Active Advisor: June 2021
Join Us for the 2021 NLSC Awards and Recognition Session
SkillsUSA will be hosting the Awards and Recognition Session LIVE on Thursday, June 24, from 3:30 – 8 p.m. ET in three segments: one at 3:30 p.m., one at 5 p.m. and the final segment at 6:30 p.m. Please join us in celebrating not just our medalists and honorees, but all SkillsUSA members who have turned the challenges of the past year into triumph! To watch at the times above, sign up and/or log in to SkillsUSA’s Virtual Conference Center. You can also watch the live stream here on our main website. Join us as we name a new Advisor of the Year, reveal our new National Officer Team, award our SkillsUSA Championships medalists and much more, including a special message from U.S. Secretary of Education Miguel Cardona.
Presidential Scholar Honors for Five SkillsUSA Students
Five SkillsUSA members were recently named as 2021 U.S. Presidential Scholars in Career and Technical Education: Julie Canuto-Depina from Southeastern Regional Vocational Technical High School in South Easton, Mass.; Nathan Daniel Ford, from Cedar Valley High School in Eagle Mountain, Utah; Andrea Maizy, from Center Line (Mich.) High School; Sahil Patel, from North Point High School in Waldorf, Md.; and Raymond Slifer, from Upper Bucks County Technical School in Perkasie, Pa. SkillsUSA salutes these students and their supporters for these inspiring achievements! Learn more about each winner and check out their photos here.
SkillsUSA’s Five Regional Advisors of the Year Announced
SkillsUSA’s five regional advisors of the year have been chosen. They’ll all be recognized on June 24 during the 2021 NLSC Awards and Recognition Session, and one will be named SkillsUSA Advisor of the Year. Congratulations to John Stratton (Oneida Herkimer Madison BOCES CTEC, N.Y., Region 1), Rushe Hudzinski-Sero (Savannah Technical College, Ga., Region 2), Fred Ganter (Elkhorn Area High School, Wis., Region 3), Gloria Houston (New Madrid County R-I Technical Skills Center, Mo., Region 4) and Nikki Gerner (Dinuba High School, Calif., Region 5). View their photos and bios here.
Win SkillsUSA Swag Through TikTok “Champions Challenge”
SkillsUSA has produced a new version of our official song: “SkillsUSA: Champions at Work.” It’s the same theme song you know and love (and can’t get out of your head), newly produced for 2021 and beyond. Members can help share the new version of the song on TikTok and win cool prizes from the SkillsUSA Store by entering this summer’s “SkillsUSA Champions Challenge!” Click here for full contest rules and info, and look for the SkillsUSA Official song on Spotify, Apple Music and many more streaming services.
Gear Up for NLSC with Conference T-shirt and More
Have you purchased your official 2021 NLSC T-shirt or pin from the SkillsUSA Store yet? There’s still time to gear up for the National Leadership and Skills Conference. Find the official T-shirt, pin and more conference collectibles at the SkillsUSA Store. Many of these items will become true SkillsUSA collector’s items, as they represent the first (and possibly last) virtual NLSC in SkillsUSA history!
SkillsUSA Graduate Frames for Social Media
To recognize graduating members, SkillsUSA has created editable Facebook frames. Visit our website for full information on how to access and use the frames to honor the SkillsUSA graduates in your life.
Visit SkillsUSA TECHSPO and Connect with Industry
Imagine visiting dozens of companies in one day to learn more about their products, training and career opportunities, right from the comfort of your classroom or home — and on your own schedule! SkillsUSA’s virtual TECHSPO trade show allows every member to interact with our partners across dozens of industries. Access is free and easy. First, go to our virtual conference site and register or log in. Next, navigate to the “Virtual Conference Center” and click on “Exhibit Hall.” Now you can search exhibitors by name or just click through the booth icons and visit them all! SkillsUSA TECHSPO will conclude on June 24.
“Do They Even Take Girls?” — Passing Preconceptions
She went from living in a car to making an incredible living working on cars. On SkillsUSA’s newest podcast episode, Craig Moore sits down with former national officer Noemi Castro, whose inspiring story was once profiled in Reader’s Digest. She describes early struggles that led to an exemplary work ethic, how she discovered SkillsUSA and how that discovery led to both personal and professional success in a non-traditional career in the automotive industry. “I can’t even think about where I’d be now without SkillsUSA,” Castro admits. Find more SkillsUSA Podcast episodes on Apple Podcasts and Spotify.
Clifford H. “Ted” Rees, Jr. Scholarship
The Clifford H. “Ted” Rees, Jr., Scholarship Foundation, in partnership with SkillsUSA, is proud to offer eight one-time, merit based $2,500 scholarships to SkillsUSA members who are currently enrolled as high school juniors, seniors or college/postsecondary students in a HVACR or a general construction program and who will be pursuing college/postsecondary career training in the HVACR industry. The scholarship is intended to provide tuition support in the 2020/21 or 2021/22 school year. The application deadline is 11:59 p.m. ET Aug. 1. Apply online today. Learn about all other SkillsUSA scholarship opportunities here.
Lowe’s Is Hiring!
With graduation approaching, dedicated SkillsUSA partner Lowe’s wants to make students aware of the endless career opportunities Lowe’s offers across the U.S. Full- or part-time work, flexible schedules, competitive pay, cellphone discounts, a skilled trades scholarship program, tuition reimbursement … Lowe’s offers all that and more. To apply, visit jobs.lowes.com or text the word “JOBS” to LOWES (56937) and apply for open roles near you today. The Lowe’s website lists available positions both at the store and at the corporate level.