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Lowe’s Grant Webinars

September 14th, 2011

SkillsUSA is pleased to announce a continuing partnership with Lowe’s for 2012. As part of their overall grant to SkillsUSA, Lowe’s will be awarding grants to local chapters of up to $25,000 each for Community Improvement and Community Rebuilding Grants to be implemented in 2012. New this year, in support of chapters applying for grants, a series of webinars will be held to help chapters through the grant application process.

Get the details here:

Free Online Teacher Tools

September 14th, 2011

As you begin the new school year,  advisors should know about the 12 online advisor training modules (Advisor Essentials Training Library). These modules are designed to be easy-to-use, easy-to-access and to connect advisors to existing resources. All advisors are welcome to use the training modules anytime, anywhere to learn how to develop a strong SkillsUSA chapter. For more information and to view the modules, go to:

Also free and online are two additional resources – Chapter Activity Planner and Personal Leadership Inventory. They are both important documentation tools for teachers.

The Chapter Activity Planner (CAP) is a tool that makes planning and conducting chapter activities fun and effective. The planner makes it easy to brainstorm ideas, set goals, create an action plan, track assigned tasks and evaluate progress. At the end of an activity, the tool produces an electronic report to save for future reference. The CAP will help students master six steps from organizing to reporting an activity. There is also an online learning module for advisors and a lesson plan to introduce members to the planning process and help them begin using the tool. To access this resource and learn more, visit:

The Personal Leadership Inventory (PLI) is a series of online self-assessments for students to grow their skills as individuals, team members, citizens and employees. There’s also a module for instructors on how to put the PLI into action in the classroom and a lesson plan to introduce members to the personal growth process and the PLI. Go to

2011 ACTE Trade and Industrial Education Awards Reminder

September 14th, 2011

Trade and Industrial educators and administrators are invited to submit nominations for the ACTE National Trade and Industrial Education Division awards. Qualified people may be nominated by individuals or groups. You may also nominate yourself.

For complete details and the nomination form, visit:

The deadline for nominations is September 23, 2011.

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