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Active Advisor News: February 2022

Active Advisor News: February 2022

SkillsUSA Week Stories Welcome!

Last week, Feb. 7-11, chapters across the country engaged in experiences that honored their community supporters, connected with local business and industry professionals and shared SkillsUSA with their administrators. See how the SkillsUSA national officers spent their week! There is still time to share your SkillsUSA Week stories, photos or links with the SkillsUSA headquarters and we just may feature your chapter on the SkillsUSA Champions digital hub or on our social media. The SkillsUSA Advocacy Site has two templates to use to promote your activities from SkillsUSA Week and during Career and Technical Education Month.

The Road to Atlanta: NLSC 2022

The SkillsUSA National Leadership & Skills Conference (NLSC) will be held in Atlanta, June 20-24, 2022. If you are traveling there with students, navigation of a new city may be on your mind. SkillsUSA has worked closely with our new venues at the Georgia World Congress Center (GWCC) and State Farm Arena, as well as MARTA transit, to ensure you have a great trip. The SkillsUSA Championships and all the conference meetings will be taking place in the GWCC, with 1.5 million square feet of exhibit space, 12 exhibit halls, 98 meeting rooms, two ballrooms, three auditoriums and outdoor plazas. The GWCC is considered the largest convention, sports and entertainment campus in North America. The Opening, Recognition and Awards Sessions will take place at State Farm Arena, adjacent to the GWCC. We encourage you to Discover Atlanta before you arrive.

“Journey of a Jacket” Program Connects Donors with Students

SkillsUSA has awarded official red SkillsUSA jackets to 50 SkillsUSA members in 17 states through the newly launched Journey of a Jacket program, made possible with the support of SkillsUSA individual donors. The program invited SkillsUSA members from across the nation to apply to receive their own official jacket. A press release about the program is in our press room, and an inspirational video showing students receiving their jackets is also online.

Register Members by March 1 for Big Benefits

The national SkillsUSA membership deadline is March 1. Student members must meet both state and national deadlines to be eligible to participate in national competitions; serve as voting delegates; run for national office; participate in national programming; or apply for scholarships, awards and honors. As an advisor, becoming a professional member of SkillsUSA is one of the best ways to demonstrate to students the opportunities that membership provides. As a benefit of membership, professional members receive online access to a host of powerful resources. Learn how to access your professional membership benefits in this Google doc.

Plan Now for SkillsUSA National Signing Day on May 5

On May 5, 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. Local SkillsUSA chapters are encouraged to host a signing day event 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. Advisors, view this electronic toolkit of resources to assist with planning your local chapter event. Registration opens March 21. 

Need Assistance with SkillsUSA? You Got It!

Call the SkillsUSA Customer Care Team if you need help starting a new chapter, registering members, engaging students, or discovering strategies to strengthen an existing chapter. If you have questions or need assistance, team members can help. Call toll free: 844-875-4557 from 8 a.m.–5 p.m. ET Monday, Wednesday and Friday; and 11 a.m.–7 p.m. ET Tuesday and Thursday. Or, email customercare@skillsusa.org.

Edible Art and Hydraulic Systems on “Technical Fridays”

Join us for “SkillsUSA Technical Fridays,” our industry-led workshops that help teachers develop specific technical skills relevant to their career fields. On Feb. 18, from 4-5 p.m. ET, the presenter is Amanda Potts, a professor of Hotel Restaurant Management and Culinary Arts at Central Arizona College. Potts’ session will focus on Garde Manger and the art of watermelon carving. On Feb. 25 from, 4-5 p.m. ET, the presenters are Anthony Styczynski and Jason Kinzey from John Deere Company. This session will focus on the operation of hydraulic components, hydraulic systems, understanding basic hydraulic schematics, safety procedures, lab activities and more. Professional development certificates are available for attending, and the cost to attend each session is $10. Register here.

2022 SkillsUSA University Call for Proposals

Are you an expert in your career cluster? Do you have a skill you would like to share with teachers and students attending the 2022 National Leadership and Skills Conference in Atlanta? SkillsUSA is seeking presenters for the 2022 SkillsUSA University, and if you’d like to be one of them, submit your request here by Feb. 27. Sessions will take place on June 21, 22 and 23. For questions, contact Karolina Belen.

Love and Logic Session: Setting Limits in Your Classroom

Join us on March 1 from 3:30-5 p.m. ET for a “Love and Logic” session designed to help you learn how to use enforceable statements to set limits in your classroom. The cost to attend the session is $10. Register here. For questions, contact Karolina Belen.

“Connect to My Future” Conference Registration Opens Soon

Save the date for this year’s virtual SkillsUSA Connect to My Future Conference, to be held May 3-4. The conference is designed to allow students to explore career pathways and connect directly with employers. Three distinct student program tracks will be offered for members in middle school, high school, and college/postsecondary programs. Check out all three tracks here. Registration opens March 21. Share these videos with your classes to get them excited.

Focus Students on Safety

CareerSafe’s annual National Youth Safety Video Contest challenges students to create a two-minute video demonstrating workplace safety. Send submissions 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.

National Conference Pin and T-shirt Design Challenge

The 2022 National Leadership & Skills Conference (NLSC) Pin and T-shirt Design Challenge is offered to all dues-paying student members. The winning designs will become the official T-shirt and pin design for the 2022 NLSC. Entries must be received by March 15 at 12 a.m. ET, and the winners will be announced on March 21. Rules and submission links are available here.

New SkillsUSA National-Level Recognition Award

The new “SkillsUSA Hall of Champions Award” recognizes individuals who have dedicated themselves at the national level to helping youth develop and embody the components of the SkillsUSA Framework. Candidates may be nominated by a state SkillsUSA director, current or past SkillsUSA board member, SkillsUSA headquarters staff member, SkillsUSA chapter, stakeholder, alumni, or other leaders in the organization. The nomination form must be accompanied by up to five letters of support demonstrating the nominee’s impact on youth development within the SkillsUSA Framework. Complete the application here no later than April 1.

Earn Presidential Recognition for Service

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.

Engage Your Chapter in the Student2Student Program

SkillsUSA has launched a refreshed Student2Student program for the 2021-22 school year. The program connects chapters with younger students in elementary or middle school to facilitate SkillsUSA’s “Jump into STEM!” curriculum at their school. Student2Student entries must be submitted by April 1. Learn more about Student2Student here.

Upcoming Professional Development Opportunities

Advisors, please join us for our SkillsUSA Professional Development offerings. Learn more on our website or by downloading the full professional development calendar. Completion certificates are provided for each session, and this is a great addition to your professional portfolio. A PDF of the 2021-22 Professional Development Opportunities is available here. For questions, contact Karolina Belen.

SkillsUSA Scholarships Now Open

SkillsUSA offers numerous scholarships to benefit members in pursuit of higher education or certification in their chosen fields. Learn more about all the current opportunities here, and please spread the word to your students!