Welcome to the 2018-2019 year!

SkillsUSA Illinois is excited to kick of the 2018-2019 year. Our 2018-19 SkillsUSA theme “SkillsUSA: Champions at Work, Career-Ready Starts Here” speaks absolute truth. We know that this is not only a goal of our organization but all involved with Career and Technical Education.  SkillsUSA is the only organization that defines, implements, and measures career-readiness of students based on demands set by business and industry today. Through the SkillsUSA Framework, SkillsUSA Career Essentials: Experiences, and SkillsUSA Championships students become aware, demonstrate, and show mastery that they are prepared for what comes next.

More Awards for SkillsUSA Illinois

Earlier this month, at the State Director Association Annual Professional Development and Training Conference in Pensacola, Florida, SkillsUSA Illinois was presented with two national awards for outstanding service and support at the state level. 

SkillsUSA Illinois earned the Gold Level of State Standards of Excellence, the highest level a state can recieve. The State Standards of Excellence Program ensures state associations have in place policies, procedures, and structure on an annual basis that deliver a high level of service and to become the very best organization for all their members. 

SkillsUSA Illinois also was recognized with the Reaching New Heights Award for outstanding commitment and dedication to the growth and sustainability of SkillsUSA. 

2018-19 Calendar

The SkillsUSA Illinois 2018-2019 Calendar is now available. Please visit the calendar of events page of the SkillsUSA Illinois website at: skillsusaillinois.org/events/

Please note State Qualifying Events (regional conferences) dates and information will be released at the Advisor Development Conference.

SkillsUSA Illinois Job Opening

SkillsUSA Illinois has a job opening for a Senior Coordinator, Training and Development.

The primary responsibility of this position is to foster new relationships and build on existing relationships with school administrators and teachers while improving the capacity for success among local SkillsUSA Illinois chapters. This will include training and developing implementation plans of SkillsUSA programs and curriculum in local chapters, along with providing continuous support. Along with developing relationships with key partners in the state as well as in the state department of education and business and industry.

Download the full description at: SkillsUSAIllinois.org/contact-us/#position-announcement

Interested applicants should submit a résumé and cover letter to Eric Hill at careers@SkillsUSAIllinois.org on or before September 14, 2018. Headquarters Office based in Pekin, IL. Remote work option available/encouraged.


Advisor Development Conference 2018 

The SkillsUSA Illinois Advisor Development Conference (ADC) is held at the beginning of each school year to provide an opportunity for advisors from around the state to come together and become empowered with the tools they need to develop, manage and advise a SkillsUSA chapter in their school.

Topics covered this year include the SkillsUSA Framework, SkillsUSA Career Essentials: Experiences, Chapter Management, SkillsUSA Illinois Championships, Updates, and more.

ADC 2018 will be held Friday, September 28, 2018 at the UTI Lisle Campus. Click here more information.

Membership Overview

SkillsUSA is an integral component to all Career and Technical Education programs and classrooms; and membership is recommended for all students enrolled. Membership must be submitted by the participant’s first SkillsUSA event or February 15, 2019 whichever occurs first.

Membership for students is included with SkillsUSA Career Essentials: Experiences. SkillsUSA Career Essentials: Experiences is the next generation of employability skill-building curricula developed for today’s students. SkillsUSA Career Essentials: Experiences is everything you need to give your students what they need to be career-ready. SkillsUSA Career Essentials Suite is Perkins Funding eligible and Career Ready certified. Learn more about Career Essentials: Experiences.

Click here to learn more about membership and how to submit.

SkillsUSA Career Essentials: Experiences, advanced set

SkillsUSA has launched a second level career readiness training curriculum – Career Essentials: Experiences, advanced set. SkillsUSA Career Essentials: Experiences, advanced set includes five workplace-based Experiences and an authentic assessment capstone Experience. Students exit the advanced Experiences with a career-readiness portfolio and interview skills.

All Experiences were created using project-based learning design best practices and include a 30-minute instructor-led kickoff, student instruction sheets, instructor guides, online e-learning events, offline learning events, pre- and post-tests, and scoring rubrics.

Visit the SkillsUSA Career Essentials: Experiences page of our website to learn more.