Active Advisor News: April 2021

Active Advisor News: April 2021

National T-Shirt and Pin Design Winners Revealed

Congratulations to the talented winners of this year’s National Conference Pin and T-shirt Design Challenge! The T-shirt design winner is Edison Zheng (advisor: Carol King Bolden) from Thomas Edison High School of Technology in Silver Spring, Md. The pin design winner is Angelica Frolenko (advisor: Tracey Glorioso) from Bucks County Technical High School in Fairless Hills, Pa. View the winning designs here.  

Celebrate Your Students on National Signing Day

On May 4, SkillsUSA National Signing Day will celebrate high school seniors and college/postsecondary students who have chosen to pursue careers as professionals in the skilled trades. Get involved by hosting a signing day event at your chapter. It’s a great way to involve partners, administrators, elected officials, alumni and more in your program while showcasing the success of your students. Learn more about National Signing Day here, and visit SkillsUSA CONNECT for free tools to host your own event.

“Connect to My Future” Offers Meaningful Opportunities

SkillsUSA’s first-ever “Connect to My Future” career conference will be held May 5-6. This virtual, career-focused experience — open to all SkillsUSA members at only $25 per chapter — will foster unique and relevant connections between students and industry partners. Individual program tracks have been created for middle school students, high school students, and high school seniors and college/postsecondary students. Learn more and register here.

National Conference Schedule Now Available

SkillsUSA’s National Leadership and Skills Conference 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 will be open April 12-May 14.

Harbor Freight Offers $1 Million in Prizes to Teachers

Want to claim a portion of $1 million in prizes for your program? Apply now for the Harbor Freight Tools for Schools Prize for Teaching Excellence, recognizing outstanding skilled trades teachers and programs in public high schools in the U.S. Here’s an example of how the program helped one SkillsUSA instructor in 2019. In 2021, 18 teachers will share that $1 million in prizes to bolster their programs. Will you be one? Learn more and apply online.

FutureTechs Rock Awards Now Rocking

The TechForce Foundation has opened nominations for their third annual FutureTechs Rock Awards, celebrating outstanding students enrolled in transportation technician educational programs. Each finalist will receive prizes valued at more than $1,200, and one grand prize winner will receive a $1,000 scholarship and additional prizes valued at more than $1,500. Nominations remain open until April 20. Find more information here.

Free Overview for Impactful “Career Essentials” Program  

If you’ve heard about the incredible impact the “SkillsUSA Career Essentials” curriculum can have on your students but aren’t sure how to get started, register for a free, one-hour virtual overview. This suite of curriculum helps students in defining, implementing and measuring their career-readiness skills along every point of their educational journey, culminating in the industry-recognized Career Essentials Credential. (SkillsUSA membership is not required to use this curriculum.)

SkillsUSA Scholarship Opportunities Going Fast

Scholarship opportunities are an important benefit of SkillsUSA membership. Students must be active, dues-paid SkillsUSA members to be eligible for a scholarship through SkillsUSA or its partners, and five opportunities are available right now, with scholarships ranging from $500 to $2,500. Find full information and applications for each on our scholarships page.

ACTE Shares Opportunities for Innovation in Education

While COVID-19 has led to many challenges for career and technical instructors, the pandemic has also created opportunities for innovation in education. A new publication from The Association for Career and Technical Education (ACTE) describes these challenges, shares innovative practices and provides recommendations for how CTE leaders can better prepare the post-COVID-19 workforce and embrace lessons learned during the pandemic.

Receive Up To $2,500 To Pursue Career and Technical Education

The Horatio Alger Endowment Fund will fund 500 career and technical education scholarships of up to $2,500 this year. Scholarships are awarded to students who have overcome great obstacles in their lives, are under the age of 30, possess U.S. citizenship, and who plan to enroll in a career and technical education program at an accredited nonprofit postsecondary institution in the fall of 2021. Applications will open in May. To learn more, click here.