Become a Member! Annual memberships are available in the following levels:
- One Star $250 – $499
- Two Star $500 – $999
- Three Star $1,000 – $2,499
- Silver Star $2,500 – $4,999
- Gold Star $5,000 – Plus
Membership is the core of SkillsUSA Council involvement and provides for a continuing pipeline of career & technical students for potential employment.
The SkillsUSA Council hosts several events a year designed to give showcase our amazing students. Sponsorships are available for several events, including:
Annual Meeting-Leadership by Example Breakfast
The Annual Meeting provides the Council with the opportunity to share a yearly update on its goals and accomplishments while also honoring a member of the community for his or her contribution to career and technical education. Students from each of the schools attend the event, allowing them to both observe and interact with business people who are involved with and support the Council. Several students have the opportunity to share their gold medal winning projects or address the group.
Our largest community event, the District 11 SkillsUSA-Championships, is becoming more challenging for the students every year. For many, it is the first opportunity to work along-side industry representatives. These representatives are area business leaders, some from Air Products, who facilitate and judge the competitions. This event is also the first time that students are able to showcase their skills to the larger community, applying what they have learned in the classroom to what is needed in the workforce. Identifying personal strengths and learning how to focus, meet goals, and working under pressure prepares our student competitors for the world of work.
Elmer Gates Enterprise Awards Breakfast
The Elmer Gates Enterprise Awards are given to 38 career and technical education students chosen for their academics, school activities, SkillsUSA involvement, community service, and entrepreneurial spirit. The students are honored by Elmer Gates at a breakfast ceremony.
The Educational Improvement Tax Credit (EITC) program of the Pennsylvania Department of Community and Economic Development (DCED) is another way that businesses can support the efforts of the SkillsUSA Council.
Receive a Tax Credit
Eligible businesses can receive a tax credit equal to 75-90% of their contribution. To gain the maximum, businesses must provide a written commitment to donate the same amount for two consecutive years.
Eligibility & Application
To learn if your business is eligible and begin the application process, visit the PA Department of Community & Economic Development.
How Your EITC Contribution Will Help
Our Program of Work (link) is approved as an Innovative Educational Program. Your contribution will directly support programs designed to prepare our students for the world of work, making them desirable employees in the Lehigh Valley and beyond.