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New Educational Resources for 2013-14

July 31st, 2013

New ProductsRESOLUTE: Ethics at Work
As students enter the workforce, they will face a variety of ethical dilemmas that require well-developed decision-making and problem-solving skills. The decisions they make will influence the quality of their work environment as well as the quality of their productivity. They will interact with a diverse group of coworkers, from various cultural backgrounds, as they work together to solve problems that have ethical implications.

RESOLUTE: Ethics at Work cards are a collection of scenarios representing day-to-day dilemmas that workers of many occupations are likely to face on their jobs.

As students wrestle with these dilemmas, they gain new insights about conflicting values, and they discover the variety of possible options and consequences that often exist. These engaging activities challenge students to work together to resolve ethical dilemmas and expose them to a variety of values and cultures. This is an engaging way to provide valuable career development.

Results to Honor Cards
Most of us would agree that hearing the words “good job” or “nice work” is encouraging. But when we receive a compliment, praise or “thank you” that is targeted and specific, it can be even more meaningful to us. When we acknowledge the specific, positive actions and behaviors of our students, we help them to grow. The Results to Honor Cards are a user-friendly teaching tool designed to reinforce the character and leadership skills that lead to success in the classroom, workplace and other areas of their lives. The set consists of seven different cards, designed around SkillsUSA’s Champions at Work seven key words- connected, motivated, respected, educated, involved, skilled and prepared. This item complements and reinforces the SkillsUSA From Quotes to Results poster series released last year.

Leverage Your Leadership with Effective Chapter Meetings
Meetings are vital to organize activities, plan and fulfill a chapter’s program of work and learn essential lifetime skills. Hosting and facilitating effective chapter meetings is critical to overall chapter success. To be effective, officers must understand their roles at meetings and within the chapter. This booklet features six interactive lesson plans to help your students learn about their officer roles and how to apply them within the chapter, especially at chapter meetings. In 10-15 minutes, each lesson can be supported using enrichment activities. Enjoy equipping yourself and your students with knowledge and tools that will make meetings a highlight of the SkillsUSA chapter experience.

To order these products and more, go to: www.skillsusa.org/store/newproducts.html.

Washington Leadership Training Institute Congressional Appointments

July 31st, 2013

WLTI 2012The 2013 WLTI will be held September 21-25 at the Hyatt Dulles in Herndon, Va. A flier with more information is located online at this link.

On Tuesday, September 24, the students and advisors attending WLTI will have time to go to Capitol Hill and visit with their Senators and Representatives between 10:15 a.m. and 2:30 p.m. (The bus departs at 3 p.m.) Appointments need to be set up ahead of time. A sample letter  you can modify for your state appointments can be found here.

We suggest delegations first fax the appointment request letter and follow it up with a phone call. Letters sent by mail may take a month to reach Congressional offices because of security systems. But, if you do send a letter, please write or type the address – don’t use a label. The label will be blackened because all congressional mail goes through an irradiation process. And, don’t rely on an email invitation. Congress is receiving a massive amount of emails right now, so there is a good chance it could be overlooked, depending upon the office.

If you have questions or need information about how to contact your members of

Congress, contact Jane Short at 703-737-0612 or by email at: jshort@skillsusa.org.

 

2013-14 National Officer Team

July 31st, 2013

National OfficersThe new national officers have been trained and are ready for assignments. If you are interested in having a national officer visit your state, please contact Stephanie Bland at 703-737-0622. The newly-elected officers for 2013-14 are:

High School Division
President: Crystal Sandoval, Texas
Vice President: Laura Gouillon, Calif.
Secretary: Brittany Velez, Mass.
Treasurer: Daria Ferdine, N.J.
Parliamentarian: Bailie Henry, Okla.

Region I Vice President: Elizabeth Czerpak, Penn.
Region II Vice President: Jacob Halfin, Ga.
Region III Vice President: Cole Fallis, Ohio
Region IV Vice President: Chandler Forsythe, Texas
Region V Vice President: Erika Nelson, Wash.

College/Postsecondary Division
President: Leah Rife, Colo.
Vice President: Dustin Cagle, Ala.
Secretary: Juan-Carlos Medina, N.M.
Treasurer: Zach Pechacek, Neb.
Parliamentarian: Tony Hamblin, Tenn.

Congratulations!

SkillsUSA Theme for 2013-14

July 31st, 2013

The SkillsUSA competition theme for the 2013-14 school year is:

SkillsUSA: Champions at Work
Educated and Skilled to Lead America 

The topic to be addressed by contestants in the Chapter Display, Prepared Speech and Promotional Bulletin Board competitions is how our slogan, “SkillsUSA: Champions at Work,” relates to our national program of work in the area of professional development.

Within this topic, contestants might illustrate or discuss any of the following:

  • How has your involvement in SkillsUSA ensured that you are educated in the areas of personal, workplace and technical skills needed to lead America?
  • As indicated by research, what are the needed skills to fulfill the projected job market, and how can you obtain the education to be prepared to lead America?
  • Why is it important to the economic success of America to build a society of educated and skilled workers?
  • How has your involvement in SkillsUSA led to greater skill development?
  • Why is continually updating your skills important?
  • How has education changed to adapt to the skills needed to be successful in the marketplace?
  • What can SkillsUSA do to ensure that its members are educated and skilled to lead America?
  • How does the level of education and skills attainment affect America’s success in the global marketplace?
  • What are the steps you would take to ensure you were receiving the right education and skills to fulfill the future job market?
  • What SkillsUSA programs ensure that members are developing personal skills that are needed to lead America such as integrity, self-motivation, work ethic, professionalism, and responsibility?
  • What SkillsUSA programs ensure that members are developing workplace skills that are needed to lead America such as communication, decision-making, teamwork, cultural-sensitivity and leadership?
  • What SkillsUSA programs ensure that members are developing technical skills that are needed to lead America such as technical literacy, job specific, service orientation, professional development, and safety and health?
  • How is SkillsUSA living out its mission to help its members become world-class workers, leaders and responsible America citizens?

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