Skillswatch August 2017

2017-2018 Begins

This is the first issue of the 2017-18 Skillswatch Newsletter.  Skillswatch issues will provide vital information to Instructors, Chapter Advisors, and College Administrators regarding SkillsUSA activities.  If you have not been involved with SkillsUSA in the past please consider becoming an active member.  SkillsUSA empowers students to become world-class workers, leaders and responsible American citizens. It enhances the development of personal, workplace and technical skills grounded in academics. The SkillsUSA experience offers many benefits to Advisors and students and provides an opportunity for students to compete at the state and national levels.  Please go to for a brief overview.  The Skillswatch newsletters will also be archived on the SkillsUSA Louisiana Postsecondary website so you can view them at your convenience.  The link will be provided as soon as the setup is completed. Enrollment began August 1st Deadline for membership enrollment is March 1, 2018. The SkillsUSA registration site is officially open for the new school year. If you need assistance with SkillsUSA membership or registration, hotline operators are ready to answer your questions Operators are on call 8 a.m.-5 p.m. on Monday, Wednesday and Friday; and 11 a.m.-7 p.m. on Tuesday and Thursday (Eastern Time). To reach the hotline, call 844-875-4557 or email

Professional members receive these great benefits.

  • 2017-18 SkillsUSA Championships Technical Standards. The latest edition will be available by Oct. 1. The official competition guide for the SkillsUSA Championships contains rules for all national competitive events, including an overview, lists of technical skills and knowledge required, clothing requirements, eligibility and equipment lists. Note: Updates are located online:
  • Career Essentials: Foundations. This complete curriculum includes 29 lesson plans that support the SkillsUSA Framework and prepare students for workplace success. Career Essentials: Foundations is the first building block in the suite of products offered through the SkillsUSA Career Essentials.

SkillsUSA professional members receive these materials when they submit membership along with a valid email address. Technical Standards and other materials are provided through a digital delivery system.

New Theme for 2017-18 Announced

SkillsUSA: Champions at Work "Job-Ready Day One" State and National Conferences State Conference Dates 2018 State Leadership and Skills Conference - April 19th and 20th, 2018 Location: SOWELA Technical Community College 3820 Senator J. Bennett Johnston Avenue Lake Charles, LA 70615 National Conference Dates 2018   54th National Leadership and Skills Conference - June 26th -29th, 2018 Location: Louisville, KY,   Kentucky Exposition Center SkillsUSA Step by Step Register as a Professional Member on-line. Contact your Chapter Advisor (TBA) to coordinate efforts Recruit students to join and compete at State Conference Enroll students as SkillsUSA members Review Technical Standards to assure that course content reflects the Technical Standards Prepare students for state and national competitions Register students for State Leadership and Skills Conference Participate at State Conference Accompany winners to National Conference Who is Eligible? Membership Students enrolled in a coherent sequence of courses or career major that prepares the student for further education and/or employment related to trade, industrial, technology and health occupations and is earning credit toward a diploma/certificate or its equivalent. Competition (National) College/postsecondary contestants must be earning credit toward a postsecondary degree/certificate during the school year immediately preceding the National Leadership and Skills Conference. (June)

Become a Technical Lead

A "Technical Lead" may be an instructor, an industry professional, or other knowledgeable person that is responsible for designing (or adapting) a test for the state competition. Technical Leads are also responsible for arranging for contest judges, contest orientation, and compiling and reporting scores. If you, or one of your corporate supporters, would like to be a Technical Lead for your skill area, please contact your Chapter Advisor or


Patrick Nelson, LCTCS SkillsUSA Coordinator 225-931-0555 Cell 225-308-4417 Office SkillsUSA (National Site) LCTCS Website SkillsUSA Store SkillsUSA Louisiana Postsecondary Facebook Page SkillsUSA Membership Hotline. Email to The toll free number is 844-875-4557. YouTube Training Videos Membership Registration Process. This video is a step by step tutorial showing how Advisors add programs and enroll members into the Conference Registration