Active Advisor News: Jan. 2020

Active Advisor News: Jan. 2020

Plan Now for 2020 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.

We encourage you to celebrate all week by planning activities that follow the suggested daily schedule of events for local chapters nationwide:

  • Monday, Feb. 3, Appreciation Day. Plan an event to celebrate and honor the support of advisors, teachers and administrators.
  • Tuesday, Feb. 4, Advocacy Day. Plan public relations activities including presentations to legislators, school board members, administrators and community leaders.
  • Wednesday, Feb. 5, Member Outreach Day. Visit other schools to recruit middle school and elementary school students into your CTE programs or plan a special an activity for current members.
  • Thursday, Feb. 6, SkillsUSA Service Day. Support your local community by focusing on a day of giving through a service project or fundraiser for a local charity.
  • Friday, Feb. 7, SkillsUSA Day. Celebrate SkillsUSA by wearing your favorite SkillsUSA shirt, hold a final SkillsUSA Week celebration and post your week’s activities to social media.

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

Visit www.skillsusastore.org to order SkillsUSA Week T-shirts and other items for your week of celebration, including the new SkillsUSA Advocacy Day resource bundle. The bundle provides everything you need to communicate key messages about SkillsUSA. It is $48.72 (a savings of 20 percent) and 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, order SKU #B SkillsUSA Advocacy Bundle.

New Magazine Issue: SkillsUSA Championships Help Students Say “I’m Ready”

SkillsUSA advisors have received the winter print edition of SkillsUSA Champions. Please be sure to direct your students to the digital edition of the magazine on the SkillsUSA website: www.skillsusa.org/publications-news/skillsusa-champions-magazine/. In addition to the news and motivational content in the printed issue, the digital edition includes related videos, direct links to external resources and other dynamic material.

The winter issue focuses on the SkillsUSA Championships, which can be helpful in member recruitment. This issue includes articles about student members from California, New York, Texas, New Jersey, Maine, Virginia, Ohio, Kansas and Washington state. A feature story appears about the remarkable life of a former student officer who’s now a chapter advisor (with some steps in between as a top chef, legislative aide and “roller-derby queen”). Also covered is the story of a SkillsUSA national medalist who went on to be an American hero profiled on TV’s “60 Minutes.” And, there’s a wrap-up of another record-breaking Washington Leadership Training Institute. A teacher’s lesson plan for the issue is posted alongside the link to the digital edition and this is a great way to enrich understanding and motivation with your students.

Plan for SkillsUSA National Signing Day on May 8

The second annual SkillsUSA National Signing Day will be held on 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.

Kick-off events will be hosted in five cities nationwide on May 8. SkillsUSA chapters are encouraged to host their own event for their students and invite business partners, school administrators, teachers, elected officials, SkillsUSA alumni, family and friends to recognize the students signing “letters of intent” for a job offer, apprenticeship or advanced technical training.

Registration information and more details will be shared soon so watch the SkillsUSA website for details.

The Best Way to Build a Successful SkillsUSA Chapter

You are having a great year in SkillsUSA, so why not be recognized for it? Did you elect officers, hold chapter meetings and engage in chapter activities? Then take it to the next level and complete the Chapter Excellence Program Quality Chapter application. Then, receive the recognition your chapter has earned.

The SkillsUSA Chapter Excellence Program (CEP) online application is on the main page of the membership registration site when you log into your school account (www.skillsusa-register.org/Login.aspx).

The Building a Successful SkillsUSA Chapter Teacher’s Guide offers simple and easy steps to follow on completing the application, engaging students in the process and infusing the SkillsUSA Framework into chapter activities. The guide can be downloaded at: www.skillsusa.org/programs/chapter-excellence-program/.

For questions or assistance with your application, contact the SkillsUSA Hotline: 844-875-4557 or operators@skillsusa.org.

New Career Essentials Suite Videos Available

The refreshed SkillsUSA Career Essentials website now offers updated information including brochures and new videos.

The SkillsUSA Career Essentials suite engages students in defining, implementing and measuring their career-readiness skills along every point in their educational journey, whether it be middle-school, high-school or college/postsecondary including the adult learner. The curriculum generates high levels of student engagement and is built on evidence-based outcomes that support the industry-validated SkillsUSA Career Essentials: Assessments.

Together, curricula and assessments work to culminate in students earning the industry-recognized SkillsUSA Career Essentials Credential. This one curriculum can fulfill national and state standards related to career readiness. In today’s world, it’s not enough for students to have just technical skills. If they want to advance their career potential and compete in today’s job market, students need to stand out, be distinct and stay a step ahead.

Visit the refreshed SkillsUSA Career Essentials website at: www.careeressentials.org.

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.

SkillsUSA Career Essentials: Experiences Virtual Opportunities

Are you using or planning to use SkillsUSA Career Essentials: Experiences courses and their associated assessments? If so, consider joining one of the upcoming virtual opportunities for Career Essentials Certified Teacher training.

SkillsUSA Career Essentials Certified Teacher training is designed for teachers who are currently using the Experiences courses or who are planning to purchase them. Contextual information about the SkillsUSA Framework and basic resource information is assumed to be known by individuals participating in this training. If additional contextual information is needed for trainees prior to participating, our trainers will work with you as needed. Virtual training sessions require a minimum of five registrants, and a maximum of 20 will be accepted for any one given date.

To register for a training opportunity, go here.

Safety Shoes Grants Available

Saf-Gard Safety Shoes is offering a $1,000 education grant for students wanting to enter the trades or those already involved in pursuing their education in a skilled trade and who want to blog about the skilled trades and their passion for a career

Interested students must fill out an application by Jan. 13. Students will then be selected to write a 150-word response per week for 10 weeks on topics that relate to the trades and why they are pursuing a career in the trades, or other relevant topics pertaining to careers in a skilled trade. At the end of 10 weeks when all responses have been submitted as required, these three students will receive a $1,000 grant to attend the school of their choosing.

For more details and to complete an application, go to: www.safgard.com/sole-education.

SkillsUSA Scholarship Opportunities 

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 more SkillsUSA students can take advantage of these opportunities:

Additional scholarships may be announced soon, so check the website for updates: www.skillsusa.org/membership-resources/scholarships-financial-aid/.

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 will be the biggest year ever for the event, as CHANNELLOCK® will now sponsor two competitions – one in the spring and the other in the fall. In addition, the company is launching its Trade Travelers Tour this spring.

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

Jan. 2: Submission period begins
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 by visiting 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 be giving away special CHANNELLOCK® tool sets tool sets and sponsoring educational opportunities with CHANNELLOCK® pros, where students can learn from seasoned experts in their chosen trade.

Bylaw Amendment Deadline Approaching

Current SkillsUSA members can submit proposed bylaw amendments for middle school, high school or college/postsecondary divisions. Bylaw amendment motions must be submitted in writing to Kim Hegedus at khegedus@skillsusa.org by Feb. 3 by 5 p.m. EST.

SkillsUSA’s National Executive Council and board of directors will review all submissions at the March 2020 board meeting. All motions will then be distributed to state SkillsUSA directors by April 20, which is 60 days prior to the National Leadership and Skills Conference (NLSC). Motions will then be presented for vote at the official business meeting of the House of Delegates during the 2020 NLSC.

Bylaw amendments are governed by Article XII of the high school and college/postsecondary bylaws and Article X of the middle school bylaws.

For more information and to view the bylaws, go to: www.skillsusa.org/events-training/national-leadership-and-skills-conference/delegate-sessions/.

The motion form is located here: www.skillsusa.org/wp-content/uploads/2019/12/Bylaw-Amendment-Form.docx.

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

Seeking Talented Singers to Open Conference

SkillsUSA is seeking a talented student or adult member to sing “The Star-Spangled Banner” at the Opening Ceremony of the SkillsUSA National Leadership and Skills Conference on June 23, 2020, in Louisville, Ky. Auditions must be received by Feb. 3. SkillsUSA does not pay any travel expenses for the selected singer to attend the national conference.

To audition, submit a video of yourself singing the national anthem: https://skillsusa.wufoo.com/forms/national-anthem-auditions/.

National Conference Pin and T-Shirt Design Challenge

Feb. 5 is the final deadline to enter the SkillsUSA National Conference Pin and T-shirt Design Challenge. This challenge is open to all paid student members of SkillsUSA and is a great way to have a student and advisor from your state recognized on stage at the national conference. Entries must be received (not postmarked) by Feb. 5. Rules are posted on the SkillsUSA website at: www.skillsusa.org/competitions/pin-design-challenge/.

Focus Your Students on Safety

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 may already have met the requirements to receive this 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.

Gain National Attention for Student Mentoring

SkillsUSA sponsors a national recognition opportunity called the Student2Student mentoring program. Mentoring connects young people to personal growth and development, as well as economic opportunities. 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/programs/mentoring-student2student/mentoring-recognition-program/.

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. 

Ignore Email Solicitations for SkillsUSA Mailing Lists

Periodically, individuals affiliated with SkillsUSA will receive emails from companies trying to sell a SkillsUSA attendee or mailing list. The people who send these messages are not affiliated with SkillsUSA. These companies do not have a real list from SkillsUSA, and these are not legitimate offers. SkillsUSA never sells conference attendee lists or email lists. We encourage you to avoid interaction with solicitors, report these messages as spam and delete them.