- The final membership report for the 2012-13 school year is complete and is located at: www.skillsusa.org/downloads/PDF/membershipreport13.pdf
- Staff attended the Texas high school SLSC, held in Corpus Christi April 4-6, and helped to interview state and national officer candidates and run the alumni booth.
- Staff traveled to Louisville, April 10-12, for 2015 NLSC planning and met with service providers interested in bidding on transportation and security services; met with management at the Kentucky Exposition Center to identify additional meeting space and determine a location for awards photos; and, they met with the exclusive caterer and electrical service provider. They wrapped up the visit by visiting a potential entertainment venue and some hotels interested in providing room blocks.
- The final membership report for the 2012-13 school year is now complete (335,975 total) and is located at http://www.skillsusa.org/downloads/PDF/membershipreport13.pdf.
- On April 16-17, the SkillsUSA Youth Development Foundation (YDF) met at the National Leadership Center. The meeting was very well attended and was one of the most interactive on record. The meeting started with a review of the FY14 Strategic Plan. Chairman Dave Camden and our Business Partnerships and Development staff then led the Foundation through a series of exercises to help SkillsUSA with strategy to move our partnerships efforts forward. Dave Camden has now retired from Toyota, and this was his final YDF meeting. We are very pleased and excited that Laurie Hackett of Air Products will be assuming the position of YDF chair.
- Staff recently attended a meeting in New Orleans of the Workforce Development Committee of the National Center for Construction Education and Research (NCCER). The NCCER desires to work with SkillsUSA on a “Skills to Industry Recruitment Alliance” that will engage NCCER commercial and industrial construction contractors and NCCER’s Build Your Future (BYF) program in a database development and mentoring tactic to supply more construction tradecraft workers. The industrial and commercial construction industry has major concerns with the tradecraft worker supply, especially now that the energy sector is growing quickly. NCCER is a major supporter of the national Carpentry contest. Staff also stopped by the SkillsUSA Louisiana Awards Ceremony and briefly addressed the audience.
- Staff members recently participated in a conference call with the Society of Manufacturing Engineers (SME) about becoming involved in the Mechatronics contest and a possible demonstration contest in 2014 in Additive Manufacturing. SME has recently projected that for every baccalaureate engineer, our economy needs seven engineering technicians.
- On April 10, staff attended a meeting of the National Council of Career and Technology Student Organizations (NCC-CTSO). SkillsUSA will be helping NCC-CTSO create a common website that promotes CTSO missions and membership and provides shared elements of all nine CTSOs.
- Staff members attended the Missouri state conference, the Kentucky state conference, the Texas high school state conference, the South Carolina state conference and the New York state conference.
- Staff members also traveled to Louisville for NLSC 2015 planning and attended the Equipment and Engine Training Council (EETC) annual conference in Bloomington, Minn.
The Alumni Coordinating Committee is offering an incentive for SkillsUSA advisors who sign up alumni from their chapters. For every five members an advisor registers with the SkillsUSA Alumni & Friends Association, he or she will be entered into a drawing for a $100 Lowe’s gift card.
To be officially entered into the drawing, the advisor must have students register online at: www.skillsusa.org/supporters/alumnijoin.shtml. (Paper forms will not be accepted.) The advisor must then send an email to Byekwaso Gilbert at firstname.lastname@example.org. The email must contain all of the following:
- the advisor’s name, school, address, phone and email (make sure what you provide will be accessible to you after June 1)
- a list (for verification) of the students (first and last names) who registered as alumni
Remember that graduating seniors qualify to register during their senior year. Former SkillsUSA students are also eligible, provided they are not members already. These students must register through their former advisor to be counted as part of that advisor’s entry. Students may only register once. Deadline for entry into the drawing is June 1.
Looking for ways to engage more members in SkillsUSA activities and programs? Need ideas on membership recruitment? Need a place to turn to for help on everything SkillsUSA related? Join us for the next Chapter Management Webinar series:
- Membership Recruitment and Engagement
- Electing Chapter Officers
- Program of Work Planning and Implementation
Create a wonderful year in SkillsUSA by joining these 30-minute informational webinars that cover best practices developed from SkillsUSA advisors.
The join links, phone numbers and passcodes are listed below and the information is also online at: www.skillsusa-register.org.
Tuesday, December 4 -11 a.m. – Electing Chapter Officers
Call Toll Free: 1-888-537-7715 Passcode: 33692574 #
Tuesday, December 4 – 3:30 p.m. – Program of Work Planning
Call Toll Free: 1-888-537-7715 Passcode: 33692574 #
Tuesday, December 4 – 6 p.m. – Membership Recruitment and Engagement
Call Toll Free: 1-888-537-7715 Passcode: 86453585 #
Recently, members of the Membership, Marketing and Sales team traveled to Rhode Island and Massachusetts to meet with students, teachers and administrators for informal focus groups to gather data about SkillsUSA’s customers.
This effort is a kick-off to an additional five-state formal focus group planned for late fall and winter. Research will be conducted with both high school and college/postsecondary customers with a formal report to be compiled next spring.
This effort aligns with a key objective for the organization in the upcoming year to better understand the needs of SkillsUSA professional and student members. SkillsUSA is working to define the status of our integration into local career and technical classrooms. To help meet this objective, profiles of SkillsUSA advisors will be developed which will enable staff to better understand the needs and issues facing SkillsUSA as they integrate SkillsUSA into instruction. Additional data is also needed on why students join SkillsUSA and become engaged in the organization and what local chapter operations currently exist.
The research will drive future products and programming designed to meet the needs of our current and future customers. This will also help provide additional revenue sources for the organization to sustain operations and grow programming. Thanks to state association directors Karen Ward and Josh Klemp for hosting our team during their visits in Massachusetts and Rhode Island.
The 2012-2013 SkillsUSA membership kit is loaded with new resources, best practices and lesson plans to ensure your chapter is prepared for a successful year. Please join us on Thursday, October 18 at 11 a.m. or 3:30 p.m. (EDT) as we discuss the many uses of the information and resources included in the kit. The new registration landing page will be unveiled and the easy to use 1, 2, 3 step system for membership registration.
SkillsUSA Advisor Webinar
Thursday, October 18, 2012 at 11 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. EDT
Webinar URL: https://www.yourcall.com/webecho/GuestLogin.aspx
Meeting Number: 30039980
Participant Passcode: 5787
When advisors register at least 15 student members plus one or more professionals by November 15, 2012, they will receive a free copy of Accelerate – Effective Strategies to Enrich Student Learning (value: $10). This brand new resource from the SkillsUSA Educational Resources Catalog discusses adding relevance and retention to student learning. The book is designed to do just that with a philosophy centered on “learning by doing.” With more than 40 teaching strategies that enhance classroom instruction, Accelerate is a compilation of interactive and student-centered activities that apply content in a practical yet effective manner. Activities are organized so you can quickly locate what you need with descriptions, instructions, closure and integration suggestions, and variations to strategy.
Also, instructors who submit a roster with 100-percent membership plus one or more professionals also will receive a SkillsUSA Program of Work calendar (value: $5.95).
Remember, the membership roster must be submitted online by November 15th to receive these free items.
The 2012-13 SkillsUSA membership kits have been mailed to all chapters that affiliated with SkillsUSA last year. Extra kits have been mailed to all state offices. Please read “What’s New” on page 5. The kit includes: a poster, educational resources, tools for recruitment, retention and alumni, lesson plans, enrollment instructions, programs, scholarship and recognition opportunities, membership cards, and information on products.
This year’s membership incentive is the book, “Accelerate,” for all chapters that register 15 or more students plus one professional, by November 15 – the full services deadline. In addition, instructors with 100 percent membership with one or more professional members will also receive a SkillsUSA Program of Work Calendar. All this information is listed on page 61 under “Member Benefits” of the membership kit.
- The official membership number is 330,703. That’s 10,416 more members than last year! Official membership includes students, instructors, alumni and honorary life members. It is now available for download at: www.skillsusa.org/downloads/PDF/membershipreport.pdf.
- Another record was broken a couple of weeks ago. We not only surpassed the total number of Skill Connect Assessments sold all of last year, we’re already 13 percent over that total, and there is still more testing season ahead.
The Alumni Coordinating Committee is offering two incentives this year. One is for SkillsUSA advisors who sign up alumni from their chapters and the second for students who join alumni. For every five members an advisor gets to join the SkillsUSA Alumni & Friends Association, he or she will be entered into a drawing for a VISA gift card. For each student who joins the Alumni & Friends Association, he or she will be entered into a drawing for a VISA gift card.
To be officially entered into the drawing, the advisor must have students register and join online at: www.skillsusa.org/supporters/alumni.shtml. The advisor must then send an email to Niki Clausen at email@example.com. The email must contain the advisor’s name, school and state, and a list (for verification) of the students (first and last names) who joined as alumni. Remember that graduating seniors qualify to join during their senior year. Former SkillsUSA students are also eligible, provided they are not members already. These students must register through their former advisor to be counted as part of that advisor’s entry. Students who join are automatically entered into the drawing. Students may only join once.
Deadline for entry into the drawing is June 1. Contact Niki Clausen at 703-737-0639 or via email, if you have questions.