|Message from Tim:
Welcome Back for a Brand New Year
Once again, thanks to all of you, last year was filled with new records for SkillsUSA. Our membership of 330,703 was the largest in history. That number also includes a record number of alumni. By continuing to work together, we're looking forward to an even bigger and better year in 2012-13.
When advisors register at least 15 student members plus one or more professionals by
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).
Lowe's Grant Webinars
SkillsUSA Champions magazine
For the Image page in the back of the magazine, chapters can win $150 if their members' photos are published. And, we are always looking for questions to answer in the "Ask Tim" editorial.
Send any questions or submissions to Tom Hall, director of SkillsUSA's Office of Publications (firstname.lastname@example.org).
The topic to be addressed by contestants in the Chapter Display, Prepared Speech and Promotional Bulletin Board contests is how our slogan, SkillsUSA: Champions at Work, relates to our national program of work in the area of professional development.
Within this topic, contestants might illustrate or discuss any of the following:
The Washington Leadership Training Institute begins on September 15. Twenty-seven states and Puerto Rico are registered and their delegations -- along with the SkillsUSA board of directors -- will be going to Capitol Hill on September 18 to talk about the importance of career and technical education as Learning that Works for America.
Also on September 18, SkillsUSA will hold the SkillsUSA Champion of the Year dinner. This year's award recipient is Nicholas Pinchuk, chairman and CEO of Snap-on Incorporated. There will be a National Press Club press conference earlier that day on the strength of the American skilled workforce and the role of career and technical education. The Champion of the Year award is given annually to recognize the leadership of a corporate executive of an organization that has been doing exemplary work in the creation and support of America's highly skilled workforce.
Work Force Ready System Website
Discounts are available for SkillsUSA members. Details on pricing and acceptable forms of payment can be found on the pricing page of the Work Force Ready System website. Included with each low price purchase is one testing per student, a Skill Point certificate for students who make the industry set cut-score, a student grade report, individual student competency report and student progress reports. Customized reporting is also available for a fee.
It is important to view the instructor and administrator resources to help prepare students for testing. Pre and post testing is available with reporting features that include percentage of change calculations.
The ordering process has been simplified to eliminate the requirement for a school to provide us with the proctor at the time of placing the order. The onsite assessment coordinator listed on the order will be responsible for selecting and providing the proctor along with the testing information needed to administer the assessment.
The new SkillsUSA Store catalog is out and in addition to showcasing official products, there are some exciting enhancements both in the print catalog and online at: www.skillsusastore.org.
We are pleased to introduce a new line of apparel by Trimark, a leading provider of retail sportswear in North America. It's relatively new to the U.S. market (they lead the market in Canada). Trimark has built its success with quality products, fashion forward designs and high performance fabrics. The SkillsUSA new national student officers and the state association directors gave the new line a thumbs up. We are confident that advisors and students alike will enjoy the comfort, performance and value of our line. The first of our Trimark offerings will appear in the new catalog and we will add new items regularly.
We are also introducing a new line of tech accessories. You'll find USB hubs, earbuds, neoprene cases and more in the new catalog.
We've also introduced bargain gifts thanks to the great advice we received from lots of state directors and advisors around the country. You'll find an ever expanding collection of cost-conscious products to choose from -- now you can easily find quick gifts under $5, and a variety of SkillsUSA branded products that start as low as a quarter for your students and events. The full line will be available online beginning September 15.
And, there's one more exciting update. We recently launched the SkillsUSA Awards Webstore where you can purchase incredible "made to order" plaques and notecards that you can customize yourself. Simply pick your style and enter your text, then select an iconic SkillsUSA image from our gallery, or upload your own photo! This is the ultimate way to recognize a great team, reward a champion, say thank you to someone special, or simply to immortalize a moment in time. See just what you can create today at: http://skillsusa.awardswebstore.com.