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SkillsUSA Contest Technical Standards are Now Available!

The 2022-2023 National Technical Standards are now available to all submitted Professional Members. Log in to Absorb. The SkillsUSA Technical Standards (2022-2023) are located under My Courses.

The SkillsUSA North Carolina Early Membership Incentive!!
Tomorrow November 15 is the Deadline!

As a special membership incentive, teachers who register at least 15 student members plus one or more professionals by Nov. 15 will receive 2 great gifts!

1. A complimentary copy of the SkillsUSA Member Handbook. The SkillsUSA Member Handbook is the official guide to help members run successful chapters. To support chapter officer development, teachers that meet the Nov. 15 deadline (TOMORROW!) will also receive a discount on this resource (buy five SkillsUSA Member Handbooks and get the sixth one free!). A coupon code will be included with your incentive mailing.

2. A Free SkillsUSA NC Polo Shirt when you submit a minimum of 15 student members and at least 1 professional/advisor member by November 15.

SkillsUSA Mission Statement Survey
Deadline is TODAY

SkillsUSA is conducting a short survey on a proposed change to our mission statement. The proposed change is based on more than a year of research with a wide variety of our members and stakeholders. Through the survey, linked below, the SkillsUSA National Office is looking for your reaction to this potential change and the new wording currently under consideration by SkillsUSA's (national) board of directors.

Current Mission Statement:

“SkillsUSA empowers its members to become world-class workers, leaders and responsible American citizens.”

The proposed new wording under consideration is:
“SkillsUSA empowers its members to become world-class workers, leaders and responsible community members."

To complete the short survey, please use this link. The survey will be open through Nov 14 (today) to voice your thoughts and opinions!

Holiday Give-Back Contest - November/December Challenge

'Tis the season to give back and possibly win a fabulous prize for doing so!  Complete a community service project during November - December, then submit information & pictures by Monday January 2 to:

Click Here for contest rules and more information!

Big Tips From Top SkillsUSA Advisors (Including one of our own!!)

SkillsUSA’s latest SkillsUSA Champions feature profiles SkillsUSA’s 2021-22 Advisor of the Year Kimberly Petronella and the four other dedicated advisors who qualified as regional finalists for the award (including Ken Brown, Richlands High School!). Great insights into the advisors’ methodologies are shared in the story, which includes their tips on incorporating the SkillsUSA Framework into the classroom. Read the story here.

Harbor Freight Webinar:  Excellence in Skilled Trades Education

Please join us for our latest webinar:  Student-Led Community Impact Projects. Participants will learn how educators can empower students to use their skilled trades knowledge to address a community need. We will share examples of outstanding projects led by automotive, carpentry/construction and manufacturing teachers. The presenters are three past winners of the Harbor Freight Tools for Schools Prize for Teaching Excellence. Tuesday, Nov 29, 6 p.m. Eastern
Register Today at:

SkillsUSA Logo Generator Is On The SkillsUSA Brand Portal

Need an official SkillsUSA logo for your chapter? That’s why the SkillsUSA Logo Generator was created. Find it (along with a host of other brand-related assets) through our Brand Portal. Just click on the “Brand Assets” banner and then the “Logo Generator” button. From there, decide whether you need the one- or two-line version, enter your chapter name and download the files! If you need help, please contact Scott Price, our design and digital communications manager.

#MadeInSkillsUSA Fall Social Media Campaign

SkillsUSA Champions: Show the nation what you made … and what you’re made of! SkillsUSA wants to showcase the great accomplishments our members make every day as skilled workers and leaders.  Share a photo that highlights YOUR skilled accomplishments using the hashtag #MadeInSkillsUSA.
That photo can represent something you made with your hands in or outside the classroom (a construction project, a graphic, a beautiful hairstyle, a culinary creation, etc.) It can also represent a personal achievement made in and through SkillsUSA (landing a job or internship, delivering a speech, leading a meeting, etc.). Through this campaign, members can explore different career clusters and connect with each other through their mutual love of SkillsUSA.

  • Post a photo or series of photos using the hashtag #MadeInSkillsUSA.
  • Add a caption that explains the photo(s) and the skills or knowledge gained.
  • Tag your advisor or other chapter members who helped you.
  • Be sure to use the campaign hashtag #MadeInSkillsUSA.
By tagging your post #MadeInSkillsUSA, you are giving SkillsUSA permission to share your post on the SkillsUSA website or national social media platforms. For questions, please contact Hayley Uffelman, SkillsUSA’s social media manager.
We can’t wait to see what was #MadeInSkillsUSA in your life! Look for more information on and our social media channels soon. We look forward to seeing what you post!

SME Education Foundation Scholarship Application Now Open

The SME Education Foundation awards millions of dollars annually to students pursuing manufacturing or engineering related degrees, at community colleges or 4-year universities. The Foundation offers scholarships for all students including women, minorities, and those with financial need. By completing one application, students are considered for all Foundation scholarships!
To learn more about the Foundation’s scholarship opportunities visit here.


SkillsUSA Chapters and Individual Members Who Volunteer May Be Eligible for Presidential Volunteer Service Award

SkillsUSA is a certifying organization of the Presidential Volunteer Service Award (PVSA) a national program administered by AmeriCorps and Point of Light Foundation. The PVSA honors individuals whose service positively impacts communities in every corner.

Individual SkillsUSA members who regularly perform volunteer work and SkillsUSA Chapters who perform volunteer work as a team may already qualify to receive the PVSA at the Bronze, Silver, or Gold level.


Students and chapters who receive the PVSA award are recognized annually at NLSC, and receive a PVSA certificate and pin. Many students include the PVSA award in their resume or professional portfolio and on applications for scholarships, college admissions, and employment positions. To receive the PVSA, all volunteer hours must be recorded and verified according to PVSA guidelines. All applications must be received by April 1, 2023.


Full information about the PVSA and the application can be found at:

Please contact Megan Flinn at with any questions.

SkillsUSA Technical Fridays Workshops

Join us for “SkillsUSA Technical Fridays,” a series of virtual workshops led by industry experts to help teachers develop specific technical skills relevant to their career fields. Leave the sessions with new knowledge and skills to implement in the classroom. Learn more about the workshops here.

On Nov. 18, from 4-5 p.m. ET, Shanen Aranmór, national Welding Sculpture technical committee chair and founder of Weld Like A Girl (an organization formed to empower girls and women through welding), will help demystify Gas Tungsten Arc Welding (GTAW), otherwise known as Tungsten Inert Gas (TIG) welding. The session will include content on TIG torch assembly, tungsten electrodes, AC sine waves and more.

Workshops are free but space is limited. Register here. If you have questions, contact Karolina Belen.


Seeking "Straight-Out-of-High-School" Success Stories

SkillsUSA Champions magazine is looking to feature more success stories about members who chose career pathways that did not involve college and instead embarked on successful and fulfilling skilled trades careers directly out of high school. If you know of SkillsUSA graduates in your state who fit that description, please let us know. We anticipate that these students are successfully employed because of the skills they gained through SkillsUSA and that they did not incur student loan debt to launch their careers. If these students went to work for a partner they met through SkillsUSA, we’d love to hear about that, too. Please send a brief description of your graduate to Office of Communications Associate Director Karen Kitzel.

SkillsUSA Store Featured Collection

All your favorite products from the 2022 National Leadership & Skills Conference (NLSC) in Atlanta are still available online in the NLSC Collection! Whether you are holiday shopping or stocking up for yourself, over 45 new products offer something for everyone.

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  • November/December - Holiday Community Service Project Contest
  • November 15 - Early Membership Incentive Deadline (SkillsUSA NC Polo Shirt!)
  • November 14-20 - National Apprenticeship Week
  • November 17-19 - NCACTE T&I Fall Conference, Atlantic Beach
  • February-March -- Regional Rally Conferences - see our website
  • February 17 - Western at Blue Ridge CC
  • February 24 - Southwest at Rowan Cabarrus CC
  • February 27 - Northwest at Wilkes CC
  • March 3 - East at Pitt CC
  • March 10 - South Central at Fayetteville Tech CC
  • *March 1 -  *** MEMBERSHIP DEADLINE ***
  • March 8 - Chapter Excellence Program (CEP) Deadline
  • March 16 - State Conference Deadline
  • April 18-20, 2023 - SkillsUSA State Conference, Greensboro
  • June 19-24, 2023 - SkillsUSA National Conference, Atlanta
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