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Active Advisor News: September 2022

Active Advisor News: September 2022

Welcoming a New Year: “Our Time is Now”

SkillsUSA thanks all our dedicated advisors for the life-changing work you accomplished last year. Now, it’s time to set our sights on 2022-23, and our big expectations are perfectly expressed by this year’s theme: “SkillsUSA: Our Time is Now!” The theme was unveiled in June during our first in-person National Leadership & Skills Conference (NLSC) in three years, capping a triumphant event for our students, teachers and partners. (Check out SkillsUSA Champions magazine for our NLSC highlights story, and view our NLSC playlist on YouTube for a variety of videos from the event.) Here’s to the most rewarding year ever for you and your students … starting right now!

New National Officers Ready to Represent

Seven SkillsUSA students were elected as 2022-23 national officers at NLSC, and they are hyped and ready to serve SkillsUSA’s more than 330,000 student and teacher members … including you! The High School division is represented by President Grace Smith (Wash.), Vice President Joseph Price (Ga.); Secretary Lili Valencia (Ariz.); Parliamentarian Hunter Claflin (Mass.); and Region 4 Vice President Laney Blacketer (Mo.). The College/Postsecondary division is represented by President Katahdin Javner (Maine) and Vice President Abby Vandiver (Okla.). Learn more about the team here.

SkillsUSA Launches New Brand Portal

SkillsUSA’s Brand Portal offers a wide variety of brand-related resources, including our Brand Assets and Brand Guide. Through the portal, members and stakeholders can easily find SkillsUSA logos, photos, video or audio assets and — coming soon — customizable templates for a variety of uses. You’ll also find quick links to success stories, our social media pages, press room and so much more. The goal is to help ensure consistency of the SkillsUSA brand at the local, state and national levels. Please contact Tom Kercheval, Office of Communications director, with any questions.

Support the Trades in Fashion

The latest “Support the Trades” campaign from Tractor Supply Company (TSC) and Carhartt is underway. Carhartt and TSC have created an expanded “Support the Trades” line of shirts and hats designed by Carhartt, with a portion of the proceeds being donated to SkillsUSA! Show your pride for the skilled trades you proudly represent and the “Champions at Work” who keep our nation moving. The exclusive T-shirts and hats for men and women are now available at Tractor Supply Online or your local TSC store. Follow SkillsUSA’s social media to learn more about the campaign.

Wolverine and Ram Trucks Put Boots on the Ground for SkillsUSA

Wolverine and Ram Trucks have collaborated again this year on a campaign to support SkillsUSA through the “Wolverine x Ram” boot and clothing line, built in the USA and inspired by the iconic details of Ram Trucks. To support the next generation of skilled workers, Wolverine and Ram will donate $10 to SkillsUSA for every pre-order for the new line (which also includes T-shirts and socks). Check out the collection now, and please share this information with your members.

The Early SkillsUSA Member Gets the Benefits

The SkillsUSA member registration site is officially open for the 2022-23 school year! We encourage advisors to join early so they receive all mailings and emails. Professional members receive many benefits when they submit membership with a valid email address, including the Framework Integration Toolkit, Program of Work Toolkit, SkillsUSA Championships Technical Standards, opportunities for professional development and more. Learn about all the benefits here. National dues for professional members are $20 plus state dues, which vary. View or download this PDF for 2022-23 dues and deadlines, and visit the registration site here.

New Membership Registration Feature

SkillsUSA has released a new feature that allows advisors to join some students on their classroom roster list now and join others later. The advisor will have the capability to select specific names or all names on the roster list in the join process. Here is the process: Log-on to the registration website>click the “Membership” button>click the “Members” button. Once names are added to the roster list, check the box next to names in the “Ready to Join” column or check the box in the column header to join all names. Then, click the Join Selected button. Contact our Customer Care Team by email or by phone at 844-875-4557 if you have questions.

Help for Your Chapter Recruitment Meeting

The first chapter meeting of the year can be daunting. Use our Chapter Leader Planning Guide (part of SkillsUSA’s Recruitment Week resources hub) to learn how your chapter leaders can successfully lead a first chapter meeting while also planning a local recruitment week to engage new SkillsUSA members. You’ll also find advisor resources to help coach chapter leaders around recruitment and engaging new members.

CHARGE: A SkillsUSA Chapter Officer Video Series

Advisors work hard to teach their chapter officer teams how to be successful leaders. SkillsUSA has developed a new program that makes it easier to create a strong chapter officer team. CHARGE is a weekly video series that covers topics for chapter officers about the day-to-day management of their local SkillsUSA chapters. Each CHARGE video features an activity guide to support chapter officer growth and development. There are 12 three-minute episodes in the series. Access CHARGE here.

A Wealth of Professional Development This Fall

Please plan to attend some of SkillsUSA’s new Fall Professional Development offerings for advisors in the coming weeks. On Sept. 13 from 10 a.m.-4 p.m., SkillsUSA will host a Professional Development Day, with topics such as “How to Give Impactful Feedback,” “Framework Implementation,” “Chapter Meetings: Success Stories” and more. These sessions can help launch the new school year in exciting directions. Learn more about all of SkillsUSA’s Fall Professional Development Offerings on SkillsUSA’s online training calendar. Register for all sessions through absorb.skillsusa.org. For questions, contact Karolina Belen.

Share Your Success Stories with SkillsUSA Nation

The SkillsUSA Champions digital hub provides new content weekly, from inspiring features to “Spotlight” stories about the great work chapters and partners are doing. We now even have a “Podcasts” section! To get a special SkillsUSA member’s story considered for publication (even if that story is yours), send us the details through our “Submit a Story” link.

Registration Open for ELEVATE!

The SkillsUSA Elevate Chapter Officer Development Conference is Oct. 19 from 11 a.m.-4:30 p.m. ET. Plan now to attend this virtual interactive experience for local officer teams that focuses on building successful chapters by equipping officers with the skills to lead and serve their local members. Elevate is open to all SkillsUSA local chapter officers. At least one advisor must attend with each registered team, and you can participate right from your classroom. The cost is $10 per participant. Register through the membership site here. Registration closes Oct. 5.

CHANNELLOCK Skilled Trades Site and Contest

SkillsUSA partner CHANNELLOCK has launched a “Trades 101”  website that highlights the incredible benefits of a skilled trades career. Through the site, students can explore trade schools, tips for choosing the right trade and steps to enter into a trade field. In addition, CHANNELLOCK is holding a Trade School Trade-Up national initiative aimed at giving CTE programs across the country a chance to win shop makeovers and tools to foster learning success. Contest entries are due by Oct. 12.

Plan Now for Manufacturing Day

Many SkillsUSA chapters participate in Manufacturing Day, a celebration of modern manufacturing meant to inspire the next generation. While the 2022 Manufacturing Day is celebrated on Oct. 7, you can hold events on any date in October. Activities for students may include a plant tour, a virtual industry tour or an event on campus that highlights manufacturing. SkillsUSA chapters are asked to share their Manufacturing Day photos and stories with Hayley Uffelman, SkillsUSA’s social media manager.

Apply Now for ACTE Teacher and Lifetime Achievement Awards

The Association for Career and Technical Education (ACTE) is seeking nominations for the National Trade and Industrial Education Division Awards to be presented at the CareerTech VISION conference, scheduled for Nov. 30 – Dec. 3 in Las Vegas, Nev. The deadline for nominations is Oct. 10. Qualified individuals may be nominated for Teacher of the Year, New Teacher of the Year or Lifetime Achievement, and you may nominate yourself. (If you nominate someone else, please be sure to notify the nominee.) Click here to make nominations. For additional conference information, visit ACTE CareerTech VISION 2022.

Research to Help Students Focus on Futures

SkillsUSA and the Student Research Foundation — with the help of the Manufacturing Institute, National Alliance for Partnerships in Equity and the Hispanic Heritage Foundation — are collaborating on new research about high school students’ perceptions of their education and career opportunities. The goal is to stimulate a dialogue on career pathways among parents, teachers and students. Students who participate can increase access to postsecondary scholarship opportunities; learn more about their career options; and receive information from colleges, universities, career and technical schools and postsecondary institutions looking for students with their specific skill sets and career goals. To learn more and participate, fill out this form or send an email to: info@studentresearchfoundation.org.