Active Advisor News: January 2022

Active Advisor News: January 2022

The Road to Atlanta: NLSC 2022

The SkillsUSA National Leadership and Skills Conference (NLSC) will be held in Atlanta from June 20-24, and we’ve been using this space to highlight some of the city’s attractions to help get you excited for the big event (not that you need many more reasons to get excited). At the center of Atlanta’s downtown is Centennial Olympic Park, and you will likely walk through the park on your way from your hotel to the Georgia World Congress Center and State Farm Arena. The 22-acre public park is operated by the Georgia World Congress Center Authority and was built originally for the 1996 Summer Olympics. Nearby, a bird’s-eye view of Atlanta is available on the SkyView Atlanta Ferris Wheel. View a map of the park here. We can’t wait to see our members in Atlanta this June!

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 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.

Need Assistance with SkillsUSA? You Got It!

Call the SkillsUSA Customer Care Team 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, 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.

Free Educational Resources and Career Essentials Opportunity

SkillsUSA has partnered with Aerotek and The Swinerton Foundation to deliver 37 grants to provide high school and college/postsecondary chapters with materials from the SkillsUSA Educational Resources store and access to our Career Essentials curriculum. These resources will help you integrate the SkillsUSA Framework you’re your classroom and chapter. Eligible chapters can receive a $3,000 or $4,500 grant, and applications must be submitted by Jan. 21. Recipients will be notified by Feb 11. Determine eligibility and apply here. For questions, contact Brandon Monk. 

SkillsUSA National Officer Candidates Sought

Becoming a SkillsUSA national officer is the ultimate personal growth and student leadership experience within SkillsUSA, and the 2022-23 National Officer Program Guide and application are now available. Before filling out that application, though, make sure you fully review the guide; it contains a wealth of information on what certifications and Career Essentials coursework candidates need to complete before applying. SkillsUSA provides no-cost access to these certifications to national officer candidates, but you’ll need to apply for those by Feb. 1. See the guide for more details. All national officer applications must be submitted by June 1 at 6 p.m. ET.

Chapter Excellence Program Opportunity

We are excited again this year to offer advisors and chapters the opportunity to schedule a one-on-one coaching session with Kelli Engelbrecht, our Chapter Excellence Program and Program of Work coach. The one-on-one coaching session can assist chapters in strategizing how to take their Chapter Excellence Program application to the next level or help a new chapter or advisor get started. Chapters learn how to integrate the SkillsUSA Framework, articulate SMART goals and select and evaluate Essential Elements within their CEP application. To schedule your 30-minute Zoom coaching appointment, please see the CEP Coaching Calendar. Once you schedule your appointment from the provided link, we will follow-up with details. Please contact Kelli Engelbrecht with any questions at kengelbrecht@skillsusa.org.

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.

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. 

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! 

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.

Take Up the Challenge! National Conference Pin and T-shirt Design

The 2022 National Leadership and 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. The challenge opens on Jan. 15, 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.

Professional Development Opportunities for January to June

Advisors, please join us for our SkillsUSA Professional Development offerings from January through June. 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. Training for new SkillsUSA advisors will be offered on Jan. 21. For questions, contact Karolina Belen.

A National Spotlight for Your Chapter

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!

Earn Presidential Recognition for Service

At the 2022 National Leadership and 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 conference.

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