Active Advisor News: October 2021
Lowe’s Offers $250,000 in Chapter Grants
SkillsUSA partner Lowe’s is offering grants of up to $15,000 per SkillsUSA chapter, part of a total grant donation of $250,000! The grants can be used to upgrade your CTE program’s tools/equipment or to purchase additional materials and supplies for students. The grants can also be used for equipment, materials or supplies to be used in planning and carrying out a SkillsUSA community service project. All funds must be spent at Lowe’s, and applications are due by Nov. 1. Learn more and apply here.
Register By Nov. 15 for Big Benefits
The SkillsUSA registration site is open for the new school year, and we encourage advisors to join early so they receive all mailings and emails. As a special membership incentive, those who register at least 15 student members plus one or more professionals by Nov. 15 will receive a free copy of “Difficult Conversations at Work,” our latest resource in student-friendly, scenario-based learning. Professional members receive many benefits when they submit membership with a valid email address. For full details, check out our “Membership Benefits Guide.” 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 find our registration site here.
Fast and Free Shipping at the SkillsUSA Store
The SkillsUSA Store now offers free standard ground shipping on all online orders in the U.S., with no minimums or exclusions. Expedited shipping methods are offered at an additional charge, and all orders are processed and fulfilled within two business days (Monday-Friday) as usual. Check out the Official SkillsUSA Store.
A Local Chapter Challenge: SkillsUSA 2021 Recruitment Week
Check out SkillsUSA’s 2021 Recruitment Week resources to learn how local chapter leaders can successfully hold a recruitment week and engage new members. There are also advisor resources to help coach your chapter leaders around recruitment and engagement. After your chapter successfully completes Recruitment Week, apply to earn national recognition and a chance to win a $500 shopping spree to the SkillsUSA Store.
New “Journey of a Jacket” Program Launches
SkillsUSA members belong to a community — from members to alumni to advisors to business and industry leaders — that values their potential and believes in their abilities. Through SkillsUSA’s new “Journey of a Jacket” program, selected students will receive a SkillsUSA red jacket to be worn anywhere on the member’s journey through school, work and life. The jacket is a gift from one of the program’s generous sponsors and is a symbol that the member is supported and valued. It’s also an opportunity for students to showcase their SkillsUSA pride. Applications close on Nov. 1. Learn more and apply online here.
“Love and Logic” Workshops for Educators
SkillsUSA is offering a series of “Love and Logic” sessions to make teaching more fun and rewarding. Educators will be provided with tools and techniques that will help them achieve respectful, healthy relationships with students. By exploring the principles of Love and Logic, you will leave with specific solutions for real situations you may face with your students. The registration fee is $10 per session and includes a certification of completion. Register here.
Access to Industry Experts on “Technical Fridays”
Join us for “Technical Fridays,” SkillsUSA’s industry-led initiative for workshops helping teachers develop specific technical skills relevant to their career fields of interest. On Oct. 29 at 4 p.m. ET, the focus is on the healthcare cluster, specifically on nursing assistant skills. Register here. (Scroll down to the “Technical Fridays” listings at the bottom of the site.)
Free Career Essentials Support for Instructors
If you are beginning your journey with Career Essentials this school year, support from SkillsUSA is available every step of the way! Instructors can call 844-875-4557 or email email@example.com for assistance in ordering course seats for your students, developing an implementation plan, creating administrative accounts for new instructors, monitoring student progress and much more. If you are interested in learning more about using Career Essentials to define, implement and measure the development of career-readiness skills in your classroom, register for a Career Essentials overview here.
The Student Research Foundation Offers Scholarships
The Student Research Foundation (SRF), in partnership with SkillsUSA, will recognize the outstanding community contributions of students through scholarship awards of up to $7,000! Students who are currently juniors or seniors in high school and plan to continue their education in a postsecondary institution or program can apply, and SRF guarantees that at least one scholarship will go to a SkillsUSA member. Learn more and apply here.
Support the Trades, and SkillsUSA, in Fashion
SkillsUSA teamed up with Tractor Supply Company (TSC) and Carhartt for a new “Support the Trades” campaign, designed to raise awareness of the skilled trades while helping SkillsUSA close the skilled trades gap. For the campaign, Carhartt and TSC created a new line of “Support the Trades” shirts, and proceeds from every shirt sold will be donated to SkillsUSA! “Support the Trades” shirts are available (while supplies last) at your local TSC store or online at the TSC site.
Wolverine and Ram Trucks Boots on the Ground for SkillsUSA
To celebrate the skilled trades, Wolverine and Ram Trucks have collaborated on the new “Wolverine x Ram” line of work boots. To support the next generation of skilled workers, Wolverine and Ram are donating $10 to SkillsUSA for every pre-order for the new line. Check out the collection now!