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Executive Update: August 15, 2020

Executive Update: August 15, 2020

Registration Opens — Enjoy the Benefits of Professional Membership

The SkillsUSA registration site is officially open for the new school year. If you or any chapter advisors need assistance with SkillsUSA membership or registration, hotline operators are ready to answer questions about starting a new chapter, ways to engage chapter members or strategies to strengthen an existing chapter. 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). To reach the hotline, call 844-875-4557 or email operators@skillsusa.org. You can also chat online on the membership registration site.

Professional members receive these great 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 engage and 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 that’s part of the SkillsUSA Championships, and they are included as a benefit of professional membership. Along with rules for all national events, the standards include an overview, lists of technical skills and knowledge required, clothing requirements, and eligibility and equipment lists. It also lists the embedded academic skills in math, English and science.

SkillsUSA professional members receive all of these materials when they submit membership along with a valid email address. The 2020-21 SkillsUSA Championships Technical Standards and other materials are provided through a digital delivery system. National dues for professional members are $20 plus state dues, which vary. The complete listing of 2020-21 state dues and deadlines is online and included in the membership kits.

Becoming a professional member of SkillsUSA is one of the best ways to demonstrate to students the importance of joining a professional organization and the opportunities that membership will provide.

Chapter of Distinction Mega Prize Event

The Chapter of Distinction Mega Prize Event will be held virtually on Sept. 24 at 7:30 p.m. EDT. This year’s lineup includes over 25 MEGA prize packages and door prizes! Eligible advisors will receive save-the-date and registration details directly via email. If you have questions, contact Taryn Zeigler at tzeigler@skillsusa.org.

Share Your Chapter News!

Even during a global pandemic, SkillsUSA chapters are actively trying to make a difference in their schools and communities. Be sure to share your chapter news with SkillsUSA for possible inclusion on our new SkillsUSA Champions digital hub and our social media channels. We’ve already seen and shared some great examples of chapters adapting to the current environment and finding new ways to showcase and share their skills, from teaching online cooking classes to demonstrating home repair skills to teaching people who are working from home how to manage their computer hardware and software for maximum performance. Chapters are conducting SkillsUSA meetings via Zoom, planning their Program of Work activities (like a socially distanced food drive) and even making and donating PPE to healthcare workers. What is YOUR chapter doing? Send your stories to Hayley Uffelman at huffelman@skillsusa.org or submit ideas here: https://skillsusachampions.org/submit-a-story/.

Enhance Your State Officer Program with Career Essentials

State SkillsUSA directors: We can equip your state officer trainer with everything needed for success in implementing the SkillsUSA Career Essentials suite with your state officer team. If you haven’t yet participated in a Career Essentials Quick-Launch or Career Essentials Certified Teacher training, please join us first for a quick launch training. The session will be held Monday, Aug. 24 from 3-6 p.m. EDT. To register for this free training, go to: Career Essentials Quick Launch.

Following the quick launch, we welcome you to join us for a series of Career Essentials State Officer Booster Experiences customized to help you implement these resources with your state officer team. The free series will be held Thursday nights in September from 7-7:30 p.m. EDT and includes:

Engaging Business and Industry

  • Review of state officer application and privacy policies.
  • Mentoring opportunity.
  • Local advisor partnerships.

Facilitate Engage and Coach

  • Project-based learning002E
  • Providing high-quality feedback.
  • Debriefing and reflecting. 

Career Ready Capstone Experience Enhancements

  • Capstone reflection and revision.
  • Résumé review.
  • Student interview.
  • Student self-evaluation and employer evaluation.

Celebrating Your Officers

  • Holding celebration events.

To register for the free series, go to: Career Essentials – State Officer Booster Experiences. 

States’ IRS Reporting Form Due Oct. 15

State SkillsUSA Directors: SkillsUSA Form No. 2 (IRS Reporting Form) is online at https://bit.ly/30LaVnG. You can download the form, the letter requesting a state’s federal ID number and the instructions from this link. Please fill out the necessary information and return the signed form and letter to Kim Graham at the national headquarters by Oct. 15.

Please note: The form is now formatted as an Excel file. You will see two tabs at the bottom of the worksheet. The first tab, “Form2Coverltr,” contains the letter giving permission for your state association to be included in the group return. Simply fill in the required information, sign and date. Please be sure to include your state association’s federal ID number.

The second tab, “990Form2,” contains the financial information required by the IRS. The Excel file will automatically calculate the totals as information is entered. The form has been password protected, so you can only enter information into the required fields. This form is lengthy, so please scroll to the end (Line 108). Again, fill in the required information, sign and date.

These forms will not be mailed to state SkillsUSA directors and are available only online. We file with the IRS on states’ behalf, and the completed Form No. 2 is all we need. Reminder:  No extension will be filed for this filing year as to avoid any occurrence of non-filing notices being sent by the IRS. 

State SkillsUSA directors, please do not miss this opportunity to be part of our joint return. If you encounter any problems or have questions, please contact Kim Graham at 703-737-0602 or kgraham@skillsusa.org.

State SkillsUSA Directors to Meet Virtually for Professional Development

The annual State Directors Association Professional Development and Training Conference provides all SkillsUSA state leaders with an opportunity for training, networking and the sharing of best practices. This year’s event will take place in two segments: virtual training and face-to-face. Virtual professional development will take place Aug. 18-20 from 1-4:30 p.m. (EDT) daily. State and federal health guidelines permitting, the group will then gather in Atlanta, Ga., from Jan. 5-8 to discover the new home to NLSC and receive additional training to help prepare for the road to nationals.

Thank you to the following partners for their support of the State Directors Association Professional Development and Training Conference: ASE, CareerSafe, John Deere, NASSCO, NCCER and Penske.

If you have questions, contact Gayle Silvey at 404-216-6040 or gsilvey@skillsusa.org.

Got Champions?

The SkillsUSA Champions magazine staff is looking for feature stories for upcoming editions of the magazine and the new digital hub. If you know of a SkillsUSA student, advisor, industry representative or alumnus whose story would be motivating and inspirational, please email the director of communications, Tom Kercheval, at tkercheval@skillsusa.org.  

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 for these bundles range from $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 also 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.