Champions at Work!

These student leaders serve in a variety of roles throughout their year of service. As leaders, they serve as communicators, advocates and facilitators. The state officer team leads both state conferences: Fall Leadership Conference and the State Leadership and Skills Conference.

They also serve local chapters and teach members skills from the SkillsUSA Framework that will help them become career-ready. Additionally, they serve as teammates to one another as they build relationships with members across the state.

Being a state officer is the ultimate growth, personal development and student leadership experience in SkillsUSA Minnesota.The overall program focuses on five key essential elements of the SkillsUSA Framework: responsibility, communication, teamwork, leadership and professional development.

The skills learned through this leadership program will help officers not only be successful in serving the organization, but also throughout their lives and careers.

Cecelia Lausten

Cecelia Lausten

High School
National Officer At-Large
Sebeka High School

Rachel Olene

Rachel Olene

College
President
Intermediate District 288 SouthWest Metro

Sydney Dvorak

Sydney Dvorak

High School
Vice President
Mounds View High School

Jacqueline Pennington

Jacqueline Pennington

High School
Secretary
Mounds View High School

Jackson Hensel

Jackson Hensel

College
Treasurer
Alexandria Technical and Community College

Become A State Officer

Being a SkillsUSA Minnesota State Officer is the ultimate student growth and leadership experience. The skills learned through this leadership program will help officers to not only be successful in serving the organization, but also throughout their lives and careers. Potential candidates should be dedicated to SkillsUSA, have a desire to serve the members of the organization, be able to work in a team and be willing to learn and grow.

The SkillsUSA Minnesota State Officer Team is an extension of the state office. State officers can expect to be trained in fundraising and leadership, but also in how to build confidence and speak with professionalism around business, industry and legislative leaders. If elected you will be required to miss several days of school to attend training, public functions, industry visits, and various conferences. Our state officers have the opportunity to build their transferable skills and boost their resume while at the same time benefiting the state organization!

Throughout their year of service, SkillsUSA Minnesota State Officers will help to grow membership, develop new initiatives for the state organization as well as local chapters, meet with business and industry on behalf of the state, attend trainings at the state and national level and facilitate training at conferences and meetings.

State Officer candidates will run as a “slate” or “at-large” meaning that no officer titles are chosen through the actual election. Roles of the State Officers will be determined based on the assets, skills and interests of each student; the goal is to ensure that all students get the most out of their State Officer experience while representing SkillsUSA Minnesota to the best of their ability. All officer positions will be determined following the Incoming State Officer Training taking place in a 2-3 day time frame following the elections.

Interested in applying for the State Officer Team in Fall of 2020?

SkillsUSA Minnesota is looking for up to 5 individuals to join our current officer team. Both high school and college students are encouraged to apply! High School State Officers elected in Fall of 2020 will serve a limited term due to changes in High School Officer election cycles. Officers can expect to serve from December 2020 – April 2021. This is an excellent opportunity to “try out” being a state officer without committing to a full year of service. Those that want to run again, can apply for an officer position as we gear up for the State Leadership and Skills Conference in March of 2021. College/Postsecondary Officers will serve up to one full year depending on availability (but have the option to serve only from Dec. 2020 - June 2021).

Interested in applying for the High School State Officer Team in Spring of 2021?

Check back for more information!

Benefits

  • Leadership Development
  • Facilitation Skills
  • Build Effective Teams
  • Strengthened Communication Skills
  • Expand Your Professional Network
  • Plan Events & Conferences
  • Represent Student Members

Questions?

Contact Jessa Dahmes at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 715.225.4784