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Savid Acuna: Future Carpenter and Business Owner

Monday, October 6th, 2014

Savid Acuna (4)Savid Acuna recently graduated from Murray High School where he completed the Skilled and Technical Sciences Education Carpentry Pathway and earned 20 concurrent enrollment credits.

“My professional goal is to one day own and run my own construction business. I love to build. I love to take a set of blueprints and construct a beautiful, safe, and functional structure that I am proud of. I love to solve problems, work hard, and at the end of the day see what I’ve created. I want to own my own company because I feel that by being a leader I can have a bigger influence to help others be successful. It is the American Dream. In order to accomplish my goal, I realize that it is going to take a lot of hard work, education, and experience, says Savid.”

While in high school, Savid was actively involved in the building of a 1,800 square foot home. “It had a real world setting, such as having to meet deadlines and problem solving to fix certain situations within the build.”

Savid received a CTE Scholarship to Salt Lake Community College, where he will continue his studies in carpentry. “My long term educational goal is to obtain an AS degree in construction management. I then plan to enter the workforce. I would like to work for a big residential local builder and work for them until I have enough experience, and capital, to go on my own. To enter a career in construction [with experience] is key, but to succeed in current times education is the next most important tool to have.”


SkillsUSA: 50 Years of Champions at Work

Monday, August 18th, 2014

During the summer, as SkillsUSA members joined together from across the nation to compete at the 2014 SkillsUSA National Leadership and Skills Conference they also celebrated 50 years of champions at work. SkillsUSA turns 50 in the year 2015, so the conference marked the beginning of a yearlong celebration that will culminate with the 51st National Leadership and Skills Conference in Louisville, Kentucky, June 22-26, 2015.

Five decades ago, the founders of SkillsUSA and approximately 200 students and teachers attending the first SkillsUSA conference in Nashville, Tennessee set in motion events and aspirations that are very real today. Fast forward 50 years . . .SkillsUSA has grown exponentially.

SkillsUSA by the Numbers:
> More than 11.6 million members served since 1965.
> More than 335,000 members nationwide.
> Nearly 17,000 chapters in more than 4,000 schools since 1965.
> Approximately 4,000 active chapters.
> 130 skilled occupations represented.
> More than 600 business, industry and labor sponsors

The impact of SkillsUSA over the past 50 years has been far reaching. SkillsUSA is:
> A nationwide network of students and instructors in a common bond with a powerful partnership of industry, serving more than 11.6 million members over 50 years.
> Effective and far-reaching classroom instruction in employability and leadership skills.
> Civically engaged students involved in community service and possessing the skills to become responsible American citizens.
> Preparing America’s skilled workforce through continually transformed instruction, influenced by an internationally recognized championships program.
> Representing Career and Technical Education to policymakers, employers, and the public.

“Organizations don’t last 50 years without passionate people committed to carrying out a mission they believe in. Why have so many affirmed their belief in SkillsUSA’s mission since 1965? Because the success of that mission is palpable in the young people whose lives it changes for the better every day, more than 11.6 million so far . . . and counting,” says Tim Lawrence, Executive Director, SkillsUSA.

Click HERE to learn more about SkillsUSA and its members.

SkillsUSA: 2014 NLSC Contest Results

Friday, July 11th, 2014

By Dave Milliken, National SkillsUSA Board Member
Utah Skilled and Technical Sciences specialist
Utah State Office of Education

In June, 170 secondary and postsecondary Utah SkillsUSA student members competed in 74 of 99 skill competitions at the 2014 SkillsUSA National Leadership and Skills Conference. From carpentry to plumbing to technical drafting to firefighting, Utah SkillsUSA student members competed against their peers with skill, determination, and focused concentration.

Congratulations to the Utah SkillsUSA members who competed in a contest. Five secondary students were national medalists, with four receiving silver medals, and one receiving a bronze medal. Thirty-one postsecondary students were national medalists, with 15 receiving gold medals, 12 receiving silver medals, and 4 receiving bronze medals. At the conference, Utah ranked 7th in receiving the most medals of any one state. HERE is the list of contest results.

SkillsUSA Championships: By the Numbers

> 6,111 competitors
> 99 hands-on and leadership contests
> 787,482 square feet of contest space – equivalent to the area of more than 16 football fields
> 800 judges
> 600 technical committee members
> 420 National Education Team/volunteer conference management staff
> 180 Courtesy Corps volunteers totaling 60,000 volunteer hours
> 1,125 medals presented (gold, silver, and bronze)
> 175 recognition awards
> 146 individuals and 21 teams received the President’s Volunteer Service Award
> 50 $1,000 scholarships awarded to competitors for travel to the conference, sponsored by the mikeroweWORKS Foundation

After 21 years in Kansas City, Missouri, National SkillsUSA has said good-bye to our host city and moved to our new home—for at least the next six years—in Louisville, Kentucky. As hard as it is to leave Kansas City, we are excited for the new possibilities that Louisville will bring.

In Louisville, unlike Kansas City, we will have the tradeshow and all contests under one roof. Another advantage of moving the conference to Louisville is that the arena will be used for both the opening and awards sessions and parking will not be a problem.

As a state we enjoyed our hotel in Overland Park, Kansas City. It was close to shopping, restaurants, and Utah SkillsUSA was the only state delegation at the hotel. I personally will miss Kansas City. I have been there many times and I know my way around and will miss everything the area has to offer. However, at the same time I look forward to getting to know a new city and all that it has to offer.

Look out Louisville, Utah SkillsUSA is coming June 22-26, 2015!

SkillsUSA 2014 National Leadership and Skills Conference

Monday, June 23rd, 2014

Utah SkillsUSA student members and state advisors have arrived in Kansas City, Missouri to attend the SkillsUSA National Leadership and Skills Conference. Throughout the week long conference, first place state competition winners will compete against their peers in 99 hands-on skills and leadership competitions. Leadership contestants will demonstrate skills including extemporaneous speaking and conducting meetings by parliamentary procedure.

Join the conference by watching a live stream of the opening ceremony, competitive events, and the awards ceremony, beginning Monday, June 23.

> Opening Ceremony: Wednesday, June 25 at 7 p.m. CDT
> Competitive Events: Wednesday, June 25 and
Thursday, June 26 beginning at 8 a.m. CDT
> Awards Ceremony: Friday, June 27 at 6 p.m. CDT

View Conference Program
SkillsUSA on Twitter #NLSC14
Like SkillsUSA on Facebook #NLSC14

View the list of Utah state winners. The first place winner from each category is in Kansas City to compete at the SkillsUSA National Leadership and Skills Conference.

“We are going to Kansas City for one purpose only, to provide [Utah] students an opportunity to test their skills at the highest level of national competition. . .We will graciously accept the results, whatever they are. . .” said Richard Wittwer, SkillsUSA Utah State Director.

 SkillsUSA: Champions at Work

Related story:
Lehi students prepare for SkillsUSA nationals

Kansas City Here We Come!

Wednesday, June 18th, 2014

By Tim Lawrence
Executive Director

This afternoon a huge tractor trailer left the SkillsUSA National Leadership Center here in Leesburg, Virginia headed to Kansas City. The truck was “loaded to the max” with National Leadership and Skills Conference (NLSC) programs, office equipment, electronics for registration, the Championships, and every file and document imaginable to support our big event. Some staff is already on site and more leave everyday headed to Kansas City.

This 50th NLSC marks what will be the largest national conference in our history with the largest group ever registered for the conference and the SkillsUSA Championships. There will be dynamic sessions, lots of learning and growing, and thousands of lives changed for the better.

Non-profit organizations like SkillsUSA don’t last 50 years without a dedicated team of hard working people who make great things happen every day. And I realize, as does the board, staff and foundation that this event continues to grow and impact more students and teachers for one primary reason – the outstanding work that you provide to your state association. No student comes to NLSC without the encouragement of that special instructor, dedicated administrator and the leadership of the state director. We salute you, thank you and look forward to seeing you in just a few short days.

We’re looking forward to seeing you in a few days. Safe travels to all of you and your delegations!


This blog post was originally published on the SkillsUSA.org on June 18, 2014.

CTE Students Compete in Ford/AAA Auto Skills Competition

Wednesday, May 7th, 2014

Is your auto mechanic certified? Does he or she have the skills to successfully diagnosis why your automobile isn’t working? Well, the future of auto service is in good hands! Utah students participating in the Career and Technical Education (CTE) Automotive Service Technician Pathway are well on their way to becoming expert auto technicians and becoming ASE certified. An ASE (Auto Service Excellence) technician is one who has the knowledge, skills, and abilities to successfully figure out a problem, ANY PROBLEM, you are having with your vehicle. Automotive service technicians/mechanics are not required to be certified, but those who are certainly have a career advantage. We all need these technicians/mechanics to get us back on the road in a safe and reliable vehicle.

Students participating in the CTE Automotive Service Technician Pathway are learning about automobiles and striving to become a certified ASE mechanic. On Thursday, May 1, 2014 twenty students from 9 high schools and one applied technology college joined together to show off their automotive service technician skills in the 65th Annual Ford/AAA Auto Skills competition held at Salt Lake Community College’s Miller Campus. Students worked in teams of two to test their knowledge and skill at diagnosing a purposely bugged vehicle.

Ten professional automotive technicians/mechanics spent eight hours placing 15 bugs in 10 automobiles. From light bulbs to the acceleration pedal to the engine relays, students were up to the challenge to diagnose each purposely placed bug. This hands-on competition not only tested each teams automotive knowledge and problem solving skills, but also tested their ability to work under pressure as they raced against the clock to complete the assigned task in 90 minutes.

“After 75 minutes of working on the cars, and 15 minutes left of the competition, all 10 cars were still being worked on. The bugs were tough and challenged the student’s abilities and knowledge of the vehicles. Only three vehicles were driven into final judging, the others were still on the field of competition when the contest came to an end, said Dave Milliken, Skilled and Technical Education Specialist at the Utah State Office of Education.”

Below are the results of the competition:

1st Place – Riverton High School
Team: Jens Olsen and Austin Sanders
Jay Hales

2nd Place – Hunter High School
Team: Wesley Deyoung and Jacob Simper
Matt Proctor

3rd Place – Timpview High School
Team: Michael Dromey and Dan Jones
Rich Lamb

4th Place – Syracuse High School
Team: Jaxon Lay and Brycen Rackham
Wayne Burbank
Syracuse received the highest score on the written exam.

5th Place – Southwest Applied Technology College
Team: Selby Oldroyd and Duncan Campbell
Robert Butler

6th Place – Layton High School
Team: Robert Rice and Justin Christensen
Corey Spensor

7th Place – Davis High School
Team: Ethan Jensen and Christian Matlock
Tom Housley

8th Place – Bountiful High School
Team: Taylor Gibson and Eric Natay
Erick Winkler

9th Place – Northridge High School
Team: Alex Velis and Logan Wilde
Rodney Stevenson

10th Place – Emery High School
Team: Conner Burke and Lane Wood
 Mike Kava

Jen Olsen and Austin Sanders will now advance to the national Auto Skills finals at the Ford Motor Company Headquarters in Dearborn, Michigan on June 8-10, 2014. They will compete against students from 49 other states to debug a new Ford vehicle. The team with the fewest quality-of-workmanship demerits and the best combined total score—repair time and written exam—will be the winner.

The 2014 grand-prize will be an all-expense paid trip to the Wood Brothers Racing facility where the students and instructor will work on race cars and learn from top automotive engineers. As part of the job-shadow experience, the winners will also attend a race as VIP.

At the national competition participating students will be awarded scholarships, trophies, apparel, certificates, shop manuals, and automotive equipment. Contestants will also have the opportunity to be considered for automotive technician and other service specialist positions with Ford Motor Company dealers, AAA affiliated service facilities, and other sponsoring organizations.

Related article:
Students test their automotive repair skills in statewide contest

Meet Shelby Nelson: Future Cosmetologist

Wednesday, April 30th, 2014

“Creative and hands-on are both traits that I knew my future career would have to have in order to keep me excited and motivated for work. These are traits I looked for as I chose courses in school to help me in my career decision.

“The CTE courses I took in high school prepared me for life after high school by broadening my knowledge of what is available. The courses helped me realize a career can be fun while also being rewarding. You can enjoy your job while building relationships with clients and being creative, all while making a living.

“[Participating in a CTE] Pathway showed me what I enjoy and made it clear to me what career would be best for me to succeed.”

Shelby Nelson
Mountain Crest High School


Left: Blair Carruth, Assistant Commissioner, Utah System of Higher Education
Middle: Shelby Nelson
Right: Jared Haines, Vice President, Utah College of Applied Technology

UtahCTE.orgcongratulates Shelby Nelson on the CTE Scholarship and Tuition Award she received to Bridgerland Applied Technology College. Shelby was one of 96 students honored at the CTE Scholarships and Tuition Awards  banquet on Tuesday, April 29, 2014.





Ideas for Celebrating SkillsUSA Week

Thursday, February 6th, 2014

February 9-15 is SkillsUSA Week and there are a lot of ways to celebrate. Some local chapters plan a different activity for each day of the week, while others pick one day and hold one or two events.

Below are some ideas for celebrating SkillsUSA Week:

Monday, February 10 – P.R. Day
> Make a school announcement, over the PA or school television station, about SkillsUSA Week and the special activities your chapter has planned.
> Hang SkillsUSA signs or banners throughout the school.
> Hold a poster or photo contest with prizes.
> Deliver SkillsUSA PSAs to local radio or television stations and invite the press to attend the events your chapter has planned during the week.
> Provide a news release and photographs to the school or local newspaper.
> Make a bulletin board or display about SkillsUSA for a school hallway.
> Set up a SkillsUSA information table in the school cafeteria to tell people about SkillsUSA.

Tuesday, February 11 – SkillsUSA Advisor Appreciation Day
> Make the instructors who support your program feel special and appreciated by hosting a lunch through the culinary program.
> Deliver cookies and a thank you note to instructors who support the program.
> Formally recognize the principal of your school with a certificate of appreciation and an honorary membership in SkillsUSA. Principals are vital in supporting your SkillsUSA chapter.

Wednesday, February 12 – Advocacy Day
SkillsUSA Week is an excellent time to make the community and business leaders in your community aware of your SkillsUSA chapter.
> Request a Proclamation from the Mayor, City Council, Board of Supervisors or School Board and ask if your local SkillsUSA officers can be present to receive it.
 > Invite local business, community and industry leaders to a chapter meeting to hear a presentation.
> Host an open house to showcase chapter activities and invite parents, community leaders, business and industry representatives, and middle school or elementary students who might be interested in technical career paths.
 > Visit a local elementary or middle school and talk about Career and Technical Education.

Thursday, February 13 – Leadership through Service Day
Conduct a community service activity to bring greater awareness to SkillsUSA.
 > Visit a nursing home to provide services to the residents.
> Hold a car care clinic.
 > Donate toys or other items to a local shelter or children’s hospital.
> Conduct a cleanup/early spring landscape program at your school.
> Offer to paint a mural at a day care center.

Friday, February 14 – Wear Red Day
Encourage all members to wear SkillsUSA T-shirts, polo shirts, or SkillsUSA official attire.
Share your SkillsUSA stories and explain that red is the color of the SkillsUSA official blazer.

Tell Utah CTE how your chapter is celebrating SkillsUSA Week. Send your stories and photos to UtahCTE@schools.utah.gov.

If you are not a member of SkillsUSA, and would like to become a member, talk to your school counselor to get connected with the SkillsUSA advisor in your school.


SkillsUSA Pin and T-shirt Design Competition

Friday, December 13th, 2013

The national association of SkillsUSA is calling for pin and T-shirt design entries for the 2014 SkillsUSA National Leadership and Skills Conference, which will be held June 23-27, 2014 in Kansas City, Missouri. This design competition is open to all registered SkillsUSA student members who are enrolled in a Career and Technical Education program at a high school or postsecondary institution with an active SkillsUSA chapter.

Who: SkillsUSA student members

What: 2014 National Conference Pin and T-shirt Design Competition

When: Now through February 1, 2014.

Why: The winning designs will become the official pin or T-shirt for the 2014 SkillsUSA National Leadership and Skills Conference.

How: One entry per SkillsUSA member. Entry rules are located in the SkillsUSA membership kit.

Mail entries to:
SkillsUSA National Headquarters
14001 SkillsUSA Way
Leesburg, VA 20176

Deadline: Entries must be received (not postmarked) no later than Saturday, February 1, 2014.

Questions? Contact Heidi Walsh at hwalsh@skillsusa.org.

Prizes: A plaque for the teacher and student, plus a school grant to the advisor of the winning student will be announced at a later date.

View the 2013 winning designs.


SkillsUSA Video Competition

Monday, October 21st, 2013

SkilledUSA members, you know you’re educated and skilled, now it’s time to show America that you’re ready to lead! “Educated and Skilled to Lead America” is SkillsUSA’s theme this year. Your challenge is to create a video that showcases how you’re becoming educated and skilled and how you’re prepared and ready to lead. This is your opportunity to tell your story.

Who: Secondary and postsecondary students currently enrolled and registered as members of SkillsUSA.
What: Educated and Skilled to Lead America video competition.
Where: Upload entry to YouTube.
When: Submit entries no later than Friday, November 15, 2013.
How: Email your video entry link to khorton@skillsusa.org.

Entry requirements:
> The work can be done by an individual, a team, or an entire class. There is no limit on the number of students who can work on a video. However, the video must be entered under one chapter name. (There will only be one prize awarded for the winning video.)

> Entries must contain only original material (including music, images, etc.) unless written permission has been obtained. No trademarked, copyrighted, or otherwise branded materials—logos or products—may be used, except for the SkillsUSA logo.

> Participants may submit up to two entries.

> Entries should be between 2-3 minutes in length. Upload your entry to YouTube.

> Email your video entry link to khorton@skillsusa.org. Allow up to a 24-hour registration process.

> Entries will be disqualified if they contain vulgar or inappropriate content, are uploaded later than Friday, November 15, 2013, or use copyrighted material.

A panel of SkillsUSA partners will judge the entries. The top five entries will then be voted on by the public. Winners will be notified directly by SkillsUSA.

Winning video teams and/or their schools will receive prizes and recognition provided by SkillsUSA. The winning videos will be aired on the SkilledUSA website. The winning school will receive a $300 award. Up to two honorable mention awards of $100 each may also be awarded.

Questions? Email Kelly Horton khorton@skillsusa.org