Executive Update: May 1, 2019

Executive Update: May 1, 2019

Tim Lawrence

Important Dates
May 5-11: SkillsUSA’s Week of Service
May 8: SkillsUSA’s 54th Anniversary
May 8: SkillsUSA National Signing Day with Klein Tools
June 22-24: Activate, Leverage and Engage Training, Louisville, Ky.
June 24-28: National Leadership and Skills Conference, Louisville, Ky.

Executive Director’s Report

State Conference Tours Begin with North Carolina
On April 9-11, I attended SkillsUSA North Carolina’s State Leadership and Skills Conference in Greensboro. About 3,000 attended. Competitions and leadership programs were well organized, with a lot of strong industry support and strong focus on the SkillsUSA Framework. I enjoyed being with state SkillsUSA director Peyton Holland and his team. Our three national officers from North Carolina — Brandon Ramirez, Nickolas Joyner and Preston Prince — were there helping and doing a great job.

Mark Johnson, N.C. state superintendent of public instruction, spoke at the opening ceremony, while I provided the keynote. I also had the opportunity to speak to the SkillsUSA advisors and to a group of community college leaders who were there for orientation. The N.C. Department of Public Instruction (DPI) had a strong presence; it requires new teachers and community college officials to participate in the state conference as part of their onboarding.

Four WorldSkills USA competitors are from North Carolina; three of them were there performing skill demonstrations. On April 10, the local ABC TV affiliate interviewed me and our Bricklaying competitor, Kelby Thornton. The interview appeared on the evening news. I hope to get a link to the broadcast and will share it with you later.

Big congratulations to Peyton and his entire conference management team for a great event. They provided life-changing experiences for the students and teachers attending.

SkillsUSA Invited to White House for Prison Reform Summit
On April 1 at the White House, staff member Gene Dudley represented SkillsUSA at a prison reform summit and “Celebration of the Second Chance Act.” President Trump spoke, and attending were several cabinet members, senators, representatives, governors, numerous business and industry representatives and key nonprofit leaders.

SkillsUSA Career Essentials: Adult Learner Experiences Launched at COABE
On April 1-3, I attended the Coalition on Adult Basic Education (COABE) conference in New Orleans with staff members Kelly Horton, Gayle Silvey, Gene Dudley, Courtney Ferrell and Taryn Zeigler, as well as national officer Tim Myers. More than 2,400 educators from across the nation were there to learn about new best practices and receive targeted training from national speakers. Twelve strands, comprised of 350 breakout sessions, were offered.

On the first day, SkillsUSA unveiled the SkillsUSA Career Essentials: Experiences adult learner curriculum during a luncheon for state leaders of adult education. Speakers included COABE executive director Sharon Bonney, Alabama adult education state director David Walters, Kansas adult education associate director Eric Tincher and Myers, who is one of our college/postsecondary officers.

On April 2, I spoke at the COABE general session about how SkillsUSA is one solution to the skills gap and introduced U.S. Assistant Secretary of Education Scott Stump. Gene and Courtney presented the SkillsUSA Career Essentials: Experiences adult learner course in two sessions to instructors and administrators, while Taryn answered questions about the curriculum at our booth.

Kelly and Gayle met with several groups of potential influencers to the adult education market including Google, Tyson Foods and NAPA Auto Parts. These conversations were the first steps to a broader discussion on how we can partner with these companies to create career-ready students.

Career Readiness White Paper Rollout a Success
On April 3, Eric Gearhart attended the Coalition for Career Development (CCD) rollout for its white paper “Career Readiness for All.” About 70 people came to the U.S. Capitol Visitor Center for the event.

Pace Industries CEO Scott Bull was emcee, and Reps. Steve Womack (R-Ark.) and Virginia Fox (R-N.C.) presented. A panel of five gave remarks: Leo Reddy, Manufacturing Skills Standards Council; Stephen Parker, National Governors Association; Carrie Heath Phillips, Council of Chief State School Officers; Ron Painter, National Association of Workforce Boards; and Monica Brand, Virginia Counselors Association.

The CCD, created in 2018, is made up of more than 40 leaders from across the country who are dedicated to creating a national movement to help all learners become career-literate and career-ready. To see the white paper, go to: www.globalpathwaysinstitute.org/career-readiness-for-all.

KeepCraftAlive Scholarships Fund Seeks Support
SkillsUSA official partner Fine Homebuilding launched its #KeepCraftAlive campaign to support those passionate about careers in the trades and those who will help carry on the legacy of craftsmanship in North America. Joined by its partners in industry, Fine Homebuilding is funding scholarships with SkillsUSA to support students’ journey to professional trade careers. To donate to these scholarships, go to: https://interland3.donorperfect.net/weblink/WebLink.aspx?name=E133724&id=33

Fine Homebuilding pledges to continue to celebrate the value of true craftsmanship in all trades to influence the cultural narrative about what it means to be a respected, successful professional. For more information, visit: www.keepcraftalive.org.

Excited About Student Engagement at the Missouri SLSC
Staff member Courtney Ferrell assisted at SkillsUSA’s Missouri State Leadership and Skills Conference, April 4-6, in Linn. She reports it was an incredible showcase of student engagement. The conference included a new delegate experience, with more than 100 participants, focused on communication and leadership. There were 145 competitions, and students participated in leadership labs around the SkillsUSA Framework and hands-on activities. Courtney held one-on-one sessions with teachers focused on the SkillsUSA Career Essentials suite, our Chapter Excellence Program and the SkillsUSA Program of Work.

SkillsUSA Participates in Advance CTE Spring Meeting
On April 8-10, staff member Gene Dudley attended Advance CTE’s spring meeting in Washington, D.C. He was joined by SkillsUSA national officer Tony Peeler Jr. Tony served as a panelist for a session titled “Reflections and Perspectives by CTE Students on the Power and Promise of CTE.” He did a terrific job representing and speaking for SkillsUSA. Gene met with several state CTE directors in SkillsUSA Region 2 and others from across the nation. The discussions focused on SkillsUSA as a solution to employability skills and career readiness.

National Staff Meets with Board President
On April 8, board president Jen Worth attended our monthly full-staff meeting to report on the executive director search. Much of the remaining conversation was about our upcoming National Leadership and Skills Conference (NLSC) as we approach the busiest few months of the year.


  • Staff member Sylvia Phillips presented at the Associated General Contractors Workforce Development board meeting in Atlanta on March 22. She shared information about the mission of SkillsUSA, the value of the SkillsUSA Framework and the SkillsUSA Career Essentials
  • On April 2, Sylvia Phillips attended SkillsUSA Tennessee’s State Leadership and Skills Conference at the Chattanooga Convention Center. She enjoyed a tour led by the college/postsecondary state president Lance Meyers, helped with scoring and talked with business and industry partners at their Meet the Employer event. She also attended the Chapter of Excellence dinner, where Gov. Bill Lee spoke about the value of technical education.
  • On April 3-6, staff member Dave Worden, as a member of the Equipment Engine Training Council (EETC) board, attended its meeting in Portland, Ore. The EETC board is working to secure sponsorship for the winners of our national Power Equipment Technology competition to receive an all-expense-paid trip to attend its trade show, the GIE–EXPO. Dave reports that sponsorship has been secured for five of the six winners.
  • On April 4-5, staff member Gene Dudley attended SkillsUSA Louisiana’s College/Postsecondary State Leadership and Skills Conference in Lake Charles. Gene delivered greetings during the opening ceremony. He reports it was an exciting event with 400 people attending, and despite some local flooding, all aspects of the conference ran smoothly.
  • Staff member Heidi Walsh was in Louisville April 8-9, working with Axxis Inc. to plan production for this year’s NLSC opening and awards ceremonies.
  • On April 9-10, Dave Worden attended the American Welding Society’s 100th-anniversary celebration in Miami.

That’s it for now. Thank you for all you do for the great students and teachers we serve.

Plan Now to Serve May 5-11 

As part of SkillsUSA’s annual program of work, we ask local chapters to plan, promote and conduct a community service project during the SkillsUSA National Week of Service, May 5-11. This commemorates SkilsUSA’s founding on May 8, 1965.

Share your photos and activities on social media using the hashtag #SkillsUSAWeekofService. Advisors or chapter officers can email a brief description of their chapter events and photos to Gayle Silvey at gsilvey@skillsusa.org. In return, we’ll send you a SkillsUSA logo gift item valued at $15 to say thanks.

Help build awareness of SkillsUSA in your community by publicizing your events. To locate contacts for your local area newspapers, use the SkillsUSA Advocacy Site. Go to the webpage, click on the Media tab, enter your ZIP code, and choose up to media five outlets at a time. Next, click on Compose Your Own Letter, and paste in your press release or an invitation to cover your events. To see contact information for each media outlet, click on the name. The Advocacy Site is located here: www.cqrcengage.com/skillsusa/?0.

SkillsUSA and Lowe’s Team Up on Generation T Movement 

In fall 2018, SkillsUSA joined Generation T (“Gen T”), a national movement that Lowe’s Home Improvement officially launched on April 25. The goal of Generation T is to address the widening trade gap and inspire a new generation to consider skilled trade careers. Committed to rebuilding and changing public perceptions of the skilled trades in America, Generation T seeks to drive enrollment in skilled trades education and build a pipeline of workers to offset the anticipated gap of 3 million jobs by 2028.

Lowe’s chose SkillsUSA to help with this effort because SkillsUSA membership is a critical link to success in the workplace — whether students plan to go to work after high school, earn a technical certificate, attend community college or a four-year university, or enter an apprenticeship program. SkillsUSA is working to attract more students into construction, electrical, plumbing, HVAC and appliance repair programs, focusing on students in these trade areas in five states. SkillsUSA membership specialists are working with schools and hold workshops and special events to help change public perception of the skilled trades, share the critical demand for technical skills, promote the opportunities available in trade careers and highlight the value of career readiness skills. The SkillsUSA states and specialists are:

  • California — Loretta Cabuyadao, an entrepreneur and business owner from Simi Valley who has served SkillsUSA as a board member, alumni coordinator, competition chair and judge. She is a former member, officer and competitor.
  • Georgia — Winston Johnson-Savoy, a youth advocate from Atlanta who worked with the Office for Diversity at Texas A&M University and held a public policy internship in Washington, D.C. He is an experienced facilitator and trainer with a passion to build awareness of career and technical education.
  • Illinois — Leah Rife, a former manager of programs and events for the Boys and Girls Club from Elgin. She is a former SkillsUSA national officer with strong connections to school districts in the northern Chicagoland region.
  • North CarolinaRod Lykins, a seasoned industry manager and math instructor from Lake Waccamaw who served as a career development coordinator for Columbus Career and College Academy for seven years. His experience with SkillsUSA includes work as a certified trainer, advisor and mentor who has prepared many students for state and national competition.
  • Texas — Bart Taylor, an award-winning career and technical education teacher from College Station with 18 years of classroom experience as a teacher, motivational speaker, curriculum and instructional coach, trainer and district SkillsUSA advisor.

For more information on Generation T, visit: www.WeAreGenerationT.com. 

Models of Excellence Winners Chosen

Congratulations to the 24 SkillsUSA chapters nationally recognized as a “Model of Excellence” recipient for 2018. Models of Excellence is a national program that recognizes the exceptional integration and application of personal, workplace and technical skills for SkillsUSA chapter activities. This is one of the highest awards bestowed on chapters by SkillsUSA.

All Models of Excellence chapters will participate in the SkillsUSA National Leadership and Skills Conference in Louisville, Ky., June 22-28. Activities include Models of Excellence finalist interviews and recognition during the awards ceremony in front of more than 12,000 students, instructors and business partners.

The Models of Excellence program promotes the intentional learning of personal, workplace and technical skills outlined in the SkillsUSA Framework for student development. Specific characteristics defined within each skill area help ensure tangible benchmarks for student achievement and chapter programming. Achievement is measured by the effectiveness of student efforts in implementing essential workplace skills including personal responsibility, integrity, work ethic and organization in chapter activities. The hands-on approach of this program actualizes the SkillsUSA mission of empowering members to become world-class workers, leaders and responsible American citizens.

Congratulations to the following schools on achieving the Models of Excellence awards:

  • Arizona — Valley Academy for Career and Technology Education, Willow Canyon High School
  • California — Norwalk High School
  • Colorado — Durango High School, Thomas Jefferson High School
  • Georgia — Cross Keys High School, Greenbrier High School, Grovetown High School, Wiregrass Georgia Technical College
  • Massachusetts — Greater Lowell Technical High School, Lynn Vocational Technical Institute
  • Missouri — New Madrid R-I Tech Skills Center
  • New Jersey — Bergen County Academies, Gloucester County Institute of Technology, Middlesex County Vocational and Technical Schools – East Brunswick Campus
  • New Mexico — Deming High School
  • North Carolina — Catawba Valley Community College
  • Ohio — Buckeye Hills Career Center, Upper Valley Career Center, Vanguard-Sentinel Career and Technology Centers – Vanguard Campus
  • Oklahoma — Geary High School
  • Tennessee —Tennessee College of Applied Technology at Pulaski
  • Wisconsin — New Berlin West High School
  • Wyoming — Central High School

SkillsUSA Job Opening in Member Services

There is a new a job posting at the national headquarters for a program specialist in member services. Interested applicants should submit a résumé and cover letter to Missy Wilson at mwilson@skillsusa.org on or before May 8. Download the full job description here: www.skillsusa.org/category/careers/. 

Magazine Offers Recognition to Our Photographers

State SkillsUSA directors: Please let advisors and students know they can submit photos for our “Image” page in SkillsUSA Champions. The photos should show SkillsUSA members in action. Photography or graphic arts students may already have photos that are suitable. We currently do not have a photo selected for the Fall 2019 issue. Winning photographers will receive a $150 prize check for their chapter and, of course, the thrill of seeing their work in print. For details, email Tom Hall at thall@skillsusa.org. 

Help Launch the SkillsUSA Hope Fund 

The SkillsUSA Hope Fund was established this year to provide emergency scholarships for individual students in crisis to further their trade education, and for chapters affected by natural disasters. The fund is building during 2019, and we anticipate opening scholarships in 2020. We encourage our SkillsUSA staff, state SkillsUSA directors, board and foundation members, teachers and all stakeholders and supporters to consider making a donation to help the fund launch. To donate, go to: www.skillsusa.org/get-involved/donate/. 

Use Press Release Templates to Promote State Conferences

On the SkillsUSA advocacy site, there is a press release template for state conference participants, instructors and parents to tell local news media about their participation and accomplishments. Users can send an email to up to five media outlets at a time. Go to: www.cqrcengage.com/skillsusa/. If you have questions, contact Jane Short at 703-737-0612 or jshort@skillsusa.org. 

SkillsUSA Scholarship Deadlines Approaching

Applications for several scholarships are now open to benefit SkillsUSA students in pursuit of higher education or certification in their chosen field. Help spread the word so SkillsUSA students can take full advantage of these opportunities:

For additional scholarship information, continually check the website at: www.skillsusa.org/membership-resources/scholarships-financial-aid/.

Save with May Educational Resources Bundle

State SkillsUSA directors: SkillsUSA is offering special pricing on a select bundle of educational materials. May’s bundle pricing includes Impact and The Four Pillars. The bundle price is $10, a savings of $4.90. Order Stock No. BMAY2019.

Impact: Experiential Activities to Launch Successful Teams features activities that promote team interaction, trust exercises and problem solving. It covers group facilitation and the use of debriefing questions. Activities incorporate the SkillsUSA Framework of developing personal, workplace and technical skills.

The Four Pillars: Your Personal Leadership Journey is designed for students who are ready for a more in-depth approach to learning leadership. 

Crisis Contacts Needed for NLSC

State SkillsUSA directors: Please email your cellphone number as well as the names and phone numbers for up to three crisis team members for this year’s National Leadership and Skills Conference (NLSC). If you cannot be contacted in the event of an emergency at NLSC, we will call the team members on your list. We need your cell number and a maximum of three crisis team members.

Remember, do not turn off your cellphones during your week in Louisville, as the ability to reach you is crucial. Please email the NLSC crisis team names and phone numbers to Jane Short at jshort@skillsusa.org no later than May 15.

NLSC Offers Two Entertainment Options for Attendees

Champions Night: Louisville Bats Game
On Wednesday, June 26, SkillsUSA Champions Night is moving to Louisville Slugger Field for a fun-filled night at the ballpark, where the Louisville Bats will take on the Toledo Mud Hens. There will be giveaways all evening, and SkillsUSA will be featured throughout the game.

Each paid attendee will receive an admission ticket with a $5 pre-loaded value to use at the gift shop or the concession stand, as well as a baseball hat. SkillsUSA attendees will have many opportunities to be involved in activities in between innings and to receive additional free items at random the entire night, including two free NASCAR tickets. Game time is at 7 p.m., and the event will be held rain or shine. Plan to arrive early for free gifts from select inning sponsors.

Shuttle bus transportation to the stadium will begin approximately 5:30 p.m. and run until the close of the event. There will be no shuttle service available from all downtown hotels, since the event is within walking distance. Game tickets will be distributed to state SkillsUSA directors during scheduled registration appointments.

A SkillsUSA logo shirt, appropriate attire and the official conference name badge are required to enter. A donation of $1 is being asked of attendees at the entrance. This donation will be used to offset the cost of the new Champions Circle Amphitheater at the National Leadership Center in Leesburg, Va.

SkillsUSA Night at Kentucky Kingdom
On Thursday, June 27, from 6 p.m.-10 p.m., join your SkillsUSA friends and colleagues at Kentucky Kingdom. Fun is required at this traditional night following the SkillsUSA Championships. The park is open only to SkillsUSA attendees.

Tickets for registered participants will be distributed by the state SkillsUSA director at each state’s delegation orientation meeting. Additional tickets will be on sale in the Kentucky Exposition Center’s North Wing Lobby for $20. Transportation is provided from state hotels through the close of the event. A SkillsUSA logo shirt, appropriate attire and the official conference name badge are required for admittance. A $1 donation at admission will support Feed Thy Neighbor, a Louisville program to help the homeless.

National Anthem Singer Needed for Champions Night 

State SkillsUSA directors: If singing the national anthem at a baseball game is on your bucket list, you’ve got a shot! SkillsUSA is looking for one of the attendees, preferably a state SkillsUSA director, to perform the anthem at Louisville Slugger Field on June 26 during SkillsUSA Champions Night. Serious inquiries email Shelly Coates at scoates@skillsusa.org before May 15.

Register for Activate, Leverage and Engage Training

State SkillsUSA directors: As you begin to plan for our National Leadership and Skills Conference, please share these incredible pre-conference leadership opportunities with your teachers and students. SkillsUSA’s Leverage is designed specifically for state officers, while Activate makes a terrific training ground for younger chapter leaders, and Engage is the optimal training for advisors.

Registration is $165 per person. SkillsUSA’s Activate, Leverage and Engage will be held June 22-24 at the Kentucky Exposition Center (KEC).

Leverage, Active and Engage fliers have been added to our website. We encourage state SkillsUSA directors to download and print them for distribution to teachers and students. Here are the links:

‘Meet the Employer’ Sponsored by Magna International

SkillsUSA will be conducting a Meet the Employer event for SkillsUSA students at the National Leadership and Skills Conference on Friday, June 28, from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. All student members, regardless of graduation date and curriculum, are encouraged to attend and bring résumés. We anticipate over 50 employers will staff booths in the East Wing of the Kentucky Exposition Center. The first companies to sign up are Magna International, 3M, CBRE (commercial real estate services), Centuri Construction, Ferguson, IAA, NASSCO, Spirit AeroSystems, Textron Aviation and Nissan. Meet the Employer will include career development seminars for attendees.

A flier about Meet the Employer can be downloaded and shared with your students who are coming to Louisville in June: http://MeettheEmployer.skillsusa.org. 

Prepare Delegates to Vote on New Constitutional Amendments

New constitutional amendments will be presented to the high school, middle school and college/postsecondary House of Delegates during the National Leadership and Skills Conference in June.

If you have delegates representing your state at the National Leadership and Skills Conference, please ensure they arrive with a strong familiarity with the motions that will be discussed during their business meetings. To see them, go to: http://bit.ly/2019Amendments.

To assist with preparing your delegates to vote on these motions, training videos will be posted in the near future on the SkillsUSA delegate sessions webpage at: www.skillsusa.org/events-training/national-leadership-and-skills-conference/delegate-sessions/.

If you have questions, contact Kim Hegedus at khegedus@skillsusa.org.

Registration Open for NLSC Courtesy Corps 

SkillsUSA needs more than 200 National Courtesy Corps (NCC) members for our national conference. The work of this group supports the contest technical committees and is deeply appreciated. This is a great opportunity for students to network with industry partners and experience the national conference.

NCC members receive free conference registration plus housing, local transportation, meals and entertainment. Each member is given several free shirts. All NCC participants are housed at the University of Louisville’s Community Park, about 15 minutes from the Kentucky Exposition Center.

NCC members are responsible for their own transportation to and from Louisville, Ky., and should arrive on Saturday, June 22, by 4 p.m. so they can start to work in the contest areas on Sunday, June 23. Departure is Saturday, June 29.

Advisors must supervise their participating students and all members must abide by the code of conduct for the National Leadership and Skills Conference. SkillsUSA will provide individual schedules for students and advisors listing work assignments and breaks. There will be an advisors-only session to review student duties and responsibilities. SkillsUSA works to enhance the NCC experience each year.

Dorothy Loges from Missouri is the NCC chair. Questions can be directed to her at: Dorothy.loges@bisonpride.org. To register, go to: https://w3.smartreg.com/webreg/SKILLSUSA19/.

Get Your Official NLSC T-Shirts Now

State SkillsUSA directors: In advance of the National Leadership and Skills Conference, you can now order official T-shirts for your state delegation and save in the process.

T-shirts are available to preorder for only $10 each. That’s a savings of $5 off the regular price. Shipping charges will be free, and all orders will be available for pickup in Louisville during your state’s registration.

The deadline to submit your order is May 17. Shirts are available in sizes S-5XL, and the minimum order is 25. To place the order, contact Kim DeVenuto at kdevenuto@egroupengage.com.

Reminder: Advance CTE Industry Launches Signature Campaign

Advance CTE represents state leaders responsible for secondary postsecondary and adult career and technical education across the country. Like SkillsUSA, Advance CTE advocates on behalf of career and technical education students, and its new “I Support CTE” campaign does exactly that.

The year-long campaign to collect signatures from employers is designed to urge Congress to double the federal investment in CTE programs. They are looking for sign-ons from small businesses to large corporations in every state and industry. To sign on, go to: http://isupportcte.org/?page_id=35.

Advance CTE is also looking to receive CTE success stories from states state and hear why you believe it’s important to increase the federal investment. To learn how to submit a blog or testimonial, email ISupportCTE@careertech.org.

To learn more about the campaign, go to: http://isupportcte.org/?page_id=588.  

Scholarships Available for Further Education in Technical Fields 

Over 1,000 scholarships of up to $2,500 each are available for career and technical education students pursuing college/postsecondary education in their field. This career and technical scholarship program is funded through the Horatio Alger Endowment Fund and the generosity of association chairman emeritus and endowment fund president Walter Scott Jr.

Scholarships are awarded to students who have faced and overcome great obstacles in their lives and who wish to pursue career or technical education at an accredited, nonprofit postsecondary institution in the United States. There are 1,020 scholarships, with up to $2,500 available for each.

Eligibility criteria:

  • Have completed high school (or earned a high-school equivalency credential)
  • Will be enrolled in an eligible program in fall 2019
  • Exhibit a strong commitment to pursue and complete a career or technical program (up to two years) at an accredited nonprofit college/postsecondary institution in the United States
  • Demonstrated critical financial need (must be eligible to receive the federal Pell Grant as determined by completion of the Free Application for Federal Student Aid [FAFSA]). Fill out the FAFSA here: https://fafsa.ed.gov/
  • Demonstrated perseverance in overcoming adversity
  • Be under age 30
  • Be a U.S. citizen

Funds may be used for tuition, fees, books and supplies. All scholarship funds are paid directly to the institution on behalf of the recipient.

The application is open online for students enrolling in the fall. For additional information, and to create an account and apply online, visit: https://scholars.horatioalger.org/scholarships/about-our-scholarship-programs/technical/.

Due Dates

May 1: Nominations due for ACTE Business-Education Partnership and Champion for CTE awards due
May 1: Marsha Daves Scholarship application deadline
May 8: Applications due for SkillsUSA headquarters position opening
May 10: Harbor Freight Tools for Schools National Championship Scholarship application deadline
May 15: mikeroweWORKS Foundation Travel Scholarship applications due
May 15: NLSC crisis contact information due
May 22: Fine Homebuilding #KeepCraftAlive Scholarship application deadline

June 1: National officer applications due
June 7: GAERF 2019 Student Design Competition entry deadline

National Staff Travel

May 1-2: Napa, Calif./NCCER Board Meeting/Tim Lawrence
May 7-9: San Jose, Calif./SkillsUSA National Signing Day at Silicon Valley Career Technical Education Center/Tim Lawrence and select staff
May 7-10: Washington, D.C./Brustein and Manasevit Spring Forum/Gene Dudley
May 14: Leesburg, Va./National Coordinating Council for Career and Technical Student Organizations meeting/Tim Lawrence
May 17: Cleveland, Ohio/Lincoln Electric/Tim Lawrence

June 4-6: Birmingham, Ala./Alabama Adult Education Conference/Gene Dudley