|Welcome Back for a Brand New Year|
Thanks to all of you, last year was filled with new records for SkillsUSA. Our membership of 335,975 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 2013-14.
I'm happy to announce that SkillsUSA will be covered in a nationwide PBS special program entitled "American Graduate Day" on September 28, 2013. The seven-hour program will focus on community organizations that successfully keep students from dropping out of school. It will be a "call-to-action" program featuring a "dynamic mix of long-form programming, live breaks, and pre-taped segments to tell the story of community partners and how they provide support, advice and intervention services to at-risk students, families and schools. I encourage you all to watch it. For more information, go to: www.americangraduate.org/grad-day.
Work Smart and Hard
Perkins Advocacy Alert and Message
SkillsUSA, in cooperation with the Association for Career and Technical Education, asks that our constituents write to their members of congress to ask them to increase funding for CTE - back to the FY2010 level.
An alert and message has been posted on the SkillsUSA Adovcacy site. To send a letter to your senators and to your representative, go to http://capwiz.com/skillsusa/home/. You can also enter the site by going to www.skillsusa.org, clicking on about us, advocacy and legislative and advocacy site. Enter your zip code and the rest is self-explanatory. Please spread the word, and take a few minutes to write to your members of congress and help CTE regain the Perkins funding it needs.
Free SkillsUSA Advisor Membership Incentives
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 they are a professional member of SkillsUSA and have a minimum of 15 members in their training program.
Here is how it works - they register their 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 they win or until the program ends. The program will run from September 16-November 15, 2013.
CTE Promotional Public
All of the submitted PSAs are now available to use at this link. We encourage you to use these videos in your community to encourage CTE participation.
New Educational Resources for 2013-14
Results to Honor Cards
Leverage Your Leadership with Effective Chapter Meetings
To order these products and more, go to http://www.skillsusa.org/store/newproducts.html.
SkillsUSA is pleased to announce a partnership with K2Share as our new platform provider for the Work Force Ready System Skill Connect Assessments. K2Share is the same company that administers the CareerSafe program and the assessment for the 10-hour OSHA safety credential. We are excited about the new features that will be offered to our customers as a result of this change.
Our goal is to have pretest assessments available to order by September 16th with the post-tests available shortly after that date. Pricing remains the same at $20 per assessment or $10 per assessment for the number of SkillsUSA members in the previous school year. Please note that payment must be secured before the order can be processed. For details, visit our website here.
Our new phone number, email address and hours of operation for Assessment Customer Support
Place your order and view a complete list of available assessments on our Work Force Ready System website.
CareerSafe Grants will be awarded to schools in the form of vouchers that allow students to take an online assessment and earn their OSHA 10-hour Construction or General Industry safety credential. Vouchers will be awarded based on SkillsUSA membership and use of vouchers in previous years. New applications will receive priority over schools applying for consecutive years; however, all are encouraged to apply. Vouchers will be awarded in January 2014.
The Schools In Need Grant program is to identify schools, classrooms or instructors who have a very basic need to improve the quality of the students' educational experience. Grants will be awarded ranging from $2,500 to $25,000.
Grant applications should detail the need for classroom improvements, upgrading or providing tangible tools for learning technical skills, leadership development opportunities, or providing competition clothing that will enable students to compete at SkillsUSA events. In addition, those applicants who can outline their plan to "pay it forward" by planning and implementing a project or event that will allow them to use the tools or skills obtained, due to receiving the grant dollars, will stand a greater chance of receiving funding. The best projects will detail how the outcome will provide a life-changing experience for the beneficiaries of the grant dollars. Grant recipients will be announced and funds awarded in January 2014. Grant applications can be found here.
Questions About Starting
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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.
"Start Something Today" Challenge
This new competition, conducted completely over the Web, will provide students with an award-winning start to launching a business idea, plan and pitch to business and industry professionals and win recognition and prizes. The "Start Something Today" challenge is open to current student entrepreneurs, regardless of where they are in their education and career journeys.
All students who participate will receive free entrepreneurship training; free business plan development training; and mentoring. Students are responsible for writing their own business plans and pitching their businesses with a 3-5 minute YouTube.com video.
Recognition will be awarded to the first- and second-place winners in each category. Winners will receive free website support to market their business plan and/or products and will have their pitch introduced to potential investors.
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