Active Advisor: September 2021

Active Advisor: September 2021

Welcoming a New Year, “United as One”

SkillsUSA thanks all our dedicated advisors for the resilient and inspiring work you accomplished last year. Despite the challenges, there were many high points on the national level, too, including our first virtual National Leadership and Skills Conference (NLSC). There, we recognized medalists in a record 107 SkillsUSA Championships competitions while honoring top advisors, Models of Excellence chapters and more. Check out our “SkillsUSA National Medalists Say ‘Thank You’” video for a feel-good reminder of the life-changing effect SkillsUSA membership can have on a student. Our membership theme for the new year is “SkillsUSA: United as One.” Working together in unity is how we overcame last year’s challenges, and it’s how we’ll make 2021-22 another empowering year for our members!

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 new “Support the Trades” shirts, and proceeds from every shirt sold will be donated to SkillsUSA! “Support the Trades” shirts are now available at your local TSC store or online at the TSC site.

Wolverine and Ram Put 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, built in the USA and inspired by the iconic details of Ram Trucks. To support the next generation of skilled workers, Wolverine and Ram are donating $10 to SkillsUSA for every pre-order from the new line. Check out the collection now!

Early Membership has its Privileges

The SkillsUSA registration site is open for the new school year, and advisors are encouraged to join early to receive all SkillsUSA communications and other benefits you can learn about here. 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.

A Wealth of Professional Development This Fall

Please join your fellow SkillsUSA advisors and attend some of SkillsUSA’s new Fall Professional Development offerings in the coming weeks. With topics like “Framework 101,” “What is SkillsUSA?,” “New Advisor Training” 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.

Access to Industry Experts on New “Technical Fridays”

Join us for “Technical Fridays,” SkillsUSA’s new industry-led initiative for workshops helping teachers develop specific technical skills relevant to their career fields of interest. On September 17 at 4 p.m., the focus is on the automotive industry, as Frank Woodson (training manager with the GATES Corporation) focuses on diagnosing and correcting tensioner issues. On September 24 at 4 p.m. ET, Toyota master technician Joe Clarke previews the content and benefits of the Toyota Technician Educated College Support e-learning course. To learn more and register, visit SkillsUSA Absorb. (You’ll need an account to view the content.)

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 on the site (even if that story is yours), make sure you click the “Submit a Story” link at the top of every page.   

SkillsUSA “Real Talk” Returns

SkillsUSA Real Talk is back to unpack everything members need to know for September. This video series airs monthly and highlights national programs, experiences, and activities for chapter members. Play September’s “Real Talk” at your next chapter meeting.

Career-Readiness Curriculum Discounts

Are you looking for a project-based curriculum that empowers students to define, implement and measure their career-readiness skills, one that works in both virtual and in-person environments? Consider one of four Career Essentials Suite Experience courses “Exploratory Experiences” (Ages 12-14) and “Fundamental Experiences” (Ages 14-16) are now being offered at $15 per user, and “Advanced Experiences” (Ages 17-19) and “Adult Experiences” (Ages 20+) are being offered at $20 per bundle. (List prices for these bundles range from $25-$65 per person. Go to the SkillsUSA Career Essentials website for more information. You can also register for a SkillsUSA Career Essentials overview here.

CHANNELLOCK® Launches New Trades Site and Contest

SkillsUSA partner CHANNELLOCK® has just introduced “Trades 101,” a website aimed at showing the incredible benefits of entering a skilled trades field. Through the site, tradespeople can explore trade schools in their area, tips for choosing the right trade and steps to enter into a trade field. In addition, CHANNELLOCK® has introduced a new Trade School Trade-Up contest, a 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. 13.

New Research to Help Students Focus on Futures

SkillsUSA and the Student Research Foundation — along 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. To learn more and participate, fill out this form, or send an email to info@studentresearchfoundation.org.

Plan Now for Manufacturing Day

Many SkillsUSA chapters participate in Manufacturing Day, a celebration of modern manufacturing meant to inspire the next generation. While Manufacturing Day is celebrated on Oct. 1, you can hold events on any date in October. Events for students may include a plant tour, a virtual tour or an event on campus that highlights manufacturing. SkillsUSA chapters should share their Manufacturing Day photos and stories with Hayley Uffelman, SkillsUSA’s social media manager, to potentially get some national recognition for your efforts.

A Local Chapter Challenge: SkillsUSA’s 2021 Recruitment Week

Looking for membership recruitment resources? Check out SkillsUSA’s 2021 Recruitment Week resource hub to learn how your chapter leaders can successfully plan a local recruitment week to engage potential new SkillsUSA members. There are also advisor resources to help coach your chapter leaders around recruitment and engaging potential new members. After your chapter successfully completes a Recruitment Week this fall, apply to earn national recognition and a chance to win a $500 shopping spree to the SkillsUSA Store.