SkillsUSA Week

February 3-9, 2019

SkillsUSA Week is celebrated the second week of February each year.

SkillsUSA Week gives state associations, advisors and student members the opportunity to promote SkillsUSA programs and activities at the local and state levels.

During the week, members can also help raise awareness of SkillsUSA. This can be accomplished through field trips to local businesses, an open house for parents or industry partners, a visit to local community organizations to make a brief presentation about SkillsUSA, or providing news releases and public service announcements to local media outlets for possible distribution.

Involvement in activities such as these brings positive recognition to SkillsUSA, and to local schools and their students. Also, it underscores the importance of SkillsUSA’s purposes and mission, which is to help prepare America’s high performance workers in public career and technical programs.

SkillsUSA Week Chapter Grants

Congratulations to the recipients of the SkillsUSA Week grant. These grants of up to $1,000 are sponsored in partnership with Channellock and Toyota. Chapters were selected based on their compelling narratives about how the grant funds will be used to assist in creating a SkillsUSA open house during SkillsUSA Week that will serve to increase community awareness and help recruit members.

Grant recipients are listed by state in alphabetical order:

  • Pinson Valley High School in Alabama
  • Earnest Pruett Center of Technology inAlabama
  • Willow Canyon High School in Arizona
  • South Pasadena High School in California
  • Cross Keys High School in Georgia
  • Gwinnett Technical College in Georgia
  • Hart County High in Georgia
  • Lumpkin County High School in Georgia
  • Hampshire High School in Illinois
  • Alfred Bonnabel High School in Louisiana
  • Cape Cod Regional Technical High School in Massachusetts
  • Cape Girardeau Career and Technology Center in Missouri
  • Current River Career Center in Missouri
  • Boonslick Technical Education Center in Missouri
  • Cass Career Center in Missouri
  • Davis H. Hart Career Center in Missouri
  • Hannibal Career and Technical Center in Missouri
  • Macon Area Career and Technical Education Center in Missouri
  • Plains Public Schools in Montana
  • Southeast Region Career and Technology Center in North Dakota
  • Cozad Community Schools in Nebraska
  • Southeast Community College in Nebraska
  • The Career Academy in Nebraska
  • Dona Ana Community College in New Mexico
  • Catawba Valley Community College in North Carolina
  • Columbus Career and College Academy in North Carolina
  • High School for Construction Trades, Engineering and Architecture in New York
  • Thomas A. Edison Career and Technical Education High School in New York
  • Upper Valley Career Center in Ohio
  • A.W. Beattie Career Center in Pennsylvania
  • Woonsocket Area Career and Technical Center (Woonsocket Education Department) in Rhode Island
  • W.M. Davies Career and Technical High School in Rhode Island
  • Beacon Charter High School in Rhode Island
  • Lawrence County High School in Tennessee
  • Johnson County High School in Tennessee
  • Tennessee College of Applied Technology Ripley
  • Tennessee College of Applied Technology Shelbyville
  • Tennessee College of Applied Technology Dickson/Clarksville
  • Tennessee College of Applied Technology Murfreesboro
  • Tennessee College of Applied Technology at Elizabethton
  • Tennessee College of Applied Technology Oneida/Huntsville
  • Garland Independent School District – Lakeview Centennial in Texas
  • Construction Careers Academy in Texas
  • Pulaski County Technical Education Center in Virginia
  • The Academy of Virginia Randolph in Virginia
  • New Horizons Regional Education Center Butler Farm in Virginia
  • Blacksburg High School in Virginia
  • Bay Port High School in Wisconsin
  • Antigo High School in Wisconsin
  • Monongalia County Technical Education Center in West Virginia

SkillsUSA Week Toolkit

Application of SkillsUSA Framework

SkillsUSA Framework (highlighted)

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With the help of industry and education professionals, and to help its members become world-class workers, leaders and responsible American citizens, SkillsUSA created the SkillsUSA Framework. SkillsUSA believes every student has the ability to excel when given the opportunity to learn and apply skills to three distinct areas: personal, workplace and technical skills that are grounded in academics. Every activity and program within SkillsUSA is developed to support these three distinct areas — including SkillsUSA Week! 

Chapter members have the opportunity through active participation in SkillsUSA Week events to develop and practice several of the essential elements of the framework. Consider the teachable moments that exist surrounding the behaviors of the essential elements below as students prepare and participate in SkillsUSA Week activities including Appreciation Day, Advocacy Day, Member Outreach Day, SkillsUSA Service Day and SkillsUSA Day.

  • Personal Skills:
    • Professionalism
      • Loyal to peers, supervisor and myself
      • Adheres to dress codes and other policies
      • Aware of the impact of words and actions
      • Uses good judgment in the decisions made
      • Resolves conflicts peacefully
  • Workplace Skills:
    • Teamwork
      • Works collaboratively with peers, classmates and co-workers
      • Honors the contributions of others
      • Flexible and open
      • Honors commitments and responsibilities to the team
      • Respects and supports team members
  • Technical Skills Grounded in Academics:
    • Service Orientation
      • Acknowledges customers, and is present with the interaction
      • Stays focused and customer-oriented while at work
      • Demonstrates respect and courtesy to customers at all times
      • Knows and implements company’s service policy
      • Handles difficult situations with tack and self-restraint
      • Knows when to involve supervisor in a customer service situation

SkillsUSA Week Digital Image Pack

Appreciation Day -  Monday, Feb. 4

Plan an event that will celebrate and honor the support of advisors, teachers, and administrators.

Here are some ideas for Member Appreciation

2019 Appreciation Day

Click the image above to download the PDF for Appreciation Day.

Advocacy Day - Tuesday, Feb. 5

Target state and local public relations activities including presentations to legislators, school board members, administrators, and community group leaders.

2019 Advocacy Day

Click the image above to download the PDF for Advocacy Day.

Download the PowerPoint for Advocacy Day

Member Outreach Day - Wednesday, Feb. 6

Involve members in the recruitment of middle and elementary school students and plan appreciation activities that honor current members.

Recruitment Activities

Jump into STEM! provides an opportunity for SkillsUSA members to engage elementary- and middle-school students and create an open door to recruitment for high-school career and technical education (CTE) programs. Recruit students into your program with engaging, hands-on learning provided by current SkillsUSA members.

With Jump into STEM!  elementary-age and middle-school participants take part in dynamic and interactive experiences facilitated by SkillsUSA members. These members will experience personal growth relative to the SkillsUSA Framework while sharing information on subjects they are passionate about, including SkillsUSA.

All Jump into STEM! materials are detailed and organized to make facilitation simple, yet power-packed with information that will engage participants in meaningful and intentional learning. Implementation is both straightforward and rewarding.

Jump into STEM! is a free member benefit as part of payment of SkillsUSA professional membership dues. Ensure that you provide your current email address when submitting your membership so that you can receive Jump into STEM!

www.skillsusa-register.org/Login.aspx

Honor Current Members

  • Check out Pinterest for member appreciate ideas!
  • Hand-written cards delivered to members
  • Decorate lockers
  • Place signs around school celebrating each member
  • Decorate a bulletin board with the names of chapter members
  • Hold a special member only drawing for gift cards for a specialty coffee shop or a favorite fast food restaurant
  • Create a sundae or hot chocolate bar
  • Plan a chapter potluck
  • Have a pizza party
  • Plan a fun activity like bowling, laser tag or karaoke
  • Go on a team building outing

SkillsUSA Service Day - Thursday, Feb. 7

Rally around your community by focusing on a day of giving through service projects and fundraisers.

2019 Service Day

Click the image above to download the PDF for Service Day.

SkillsUSA Day - Friday, Feb. 8

Celebrate SkillsUSA by wearing your favorite SkillsUSA shirt, planning a celebrations activity and posting the event to social media.

2019 SkillsUSA Day

Click the image above to download the PDF for SkillsUSA Day.

Order SkillsUSA Week T-shirt

The SkillsUSA Store has created a SkillsUSA Week T-shirt for $18. Visit http://bit.ly/2QDuRpo to order your shirt and a whole host of products that are ready for your week of celebration!

Issue a SkillsUSA Week Press Release

Use the template to let your congressional representatives, senators and local media outlets know about SkillsUSA Week and Career and Technical Education Month during the month of February. Personalize and use the parts of the template that work for you. You can send an email to up to five media outlets at a time. After the release is submitted, follow up with media outlets by calling or visiting. To use the SkillsUSA advocacy site, go to: www.cqrcengage.com/skillsusa/, click on the “SkillsUSA Week, Feb. 4-10” heading, and fill in your ZIP code; the rest should be self-explanatory. If you have questions, contact Jane Short at 703-737-0612 or jshort@skillsusa.org.

Share Your SkillsUSA Week Pictures

Now is the chance to showcase your students and the great work you are doing in your state. As you conduct SkillsUSA Week activities, please be sure to take pictures and share them with the national headquarters. Your photos may be featured in a Flickr gallery on SkillsUSA’s home page. Send your best photos to cmoore@skillsusa.org. Please be sure to identify everyone in the picture for the caption.

Report Your SkillsUSA Week News

Share your news and stories with Tom Hall at SkillsUSA, 14001 SkillsUSA Way, Leesburg, VA 20176 or email thall@skillsusa.org.