SkillsUSA Update
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SkillsUSA Update
Jan. 9, 2018

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2017-18 SkillsUSA Tennessee State Officer Application

SkillsUSA members seeking to broaden their opportunities with the organization should consider a campaign for state office as being an officer is a great way to help make a difference in your school, community, and state. State Officer Candidate Applications are due by Feb. 1. Please make sure to review the state officer candidate page fully to understand the process, expectations, and requirements for state officer candidates.

SkillsUSA State Contest Exams Update

The SkillsUSA Tennessee State Association will not be hosting or requiring any exams to be given prior to the state conference. Currently the contests that will have a written exam for 2018 are Related Technical Math, Medical Math, Medical Terminology, and Quiz Bowl. The Quiz Bowl exam will be given on Monday afternoon March 19 as part of the contest orientation session. For the contests not listed above that have a written exam, the exam may be given as part of the state contest on March 19-20 as determined by the contest chair.
Additionally, SkillsUSA Tennessee will provide our gold medalists with either a copy of our old exam to study and/or voucher for the SkillConnect exam related to their contest to assist with preparing for national competition. We are confident this will provide our contestants with the opportunity to prepare for the written exam portion at nationals that may not be included at state level due to our time constraints. 

Celebrate SkillsUSA Contest

Your Video Could Earn a Visit from SkillsUSA’s executive director, a celebrity, and a SkillsUSA national officer. 
Win a visit from SkillsUSA executive director Tim Lawrence, celebrity Kayleen McCabe of “Rescue Renovation,” and a SkillsUSA national officer. To seize this rare opportunity, your chapter simply needs to submit a video that creatively captures why a visit would be impactful for the chapter, school, and community. The visit will occur on Friday, Feb. 9, so be sure to describe the event where Lawrence, McCabe and a national officer will be speaking or interacting with students. Video entries should be between 60 seconds and 2 minutes in length and submitted no later than midnight Jan. 12. For full details, visit: SkillsUSA Week

2018 National Conference Pin and T-Shirt Design Challenge

SkillsUSA is sponsoring a national conference pin and T-shirt design challenge that is open to all dues-paying student members of the organization. The winning designs will become the official pin or T-shirt for the 2018 SkillsUSA National Leadership and Skills Conference. The pin and T-shirt will be produced by the SkillsUSA Store. All entries must be received (not postmarked) in the SkillsUSA national headquarters by close of business on Feb. 5 by mail (USPS, FedEx, UPS, etc.) only.

You could have the winning design! Click here or complete details. Pictured: 2017 Design Challenge winners

Gain National Attention for Mentoring

SkillsUSA sponsors a national recognition program based on the Student2Student mentoring program. Mentoring connects a young person to personal growth and development, as well as economic opportunities. When a SkillsUSA chapter mentors an elementary- or middle-school classroom, it can mean a lot to the younger students’ future successes.
The Student2Student program recognizes SkillsUSA chapters that are involved in a mentoring program in their communities. Any chapter involved in mentoring can submit its project plan, description and outcomes. The winning chapter will be recognized at an event during the National Leadership and Skills Conference and in the Awards and Recognition book. In addition, the overall winning chapter will be invited to present its winning mentoring program as a part of SkillsUSA University. For more information click here.
All entries must be submitted online to the national office by April 1. Winners will be announced in May. You can also use the link to download the Mentoring Guide. For more information, email Susanne Kahler.

New Competition Updates

Automated Manufacturing Technology - The contest evaluates teams for employment in integrated manufacturing technology fields of computer aided drafting/design (CAD), computer aided manufacturing (CAM), and computer numerical controlled machining (CNC). CAD operators construct the part geometry; the CAM operator generates the tool paths; and the CNC operator sets up and machines the part. Plotting is not a scored event; however, the contestants must be able to generate a plot file that will be used to send their data to the plotter.

Barbering will be advancing to the national level, and is open to active SkillsUSA members enrolled in programs with barbering and cosmetology as the occupational objective.

Collision Damage Appraisal and Total Loss Evaluation Technology
New Contest open to active SkillsUSA members enrolled in programs with collision damage appraisal and total loss evaluation as an occupational objective.

Join as a professional member to have access to the 2018 SkillsUSA Championships Technical Standards from which the contests will be based.

Regional Championships

Register here! Please be sure to select the appropriate event location when you register for regionals. All of the regional locations will be available in the dropdown menu, and advisors must select the region they plan to attend before entering contestants.

All regional championships will follow the SkillsUSA Championships Technical Standards as closely as possible (time permitting). Any state-specific updates for the SkillsUSA Tennessee Regional Championships will be posted online. 

  • Affiliation Deadline to Compete in Regional Conferences: Jan. 20
  • Registration Deadline: Jan. 20
  • Payment Deadline: Feb. 1 
  • Registration Fee: $15 per student, $5 per advisor

Contests offered at Middle, Mid-West, West, and East Tennessee regional events:

  • American Spirit*
  • Architectural Drafting
  • Automotive Service Technology
  • Automotive Service Technology-MLR 1 
  • Automotive Service Technology-MLR 2 
  • Automotive Service Technology-MLR 3 
  • Automotive Service Technology-MLR 4 
  • Carpentry
  • Chapter Business Procedure*
  • Chapter Display*
  • Cosmetology
  • Crime Scene Investigation
  • Criminal Justice
  • Esthetics
  • Job Interview
  • Job Skill Demonstration A
  • Job Skill Demonstration Open
  • Nail Care
  • Opening and Closing Ceremonies*
  • Outstanding Chapter*
  • Prepared Speech*
  • Promotional Bulletin Board*
  • Sharon Melton Myers Memorial SkillsUSA Award*
  • Technical Drafting
*Feedback only contest at regional event

Note: Welding Fabrication will not have a regional event requirement this year, the blueprint will be posted for the state event in January on our contest updates page.

Regional Championships Information

Championship Dates and Locations:

Championships Clothing and Tools App Updated

SkillsUSA has updated the “SkillsUSA: Clothing and Tools” app for 2018. This is a great starter resource that does not replace the SkillsUSA Championships Technical Standards but connects users to SkillsUSA’s membership site, where educators can join as professional members to receive the full standards at no charge.
For each contest, the app includes an overview, clothing requirements, and eligibility and safety guidelines, as well as lists the specific tools, equipment or materials that contestants need to provide.
It is offered completely free of charge for students, instructors and SkillsUSA business partners.
The app is available now in both the Apple Store: and the Google Play Store:
This app was created and sponsored by Pearson (

SkillsUSA SLSC App

SkillsUSA Tennessee is launching a new state conference mobile app. The app is available now in both the Apple Store and the Google Play Store. As conference details are released, the app will update with new data.

Best Way to Build a Successful SkillsUSA Chapter

Start your SkillsUSA Chapter Excellence Program (CEP) application today and earn recognition for your chapter. The online application is on the main page of the membership registration site once you log into your school account.
If you are new to CEP, then check out the toolkit of resources.
For questions or help, call the SkillsUSA Hotline at 844-875-4557 or email.
Please note that the advisor recognition and mega prizes reception at the national conference will now be based on your chapter completing a CEP application.

Nominations Open for Honorary Life Member, Outstanding Career and Technical Educator

If you would like to nominate someone for SkillsUSA’s national Honorary Life Member or Outstanding Career and Technical Educator award, please submit your nomination by Feb. 23. Online applications are available at:
If you have any questions, contact Gayle Silvey at 404-216-6040 or email.

SkillsUSA Membership Hotline

For questions on how to start a new chapter, engage chapter members, and strengthen an existing chapter, call the SkillsUSA Membership Hotline at (844) 875-4557. Operators are on call from 8 a.m.–5 p.m. ET Monday, Wednesday, and Friday, and from 11 a.m.–7 p.m. ET Tuesday and Thursday.  You can also send the operators an email at

Upcoming Dates and Deadlines 

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