August 30th, 2016

on September 1, 2016 TJ

Tuesday Times

August 30, 2016


Dates to Remember

Coming Soon: Regional Leadership Training Workshop, by region
September 17-21: WLTI, Washington, DC
October 20-22: SLTW and CMI, Leesburg, FL



State Director’s Corner
Chapter Excellence Program (CEP)
Design Specs
SkillsUSA Championships Photos


State Director’s Corner

The State Directors Association Conference was AMAZING. As the school year creeps on, I am more and more excited for what is to come. Don’t forget to register for your professional membership — Technical Standards will be released in October! If you sign up 15 students and 1 professional membership by November 15, you’ll get an amazing bonus for use in your classroom or chapter meetings!

SLTW and CMI: I can’t say enough about it. We only have a limited number of spots, so don’t be left out! Registration begins September 12!

Are you following us on social media? Check the bottom of this email for links to our accounts – encourage your students to follow too!

As always, don’t hesitate to contact me with questions, comments, concerns, or suggestions at



Registration on the SkillsUSA national website opened August 1. Get your professional memberships in soon: this year it comes with lots of perks!

  • A full, digital copy of the 2017-2018 SkillsUSA Championships Technical Standards. It contains rules for all national competitive events, including an overview, lists of technical skills and knowledge required, clothing requirements, eligibility, and equipment lists. The technical standards will be released in October.
  • Jump in STEM!, which includes STEM career exploration activities that can be taught by high school members to middle or elementary students. (Maybe a great community service project?)
  • Career Readiness Curriculum (CRC), This includes 29 lesson plans that support the SkillsUSA Framework and prepare students for workplace success, and is the first step in the SkillsUSA Professional Development Program.

Student state and national dues remain the same, $15.50 per member. Professional dues have increased to $27.50 for both state and national membership. The registration deadline is February 1, 2017.

Advisors who register 15 student members before November 15 will receive an exciting extra gift! It is beneficial for advisors to register early to gain access to all the amazing new benefits this year, even if you aren’t ready to register students.

If you need help registering, or are looking for ways to engage your students, or strengthen your chapter, Hotline Operators are on call five days a week. Reach them at (844) 875-4557 from 8 am to 5 pm on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday, and 11 am to 7 pm on Tuesday and Thursday. You can also reach them by email at, or chat online at the membership registration site.


Chapter Excellence Program 

The Chapter Excellence Program honors chapter achievement relative to SkillsUSA’s framework of developing personal, workplace and technical skills. Paramount to framework success is the implementation of an effective program of work — SkillsUSA’s planning tool for chapters. By participating in program of work activities, SkillsUSA chapters become conduits for meaningful student growth. Students take part in the planning, organization and implementation of activities, which develops their skills and builds character. The CEP recognizes these efforts by offering every chapter an opportunity to attain measurable competencies in pursuit of framework objectives.

How does my chapter or section get involved?
Every chapter or section with paid membership is eligible to participate in the CEP. There is no fee or cost associated with participation. Chapters should participate in the CEP on an annual basis. Most likely, your chapter already has an active program of work, and this is your opportunity to be recognized. The CEP application specifically outlines how chapter success is measured.

How does the CEP work?
The CEP establishes a quality baseline that all chapters will be encouraged to attain with extra incentive for exemplary chapter performance. The program consists of three award levels, with the first two levels recognized by the state and the final level eligible for national recognition.

  • First Level — Honors chapters for achieving essential standards of excellence as a “Quality Chapter.”
  • Second Level — Recognizes chapters that go beyond baseline requirements with bronze, silver, and gold “Chapters of Distinction” awards. This recognition is awarded by the state association at a state-level event such as the State Leadership and Skills Conference. All chapters receiving a gold award will be invited to the National Leadership and Skills Conference and recognized alongside the program sponsor at a reception. Up to the top 10 percent of all chapters in each state that receive the gold award will be eligible for selection as a Models of Excellence chapter.
  • Third Level — Honors the very best chapters through “Models of Excellence” awards. These chapters are identified on the national level and define excellence. Best practices will be gleaned from the award winners and shared with the field to serve as models for  other chapters to emulate in strengthening their local programs.

We use the CEP to help new chapters establish themselves on the right foot, and to help existing chapters to flourish and grow. All chapters who apply and acheive a minimum of Level 1 will be recognized and the State Leadership and Skills Conference. Click here to download the application and get started!



Regional Leadership Training Workshops 

RLTW is coming soon! Contact your Regional Coordinator to find out more information.

Click here to find the contact information for your region.


State Leadership Training Workshop (SLTW)
and Chapter Management Institute (CMI):

October 20-22, 2016

Studdents: Join your State Officers for an amazing 3-day workshop to learn what Skills is all about, and how to make your chapter the best it can be. Secondary and post-secondary students are invited to attend. Registration begins on September 12 and closes September 23. Pricing for students is $315 – $375, depending on occupancy.

Attention Advisers: this one’s for you! The Chapter Management Institute runs parallel to SLTW and gives advisers the chance to learn the ins and outs of SkillsUSA, and how to use its resources to make your chapter the best it can be! For more information, click the red box below. Registration starts September 12 and closes September 23. Cost for advisers to attend is $425 – $480, depending on occupancy.

More information is included at the link below!


SLTW and CMI Information!


State Design Contest Specs!!

Here they are: design specs for the pin, t-shirt, banner, and program cover!
Submissions must be received via email by Jessica by October 7, 2016 in order to be considered for the contest. Check out the design specs below — the winning design will be used to represent Florida at state and national leadership conferences!
Make sure that you follow the SkillsUSA graphic standards when using the logo or slogans. If you need official logos, or help with the brand standards, contact Jessica!
A social media campaign will decide the winner during SLTW!


Design Contest Specs!


SkillsUSA Championships Photos

The winners’ photos from the 2016 SkillsUSA Championships are now available online and can be seen and downloaded by going to the main page at, or by going to When you click on a photo, scroll down to see the caption that identifies the students and technical committee members pictured.



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