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Active Advisor News: December 2021

Active Advisor News: December 2021

Hitting the Road to Atlanta for NLSC 2022

The SkillsUSA National Leadership & Skills Conference (NLSC) will be held in Atlanta, June 20-24, 2022. Did you know that Atlanta is known as the cradle of the civil rights movement in the United States? From 1940 to 1970, the city became the epicenter of the movement, as black leaders fought for voting rights, access to public facilities and institutions and more economic and educational opportunities for African Americans. The National Center for Civil and Human Rights museum and human rights organization in downtown Atlanta inspires people to tap their own power to change the world. The center’s exhibits feature the artifacts of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., the history of the U.S. civil rights movement and stories from the struggle for human rights around the world today.

Plan Now for SkillsUSA Week

SkillsUSA Week is Feb. 7-11, 2022, and you can participate in many ways: Honor your community supporters, connect with local business and industry professionals, or make a presentation about your CTE program and SkillsUSA chapter at a school board meeting. We encourage you to celebrate by planning activities that follow the daily schedule of events using the SkillsUSA Week Chapter Guide. SkillsUSA is offering chapter grants valued at $200 each to purchase supplies for your SkillsUSA Week activities. A request for a chapter grant must be submitted by Jan. 1. Chapter grants will be distributed on a first-come, first-served basis and 10 are available. The chapter grant application is here. 

Focus Students on Safety

CareerSafe’s annual National Youth Safety Video Contest challenges students to create a two-minute video demonstrating workplace safety. All submissions should be sent to CareerSafe by March 1. The winning students will receive a SkillsUSA prize pack and a scholarship of up to $2,500, and the winning school will receive a prize of up to $5,000. For more information and to submit your entry, visit the CareerSafe website here. 

AmazonSmile Purchases Benefit SkillsUSA

Support SkillsUSA as your charity of choice while shopping through Amazon this holiday season. To order your purchases through AmazonSmile, search for “SkillsUSA Inc.” or visit this link. AmazonSmile donates a percentage of all purchases made through this link directly to SkillsUSA.

Insulation and Air Sealing Materials Expertise on “SkillsUSA Technical Fridays”

Join us for “SkillsUSA Technical Fridays,” SkillsUSA’s industry-led workshops that help teachers develop specific technical skills relevant to their career fields. On Dec. 10 at 4 p.m. ET, the presenter is Sam Myers, a building scientist and expert on building performance concepts. His session will focus on various insulation and air-sealing materials and installation procedures that help create a healthy, efficient and comfortable home. A live demonstration will be given to show you how to test a house to determine how airtight or leaky it is. There will also be free giveaways for up to 20 SkillsUSA instructors. The cost to attend the session is $10. Register here.

SkillsUSA Store Holiday Gift Guide

The best way to spread holiday cheer is by giving the gift of SkillsUSA! You can never go wrong with a cozy sweater or warm scarf for your favorite advisor, administrator or officers. If that’s not your style, SkillsUSA offers technology gifts, jewelry, wallets and more for those perfect gifts! Shop now on The SkillsUSA Store!

Overflowing with Professional Development Opportunities

Please join your fellow advisors for our SkillsUSA Professional Development offerings. Learn more about SkillsUSA’s offerings on our online training calendar. Completion certificates are provided for each session. Use this Google Doc to learn how to access your Professional Membership benefits online. A PDF of the 2021-22 Professional Development Opportunities is available here. For questions, contact Karolina Belen.

Advisors Can Print Membership Cards Instantly Online

Advisors can now print student and professional membership cards right from the SkillsUSA membership registration website. Each school has the option to print individual member cards on one page or multiple professional cards to a single page using the batch print option. This online feature provides each member with a quality, printed membership card. This option is available to advisors who log on to the membership registration website.

SkillsUSA Scholarships Now Open for Applications

Applications for several scholarships are now open to benefit SkillsUSA students in pursuit of higher education or certification in their chosen fields. Help spread the word about these opportunities:

  • The Marsha Daves Memorial Scholarship is open to current SkillsUSA state officers who are high school seniors or college/postsecondary students with another year of school. Deadline: Feb. 1.
  • The new #MasteroftheTrade Scholarship is open to SkillsUSA members enrolled in HVACR or general construction programs who plan to study HVACR at the college/postsecondary level in the 2022-23 or 2023-24 school year. Deadline: March 1.
  • The Student Research Foundation Scholarship is open to SkillsUSA members who are currently enrolled in high school and plan to continue their education in a postsecondary institution or program. It recognizes outstanding community contributions. Deadline: July 26.

Additional information and the applications for these scholarships are available here.

Honorary Life and Outstanding Educator Nominations Open

If you would like to nominate an individual for recognition by SkillsUSA as an Honorary Life Member or Outstanding Career and Technical Educator, please complete the online applications here. The deadline is Feb. 15. For questions, contact Laura Rauch.

Earn Presidential Recognition for Service to Others

At the 2022 National Leadership & Skills Conference, SkillsUSA will recognize advisors, students and registered alumni for their community service and volunteer activities through the President’s Volunteer Service Award (PVSA). To qualify, SkillsUSA members, advisors or alumni can submit a record of their service hours to SkillsUSA, which is a certifying organization. This presidential honor recognizes the valuable contributions of volunteers who are answering a national call to serve others through their current activities or lifetime efforts. Details on qualifying hours and requirements for submission are available here. Applications must be received by April 1 for recognition at the 2022 National Leadership & Skills Conference.

Give Your Chapter a National Spotlight

SkillsUSA is on the lookout for potential student or advisor feature story ideas as well as local community service project stories to publish on the SkillsUSA Champions digital hub. If you know of an outstanding member who could be profiled, or if your chapter has completed a project for your community, please email information and photos to editors Jane Short and Hayley Uffelman, and one of them will reach out to you. You can also submit your details through this online form. This is a great assignment for a local chapter reporter. All story leads are appreciated!

One-on-One Coaching on the Chapter Excellence Program

Is your chapter strategizing on how to take your Chapter Excellence Program (CEP) application to the next level, or does your chapter need help getting started? SkillsUSA now offers one-on-one coaching sessions with our CEP and Program of Work (PoW) coach, Kelli Engelbrecht. Learn how to integrate the SkillsUSA Framework, articulate your SMART goals and select and evaluate Essential Elements within your CEP application. Schedule your 30-minute Zoom coaching appointment here. For questions, email Kelli Engelbrecht or give her a call at 573-321-1322.