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August 28th, 2013

SkillsUSA is offering E-learning opportunities to all advisors. These 45-minute webinars will help prepare them for a great year. They will get practical answers and useful solutions to empower students to lead their chapter to success. Each E-learning session will be presented at 3:30 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. (EDT) on the scheduled day. Advisors can register for the time they find most convenient by using the link: After registering, they will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar. In addition, they will receive a free resource item just for attending E-learning. The session dates follow:

  • Tools for managing your chapter – Tuesday, Sept. 3
  • Lesson plans to illustrate the “why” of CTE and SkillsUSA – Thursday, Sept. 5
  • Membership recruitment – Tuesday, Sept. 10
  • Landing page and membership registration – Tuesday, Sept. 17
  • Electing chapter officers – Tuesday, Sept. 24
  • Managing successful chapter meetings – Thursday, Sept. 26
  • Program of work development – Tuesday, Oct. 1
  • Integrating SkillsUSA into the classroom environment – Thursday, Oct. 3
  • SkillsUSA programs – Tuesday, Oct. 8
  • Student leadership development – Thursday, Oct. 10
  • Preparing for the SkillsUSA Championships – Tuesday, Oct. 15

New Educational Products

August 28th, 2013

RESOLUTE: Ethics at WorkRESOLUTE: Ethics at Work Cards
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 that represent day-to-day dilemmas that workers of many occupations are likely to face on their jobs. As students wrestle with these dilemmas in a classroom setting, they gain new insights about conflicting values, and discover a variety of possible options and consequences. These engaging activities challenge students to work together to resolve ethical dilemmas, and expose them to a variety of values and cultures. To order go to:

Results to Honor Cards
Honor CardsMost of us would agree that hearing the words “good job” or “nice work” is encouraging. But when we get 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’s seven key words—connected, motivated, respected, educated, involved, skilled and prepared. They both complement and reinforce the SkillsUSA from Quotes to Results poster series, released last year. To order go to:

Educated and Skilled to Lead America Video Competition

August 28th, 2013

Video contest

“SkillsUSA: Champions at Work, Educated and Skilled to Lead America” is SkillsUSA’s theme this year and the students’ challenge will be to create a video that showcases how members are becoming educated.

“Educated and Skilled to Lead America” is SkillsUSA’s theme this year and the students’ challenge will be to create a video that showcases how members are becoming educated. The video could show what their classroom or lab looks like, what they are learning, and their specific skills and how they show them off. This is their opportunity to tell their story.

Only high school and college/postsecondary students who are current registered members of SkillsUSA can enter and membership will be verified for each entry. The work can be done by an individual, a team or an entire class.

Entries should be between 2-3 minutes in length. The entry needs to uploaded to YouTube at: (They should allow up to a 24-hour registration process and become familiar with YouTube prior to uploading the video.) Email the video entry link to Kelly Horton at The deadline for entries is November 15, 2013.

Entries must contain only original material (including music, images, etc.) unless written permission has been obtained. No trademarked, copyrighted or otherwise branded materials, logos or products may be used except for the SkillsUSA logo. A panel of SkillsUSA partners will judge the entries and the top five entries will then be voted on by the public.

Winning video teams and/or their schools will receive prizes and recognition provided by SkillsUSA. The winning videos will be aired on the SkillsUSA website. The winning school will receive a $300 award. Up to two honorable mention awards of $100 each may also be distributed.

There is no charge for submitting an entry and participants may submit up to two entries. Entries will be disqualified if they contain vulgar or inappropriate content, are uploaded later than November 15 or use copyrighted material.

There is no limit on the number of students who can work on a video. The video must be entered under one chapter name, and there will only be one prize awarded for the winning video. For additional questions or information, email Kelly Horton: Complete contest details can be found at:

Call for SkillsUSA Talent

August 28th, 2013

National anthem singerDo you know a talented singer in your state who would enjoy a special performance opportunity? SkillsUSA seeks talented singers for the Opening Ceremony or Awards Ceremony during the 2014 SkillsUSA National Leadership and Skills Conference. We are looking for a SkillsUSA student or professional member to sing the national anthem or another patriotic song appropriate for opening special sessions. Singers may sing a capella or to a pre-recorded instrumental track. Audition tapes must be the singing of the national anthem.

Send in all audition videotapes of the national anthem only on CD or DVD, postmarked by February 1, 2014 to: Heidi Walsh, SkillsUSA, 14001 SkillsUSA Way, Leesburg, VA 20176. Questions may be directed to Heidi at 703-737-0615 or


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