March 31st, 2012
Students can now earn additional recognition for their participation in SkillsUSA under a grant from the MacArthur and Mozilla Foundations. The Manufacturing Institute led the proposal with input from SkillsUSA and Project Lead the Way to earn digital badges credentialing students who have attained skills through learning organizations. Over 500 teams applied for the grants and only four were selected. Other winners include Disney/Pixar and NASA’s Robotics and STEM System.
SkillsUSA students in manufacturing programs will earn the badge by doing two of the following: earning a Skill Connect certificate; winning a medal in a state-level Championships; earning levels one and two in the Professional Development Program; and, receiving a manufacturing certification.
March 30th, 2012
The demand for the skills our students learn is GLOBAL. A chart from Manpower Group’s 2011 Talent Shortage Survey, listing the Top 10 Jobs Employers are Having Difficulty Filling Globally, is attached here. “Skilled trades workers” appear as number three on the list.
March 30th, 2012
Congratulations to Morgan Finley, the 2012 winner of the SkillsUSA National Pin Design Competition. She is a digital art and design program student at Lexington Technology Center in Lexington, South Carolina. Her advisor is Anna Shumpert.
Congratulations also to Macie Stewart, the 2012 winner of the SkillsUSA National T-shirt Competition. She is a graphic communications student at C.S. Monroe Technology Center in Leesburg, Virginia. Her advisor is Pam Smith.
They will each be recognized along with their advisors, at the Opening Ceremony of the National Leadership and Skills Conference in Kansas City this June. Each of their high schools will receive $5,000 from Lowe’s Charitable and Educational Foundation for classroom and equipment improvements. Each participant at NLSC will receive a conference T-shirt and pin showcasing the design through the Lowe’s sponsorship.
You can see their winning designs here: www.skillsusa.org/compete/pindesign.shtml.
March 30th, 2012
SkillsUSA sponsors a national recognition program based on the Student2Student mentoring program. Any chapter involved in mentoring can submit its project plan, description and outcomes. The winning chapter will be given a cash prize, recognized at the National Leadership and Skills Conference, in Medallion magazine, in the Awards and Recognition booklet and at an event during the conference. In addition, the overall winning chapter will be invited to present its winning mentoring program as a part of SkillsUSA University.
For information go to: www.skillsusa.org/educators/mentrecog.shtml. All entries must be submitted online to the national office by April 4. Winners will be announced in May.
March 29th, 2012
SkillsUSA will be conducting a drawing for a Dyna Super Glide Motorcycle at the 2012 National Conference Awards Ceremony, Wednesday, June 27, in Kansas City, Mo. This event is made possible thanks to a generous donation by Harley-Davidson Motor Co., Inc. All proceeds benefit the SkillsUSA Alumni & Friends organization.
Get the details and see photos of this year’s bike and a photo of last year’s painted motorcycle here: www.skillsusa.org/events/harley.shtml.
March 29th, 2012
SkillsUSA is accepting nominations of qualified alumni for service on the Alumni Coordinating Committee. Nominations are being accepted for the following positions:
Executive Chair: Open to any registered member of the SkillsUSA Alumni Association
Region II Representative: Virginia, North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia, Florida, Alabama, Mississippi, Louisiana, Arkansas, Tennessee, Puerto Rico or the U. S. Virgin Islands
Region IV Representative: North Dakota, South Dakota, Nebraska, Kansas, Oklahoma, Texas, Missouri, Iowa or Minnesota.
All nominees must be active annual, lifetime or honorary life members in good standing of the SkillsUSA Alumni & Friends Association. Additionally, a nominee must have been an active member for at least 12 months preceding the date of nomination. You are encouraged to nominate candidates as soon as possible. You may nominate yourself or any Alumni member in good standing. Nominations are due by close of business on April 15, 2012. If you have questions, please contact Niki Clausen at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 703-737-0639.
For an application, go to: www.skillsusa.org/supporters/alumni.shtml.
March 29th, 2012
Did you know that every 26 seconds a young person in the United States drops out of high school? You can help turn that statistic around by participating with SkillsUSA in the 26 Seconds Campaign. By doing so, you can win prizes, scholarships, and help SkillsUSA and the student drop out crisis in the process.
Here is what to do:
Help take back the stat by taking the pledge to graduate via the BMOR Project on Facebook (facebook.com/26seconds). When you pledge, select SkillsUSA as your affiliation. Then, return to the BMOR Project regularly to participate in the new activities that launch on the 26th of each month. Not only will you be eligible to win prizes, you can also help SkillsUSA. The organization with the highest number of graduation pledges and activity participants per month wins a grant.
Right now, in addition to a chance to win monthly prizes when you participate, you’ll also receive a 26 Seconds t-shirt just for pledging. The online activities are fun, easy and show you how to channel your interests into a future after graduation. The grand prize is an end-of-the-year celebration that one lucky student will bring to their school and community. But, you must complete at least 5 of the activities to be eligible for the grand prize.
Plus, you can share videos, photos, projects (like SkillsUSA’s Student2Student program), artwork and creative writings on the Facebook page. By doing so, your creativity may also be chosen to be featured on www.26seconds.com. Shine a light on you, your school and the importance of high school graduation.
Visit 26Seconds.com and the Facebook page to see what students like you are doing and share your story.
March 15th, 2012
Nearly 80 SkillsUSA Championships technical committee chairs and members attended meetings on February 29 – March 1 in Louisville, Ky., in preparation for the move of the National Leadership and Skills Conference from Kansas City in 2015. This was our first face-to-face pre-conference meeting in quite some time. For the past few years, technical committee members have held webinars because they know the layout in Kansas City. In this instance, they got to explore.
An essential part of the meetings was a tour of the Kentucky Exposition Center. Committee members were impressed by the space. They liked the plan to group contests into occupational clusters. One of the committee members said: “That’ll be good for the industry.” Staff also took the opportunity to review the Championships Technical Standards, policies, operations and judging with new and “seasoned” committee members.