|Update from Tim Lawrence|
February was Career and Technical Education (CTE) Month and the second full week in February was SkillsUSA Week. Please drop us a line and let us know what your chapter did to celebrate the month and/or week. Please send the news to Tom Hall, SkillsUSA Champions magazine, 14001 SkillsUSA Way, Leesburg, VA 20176 or email pictures and stories to email@example.com.
SkillsUSA has begun the "Skills Build America" Campaign. For more information, please go to this link. I hope you will take time to review the material and consider participating in this important initiative leading up to our 50th anniversary.
Alumni Membership Incentive
To be officially entered into the drawing, the advisor must have students register online here. (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: (1) the advisor's name, school, address, phone and email (make sure what you provide will be accessible to you after June 1) and, (2) a list for verification of the students including 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.
Harley-Davidson Dyna Super Glide Raffle Tickets
New Partnership with Gates Corporation - Education SkillsUSA is pleased to announce a new partnership with Gates Corporation - Education. Their "Tools for Schools" program is a great opportunity for SkillsUSA's automotive teachers.
The purpose of the "Tools for Schools" program is to provide educators with supplemental educational materials from a global company. Gates assists many of the Original Equipment Manufacturers (OEMs) with their research and development. Through this program new products and systems are designed and problems solved. Technology is changing so quickly that it can take years for the latest information to reach you and your students. The "Tools for Schools" program is one way Gates can ensure the latest technology and information are available to you 24/7 simply by accessing their website. Gates hopes you make their site a daily part of your learning curriculum and that you will visit often.
The "Tools for Schools" program is made up of three components: (1) "Tools for Schools" website where all elements of the program can be found; (2) "Tools for Schools" Performance Center eLearning for your students contains a wealth of informative content and tests each student's ability to retain and understand via an exclusive training quiz found at the end of each segment; and, (3) "Tools for Schools" "Free" tool program. A program designed to reward the school for using the eLearning tool and using Gates products. Schools can earn Gates diagnostic and installation tools by accumulating points based on program participation.
New Partnership with Interstate BatteriesReminderSkillsUSA is excited to announce a new partnership with Interstate Batteries and a fundraising program for local chapters. This is a great opportunity for your chapters to raise funds in partnership with a company whose mission and product align very closely with SkillsUSA.
Through this partnership, local chapters can now sell Interstate Batteries products and they will receive 50 percent of the sales. Below is the link for your chapter to sign up today. This is a great program to participate in as you seek to raise funds for district and state events and for leadership development activities and materials. For more information, go to this link.
SkillsUSA offers 47 technical and employability assessments in 11 cluster areas including four co-branded assessments with ASE/AYES and five co-branded assessments with PrintED/GAERF.
NEW! Student Reset Password Report
Please encourage students to enroll only once into the test system. Each enrollment will decrease the number of tests your school has available to use. A duplicate enrollment of one student uses up another student's test and will delay testing.
NEW! PrintED Student Certification
New Student Opportunity for Heavy Equipment Programs from Aggreko
This opportunity, called the Aggreko SelecTech Accelerated Career Program, is a two-year rotational program that allows program members to earn valuable experience working on state-of-the-art industrialized equipment while earning an Associate in Applied Science degree in Diesel and Heavy Equipment Mechanics from OSUIT. The two-year, trimester-based program consists of equal parts coursework at OSUIT in Okmulgee, Oklahoma and paid internships at Aggreko facilities and events throughout the U.S., including near their hometowns. If you have students who would be interested or if you would like more information, please contact Devin Murphy at email@example.com or call him at 281-985-8241 (office) or 832-627-4352 (cell).
Special Workshop During NLSC in Kansas City
National Conference Registration and Medical Forms
To ensure students receive their prizes, SkillsUSA encouraging SkillsUSA Championships sponsors to send prizes to students after conference and to send these awards to their homes. If we don't have student home address information, students may not receive their prizes or scholarships. Schools will not provide home address information, and SkillsUSA will not be sending prizes or scholarships to the schools. In addition, SkillsUSA receives numerous requests from the media after conference to contact students and advisors for media interviews, so we especially need phone numbers and email addresses to give to the media.
We strongly advise that you provide the information on the NLSC 1 medical forms for each for each person in the state's delegation. Your state association director will give the forms to Dave Worden, the director of the SkillsUSA Championships and he will keep the information at conference under lock and key and will shred it upon returning to Leesburg. We realize this information is sensitive, but each year we have injuries or illnesses at the NLSC, and it is critical we have this information in case of an emergency.
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