUSA Framework.
Thursday, Feb. 11, Advocacy Day. Amplify CTE in your community by conducting a local public relations activity, such as presenting to school board members, administrators or community leaders.
Friday, Feb. 12, SkillsUSA Day. Celebrate SkillsUSA by wearing your favorite SkillsUSA shirt, planning a celebration activity or posting your Framework story on social media using the hashtag #SkillsUSAWeek.
For a packet of resources including information go to: https://www.skillsusaconnect.org/SkillsUSA-week.
“SkillsUSA Champions” Digital Hub Story of the Week
The only thing more overwhelming than Edwin Maxcy’s story of pain and loss was the strength of his resolve to succeed in spite of it. SkillsUSA membership played a huge role in creating that reservoir of resolve and resiliency for Maxcy. Read his inspiring story and share it with your students here. You’ll find many other success stories about SkillsUSA members and local chapters across the country on the digital hub, which can be accessed at skillsusachampions.org. And don’t forget, you can always submit your own story ideas through the “Share News and Stories” link at the top of the web page.