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Happy Thanksgiving From SkillsUSA North Carolina

We are thankful for the many great instructors and advisors who are dedicated to providing opportunities for CTE students across the state.  Your efforts and commitment changes lives daily.  Thank you for all that you do!
Check out our Calendar of Events & Deadlines at the bottom of this Newsletter

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.

Share STEAM With Your Family

From one of our great SkillsUSA North Carolina Partners:

Make STEAMbright part of the holiday season for your family!
 Meet your handiest holiday resource for gifting to the kids in your life.

What is STEAMbright? This NEW extension of Pitsco Education is geared toward anyone with kids in their family or communities they want to encourage to learn STEAM in everyday life.

The 2022 Holiday Gift Guide is filled with activity pages, STEAM kit inspiration, and JOY for the entire family!

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!

Promote Your Chapter to Elected Officials and the Media

The SkillsUSA Advocacy Site offers a free way for members to contact their governor, state senators and representatives or members of Congress. Using the site can be a great chapter project or lesson plan that involves research, writing and advocating. You can also share SkillsUSA news with your local media and invite them to cover your events. To write to elected officials, use the “Compose Your Own Message” section. To email local newspapers or TV stations, choose the “Media” tab at the top of the webpage and send messages to six media outlets at a time.

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:

Give on #GivingTuesday to Benefit SkillsUSA Members

This #GivingTuesday (Nov. 29), Ariat — a performance footwear and clothing brand with an emphasis on technology and innovation — will donate 10% of sales to SkillsUSA, Folds of Honor and the Equus Foundation. All funds raised for SkillsUSA will go to The SkillsUSA Hope Fund, which assists members in financial or personal crisis or SkillsUSA chapters affected by natural disasters. By donating to SkillsUSA, companies and individuals can have a powerful impact on our organization and the nation’s future workforce. Donate directly to SkillsUSA’s Hope Fund for #GivingTuesday online. Check the SkillsUSA website soon for the Ariat link to shop and support SkillsUSA on Nov. 29.

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!

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.

The SkillsUSA Store Holiday Collection

Hats off to the holidays! Get ready for winter and shop the SkillsUSA Hats and Accessories collection, featuring both classic and on-trend caps, beanies and more. The SkillsUSA Store has everything from scripted luxe embroidery to custom patches, curved visors and cozy knit hats! These make wonderful gifts for chapter officers, advisors, administrators and other SkillsUSA supporters.

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.

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  • November/December - Holiday Community Service Project Contest
  • 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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