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Active Advisor: May 2021

Active Advisor: May 2021

National Recognition for SkillsUSA National Signing Day

On May 4, SkillsUSA schools in 27 states and Puerto Rico participated in a successful SkillsUSA National Signing Day, sponsored by The Home Depot, Klein Tools, 84 Lumber and NC3. A highlight came early when two SkillsUSA students appeared live on “Good Morning America” and were surprised with scholarships. For more details, photos and video, including a link to the GMA segment, visit our website.

SkillsUSA Graduate Frames for Social Media

To recognize graduating members, SkillsUSA has created editable frames to use on Facebook. Visit our website for full information on how to access and use the frames to honor the SkillsUSA graduates in your life.

NLSC Scholarships and Competition Support Grants

New to the SkillsUSA Hope Fund this year —made possible through our partnership with Harbor Freight Tools for Schools — is a need-based conference scholarship opportunity for SkillsUSA members and a National Leadership and Skills Conference Career Competition Support grant. Click here for full details. Applications are due by May 14. Check out all currently available scholarships and grants, including the new Carpentry or TeamWorks competition support grants, on our website.

NLSC Conference Schedule Now Available

SkillsUSA’s National Leadership and Skills Conference (NLSC) may be virtual this year, but genuine excitement is building. Along with a full SkillsUSA Championships, the conference will include delegate sessions, national officer elections and exciting opportunities for leadership development, professional development and member/chapter recognition. Click here for the full NLSC schedule of dates and activities. Registration closes May 14. 

2021 Virtual NLSC Professional Development Opportunities

SkillsUSA advisors and CTE teachers who participate in the 2021 virtual NLSC will have access to more than 50 hours of professional development through “Engage” and the inaugural “Academy of Excellence in CTE and SkillsUSA.” Grow your skills as an advisor and teacher and engage in these opportunities from the comfort of home. Check out this flyer for session descriptions, schedule options and registration details.

Save the Date! SkillsUSA 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 at 3:30 p.m., 5 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. ET. Please encourage your students to watch what will be an unforgettable Awards and Recognition session. If you need funds to host a chapter watch party, apply here for a $100 grant. Grants are limited to the first 50 SkillsUSA chapters that apply. 

How Do You Hope to Grow as a Professional?

SkillsUSA is finalizing plans for teacher professional development offerings for the 2021-22 school year, and we want to hear from you! What technical knowledge and skills would you enjoy learning from industry professionals? Which SkillsUSA Framework Essential Elements could you use the most support in developing? What other professional development needs do you have? Complete a short survey and share your ideas with SkillsUSA. 

Win Your Share of $1 Million for Your Teaching Excellence

The Harbor Freight Tools for Schools Prize for Teaching Excellence recognizes outstanding skilled trades teachers in public high schools in the U.S. Read how the prize impacted one SkillsUSA instructor’s program here. In 2021, Harbor Freight will award more than $1 million in prizes to 18 teachers and their programs. In 2020, the prize recognized seven SkillsUSA instructors. Applications are due by May 21. Learn more and apply online.

Receive up to $2,500 to Pursue Career and Technical Education

The Horatio Alger Endowment Fund will award 500 scholarships of up to $2,500 each to students who have overcome great obstacles in their lives and who plan to enroll in a career and technical education program at an accredited nonprofit postsecondary institution. Learn more and apply online.