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Active Advisor News: March 2022

Active Advisor News: March 2022

2021 Models of Excellence Chapters Share Their Success    

The finalists for SkillsUSA’s Models of Excellence (MOE) program will be announced soon, with the top three winners named at our national conference in June. In the meantime, our 2021 winners recently shared how they earned their MOE status, providing a great look into how any SkillsUSA instructor can incorporate the SkillsUSA Framework into their classrooms and associated projects. Read the story here on the SkillsUSA Champions Digital Hub and you’ll be inspired with new ideas of your own. And don’t forget: You can always share your own news and stories through the “Share News and Stories” link at the top of the page.

The Road to Atlanta: NLSC 2022

SkillsUSA’s 2022 National Leadership & Skills Conference (NLSC) will be held in Atlanta from June 20-24. Downtown Atlanta is a walkable district, and all SkillsUSA hotels are within a 0.8 mile walk to the Georgia World Congress Center (GWCC) and the State Farm Arena. You’ll find other great sites along the way, too. The World of Coca-Cola, where the famous soft drink’s story is told, includes a 4-D theater and a full bottling station. You can also taste more than 100 Coca-Cola products from around the world. Next door is the Georgia Aquarium, with 500 different species (including whale sharks, the world’s largest fish) in more than 10 million gallons of water. Sports lovers may want to drop in at the Chick-fil-A College Football Hall of Fame for a fun, interactive experience tailored to the college football team of their choice. We encourage you to Discover Atlanta before you arrive. See you soon!

Registration Opens Soon for Connect to My Future Conference

Save the date for this year’s virtual SkillsUSA Connect to My Future Career Conference on May 3-4. This unique conference is designed to allow students to explore career pathways while connecting 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.

National Signing Day Celebrates Your Students and Programs

It’s time for students embracing skilled trades careers to claim their share of the spotlight! 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.

Marsha Daves Memorial Scholarship Winner Announced

The Marsha Daves Memorial Scholarship has awarded a $1,500 college/postsecondary scholarship to SkillsUSA state officer and photography student Marley Ray from Midway High School, N.C. Her advisor is Heather Anderson. Scholarship applicants submitted an online application that included a video submission describing the leadership qualities the student gained from a SkillsUSA mentor and how they used those skills to be a leader. Advisors, please be sure your students take advantage of all our SkillsUSA scholarship and grant opportunities.

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.

Engage Your Chapter in SkillsUSA’s Student2Student Program

It’s not too late to engage your students in SkillsUSA’s 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. Visit the website to learn more about the program and how your chapter can gain national recognition by participating. Entries must be submitted by 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, members can submit a record of their service hours to SkillsUSA (a certifying organization). This presidential honor recognizes the valuable contributions of volunteers answering a national call to serve through their current activities or lifetime efforts. Details on qualifying hours and requirements are available here. Applications must be received by April 1 for recognition at the 2022 national conference.

Got Musical Skills? SkillsUSA May Have Your Stage

Do you have a musical gift to share with the SkillsUSA community? If so, apply for the new SkillsUSA Talent Program being launched in conjunction with SkillsUSA’s National Leadership & Skills Conference. Selected applicants will showcase their musical ability during one of three high-energy arena sessions in front of more than 12,000 SkillsUSA participants from across the country. They may also perform for smaller audiences throughout the conference. Students or advisors will be offered complimentary conference registration if their sole purpose of attendance is to participate in the SkillsUSA Talent Program. SkillsUSA Championships contestants are eligible, but performance opportunities may be limited due to scheduling conflicts. Applicants must be current paid SkillsUSA members and must submit a video file performing a song of choice that demonstrates their musical ability. Individual or group performances are welcome. Apply here by 5 p.m. ET on Friday, April 22. For questions, contact Joey Baker.

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.

The New SkillsUSA Awards Store

The SkillsUSA Awards Store has been launched, and it offers awards to celebrate those who assist you, including individual volunteers, school administrators, organizations, agencies and companies. The store is currently offering “Buy 3, Get 1 Free” or “Buy 6, Get 2 Free” deals, so check it out soon!

SkillsUSA Framework Lesson Plans Available

SkillsUSA has created ready-to-go lesson plans for professional members to help students learn about the SkillsUSA Framework. They can be accessed by signing into SkillsUSA Absorb and clicking on the Framework Integration Toolkit.

Program of Work Toolkit Launch Activity Guides Available

SkillsUSA has created Program of Work Launch Activity guides for professional members to help set your students on the path to career readiness. These guides can be accessed by signing into SkillsUSA Absorb and clicking on the Program of Work Toolkit.

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.

Easy Fundraising with Country Meats

Are you looking for the perfect fundraiser to help get your chapter to the National Leadership & Skills Conference? Country Meats offers over 12 flavors of delicious, high protein, low-fat, smoked snack sticks. Each case comes with 144 sticks plus 10 free sticks to more than cover shipping costs. Purchase each case for $118, which includes shipping and handling. When you sell each case, you make a 50% profit — that’s $113 going toward your goal! Country Meats also offers a Contactless Fundraising program allowing you to reach friends and family all over the country. Run this program alongside their traditional fundraising program to maximize profits! Visit CountryMeats.com for a free sample or give them a call at 1-800-277-8989.