Active Advisor News: November 2022

Active Advisor News: November 2022

SkillsUSA WorldSkills Competitor Wins Bronze

A huge congratulations to Jordan Packer of Utah for winning a bronze medal in Welding at the WorldSkills Competition 2022 Special Edition! Packer was the sole U.S. competitor at the event, which was held Oct. 17-20 at the Lincoln Electric Welding Technology and Training Center in Cleveland. The event was part of a series of 62 WorldSkills 2022 Special Edition competitions held between Sept. 7 and Nov. 26 in 26 cities and 15 countries and regions across the world. The WorldSkills Competition 2022 Special Edition, presented by Samsung, replaced WorldSkills Shanghai 2022, which was canceled due to the pandemic. For more information and photos, visit our WorldSkills USA Team website. The next WorldSkills competition is Sept. 10-15, 2024, in Lyon, France.

Big Tips From Our Top Advisors

SkillsUSA’s latest SkillsUSA Champions feature profiles SkillsUSA’s 2021-22 Advisor of the Year Kimberly Petronella and the four other dedicated advisors who qualified as regional finalists for the award. Great insights into the advisors’ methodologies are shared in the story, which includes their tips on incorporating the SkillsUSA Framework into the classroom. Read the story here.

Show Us What You Made … and What You’re Made Of!

SkillsUSA wants to showcase the great accomplishments our members make every day as skilled workers and leaders, and that’s what the new #MadeInSkillsUSA social media campaign is all about. We’re asking members to share photos on social media that highlight their accomplishments. The photos can represent something members made with their hands (a construction project, a graphic, a hairstyle, a culinary creation, etc.) or a personal achievement earned through SkillsUSA (landing a job or internship, delivering a speech, leading a meeting, etc.). To participate, simply post a photo with the hashtag #MadeInSkillsUSA. Learn more here. For questions, contact Hayley Uffelman, SkillsUSA’s social media manager.

Register by Nov. 15 for Extra Member Benefits

As a special incentive, teachers who register at least 15 student members plus one or more professionals by Nov. 15 will receive a complimentary copy of the SkillsUSA Member Handbook, the official guide to help members run successful chapters. To support chapter officer development, teachers who meet the Nov. 15 membership deadline also receive a discount on the resource (buy five Handbooks and get one free)! A coupon code will be included with your handbook mailing. National dues for professional members are $20 plus state dues, which vary. View or download this PDF for 2022-23 state dues and deadlines, and you can find our registration site here.

SkillsUSA Logo Generator is Back on the Brand Portal

Need an official SkillsUSA logo for your chapter? That’s why the SkillsUSA Logo Generator was created. Find it (along with a host of other brand-related assets) through our Brand Portal. Just click on the “Brand Assets” banner and then the “Logo Generator” button. From there, decide whether you need the one- or two-line version, enter your chapter name and download the files! If you need help, please contact Scott Price, our design and digital communications manager.

Give on #GivingTuesday to Benefit Members

SkillsUSA will participate in #GivingTuesday on Nov. 29. This year’s #GivingTuesday will include a donation from Ariat, a performance footwear and clothing brand with an emphasis on technology and innovation. Ariat will generously donate 10% of sales on Nov. 29 (up to $50,000) to SkillsUSA and two other organizations — Folds of Honor and the Equus Foundation. All funds raised for SkillsUSA will be directed to The SkillsUSA Hope Fund, which assists members in financial or personal crisis to propel their education and career pathways or assists SkillsUSA chapters affected by natural disasters. By donating to SkillsUSA, companies and individuals can have a powerful impact on our organization and the nation’s future workforce. To donate directly to SkillsUSA’s Hope Fund for #GivingTuesday, go here. Check the SkillsUSA website soon for the Ariat link to shop and support SkillsUSA on Nov. 29.

SkillsUSA Store Highlights New Official Jacket

The new Official Red Jacket was created with members in mind. Stylish and professional, the vibrant red of the jacket is an exact color match to the SkillsUSA official blazer! The lightweight yet durable fabric make this jacket a comfortable staple for SkillsUSA events and cooler fall evenings. Check out this jacket and all of the clothing options on the SkillsUSA Store.

Seeking “Straight-Out-of-High-School” Success Stories

SkillsUSA Champions magazine is looking to feature more success stories about members who embarked on successful skilled trades careers directly out of high school or had their postsecondary education paid for as a result of their association with SkillsUSA. If you know SkillsUSA graduates who fit that description, please contact us. If these students went to work for a partner met through SkillsUSA, we’d love to hear about that, too. Please send a brief description of your graduate to Office of Communications Associate Director Karen Kitzel.

SkillsUSA Technical Fridays Workshops

Join us for “SkillsUSA Technical Fridays,” a series of virtual workshops led by industry experts to help teachers develop specific technical skills relevant to their career fields. Leave the sessions with new knowledge and skills to implement in the classroom. On Nov. 18, from 4-5 p.m. ET, Shanen Aranmór, national Welding Sculpture technical committee chair and founder of Weld Like A Girl (an organization that empowers women through welding), will help demystify Gas Tungsten Arc Welding (GTAW), otherwise known as Tungsten Inert Gas (TIG) welding. The session will include content on TIG torch assembly, tungsten electrodes, AC sine waves and more. Learn more about the workshops here. Workshops are free, but space is limited. Register here. If you have questions, contact Karolina Belen.

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 your Essential Element within your CEP application. Schedule your 30-minute Zoom coaching appointment here. For questions, contact Kelli Engelbrecht.

Earn Recognition for Service Through Presidential Honors

At the next National Leadership & Skills Conference (NLSC), SkillsUSA will once again 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 must submit a record of their service hours. With SkillsUSA’s focus on community service, advisors and students may already meet the requirements. For details on requirements and how to apply, visit the website. Applications must be received by April 1 for recognition at the 2023 NLSC.

Check Out the Wealth of Professional Development This Fall

Join other SkillsUSA advisors for our fall Professional Development offerings to assist you in launching the new school year. Register for all sessions at least 24 hours in advance through absorb.skillsusa.org. Learn more about all fall professional development offerings from SkillsUSA’s online training calendar.  For questions, contact Karolina Belen.