Active Advisor News: Feb. 2020

Active Advisor News: Feb. 2020

It’s SkillsUSA Week!

SkillsUSA Week is Feb. 2-8 and schools can participate in many different ways: hold an open house, invite local media to tour your programs, conduct a community service project, work with area businesses to build more meaningful partnerships, or engage with policymakers to talk about the value of career and technical education.

  • Monday, Feb. 3, Appreciation Day
  • Tuesday, Feb. 4, Advocacy Day
  • Wednesday, Feb. 5, Member Outreach Day
  • Thursday, Feb. 6, SkillsUSA Service Day
  • Friday, Feb. 7, SkillsUSA Day

For a sample calendar, proclamation and press release, go to: www.skillsusa.org/events-training/skillsusa-week.

SkillsUSA has a new SkillsUSA Advocacy Day resource bundle with everything you need to communicate key messages about SkillsUSA. It includes 12 of each of the following items:

  • SkillsUSA Advocacy Brochures
  • SkillsUSA Framework Folder
  • SkillsUSA Framework Pin & Card
  • SkillsUSA Thank You Card

To purchase the bundle, go to: www.skillsusa.org/store/advocacy-bundle-details.html.

SkillsUSA Week and CTE Month Press Release Templates Available
We have refreshed our SkillsUSA Advocacy Site just in time for SkillsUSA Week and CTE Month. Use the fill-in press releases to let your elected officials and local To use the SkillsUSA advocacy site, go to: www.congressweb.com/susa/. There are two postings for SkillsUSA Week — one to write your elected officials and another to contact your local media to let them know about your events during the month of February. Personalize the templates that work for you. If you have questions, contact Jane Short at 703-737-0612 or jshort@skillsusa.org.

Share Your SkillsUSA Week Photos
As you conduct SkillsUSA Week activities, take photos and share them with the national headquarters staff. Your photos may be featured in a Flickr gallery on SkillsUSA’s home page. Send your best SkillsUSA Week photos to Craig Moore at cmoore@skillsusa.org. Please be sure to identify everyone in the picture for the caption. 

Share Your SkillsUSA Week News
Share your SkillsUSA Week news and stories Share your SkillsUSA Week news and stories with @SkillsUSA (FacebookTwitter or Instagram) or email info@skillsusa.org.

Register Members by March 1 to Receive Valuable Benefits 

The national membership deadline is March 1. Students must meet both state and national deadlines to be eligible for national competition, serve as voting delegates or run for national office. Professional membership provides valuable benefits, too. Once advisors join and provide their email address, they will receive access to the following:

  • 2020 SkillsUSA Championships Technical Standards 
  • Jump into STEM! curriculum
  • SkillsUSA Career Essentials: Foundations

Call the SkillsUSA Membership Hotline if you need help in starting a new chapter, registering members, engaging students, or discovering strategies to strengthen an existing chapter. If you have questions or need assistance, the hotline operators can help. Call toll free: 844-875-4557 from 8 a.m.–5 p.m. EST Monday, Wednesday and Friday, and 11 a.m.–7 p.m. EST Tuesday and Thursday, or email operators@skillsusa.org.

Looking for Images for SkillsUSA Champions 

SkillsUSA Champions features student photography in each issue. We’re looking for images of SkillsUSA chapters in action or showing the concentration or perseverance of individual members performing hands-on skills. For details, email anyinfo@skillsusa.org and put “Image Photo” in the subject header or write SkillsUSA Champions, 14001 SkillsUSA Way, Leesburg, VA 20176. The photographer’s chapter is awarded $150 for each photo we publish (one per issue). 

SkillsUSA Seeks Talented COO 

SkillsUSA is seeking an experienced chief operating officer. The new position is now posted on the SkillsUSA website  and remote employment is not an option for this position. Interested applicants should summit a resume and cover letter to Missy Wilson at mwilson@skillsusa.org by Feb. 14. Download the job description here.

Channellock Continues Trade School Trade-Up Competition

Now in its third year, Channellock, Inc.’s Trade School Trade-Up Competition continues to help close the national skills gap by funding initiatives and tools that will support America’s future tradesmen and women. This year, CHANNELLOCK® will now sponsor two competitions —  one in the spring and the other in the fall.

How to enter
The competition is open to students in plumbing, HVAC, welding, automotive and electrical trades and why your program deserves a classroom makeover. To submit an entry, get a group together and create a short video showcasing your team’s skills in action. Tell what makes your program special. Your entry will be graded on passion, content and need.

Jan. 2: Submission period began
Feb. 12: Submission due date
Feb. 19: Top 3 announced
Feb. 20-22: Voting through Facebook
Feb. 23: Winners announced

1st Place: $5,000 cash prize, CHANNELLOCK® tools for team members and classroom and a classroom makeover with CHANNELLOCK BLUE® wall paint and fatheads
2nd Place: $2,500 cash prize, CHANNELLOCK® tools for all team members and their classroom
3rd Place: $1,000 cash prize, CHANNELLOCK® tools for all team members and their classroom

Learn more about the competition and how to enter at: www.channellock.com/tradeup.

Trade Travelers Tour

New in 2020, CHANNELLOCK® will kick off its first ever Trade Travelers Tour, embarking on a journey to visit top trade schools across the country. The tour will begin in Channellock’s hometown of Meadville, Pa., at the Crawford County Career and Technical Center, then travel to leading trade schools across the country, ending with a grand finale celebration at the spring trade school trade-up winner’s school. During the tour, representatives will give away tool sets and offer educational opportunities where students can learn from seasoned experts in their chosen trade. 

Free Career Exploration for Students and Schools

“Cue Career” aggregates the resources of industry associations for career exploration/navigation and workforce development, and is a free resource for schools and students. Cue Career assists students by giving them access to resources for career exploration. Students can explore careers by watching video interviews with professionals and accesss workforce development opportunities such as scholarships, internships, apprenticeships, mentorships, micro-credentials and badges offered by associations.

Cue Career also periodically provides livestreams including panels of industry experts into classrooms and students can ask questions live. There are two upcoming livestreams:

  • 26 Health Sciences/Medical
  • Date TBD Welding and Woodworking

If you and your students are interested in signing up for either livestream, or to receive information about future livestreams, contact Heather Wetzler at HWetzler@CueCareer.com or 917-5412-4549. To view the Cue Career website, go to: www.cuecareer.com.

National Officer Candidates Sought

Do you have amazing students who would love to be ambassadors for SkillsUSA next school year? This is an incredible opportunity for personal and professional development, travel and more. The 2020 SkillsUSA national officer candidate application and national officer program guide are now available: www.skillsusa.org/membership-resources/students/national-officer-selection-process/ .

National officer candidates must have earned the Career Essentials: Experiences, Fundamental Micro-Credential, or the Advanced or Adult Learner Credential, prior to applying (depending upon their age). The Fundamental course (ages 14-16), Advanced course (ages 17-19) and Adult Learner course (ages 20+) and additional information are available at: www.careeressentials.org/implement/experiences/.

The application deadline for national officer applications is June 1 by 6 p.m. EST. Contact Kim Hegedus, khegedus@skillsusa.org, 317-544-8750 with questions.

National Youth Safety Video Contest Still Open 

CareerSafe sponsors an annual National Youth Safety Video Contest. Students across the country are invited 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 up to $2,500, and the winning school will receive a prize up to $5,000. For more information, visit the CareerSafe website at: www.careersafeonline.com. 

Earn Recognition for Service Through Presidential Honors 

Once again at national conference, SkillsUSA will recognize individuals or chapters with the President’s Volunteer Service Award (PVSA). This presidential honor is an award that recognizes the valuable contributions of volunteers across the country who are answering a national call to serve others through their current activities or lifetime efforts.

This program allows SkillsUSA advisors, students and registered alumni to earn recognition for their community service and volunteer activities. With SkillsUSA’s focus on community service, advisors and students have already met the requirements to receive the award. To qualify, SkillsUSA members, advisors or alumni must submit a record of service hours.

For details on qualifying hours and requirements, visit: www.skillsusa.org/membership-resources/awards/presidents-volunteer-service-award. Applications must be received by March 29 for recognition at the 2020 NLSC. 

SkillsUSA Scholarship Opportunities 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 field.  Help spread the word so SkillsUSA students can take full advantage of these opportunities:

For additional scholarship information, continually check the website at: www.skillsusa.org/membership-resources/scholarships-financial-aid/.

Gain National Attention for Student Mentoring 

When a SkillsUSA chapter mentors an elementary- or middle-school classroom, it helps younger students imagine careers and helps older students practice their skills.

Student2Student recognizes SkillsUSA chapters that are involved in a mentoring program in their communities. To enter, submit your mentoring project plan, description and outcomes. The winning chapter will be recognized at the National Leadership and Skills Conference and in its Awards and Recognition book. In addition, the winner will be invited to present at SkillsUSA University. All entries must be submitted by April 1. Winners are announced in May. You can download the Mentoring Guide: http://skillsusa.org/wp-content/uploads/2015/03/Mentoring-Guide-rev.2015.pdf.

For more information, contact Gayle Silvey at gsilvey@skillsusa.org or visit: www.skillsusa.org/educators/mentrecog.shtml.

Plan Now for SkillsUSA National Signing Day on May 8

The second annual SkillsUSA National Signing Day will be held on Friday, May 8 to celebrate high school seniors and college/postsecondary students who have chosen to pursue a career as a professional in the skilled trades.

SkillsUSA chapters are encouraged to plan local signing day events by inviting business partners, school administrators, teachers, elected officials, SkillsUSA alumni, family and friends to honor students signing “letters of intent” for a job offer, apprenticeship or advanced technical training.

This year, students who plan to participate must register themselves online. Registration opens on Feb. 24. The deadline to register is April 24. 

A digital toolkit of resources will be provided to advisors to assist them with planning their local chapter event. The toolkit will include an event logo, an invitation template, social media posts, a sample press release, thank you notes and an event planning checklist. A SkillsUSA National Signing Day table runner will be shipped to each chapter that registers by Friday, April 24. SkillsUSA National Signing Day merchandise bundles will be available for advisors to purchase for ease of event planning.

Watch for more information as plans develop. Additional details will be available here: www.skillsusa.org/events-training/national-signing-day/.

If you have questions, contact Kim Hegedus at khegedus@skillsusa.org or 317-544-8750.

Teachers Helping Teachers at the ‘Teach to Lead’ Summit

For the past five years, Teach to Lead has promoted a national conversation on teacher leadership by supporting teachers to turn their leadership ideas into action. In cooperation with more than 175 supporting organizations, the U.S. Department of Education, ASCD, and Teach Plus have partnered to develop Teach to Lead into a movement to equip teachers to lead from their classroom and enact positive change in teaching and learning.

Teach to Lead will host their 19th Teacher Leadership Summit in San Juan, Puerto Rico, March 27-29. The summit will bring teacher leaders and other stakeholders together to collaborate, problem-solve, and develop action plans to benefit students and schools. Teams must include at least one practicing classroom teacher and submissions must use teacher leadership as a key strategy, but proposed ideas can address any perceived area of need in schools.

The deadline for idea submissions for the Puerto Rico summit is Feb. 10 at 11:59 p.m. EST. For more information and to apply, go to: www.surveymonkey.com/r/TTLPuertoRico.

Educational Podcast Helps Students Learn from Others

“Learn from Others” is a site that offers free educational podcasts where successful professionals from many different lines of work share their career experiences. The podcasts are their answers to four questions: “What did you want to be when you grew up?”, “What do you do today?”, “What would you do differently?”, and “What is the typical career path for your position?”. The podcasts are categorized by the National Career Clusters Framework to help students learn more from career journeys that apply to their career path. To listen, go to: http://learnfromothers.org/index.html.