Active Advisor News: November 2019

Active Advisor News: November 2019

Update from Tim Lawrence

Tim LawrenceGeneration T Builds Bunk Beds for California Children
Over 300 SkillsUSA students from across Los Angeles gathered at Rose Bowl Stadium on Oct. 8 for the Generation T Bunk Bed Build. The group worked with industry partners to build 100 bunk beds for Sleep in Heavenly Peace, a nonprofit dedicated to building, assembling and delivering beds to children in need.

Some beds were headed to local families in Pasadena, while others were designated for victims of last year’s Camp Fire. Generation T is Lowe’s Hardware’s effort to raise awareness for the skilled trades gap in America.

Nationally known blogger and YouTuber Matt Risinger covered the event on the “Build Show,” which has a following of 62,000 YouTube subscribers. The video features SkillsUSA members, and I am in the video starting at 15:24. See it below:

Lowe’s also created a video about the build, and it includes comments by SkillsUSA California director Clay Mitchell. To view it, see below:

That’s all for now. Thanks for all you do for the great students we serve.

New Director Takes the Lead at SkillsUSA Headquarters

Transition has been in the air at the SkillsUSA headquarters as SkillsUSA’s executive director of 19 years, Timothy Lawrence, has been preparing to retire.

New Executive Director Chelle Travis will begin her duties Nov. 4. SkillsUSA plans to welcome her with a staff reception, followed by her first staff meeting and then a SkillsUSA Foundation meeting that afternoon. On that date, Tim Lawrence will become executive director emeritus. He will continue as an advisor to the new executive director through his official retirement date of Feb. 14, 2020.

Messages congratulating him on his retirement can be sent to tlawrence@skillsusa.org through Feb. 14 and after that at tl147@aol.com. Sandy Moore, senior administrative assistant to the executive director, will be maintaining both directors’ calendars if you have requests for either of them; email her at smoore@skillsusa.org.

Nov. 15 Membership Incentive Deadline is Near

Becoming a professional member of SkillsUSA is one of the best ways to demonstrate to students the opportunities that membership provides. Professional members receive online access to the following as a no-cost member benefit when they submit membership and provide an email address: 2019 SkillsUSA Championships Technical Standards, Jump into STEM! curriculum and SkillsUSA Career Essentials: Foundations.

Once membership is submitted, an email will be sent with a PIN to access the items electronically.

As a special membership incentive, teachers who register 15 or more student members plus one or more professionals by Nov. 15 will receive a copy of the SkillsUSA book Critical Thinking at Work (value $9.95). Instructors who register with 100-percent membership (all students in their program) plus one or more professionals will also receive a SkillsUSA Program of Work Calendar (value: $5.95).

Visit www.skillsusa-register.org to register yourself and student members. If you need assistance with SkillsUSA membership or registration, hotline operators are ready to answer questions about starting a new chapter, ways to engage chapter members or strategies to strengthen an existing chapter. Operators are on call 8 a.m.-5 p.m. on Monday, Wednesday and Friday; and 11 a.m.-7 p.m. on Tuesday and Thursday (Eastern time). To reach the hotline, call 844-875-4557 or email operators@skillsusa.org. You can also chat online on the membership registration site.  

SkillsUSA has updated the membership website to be more aligned with current security practices and to protect private information of members. With this change, only the advisor who is listed for the training program will be able to view member details, join and make changes for the members of that training program.

If your school has one authorized advisor who will register members for all training programs and needs access, please call the hotline to request school administrative access at 1-844-875-4557. 

Winning Design Picked for SkillsUSA Week T-shirt

Congratulations to the winner of the 2020 SkillsUSA Week T-shirt design contest. The winning design was produced by Courtney Hand from Cumberland County Technical Education Center in Vineland, N.J. Her advisor is Lauren Hawk. She will receive a $500 award, and her chapter will receive $2,500. Watch our website for her design, and the new SkillsUSA Week T-shirt will be available for purchase soon in the SkillsUSA Store.

Encourage Students to Apply for Prudential Spirit of Community Awards 

Applications close soon for the 2020 Prudential Spirit of Community Awards, honoring students in grades 5-12 for making meaningful contributions to their communities through volunteer service. Now in its 25th year, this program — sponsored by Prudential Financial in partnership with the National Association of Secondary School Principals (NASSP) — celebrates young volunteers and generates positive publicity for a school. 

Students who have volunteered over the past year can apply for an award by Nov. 5. Schools must then certify top applicants for state-level judging by Nov. 15. State-level honorees will be announced in February. In the meantime, schools can recognize top applicants for their volunteer service and hold them up as role models for their peers by presenting them with Prudential Spirit of Community Award certificates.

Qualifying certified applicants will receive the President’s Volunteer Service Award and will be eligible to earn a scholarship, a medallion and an all-expense-paid trip to Washington, D.C.

Program details were mailed to school principals and are also available at: www.nassp.org/recognition/student-awards/prudential-spirit-of-community-awards/. 

National Apprenticeship Week is Nov. 11-17 

National Apprenticeship Week (NAW) is Nov. 11-17. This national celebration, established by the U.S. Department of Labor, brings together leaders in business, labor, educational institutions and Americans interested in apprenticeships. It showcases the positive impact apprenticeship programs have on addressing the U.S. skills gap and preparing the American workforce for the jobs of today and tomorrow.

Join the celebration by hosting an event — such as an apprenticeship graduation, business open house, high-school career fair, skills competition or industry roundtable — or submitting a proclamation supporting NAW and apprenticeship. Learn more about NAW at: www.apprenticeship.gov/NAW.  

New Fundraiser is ‘Double Good’

Double Good Popcorn is a new fundraising program for SkillsUSA chapters that seeks to make fundraising simple and effective.

Chapter advisors can set up a fundraiser online and provide a code to their student members to join. Members then set up individual online stores and share their link by social media, personal text or flier to sell Double Good’s popcorn to family and friends.

Once the fundraiser is over, the chapter will receive a check for 50% of all sales. Chapters do not have to handle money and the popcorn is shipped directly to each buyer. This is an effective way to raise funds to cover the costs of attending SkillsUSA conferences, pay for chapter activities or membership dues. A portion of the proceeds go to the state SkillsUSA association and the national association to fund future member services.

To learn more, go to www.SkillsUSAFundraising.com to request a sample package of popcorn and details on how to get started. Double Good can also provide marketing resources such as fliers, postcards, email blast information and social medial content. For more information, contact  info@skillsusafundraising.com or 309-267-9012 for more information.

Who’s Ready to Show Your Style?

The SkillsUSA Store has introduced a brand-new T-shirt with this year’s theme, “SkillsUSA: Champions at Work, I’m Ready.” To see the shirt and pricing, go to: www.skillsusa.org/whos-ready-for-a-new-t-shirt/. To place an order, contact Kim DeVenuto at 703-674-5454 or kdevenuto@egroupengage.com. 

SkillsUSA has a new social media account for the SkillsUSA Store. Make sure to follow the new store account so you don’t miss the newest SkillsUSA clothing, accessories and gift items. Follow @skillsusastore on Instagram and participate in promotions to earn free prizes.

Mark Your Calendar: Future National Conferences

Here are dates of the annual SkillsUSA National Leadership and Skills Conference through the year 2023:

  • June 22-26, 2020 (56th)
  • June 21-25, 2021 (57th)
  • June 20-24, 2022 (58th)
  • June 19-23, 2023 (59th)

Young Entrepreneurs Eligible for World Series of Innovation

World Series of Innovation is an online, project-based competition sponsored by the Network for Teaching Entrepreneurship. Young innovators from across the globe ages 13-24 can enter the competition and compete for cash prizes.

Small teams will create business solutions that align with the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Some teams compete independently while others are affiliated with schools or programs like SkillsUSA. Students can compete on their own or in teams of two or three. For the current sustainability-themed innovation challenges that close Dec. 16, and details on how to compete, visit: https://innovation.nfte.com/.  

Nominations Open for Inaugural Presidential Cybersecurity Education Award

Nominations are now open for the inaugural Presidential Cybersecurity Education Award. This honor will recognize educators who are doing great work to prepare the next generation of cybersecurity professionals. The award will be presented to two educators — one at the elementary level and one at the secondary level — who demonstrate superior achievement in instilling skills, knowledge, and passion with respect to cybersecurity and cybersecurity-related subjects.  Winners will receive a trip to Washington, D.C., public recognition and other professional opportunities. 

Nominations close Jan. 31, 2020. To apply, visit: www2.ed.gov/documents/presidential-cybersecurity-education-award.pdf. 

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

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

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/.

Focus Your Students on Safety

CareerSafe sponsors a National Youth Safety Video Contest, in which students across the country are challenged to create a two-minute video demonstrating safety in the workplace. All submissions should be sent to CareerSafe by March 1. The winning students will receive a SkillsUSA prize pack as well as 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 after Oct. 15 at: www.careersafeonline.com.