The State Officer Experience
Being a State SkillsUSA officer is a great way to help make a difference in your school, community, and state…even in you! SkillsUSA members seeking to broaden their opportunities with the organization should consider a campaign for state office.
Ask yourself the following questions:
- Do I possess leadership qualities?
- Do I have a positive attitude?
- Am I involved in the SkillsUSA Professional Development Program?
- Do I enjoy working as part of a team?
- Do I enjoy meeting new people?
- Do I like to travel?
- Am I capable of making formal or workshop presentations?
If your answers to most of these questions were yes, the state officer experience is something you will want to consider. As a SkillsUSA state officer, you will have the opportunity to:
- Represent the leading career and technical education student organization in America
- Fine-tune your leadership skills
- Travel throughout the state
- Meet SkillsUSA members and business and industry representatives
- Work closely with other SkillsUSA officers and members
- Have the opportunity to present speeches and seminars that will encourage and motivate others
- And much, much more!
Each candidate for state office must submit the online application form by February 1, 2017 and complete the following:
- Letters of recommendation mailed to SkillsUSA state director from: School Principal, CTE Director, and SkillsUSA Chapter Advisor
- CTSO Personal Liability and Medical Release Form – Advisor must have copy at all events
- Take a written test covering general SkillsUSA knowledge and parliamentary procedure at their local SkillsUSA regional event. The candidate must score at least 80% on the written screening test to be eligible to become an official candidate.
Each official candidate for State Office must register for the state conference by the established registration deadline. Candidates for office must arrive at the state conference by the deadline established to participate in an interview as part of the screening process.
The screening process at the state level is required of all candidates for state office.
Arrive at the designated meeting room in official SkillsUSA dress by the time listed (local time) on the Sunday immediately prior to the State Conference. All candidates and their advisors must be in the officer screening area at this time and remain there until notified that the screening process is complete. Candidates should bring their itemized list of campaign materials, sample of campaign items for review, and copy of resume.
Each potential candidate will be subject to an interview by members of the executive council and will require recommendation by the members of the executive council in order to continue as a candidate for state and/or national officer.
The executive council less state officers who are candidates and advisors of current officer team will meet to discuss the results of the interviews. Ex-officio members of the council may participate in the discussion but may not vote. The successful candidates will be placed on the ballot.
At the completion of the screening process, and extending to noon on the first day of the conference, all candidates for State Office will be assigned a number of tasks that are designed to ascertain the level of training and ability of all candidates, and the results of these tasks will be evaluated by a team of current and/or past State Officers who have the experience and knowledge of the performance and demands required of a State Officer. This evaluation team shall assign a numerical grade to the performance of each candidate on each task. The grades will be assessed for an overall score comprised of the following percentages: thirty percent written test, forty percent candidate interview, five percent candidate’s advisor interview, ten percent resume, ten percent speech, and five percent overall performance. After the House of Delegates chooses the State Officers during the election process, these assessment evaluation grades shall determine the office position assigned to each State Officer-elect. This process brings SkillsUSA Tennessee as close as possible to the process used in the election of National SkillsUSA Officers.
Campaigning MAY NOT begin until after the first general session on the first day of the state conference. Any violation of this provision will result in disqualification. This includes pre-convention mailings, social media and any public display of campaign material at the convention site. Each candidate for state office who successfully completes the screening process will be introduced at the first general session and may give their name, school and a slogan if they have one. Candidates cannot use social media for purpose of campaigning. Use of social media is grounds for disqualification. All successful candidates for state office will be expected to present a two to three minute campaign speech at the first business session of the House of Delegates, and will be questioned by the delegates immediately after the speech.
Campaign material posting and distribution may be limited by the regulations of the conference site and SkillsUSA state director. Candidates are encouraged to bring campaign poster board no larger than 24 x 36 inches for display at delegate sessions. Glass, liquid, Frisbees, balls, bubbles, and noisemakers, items that fly, or gas filled balloons are specifically forbidden as campaign materials. Candidates must turn in itemized list of campaign materials with estimated cost for each item not to exceed $100 dollars. Donated items are allowed, but the value of the item must be included on the campaign materials list.
During the second business session of the House of Delegates, the election for state officer will take place. Any candidate failing to make this meeting will be disqualified unless the absence is due to participation in a leadership or skill competition. The candidates will be presented to the voting delegates and a ballot conducted. The top six candidates receiving a majority vote shall be elected.