Skillswatch September 2017

Membership Fees Paid by LCTCS - Enroll Now Once again the LCTCS System Office will pay the enrollment fee for all the Advisors that join and for the first 1,000 students that enroll as SkillsUSA members.  When you "join now" on the registration site, enter P.O. # 1718MEM and submit.  Keep their on-line invoice for your records.  We will pay SkillsUSA directly. As we continue toward our goal of increasing active membership and conference participation, please encourage your students to take advantage of what SkillsUSA offers, and to compete at the state and national conferences. Chapter Advisor Search The LCTCS Systems Office is providing a stipend for someone at each college to act as the Chapter Advisor for SkillsUSA activities.  The Chapter Advisor will be the single point of contact regarding SkillsUSA concerns and will provide information and assistance to local instructors and to state SkillsUSA staff.  The primary role of the Chapter Advisor is to coordinate activities within a college, and to increase the involvement of instructors, programs, and campuses. Chapter Advisor candidates should have a basic knowledge of the SkillsUSA program and the enthusiasm to recruit and collaborate with instructors at each of their campuses. Prior experience with SkillsUSA state and national conferences is a plus.  The stipend is $1,500 for an estimated average of 10 hours of SkillsUSA work per month for about 8 months. Please send an email to with a brief description of your background, your contact information, and your reasons for wanting to act as the Chapter Advisor at your college.  The responses will be reviewed and forwarded with our recommendations to your Chancellor, who will make the final selection. 2018 National Conference Pin and T-shirt Design Challenge (Please do not confuse this Design Challenge with the state pin and T-shirt contests available at the National Leadership and Skills Conference.  This design challenge determines the pin and T-shirt to be used at the National Conference in June.  The deadline for this design challenge is Feb 5, 2018)   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. Two designs will be selected, one for the pin and one for the T-shirt. All entries must be submitted to SkillsUSA exactly as directed in the rules at, and all entries become the property of SkillsUSA once submitted. Only one entry/design per SkillsUSA member is permitted. 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

2017-2018 State Officers Listed below are the Louisiana Postsecondary State Officers for the 2017-18 school year.  They were elected at the State Leadership and Skills Conference in April and will serve through July 2018.

Please work toward the development of your own chapter organization by electing Chapter Officers and creating local policies to support and fund your SkillsUSA chapter.

Name Brookin Alexander Heather Halphen Karmen Collum Kayla Ainsworth

Title President Vice President Secretary Treasurer                    


SkillsUSA Step by Step Register as a Professional Member online. Contact your Chapter Advisor (TBA) to coordinate efforts (or contact for assistance) 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. Competitions 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 conducting the skills contest at 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  New - Red Windbreaker SkillsUSA will be offering a red windbreaker soon as a part of their official dress offering. They have been working over the last eight months to secure a manufacturer and construct a new, updated version of the former windbreaker. The jacket will be the same red as the blazer with the SkillsUSA logo. The jacket will also be less expensive than the red blazer to support the need for a less expensive official dress option for schools along with the Carhartt black jacket. SkillsUSA Posters As soon as they are selected, we will be sending the Chapter Advisors from each college a number of 16' x 24' promotional SkillsUSA posters to be placed at all of the appropriate campuses.


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