|Message from Tim|
Thank you! Because of your great work and because you believe strongly in professional development for your students, SkillsUSA has surpassed last year's membership total! As of today, membership is 302,877 and we still have some memberships coming into the office and we will continue to count them until April 15. We now have 28 state associations that have exceeded last year's total state memberships and there are a few more states that are very close. A reminder that professional membership and alumni memberships count and individuals who are industry partners and other friends not affiliated with a local chapter can join online at this following link. We are grateful for the great job you ALL do in changing lives for the better.
Enjoy the spring season. I look forward to seeing many of you at your State Leadership and Skills Conference!
The National Advisor of the Year will be announced at the National Leadership and Skills Conference this June.
NLSC Pin and T-shirt Design Winners
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. Macie's winning design is below:
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.
National Week of Service
We encourage chapter advisors to send a brief report on their community service activities to Niki Clausen at the national headquarters - firstname.lastname@example.org. Please let us know in a paragraph or two what the chapter does to help the community and we'll post these reports and photos online. The first 50 chapters that report Week of Service plans to the national headquarters will receive a prize.
Imagine one amazing week in May when SkillsUSA students nationwide are busy reporting about their community service events or conducting service projects in their communities. Imagine the power they'll hold in their hands as they and their fellow SkillsUSA members work nationwide to improve the lives of their neighbors in countless ways. Imagine the difference one week can make.
For planning materials, click here.
The Skill Connect Assessments are perfect for end-of-year testing. Our online industry-driven assessments evaluate technical and employability skills and knowledge through drag-and-drop, simulations, hot spot and other question forms. Choose from 47 assessments at this link, which include five PrintEd and four Automotive ASE/SkillsUSA co-branded assessments. Discount pricing is available for SkillsUSA member schools and PrintEd affiliated schools. Pricing information is available here.
Support Desk Expansion
Peak test season (March- May):
Tips for Student Testing
Free Benefit for SkillsUSA Students and Teachers
GAERF Student Design Competition
First-place winners and their instructors will receive a two-day, all-inclusive paid trip to attend GRAPH EXPO in Chicago, Ill. The winning students will receive an award of $2,000 presented during GRAPH EXPO 2012's Career Awareness Day, October 10, 2012. Second-place winners will be awarded $1,500, and the third-place winners will receive $1,000.
For complete information about the GAERF 2012 Student Design Competition, visit www.graphicCOMMcentral.org. The entry deadline is June 15.
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