Active Advisor News: September 2020

Active Advisor News: September 2020

Help Carhartt Fund the Future of Work … and SkillsUSA

For Carhartt, every day is labor day. SkillsUSA agrees. That’s why Carhartt, one of our longstanding partners, has generously agreed to support SkillsUSA’s mission during their “Every Day is Labor Day” event on … you guessed it … Labor Day, Sept. 7. From 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. (EDT), all sales of products made through Carhartt.com will be donated to SkillsUSA! Again, not just a “portion” of sales, but all sales. It’s an incredible opportunity to purchase some of Carhartt’s amazing products while contributing to the SkillsUSA mission — now more vital than ever — at the same time. Learn more at Carhartt.com, and get ready to do some truly life-changing Labor Day shopping. 

Call to Action

Join SkillsUSA teachers from across the nation on Wednesday, Sept. 9 at 4:30 p.m. (EDT) for SkillsUSA’s annual Call to Action Session as executive director Chelle Travis welcomes advisors to a new school year. During this session, you will learn about the state of the association as well as the upcoming fall engagement opportunities for you and your student members. Additionally, you’ll be inspired by Mike Holmes, a professional contractor, television host, public speaker, educator, influencer and writer whose passion is to Make It Right®. Be sure not to miss this session and the opportunity to be one of 15 lucky participants to receive a $100 Lowe’s gift card! Special thanks to Lowe’s for their sponsorship of the session. 

Plan Now to Participate in Manufacturing Day

Manufacturing Day is a celebration of modern manufacturing meant to inspire the next generation. While Manufacturing Day is officially celebrated Oct. 2, SkillsUSA chapters can hold events on any date in October that works best. Events for students can include a plant tour, a virtual tour or an event on your campus that highlights manufacturing.

SkillsUSA chapters are asked to share their Manufacturing Day photos and stories with Hayley Uffelman at huffelman@skillsusa.org. For resources, or to find events in your area, go to: www.mfgday.com. 

SkillsUSA Celebrates Career Essentials Certified Teachers

During June, July and August, we celebrated many educators who became SkillsUSA Career Essentials certified teachers. They are now exceptionally equipped to use the Career Essentials curriculum as a turnkey tool to equip learners to define, implement and measure their career-readiness skills. These educators are now part of a national network of educators committed to preparing learners for success in the workforce:

June 2020

  • Colorado: Laurel Light, Justice High School and Joe Scancarello, Center for Work Education and Employment
  • Maryland: Eric Millham, Dr. James A Forrest Technology and Career Center; Melissa Palmer, North Point High School for STI; and Anna Taitano, North Point High School for STI
  • New Mexico: Mary Anderson, Deming High School
  • New York: Melanie Giamanco, Cattaraugus-Alleganey BOCES
  • Oklahoma: Lee Turner, Tulsa Tech – Broken Arrow Campus
  • Tennessee: Wendy Hopper, Tennessee College of Applied Technology – Jackson Campus
  • Texas: Juliet Thompson-Wisdom, MacArthur High School
  • Virginia: Shelishia Broadus, Alternative Education Center; Christopher Bryant, Alternative Education Center; Dushunna Scott, Amelia-Nottoway Technology Center; and Kathryn H. Smith, Bedford County GED 

July 2020

  • Alabama: Lisa Keeton, Russville High School
  • Georgia: Jeff Eller, Flat Rock Middle School
  • Massachusetts: Electra Manley, Franklin Co. Technical School and Kelly Jenkins, Assabet Valley; Regional Tech High School
  • New Mexico: Tracy Galligan, Taos High School
  • New York: Brandilyn Gage-Steves, SkillsUSA New York State Office and Vicki Gardiner, Chateaugay Central School
  • Pennsylvania: Lana Barth, Seneca Highlands
  • Texas: David Lanman, Wylie East High School
  • Virginia: Debbie Elliott, Cornerstone Learning Center
  • West Virginia: Megan Flinn, SkillsUSA 

August 2020

  • California: Michael Dickinson, The Academy of Careers and Exploration
  • Georgia: Amy O’Dell, Technical College System of Georgia
  • Illinois: Sandra Burke, Carver Community Center; Charles Miner, Carver Community Center; and Billy Young, Carver Community Center
  • Maine: Harold Casey, SkillsUSA Maine and Tracey Collins, Biddeford Regional Center of Technology
  • Massachusetts: Andrew Thurston, Southeastern Technical High School
  • New Jersey: Kerry Bellisario, Morris County Vocational School District
  • Oklahoma: Michelle Hoyt-Ferranti, Northeast Technology Center – Afton

To acknowledge the efforts of these teachers, we maintain a digital map at https://mycareeressentials.org that depicts the number of Career Essentials Certified Teachers in each state. 

Looking for Curriculum to Use This Fall?

Are you looking for a project-based curriculum which can empower students to define, implement and measure their career-readiness skills? Do you need curriculum that works in the virtual environment, as well as face-to-face? Consider one of four Career Essentials Suite Experiences:

  • Exploratory Experience (Ages 12-14).
  • Fundamental Experience (Ages 14-16).
  • Advanced Experiences (Ages 17-19).
  • Adult Experiences (Ages 20+).

For a limited time, SkillsUSA is offering a considerable discount on this tremendous curriculum. The exploratory and fundamental Experience bundles are $15 per person, and advanced and adult learner Experience bundles are $20 per person. (List prices are $25-$65 per person.) A curriculum bundle includes the pre- and post-assessments. In addition to these bundle prices, the exploratory and fundamental bundles may be purchased in three segments for $5.95 per segment. Segments must be purchased and used in sequence of the curriculum bundle.

For more information about the SkillsUSA Career Essentials, visit www.careeressentials.org.

To register for a SkillsUSA Career Essentials overview, go to: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSdHakvnaro6xmuGXlLVAlgIUJPd3kZLH0DhLaOG-Oq_gfM6gQ/viewform.

To view the complete price sheet, visit: www.careeressentials.org/wp-content/uploads/2020/07/UPDATED-PRICING-6.25.2020.pdf. 

Empowering Experiences

SkillsUSA has worked this summer to develop innovative educational resources and new professional development materials that support teachers and students regardless of where learning takes place — at school, at home or a hybrid of the two. We realize that teachers are more successful and students are more engaged when they have rich content and meaningful experiences. We also know that students and teachers value consistency and need greater support than ever before.

SkillsUSA’s Empowering Experiences were created to help students find new ways to connect, engage, and stay motivated around SkillsUSA. Students have shared that — through SkillsUSA membership — they are seeing community recognition and personal growth. Each of these themes have been ingrained in the experiences. Through Empowering Experiences, students will be encouraged to engage in as many experiences as they would like to.

Here are just a few of the many experiences launching in the next few weeks. Look for more information on how to access these experiences coming soon.

  • SkillsUSA Real Talk
    A video series that highlights national programs, experiences, and activities that chapter members can participate in.
    First episode launches September 8.
  • SkillsUSA Spotlight Member of the Month
    A toolkit provided to chapters to highlight a local SkillsUSA leader. Additionally, there are opportunities for those local chapter members to be recognized at the national level.
    Local chapter toolkit launches September 8.
  • Empowered Moments Blog
    A blog by national officers about how they grew in specific Essential Elements on the chapter level through their CTE program and SkillsUSA.
    First episode launches September 8.
  • Alumni “Ask Me Anything” Series
    A monthly Instagram Live that connects members with former SkillsUSA members working in their career field or continuing their education.
    First event is September 10. 
  • The SkillsUSA Gameshow
    A national game show for students built around SkillsUSA knowledge and awareness.
    First event is September 17. 

Empowering Advisor Experiences

This fall, SkillsUSA will launch a wide variety of professional development opportunities for advisors. Whether you prefer instructor-led sessions or on demand web-based instruction, SkillsUSA has you covered. You can participate in sessions related to professional membership benefits, Framework integration, Program of Work, Chapter Excellence Program and educational resources.

To view the schedule of opportunities and register, visit www.skillsusa.org/wp-content/uploads/2020/09/SkillsUSA-2020-Professional-Development-Opportunities.pdf. 

Register Now — Membership is Open!

The SkillsUSA registration site is officially open for the new school year. Membership Kits mail right after Labor Day to all chapters that affiliated the previous school year. The 2020-21 state dues and deadlines along with all membership materials is online: www.skillsusa.org/membership-resources/membership-kit-2/.

If you need assistance, the SkillsUSA Customer Care Team can take care of all membership questions including how to start a new chapter, enter membership online, strengthen and grow an existing chapter, and more. 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 (EDT). You can also chat online on the membership registration site. To reach the hotline, call 844-875-4557 or email customercare@skillsusa.org.

Enjoy the Benefits of Professional Membership

Becoming a professional member of SkillsUSA is one of the best ways for teachers to demonstrate to students the importance of joining a professional organization and the opportunities that membership provides. This year, SkillsUSA Professional members receive these complimentary benefits:

  • Framework Integration Toolkit — The Framework Integration Toolkit has everything you need to ensure career readiness for students, including videos, Framework Foundation lesson plans, experiential activities and more.
  • Program of Work Toolkit — The Program of Work Toolkit includes the Program of Work Launch Activity Guides, including Virtual Classroom edition, videos and resources to help you implement effective activities.
  • Jump Into STEM!  updated to include Virtual Classroom edition — The “Jump into STEM!” curriculum provides an opportunity for SkillsUSA members to mentor elementary- and middle-school students in STEM learning while creating an open door to future recruitment into high-school career and technical education programs. The program highlights engaging, hands-on learning provided by current SkillsUSA members for younger students.
  • 2020-2021 SkillsUSA Championships Technical Standards — The SkillsUSA Championships Technical Standards are the official rules and regulations for each competition in the SkillsUSA Championships. Along with rules for all national events, the standards include an overview, lists of technical skills and knowledge required, clothing requirements, eligibility and equipment lists. It also lists the embedded academic skills in math, English and science.

SkillsUSA professional members receive all of these materials through a digital delivery system when they submit membership along with a valid email address. National dues for professional members are $20 plus state dues, which vary. 

New SkillsUSA Theme for 2020-21 Announced

The SkillsUSA theme for the 2020-21 school year is: SkillsUSA: Champions at Work, Empowered to Succeed 

The topic to be addressed by contestants in the 2021 SkillsUSA Chapter Display, Prepared Speech and Promotional Bulletin Board competitions is our theme, “SkillsUSA: Champions at Work, Empowered to Succeed.”

Within this topic, contestants might illustrate or discuss a variety of ideas. For details, go to: www.skillsusa.org/about/theme/. 

National Officers Trained and Ready for Assignments

SkillsUSA’s 2020-21 national officer team recently completed two months of virtual training to prepare them for their year of service. The team is excited and energized to serve at an unprecedented level due to increased virtual opportunities. The national officers are now available for assignments for speaking engagements and training sessions by clicking here.

High School Officers

  • Tarik Barnes, president, a health sciences student at Cleveland High School, Texas.
  • Kayla Ketterling, vice president, an engineering and welding technology student at Cheyenne Central High School, Wyo.
  • Ryan Tinder, secretary, a pre-engineering student at Canadian Valley Technology Center, Okla.
  • Abigail Jensen, treasurer, a technical drafting student at Wasilla High School, Alaska.
  • Cecelia Lausten, parliamentarian, a carpentry student at Sebeka Public School, Minn.
  • Aliyana Martin, Region 1 vice president, a medical assisting student at Southeastern Regional Vocational Technical High School, Mass.
  • Alexis Gamez, Region 2 vice president, a nursing student at Leesburg High School, Fla.
  • Abberah Nasir, Region 3 vice president, a pre-nursing student at Fairfield Career Center, Ohio.
  • Dianna Serrano, Region 4 vice president, a criminal justice student at the Townview Law Magnet, Texas.
  • Andi Soliz, Region 5 vice president, a graphic design student at Dysart High School, Ariz.

College/Postsecondary Officers

  • Sarah Romanko, president, an entrepreneurship student at the University of Texas at Dallas.
  • Xiomara Schultz, vice president, a cosmetology student at Tulsa Technology Center, Okla.

Joint Executive Council

  • Chair and Board Representative: Tarik Barnes, Texas.
  • Vice Chair: Sarah Romanko, Texas.
  • Secretary: Kayla Ketterling, Wyoming.

Encourage Chapter Excellence Participation

SkillsUSA’s Chapter Excellence Program (CEP) honors its chapters in the areas of personal, workplace and technical skills grounded in academics. The program aligns with the SkillsUSA Framework and establishes a baseline for quality chapters, with incentives for top performers. It consists of three award levels to benchmark success and future improvement, leading to stronger chapters and more prepared students.

The first level honors chapters for meeting standards as a “Quality Chapter.” The second level recognizes chapters that go beyond the basic requirements with bronze, silver and gold “Chapters of Distinction” awards. The third level honors the three best chapters in the nation as “Models of Excellence” with awards presented at the SkillsUSA National Leadership and Skills Conference.

In CEP, the focus is on the learning and skills developed versus honoring chapters simply for the number of activities they complete. The emphasis is on student efforts in assuming personal responsibility, integrity, work ethic and organization in chapter activities. The more a chapter applies the SkillsUSA Framework, the greater the chance for CEP honors.

For more information on how to participate go to: www.skillsusa.org/programs/chapter-excellence-program/.

SkillsUSA Store Offers New Career Collection

SkillsUSA members, alumni, instructors and advisors know there has never been a better time to be skilled in America. Individuals within each major industry make unique and essential contributions every day, moving us closer to a better world. To recognize the unique value of those essential skills, the SkillsUSA Store has launched an exclusive collection of T-shirts designed specifically for each career cluster. Explore the collection on the SkillsUSA Store today.

NAPE Encourages Women to Consider Manufacturing Careers

The National Alliance for Partnerships in Equity (NAPE) has announced a new web campaign called “Make the Future” that aims to encourage women and girls to take part in STEM education and consider careers in advanced manufacturing.

The campaign is funded by NAPE and the Toyota USA Foundation, and its goal is to change outdated misperceptions of manufacturing careers as dangerous, dirty and male-dominated. Today’s reality is that these jobs are high-skill, high-wage and in-demand, and anyone who’s interested is welcome to take full advantage of them. To learn more and access the campaign resources including videos, digital posters, messaging templates and more, visit: https://napequity.org/MakeTheFuture/. 

SREB Offers Free Professional Development

The Southern Regional Education Board (SREB) is holding a free series of two-hour introductory workshops on innovative practices for teaching in a virtual setting. With seven topics, participants will be prepared with tools and strategies for building lesson plans and creating formative and summative assessments in the first weeks of school. All sessions take place from 2-4 p.m. (EDT) and include 30 minutes for peer collaboration or one-on-one support from SREB staff.  To view session descriptions and register, visit: www.sreb.org/free_workshops. 

USDOE Seeks to Advance Technology in Rural High Schools

The Rural Tech Project is a $600,000 challenge to advance rural technology education and prepare students for the careers of today and tomorrow. The U.S. Department of Education invites high schools and local educational agencies to propose technology education programs that use competency-based distance learning. This project is open to any publicly funded school or local education agency that delivers education to a rural community and to students in grades 9-12.

Phase 1 of the Rural Tech Project is open to any publicly funded school or local education agency that delivers education to a rural community and to students in grades 9-12. The judging panel will recommend up to five finalists to receive an equal share of the $500,000 prize pool and progress to Phase 2. For more information on this innovative challenge, visit the Rural Tech Project. The deadline for submissions is Oct. 8 at 5:59 p.m. EDT. 

New SkillsUSA Champions Digital Hub

Check out the new SkillsUSA Champions digital hub at www.skillsusachampions.org. SkillsUSA created this new digital version of SkillsUSA Champions in response to member requests for more content more often, and that’s exactly what this site provides. Look for more inspiring features, more relevant and timely news items and a user-friendly design that lets you easily share anything you deem share-worthy.

There’s also a “Submit a Story” link at the top of every page, so if you have a story idea you think is worth sharing, advisors and students can easily submit stories and photos for SkillsUSA’s communications staff to review. The hope is that when someone asks you what impact SkillsUSA can have on a life, you can point them to the new site and just say, “Pick a story. Any story.”

SkillsUSA State of the Association Report

The SkillsUSA “State of the Association” report has been uploaded to our press room at www.skillsusa.org/publications-news/press-room/. This interactive, content-rich document features details on SkillsUSA’s work (and the challenges we’ve faced) from June 2019 to August 2020.