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Calendar of Events & Programs


September 29
Elmer Gates Memorial Clay Shoot

at Lehigh Valley Sporting Clay

  • Business and Industry Partners network at this outing

  • Proceeds provide programming to students

SkillsUSA Council Day

Participating CTE Schools

  • SkillsUSA Council spends a day at each CTE school introducing students to the SkillsUSA organization and history along with the Council’s Program of Work

  • The goal is to increase awareness and student membership

October 18
Annual Meeting & Leadership By Example Award Breakfast

Homewood Suites, Center Valley

  • Students network with Council members and give speeches

  • Presentation of the Leadership By Example and Volunteer of the Year Awards to a champion of career and technical education and supporter of the Council

Nov 15-16
Professional Development Conference

Camelback Resort

  • Two-day training for students to learn various employability skills 

  • Business representatives meet with students during the career cluster sessions to discuss career pathways

November 17
Officer & Ambassador Training

Camelback Resort

  • Additional one-day training for students in a leadership role at their CTE schools

January 24
District 11 SkillsUSA Championships (Snow Date January 25)

Agri~Plex & Scattered Sites

  • Sixty competitions that test skill and leadership abilities

  • Only one of its kind in the country

  • Competitions at the Agri-Plex are open to the public

  • Business representatives judge and coordinate competitions 

April 3-5
Pennsylvania SkillsUSA Conference

Hershey Conference Center & Lebanon Expo 

  • Winners of district competitions advanced to states

May 10
Signing Day

DeSales University

  • Recognizes graduating students heading directly into the workforce with a full-time job secured in their area of study, those attending college to pursue studies related to their trade, and those entering the Military

May 23
Elmer Gates Enterprise Awards

Lehigh Carbon Community College

  • Awards are given to exceptional students for their scholastic achievement, membership/participation and leadership position in student organizations/sports, community and SkillsUSA involvement, and entrepreneurial spirit    

June 7
Breakfast of Champions

B. Braun Medical Inc.

  • Recognition and preparation for the competitors traveling to the national conference    

June 24-28 
National Leadership and Skills Conference 

Atlanta, GA

  • Winners of districts and states compete with the other winners throughout the country

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