SkillsUSA Update
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SkillsUSA Update
Oct. 6, 2017

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WorldSkills Competition

The stage is set — the world stage — for the next WorldSkills Competition in Abu Dhabi. Kylie Burkey of Kingsport, Tennessee, will represent the United States in Hairdressing during the biennial WorldSkills Competition. Burkey will compete as a member of the SkillsUSA WorldTeam at the 44th international event which will be held Oct. 14-19. To find out more about Kylie and the WorldSkills Team, click here.

Champions Magazine Lesson Plan

Did you know you and your students have online access to the new fall SkillsUSA Champions magazine at any time? Check out the 2017 Fall issue of the Champions magazine as our very own state president, Jaqueline Ramirez, is featured in an article about career success on page 20. Kylie Burkey and the WorldSkills Team are featured on page 6. Cleveland High School's Chef Rush is featured as Region 2 finalist in 2017 Advisor of the Year on page 12. In addition to the spotlights on Tennessee’s students, the magazine features a lesson plan ready for you to use in your classroom! Connect your students today!

New Chapter Resources Now Available!

SkillsUSA and Manufacturing: Recruitment Resource

Designed to help SkillsUSA teachers recruit students into their manufacturing-related programs, SkillsUSA produced a video to illustrate how SkillsUSA is producing Job-Ready, Day One graduates with the technical and employability skills industry is desperate for. While SkillsUSA students go on to excel in a huge variety of skilled fields, this video focuses specifically on manufacturing due to the current skills gap threatening America's manufacturing industry. SkillsUSA is helping to fill that gap, producing graduates ready and able to fill and excel in the high-reward positions that are available now.

New Competitions for SkillsUSA Tennessee

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.

Automotive Computer Estimating and Total Loss Evaluation Contest - The proposed demo contest would create a national testing standard for automotive collision damage estimating (to include estimating from photographic documentation and total loss evaluation to encourage excellence in competencies specific to a career as insurance company appraiser, collision repair shop estimator, or independent appraiser.

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

Early Submission Contests

Early submission contests are as follows:
State Pin Design - Deadline Dec. 15
State T-Shirt Design - Deadline Dec. 15

SkillsUSA Nights with the Nashville Predators

We are happy to announce the continuation of SkillsUSA Night with the Nashville Predators. These are exciting opportunities for your chapters, so don't miss out on the fun! Please see dates and registration information below:

SkillsUSA Theme Focuses on the Career-Ready Student

The SkillsUSA competition theme for 2018 is: 
SkillsUSA: Champions at Work Job Ready Day One
The topic is to be addressed by contestants in the Chapter Display, Prepared Speech, Promotional Bulletin Board, and state-level Digital Cinema Production competitions. Students in these contests should expand on how our theme addresses the SkillsUSA national program of work in the area of professional development.

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.

Important Affiliation Information

Membership Affiliation Fees:
$14 for student membership
  • $8 national dues
  • $6 state dues
$28 for professional membership*
  • $20 national dues
  • $8 state dues
*Professional dues include access to the SkillsUSA Championships Technical Standards, Career Essentials: Foundations Curriculum, and the Jump into STEM Curriculum.
In order to be recognized for affiliation and be eligible to compete, each section of a chapter must have seven affiliated members or 100 percent of the class affiliated as SkillsUSA members.

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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