Active Advisor News: November 2021
Hitting the Road to Atlanta for NLSC 2022
SkillsUSA will be heading to our new host city of Atlanta in June 2022 for our first in-person National Leadership and Skills Conference in two years! Downtown Atlanta will be home to all the SkillsUSA hotels and activities. The conference will be held at the Georgia World Congress Center (GWCC) and the General Sessions will be held at the State Farm Arena. At the heart of the downtown area is Centennial Olympic Park, which is surrounded by world-class attractions like the Chick-fil-A College Football Hall of Fame, Georgia Aquarium, National Center for Civil and Human Rights and World of Coca-Cola. Fun facts: The SkillsUSA (then VICA) conference was previously held in Atlanta from 1979-1981, and the WorldSkills Competition was also hosted there in 1981. Look for more in upcoming editions of “Active Advisor News.” In the meantime, check out this video showing SkillsUSA members touring the city.
SkillsUSA Instructors Earn Big Prizes for Teaching Excellence
Harbor Freight Tools for Schools has honored six SkillsUSA instructors with teaching excellence awards in the 2021 Harbor Freight Tools for Schools Prize for Teaching Excellence program. Over $1 million in prizes were awarded this year to 18 outstanding skilled trades teachers and teacher teams in public high schools across America, with awards shared between the winners’ skilled trades program and the individual teachers. Two SkillsUSA instructors won first-place awards of $100,000 and four others won second-place awards of $50,000. The prize recognizes outstanding instruction in the skilled trades in U.S. public high schools and those teachers who inspire students to learn skills for life after graduation. Read more here.
Register By Nov. 15 for Big Benefits
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 variety of helpful toolkits, curriculum, professional development opportunities and more. For full details on these benefits, go here. As a special membership incentive, teachers who register at least 15 student members plus one or more professionals by Nov. 15 will receive a complimentary copy of “Difficult Conversations at Work,” our latest resource developed in student-friendly, scenario-based learning. National dues for professional members are $20 plus state dues, which vary. View or download this PDF for 2021-22 state dues and deadlines, and you can visit the SkillsUSA registration site here.
Give Your Chapter’s Local Service Projects a National Spotlight
SkillsUSA is on the lookout for local community service project stories to publish in the Spotlight section of our SkillsUSA Champions digital hub. If your chapter has completed a project for your community or plans to complete one this school year, 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. Any story leads are also appreciated.
Free Advocacy Site Connects Chapters to Policymakers
The SkillsUSA advocacy site is a free resource for members to contact their governor, state senators and representatives or members of Congress. You can also share SkillsUSA news with your local media and send invitations to events. To write your elected officials, use the “Compose Your Own Message” section. To email local newspapers or TV stations, choose the “Media” tab at the top of the webpage and send messages to up to six media outlets at a time. Using the site can be a great chapter project or lesson plan that involves research, writing and advocating.
Advisors: Send Us Your Contest Projects!
SkillsUSA is looking for local competition project ideas from advisors! Selected projects will be included in our “Hosting a Local Career Competition” guides that provide teachers with a turnkey kit for hosting a local event. The top five projects in each career competition will receive a $100 Lowe’s gift card, and the winning submission in each career competition will receive a $350 Lowe’s gift card. The competition closes on Nov. 15 and the winners will be announced on Dec. 13. You may submit as many projects as you like. All projects must be your original work. To enter, fill out the form here.
SkillsUSA Week T-shirt Design Challenge
SkillsUSA is seeking student designs for the official T-shirt of SkillsUSA Week 2022. One design will be selected and produced by the SkillsUSA Store. The contest is open to all dues-paying student members. Only one entry/design per SkillsUSA member is permitted. All designs submitted should be appropriate for use on a red T-shirt and follow the design specifications outlined in the Challenge Guide. The deadline for submissions is Nov. 15 at 5 p.m. ET.
One-on-One Coaching on the Chapter Excellence Program
Is your chapter strategizing on how to take your Chapter Excellence Program (CEP) application to the next level, or does your chapter need help getting started? SkillsUSA now offers one-on-one coaching sessions with our CEP and Program of Work (PoW) coach, Kelli Engelbrecht. Learn how to integrate the SkillsUSA Framework, articulate your SMART goals and select and evaluate Essential Elements within your CEP application. Schedule your 30-minute Zoom coaching appointment here. For questions, email Kelli Engelbrecht or give her a call at 573-321-1322.
SkillsUSA Store Wants Your Opinions
The SkillsUSA Store wants you to have the best shopping experience possible and to bring fresh, exciting, items that allow you to show off what SkillsUSA means to you. Fill out this quick survey to let them know what products you like, what you want more of and what new product ideas you have.
Engage Your Chapter in 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. Also new this year, SkillsUSA has five $200 chapter grants (via Lowe’s gift cards) available on a first-come, first-served basis for chapters to purchase supplies for facilitation of their mentoring program. For more information and to fill out the grant application, go here. Chapter grant requests must be submitted by Dec. 1. Student2Student entries must be submitted by April 1, 2022. Learn how to conduct your own Student2Student program here.
Get Recognized for Your Recruitment Efforts
Check out SkillsUSA’s 2021 Recruitment Week resources to learn how local chapter leaders can successfully hold a fall recruitment week and engage new members. You’ll also find advisor resources to help coach your chapter leaders around recruitment and engagement. After your chapter successfully hosts a Recruitment Week, apply to earn national recognition and a chance to win a $500 shopping spree at the SkillsUSA Store, recognition on social media and an opportunity to be spotlighted on the SkillsUSA Champions digital hub. Be sure to track your work and photograph your event(s). Submit your Recruitment Week activities here. Recognition applications are due by Dec. 1.