|Update from Tim Lawrence|
We have finished counting the number of congressional visits made during the recent SkillsUSA Washington Leadership Training Institute. This year, students and advisors visited with 37 Senators, 72 Representatives and 1 Resident Commissioner, for a total of 110, and we received excellent feedback from the visits.
And, as you remember, SkillsUSA was featured on the PBS program "American Graduate Day" and aired live nationwide on Saturday, September 28, from noon - 7 p.m. EDT. The program spotlighted 20 organizations - including SkillsUSA - that help keep students on the path to high school graduation and successful futures. Among the SkillsUSA features were SkillsUSA alumnus Chris Jimmerson and his teacher, Alice Boss, both of Ypsilanti. No surprise, therefore, that SkillsUSA Michigan has posted the clip, so if you missed it, go to this link.
SkillsUSA will be participating at ACTE's CareerTech Vision 2013 Conference at the Las Vegas Convention Center in Las Vegas, Nevada and the booth (#319) will be open on December 5 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and on December 6 from 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. In addition, we have three sessions scheduled, and we hope if you're there, you'll stop by. Here they are – Enhance Your SkillsUSA Chapter on December 6 from 1-2:30 p.m. in Room N229 and Why SkillsUSA? from 2:45-4:15 p.m. in Room N224. And, Your "Easy Button" Teaching and Assessing Workforce Ready Skills and Career-ready Practices in the CCTC Standards on December 7 from 8:30-10 a.m. in Room N224.
Thank you for all you do for the great students we serve.
Final Reminder: Free
SkillsUSA Advisor Membership Incentives
When advisors register at least 15 student members plus one or more professionals by November 15, 2013, they will receive a free copy of Leveraging Your Leadership with Effective Chapter Meetings, The Teacher's Guide, SkillsUSA's brand-new guide for enhancing classroom instruction.
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.
And, sponsored by the Lowe's Charitable and Education Foundation, advisors will be eligible to win a $50 Lowe's gift card when they submit SkillsUSA membership if you are a professional member of SkillsUSA and have a minimum of 15 members in your training program.
Here is how it works: Register your members online at the SkillsUSA website, and then, each day, the national headquarters will draw the name of one lucky advisor and will notify winning advisors on Friday of each week. Advisor names will continue to stay in the drawing until drawn or until the program ends. The program will run until November 15, 2013.
There are several scholarships opportunities available for students on the SkillsUSA website. Please share:
President's Volunteer Service Award
This award is a presidential honor that recognizes the valuable contributions of volunteers nationwide who are answering a national call to serve others through their current volunteer activities or lifetime service. As a certifying organization, SkillsUSA can identify eligible recipients, verify their service hours and distribute the award to outstanding volunteers.
Given participation in ongoing service activities, advisors and students may already meet the requirements to receive the award. To qualify, SkillsUSA members, advisors or alumni can submit a record of their service hours. State directors are also encouraged to document service hours and apply for the award.
For details on qualifying hours and requirements for submission, visit this link. Applications must be received (not postmarked) by April 1, 2014.
National Conference Pin and T-shirt Contests
2013-14 SkillsUSA Championships
After the Technical Standards are published every two years, we post changes/updates to the contests on our website on the "Contest Updates" page. If a posting appears on the updates page, it supersedes the Technical Standards as written.
If you have the 2013-14 Technical Standards, it may also be helpful for student training to order a 2013 Contest Project (Stock Number P68) as a single CD for $9.95 ea. Not all contests projects are available. Go to this link for a list of contests that have projects available for sale.
The 2013-2014 Technical Standards do not include the score sheets since they change from year to year. They are available at no charge by going to this link.
National Youth Safety Video Contest Reminder
The winning students will receive a SkillsUSA Prize Pack as well as a scholarship up to $2,500, and the winning school will receive a prize up to $5,000. For more information on the contest, please visit the CareerSafe website.
If you use the PDP Online, please do not take this survey. A separate survey specifically for the online version will be conducted at a later date.
The transition to the new platform provider, K2Share, has been extremely positive and continues to provide additional benefits. Please send any feedback after using the new system to: www.skillconnect.org. We would love to hear how your experience has been.
Skill Connect Certificates for assessments taken this school year (2013-14) are now available to print. To print a certificate, log-on and go to Voucher and Teacher Tools and click on Grade Book. Under the "Course Status" column, click "Completed." (Only the students who have passed the assessment are eligible to print a certificate.)
Pre and post grade book, standard grade report, competency and summary reports (aggregated data) are available for this year's testing.
Historical data from previous years will be available mid-November.
For additional information and to place your order, go to the Work Force Ready System website at this link.
WIN Scholarship Program for
The College Student Tuition and Conference Scholarship Award is presented to students (male or female) enrolled in a postsecondary/college collision repair/refinishing technology program. Each scholarship recipient will receive a $1,000 scholarship to continue their postsecondary education in collision repair, a one-year WIN membership, plus the registration fee and travel expenses to attend the 2014 Education Conference.
The High School Tuition Scholarship Award is presented to students (male or female) enrolled in a secondary collision repair/refinishing technology program who plan to continue their studies at a technical school or college. Each scholarship winner will receive a $1,000 scholarship to continue their postsecondary education in collision repair and a one-year WIN membership.
The deadline for applications is January 15, 2014. For scholarship requirement details and submission instructions, go to this page and click on scholarships.
Educated and Skilled to Lead
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.
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.
2014 Lowe's Grants Reminder
Grant information and applications are available at our website. For questions, call Carol Lowery, Lowe's Grant Manager at 641-456-4515 or 641-512-0504.
"Start Something Today"
Sponsored by WebProfessionals.org, the challenge is designed to inspire student entrepreneurs to actualize their business initiatives while sparking business creation and workforce development. The "Start Something Today" challenge is open to current student entrepreneurs, regardless of where they are in their education and career journeys.
For additional information and to participate, go to this link. The deadline for contest entries is December 1, 2013. For more information, contact Bill Cullifer at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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