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Executive Update: December 15, 2020

Executive Update: December 15, 2020

Holiday Message from Chelle Travis 

The holiday season always inspires feelings of gratitude, and today, in light of the tough times we’ve all faced this year, those feelings have rarely resonated more strongly.

SkillsUSA is particularly grateful for the resilience and dedication our student members have demonstrated in the face of 2020’s incredible challenges. We are also grateful for the hard work our advisors, alumni and industry partners undertake every day on behalf of those students. Our members and stakeholders have always been essential, not just to SkillsUSA, but to America. Anyone who didn’t know that before should know it now, and we’ll make sure they won’t soon forget.

To each and every one of you who’s reached out with a kind word, offered support, used your skills to help others, sacrificed for the sake of someone else, came through when you were needed the most … thank you.

As we move forward into a new year, SkillsUSA’s mission to empower our members to become world-class workers, leaders and responsible American citizens has never been more vital. With your help and support, we will continue to build the next generation of skilled workers through the development of personal, workplace and technical skills grounded in academics.

We have great optimism that things will improve for our schools and communities in the coming months, and the national staff and I look forward to working with you in the new year. Please note that the SkillsUSA National Leadership Center will be closed for Winter Break from Dec. 21 to Jan. 3.

In the meantime, on behalf of the entire SkillsUSA staff, I would like to wish you and your family a joyous, healthy and safe holiday season and a prosperous 2021.

New Advisor Professional Development Opportunities

Preparing for the SkillsUSA Championships is an excellent opportunity for SkillsUSA Framework skill development in students.  This is the time of year when many people are preparing for SkillsUSA Championships and we have resources to help.

  • The Local Career Competition Guides include practical advice within five categories: prework, planning, implementation, celebration and evaluation.  There is also a section on how to host a virtual competition successfully.  The Local Career Competition Guides are a benefit of SkillsUSA professional membership and can be accessed at https://Absorb.SkillsUSA.org under Professional Membership Benefits.
  • Four SkillsUSA Championships Coaching Guides have also been developed to support preparation for the SkillsUSA Championships. From training timelines to learning objectives and activity templates, the tools and tips within these resources will strengthen the coaching experience.  To check out the SkillsUSA Championships Coaching Guides, visit https://shop.skillsusa.org.

In January, advisor professional development resource training is available twice a day. Register HERE to sign up. January’s sessions are as follows:

  • 1: Local Career Competition Guide, 4-4:30 p.m., and 7-7:30 p.m. (ET).
  • 12: Championship Coaching Guide, 4-4:30 p.m., and 7-7:30 p.m. (ET).
  • 19: Local Career Competition Guide, 4-4:30 p.m., and 7-7:30 p.m. (ET).
  • 26: Championship Coaching Guide, 4-4:30 p.m., and 7-7:30 p.m. (ET).

Plan Now for 2021 SkillsUSA Week

State SkillsUSA directors, please pass this on to your advisors:

SkillsUSA Week is Feb. 7-13 and you can participate in many different ways: honor your community supporters, connect with local business and industry professionals, or make a presentation about your CTE program and SkillsUSA chapter at a school board meeting.

We encourage you to celebrate all week by planning activities that follow the daily schedule of events that will be held by local chapters nationwide:

Monday, Feb. 8, Recognition Day. Celebrate and honor members, advisors, administrators, business partners, community leaders and supporters who make a meaningful impact on your CTE program and SkillsUSA chapter.

Tuesday, Feb. 9, Give Back Day. Rally around your school and community by focusing on ways for your chapter to give back.

Wednesday, Feb. 10. Partner Day. Invite local business and industry leaders to connect with chapter members as you highlight the importance of developing the career-readiness skills found in the SkillsUSA Framework.

Thursday, Feb. 11, Advocacy Day. Amplify CTE in your community by conducting a local public relations activity, such as presenting to school board members, administrators or community leaders.

Friday, Feb. 12, SkillsUSA Day. Celebrate SkillsUSA by wearing your favorite SkillsUSA shirt, planning a celebration activity or by posting your Framework story on social media using the hashtag: #SkillsUSAWeek

For a packet of resources including information on how to request time on a school board meeting agenda with talking points, a guide to celebrating SkillsUSA in your chapter, resources to help you engage local business and industry leaders, and a link to send fill-in releases using the Advocacy Site, go to: www.skillsusa.org/events-training/skillsusa-week.

Visit the SkillsUSA Store at www.skillsusastore.org to order SkillsUSA Week T-shirts and other logo products to support your week of celebration.    

Looking for High-Quality Career-Readiness Curriculum?

The SkillsUSA Career Essentials suite engages students in defining, implementing and measuring their career-readiness skills along every point in their educational journey, whether it be middle-school, high-school, college/postsecondary, or adult learners. The project-based learning curriculum is housed in an online platform and includes the turnkey resources teachers need to be successful, including professional development. The curriculum generates high levels of student engagement and provides the opportunity for students to earn the industry-recognized Career Essentials credential. Watch the video below to hear what instructors are saying about the Career Essentials suite:

To learn more, visit www.careeressentials.org. To view discounted price models, visit www.careeressentials.org/pricing/. To register to attend a Career Essentials overview, click HERE.

Marsha Daves Memorial Scholarship Opportunity is Now Open

The Marsha Daves Memorial Scholarship is open to current SkillsUSA state officers in ALL regions who are high school seniors or non-senior college/postsecondary students. For more information and to apply, go to: www.skillsusa.org/membership-resources/scholarships-financial-aid/.  The deadline for applications is Feb. 1.

Proposed Bylaw Amendment Motions Submissions 

Current SkillsUSA members can submit proposed bylaw amendments for middle school, high school and college/postsecondary divisions. Bylaw amendment motions must be submitted, in writing, to Tyler Chaffin at tchaffin@skillsusa.org by Feb. 1 by 5 p.m. ET.

SkillsUSA’s National Executive Council and board of directors will review all submissions during the March 2021 board meeting.

All motions will be distributed to state SkillsUSA directors no later than April 15. Motions will then be presented for vote at the official business meeting of the House of Delegates during the 2021 NLSC.

Bylaw amendments are governed by Article XII of the high school and college/postsecondary bylaws and Article X of the middle school bylaws.

For more information and to view the bylaws, go to: www.skillsusa.org/events-training/national-leadership-and-skills-conference/delegate-sessions/. The motion form is located on the website and HERE.

If you have questions, contact Tyler Chaffin at tchaffin@skillsusa.org.

Nominations Open for SkillsUSA Honorary Life Membership and Outstanding Career and Technical Educator

Nominations are open for the SkillsUSA Honorary Life Membership and the Outstanding Career and Technical Educator awards. Honorary Life Membership is SkillsUSA’s highest recognition, and it is awarded for outstanding service that advances the purposes and goals of the national organization. The Outstanding Career and Technical Educator Award honors individual educators for their service and dedication to career and technical education and SkillsUSA.

To nominate someone for SkillsUSA’s Honorary Life Membership or Outstanding Career and Technical Educator, please submit applications at the following links. The deadline is Feb. 15.

If you have any questions, please contact Laura Rauch at lrauch@skillsusa.org.

Focus Students on Safety

Once again, CareerSafe will sponsor the National Youth Safety Video Contest.  Students across the country are challenged to create a two-minute video demonstrating safety in the workplace. All submissions must be sent to CareerSafe by March 1. The winning students will receive a SkillsUSA prize pack as well as a scholarship up to $2,500, and the winning school will receive a prize up to $5,000. For details visit the CareerSafe website at: www.careersafeonline.com/scholarships/video-contest.

2020-21 Advisor of the Year

State SkillsUSA directors: This year’s Advisor of the Year (AOY) information and resources are located on SkillsUSA Connect. Please note: there are two different state director guides. One guide is designed specifically for state associations that intend on using the AOY section of the SkillsUSA Register site to collect and judge state-level AOY applications. The other guide is designed specifically for state associations that will be selecting their AOY recipient using their own process/methods and will be submitting their state winner into the National AOY program.

To access the information, log into SkillsUSA CONNECT and go to: www.skillsusaconnect.org/advisor-of-the-year-sd-hub.

A couple of reminders …

  • As a state association, you have complete authority to manage your Advisor of the Year program at the state-level, using whatever process, methods and timelines that work best in your state. You are still able to submit your state Advisor of the Year recipient from the previous school year or the current school year. However, in order to be eligible to achieve the regional or national level award, advisors must be current Chapter Excellence Program (CEP) Level 2 recipients and paid professional members during the 2020-21 school year.
  • An exception to eligibility requirements may be made if the Advisor has retired during or prior to the year in which they are being submitted for National AOY consideration. The Advisor must have been a paid Professional member and met the minimum CEP requirement during their last year of teaching. A letter from an administrator stating the date of retirement must be submitted to Taryn Zeigler at tzeigler@skillsusa.org.

The deadline for state association directors to submit or “advance” their state recipient is April 1.

We are excited to honor and celebrate your advisors across the country! If you have any questions, please contact Taryn Zeigler at tzeigler@skillsusa.org. 

Amazon Smile Purchases Benefit SkillsUSA

You can support SkillsUSA when you do your holiday shopping through Amazon. Make your order through AmazonSmile and search for “SkillsUSA Inc.” as your charity of choice. The direct link is: smile.amazon.com/ch/52-0812433. SkillsUSA receives a percentage of each sale and there is no additional cost to you.

Interested in Becoming a Mentor to a New State SkillsUSA Director? 

State SkillsUSA directors: Are you interested in using your experience as a state SkillsUSA director to help someone else and mentor a new state director? Now is the time to explore the possibilities in serving as a mentor by completing a quick application. Applicants will be sent a mentor guide to prepare them to serve and then will be notified when there is a new state director who is a match. To complete an application, go to: www.surveymonkey.com/r/SDmentor. If you have questions or need additional information, contact Gayle Silvey at gsilvey@skillsusa.org.

Due Dates

Jan. 13: Saf-Gard Safety Shoe Co. Grant Application Deadline
Jan. 31: Cybersecurity Education Award nominations due
Feb. 1: Marsha Daves Memorial Scholarship applications due
Feb.: SkillsUSA Bylaw Amendment Motions submissions due
Feb. 15: Honorary Life Member and Outstanding Career and Technical Educator nominations due
March 1: National Youth Safety Video Contest submissions due
April 1: Advisor of the Year State SkillsUSA Director submissions due