Executive Update: January 15, 2020

Executive Update: January 15, 2020

Important Dates
February 2020: Career and Technical Education Month
Feb. 2-8: SkillsUSA Week

Remind Your Advisors to Register Their Members to Receive Valuable Benefits

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

The national membership deadline is March 1. Students must meet both state and national deadlines to be eligible for national competition, serve as voting delegates or run for national office. Professional membership provides valuable benefits, too. Once advisors join and provide their email address, they will receive access to the following:

  • 2020 SkillsUSA Championships Technical Standards 
  • Jump into STEM!curriculum
  • SkillsUSA Career Essentials: Foundations

Call the SkillsUSA Membership Hotline if you need help in starting a new chapter, engaging chapter members, or discovering strategies to strengthen an existing chapter. If you have questions or need assistance with online membership registration, the hotline operators can take care of that, too. Call toll free: 844-875-4557 from 8 a.m.–5 p.m. EST Monday, Wednesday and Friday, and 11 a.m.–7 p.m. EST Tuesday and Thursday, or email operators@skillsusa.org. 

Plan Now for 2020 SkillsUSA Week

SkillsUSA Week is Feb. 2-8 and schools can participate in many different ways: hold an open house, invite local media to tour your programs, conduct a community service project, work with area businesses to build more meaningful partnerships, or engage with policymakers to talk about the value of career and technical education.

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

  • Monday, Feb. 3, Appreciation Day. Plan an event to celebrate and honor the support of advisors, teachers and administrators.
  • Tuesday, Feb. 4, Advocacy Day. Plan public relations activities including presentations to legislators, school board members, administrators and community leaders.
  • Wednesday, Feb. 5, Member Outreach Day. Visit other schools to recruit middle school and elementary school students into your CTE programs or plan a special an activity for current members.
  • Thursday, Feb. 6, SkillsUSA Service Day. Support your local community by focusing on a day of giving through a service project or fundraiser for a local charity.
  • Friday, Feb. 7, SkillsUSA Day. Celebrate SkillsUSA by wearing your favorite SkillsUSA shirt, hold a final SkillsUSA Week celebration and post your week’s activities to social media.

For a sample calendar, proclamation and press release, go to: www.skillsusa.org/events-training/skillsusa-week.

Visit www.skillsusastore.org to order SkillsUSA Week T-shirts for your week of celebration: www.skillsusastore.org/products/SkillsUSAWeekTee.

SkillsUSA is now offering a new SkillsUSA Advocacy Day resource bundle. The bundle provides everything you need to communicate key messages about SkillsUSA. It is $48.72 (a savings of 20 percent) and includes 12 of each of the following items:

  • SkillsUSA Advocacy Brochures
  • SkillsUSA Framework Folder
  • SkillsUSA Framework Pin & Card
  • SkillsUSA Thank You Card

To purchase the bundle, go to: https://www.skillsusa.org/store/advocacy-bundle-details.html

Zoom to Learn about E Group’s New SkillsUSA Merchandise

State SkillsUSA directors are invited to learn about new opportunities with our SkillsUSA branded merchandise and vendor partner, E Group. During the meeting, you will be introduced to the Member Power Package, the BONUS Power Package, as well as the new POP Up Store Kits.

Join us at one of the times listed below to learn more, share ideas and ask questions!

Jan. 21, 2020, 5 p.m. Eastern Time

Join Zoom Meeting: https://zoom.us/j/418812019?pwd=WjgrcXlvUllhVmdrMU11cloySWpEdz09

Meeting ID: 418 812 019
Password: 589810
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Meeting ID: 418 812 019

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Jan. 23, 2020, 2 p.m. Eastern Time

Join Zoom Meeting: https://zoom.us/j/158413022?pwd=bG1vY2RHazZad1dUSXJGZUVJUWd1Zz09

Meeting ID: 158 413 022
Password: 530046

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Meeting ID: 158 413 022
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Advisor of the Year Submissions Open

The SkillsUSA Advisor of the Year program recognizes professional members who actualize the organization’s mission of empowering students to become world-class workers, leaders, and responsible American citizens. A SkillsUSA chapter is only successful with the support of an advisor who is dedicated to career and technical education by intentionally integrating the SkillsUSA Framework and ensuring students can articulate the skills they have developed.

State recipients are submitted to the regional competition. At the National Leadership and Skills Conference, regional winners are interviewed and a national winner is selected. The deadline to submit state-level recipients is April 1.


Application Areas:

  • Philosophy on career and technical education and SkillsUSA Framework skill development
  • Intentional SkillsUSA Framework integration into school and chapter
  • Communication of SkillsUSA Framework Skill Development

For more information and resources, please visit the state director website.

For questions, please contact Taryn Zeigler at tzeigler@skillsusa.org. 

State-Level Awards Funded for Advisor of the Year

State SkillsUSA directors: A grant to the SkillsUSA Foundation from Toyota will fund state-level Advisor of the Year (AOY) awards. Each state may order one award for a secondary AOY and one award for a postsecondary AOY, if you award it

To order your AOY award, send an email request to Kim DeVenuto from the SkillsUSA Store at KDeVenuto@egroupengage.com. Be sure to include the following information in your email:

  • Item: SkillsUSA State Advisor of the Year Award
  • The correct spelling of the name of the advisor to be honored
  • Your state association
  • Your shipping address (no P.O. boxes, please)
  • The date you need your award to deliver

Awards are custom produced and shipped from the manufacturer so please allow three weeks for delivery. The SkillsUSA Store will invoice the SkillsUSA Foundation for the cost and shipping/handling of your award(s).

WorldSkills International Seeking a Director of Event Operations

WorldSkills is hiring a director of event operations. The successful applicant will have operational responsibilities for the planning and the implementation of the WorldSkills Competition, the conference, and the general assembly. If interested, contact Cara McCormack for the position description. Applications are due by Jan. 31 to cara.mccormack@worldskills.org. 

Craftsman Internships for Students 

Newport News Shipbuilding in Virginia is hiring summer interns in the skilled trades. This is a paid internship opportunity for students currently attending a trade school or pursuing an associate degree. Basic qualifications include:

  • Must be at least 18 years old at the start of the internship, a U.S. citizen, and able to pass a background investigation, drug screening and physical
  • Must have completed one full year of a training program with an expected graduation date in Spring 2021
  • Must have a minimum 3.0 GPA
  • Must have the ability to work full time for at least 10 weeks during the summer, either first or second shift

Applications are due by Jan. 31. To learn more or apply, go to: //sjobs.brassring.com/TGnewUI/Search/Home/Home?partnerid=25477&siteid=5628 – jobDetails=2996591_5628. 

SkillsUSA Scholarship Opportunities  

Applications for several scholarships are now open to benefit SkillsUSA students in pursuit of higher education or certification in their chosen field. Help spread the word so more SkillsUSA students can take advantage of these opportunities:

Additional scholarships may be announced soon, so check the website for updates: www.skillsusa.org/membership-resources/scholarships-financial-aid/. 

Bylaw Amendment Deadline Approaching 

Current SkillsUSA members can submit proposed bylaw amendments for middle school, high school or college/postsecondary divisions. Bylaw amendment motions must be submitted in writing to Kim Hegedus at khegedus@skillsusa.org by Feb. 3 by 5 p.m. EST.

SkillsUSA’s National Executive Council and board of directors will review all submissions at the March 2020 board meeting. All motions will then be distributed to state SkillsUSA directors by April 20, which is 60 days prior to the National Leadership and Skills Conference (NLSC). Motions will then be presented for vote at the official business meeting of the House of Delegates during the 2020 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 here: www.skillsusa.org/wp-content/uploads/2019/12/Bylaw-Amendment-Form.docx

If you have questions, contact Kim Hegedus at 317-544-8750 or khegedus@skillsusa.org.

Channellock Continues Trade School Trade-Up Competition

Now in its third year, Channellock, Inc.’s Trade School Trade-Up Competition continues to help close the national skills gap by funding initiatives and tools that will support America’s future tradesmen and women. This year will be the biggest year ever for the event, as CHANNELLOCK® will now sponsor two competitions – one in the spring and the other in the fall.

How to enter
The competition is open to students in plumbing, HVAC, welding, automotive and electrical trades. CHANNELLOCK® wants to know why your program deserves a classroom makeover. To submit an entry, get a group together to create a short video showcasing your team’s skills in action. They want to see what makes your program special. You’ll be graded on passion, content and need.

Jan. 2: Submission period begins
Feb. 12: Submission due date
Feb. 19: Top 3 announced
Feb. 20-22: Voting through Facebook
Feb. 23: Winners announced

1st Place: $5,000 cash prize, CHANNELLOCK® tools for team members and classroom and a classroom makeover with CHANNELLOCK BLUE® wall paint and fatheads
2nd Place: $2,500 cash prize, CHANNELLOCK® tools for all team members and their classroom
3rd Place: $1,000 cash prize, CHANNELLOCK® tools for all team members and their classroom

Learn more about the competition and how to enter at: www.channellock.com/tradeup.

Trade Travelers Tour

New in 2020, CHANNELLOCK® will kick off its first ever Trade Travelers Tour, embarking on a journey to visit top trade schools across the country. The tour will begin in Channellock’s hometown of Meadville, Pa., at the Crawford County Career and Technical Center, then travel to leading trade schools across the country, ending with a grand finale celebration at the spring trade school trade-up winner’s school. During the tour, representatives will give away tool sets and offer educational opportunities where students can learn from seasoned experts in their chosen trade. 

Seeking Talented Singers to Open Conference 

SkillsUSA is seeking a talented student or adult member to sing “The Star-Spangled Banner” at the Opening Ceremony of the SkillsUSA National Leadership and Skills Conference on June 23, 2020, in Louisville, Ky. Auditions must be received by Feb. 3. SkillsUSA does not pay travel expenses for the selected singer to attend the national conference.

To audition, submit a video of yourself singing the national anthem: https://skillsusa.wufoo.com/forms/national-anthem-auditions/. 

National Conference Pin and T-Shirt Design Challenge 

Feb. 5 is the final deadline to enter the SkillsUSA National Conference Pin and T-shirt Design Challenge. This challenge is open to all paid student members of SkillsUSA and is a great way to have a student and advisor from your state recognized on stage at the national conference. Entries must be received (not postmarked) by Feb. 5. Rules are posted on the SkillsUSA website at: www.skillsusa.org/competitions/pin-design-challenge/. 

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

If you would like to nominate someone for SkillsUSA’s national Honorary Life Membership or Outstanding Career and Technical Educator, please complete the online application. The deadline is Feb. 15.

If you have questions, contact Laura Rauch at lrauch@skillsusa.org or 703-737-0619. 

Focus Your Students on Safety 

CareerSafe sponsors an annual National Youth Safety Video Contest. Students across the country are invited to create a two-minute video demonstrating workplace safety. All submissions should be sent to CareerSafe by March 1. The winning students will receive a SkillsUSA prize pack and a scholarship up to $2,500, and the winning school will receive a prize up to $5,000. For more information, visit the CareerSafe website at: www.careersafeonline.com. 

Earn Recognition for Service Through Presidential Honors 

Once again at national conference, SkillsUSA will recognize individuals or chapters with the President’s Volunteer Service Award (PVSA). This presidential honor is an award that recognizes the valuable contributions of volunteers across the country who are answering a national call to serve others through their current activities or lifetime efforts.

This program allows SkillsUSA advisors, students and registered alumni to earn recognition for their community service and volunteer activities. With SkillsUSA’s focus on community service, advisors and students have already met the requirements to receive the award. To qualify, SkillsUSA members, advisors or alumni must submit a record of service hours.

For details on qualifying hours and requirements, visit: www.skillsusa.org/membership-resources/awards/presidents-volunteer-service-award. Applications must be received by March 29 for recognition at the 2020 NLSC.

Gain National Attention for Student Mentoring

SkillsUSA sponsors a national recognition opportunity called the Student2Student mentoring program. Mentoring connects young people to personal growth and development, as well as economic opportunities. When a SkillsUSA chapter mentors an elementary- or middle-school classroom, it helps younger students imagine careers and helps older students practice their skills.

Student2Student recognizes SkillsUSA chapters that are involved in a mentoring program in their communities. To enter, submit your mentoring project plan, description and outcomes. The winning chapter will be recognized at the National Leadership and Skills Conference and in its Awards and Recognition book. In addition, the winner will be invited to present at SkillsUSA University. All entries must be submitted by April 1. Winners are announced in May. You can download the Mentoring Guide: http://skillsusa.org/wp-content/uploads/2015/03/Mentoring-Guide-rev.2015.pdf.

For more information, contact Gayle Silvey at gsilvey@skillsusa.org or visit: www.skillsusa.org/educators/mentrecog.shtml. 

Plan for SkillsUSA National Signing Day on May 8 

The second annual SkillsUSA National Signing Day will be held on May 8 to celebrate high school seniors and college/postsecondary students who have chosen to pursue a professional career in the skilled trades.

Kick-off events will be hosted in five cities nationwide on May 8. SkillsUSA chapters are encouraged to host their own event for their students and invite business partners, school administrators, teachers, elected officials, SkillsUSA alumni, family and friends to recognize the students signing “letters of intent” for a job offer, apprenticeship or advanced technical training.

Registration information and more details will be shared soon so watch the SkillsUSA website for details. 

Teachers Helping Teachers at the ‘Teach to Lead’ Summit 

For the past five years, Teach to Lead has promoted a national conversation on teacher leadership by supporting teachers to turn their leadership ideas into action. In cooperation with more than 175 supporting organizations, the U.S. Department of Education, ASCD, and Teach Plus have partnered to develop Teach to Lead into a movement to equip teachers to lead from their classroom and enact positive change in teaching and learning.

Teach to Lead will host their 19th Teacher Leadership Summit in San Juan, Puerto Rico, March 27-29. The summit will bring teacher leaders and other stakeholders together to collaborate, problem-solve, and develop action plans to benefit students and schools. Teams must include at least one practicing classroom teacher and submissions must use teacher leadership as a key strategy, but proposed ideas can address any perceived area of need in schools.

The deadline for idea submissions for the Puerto Rico summit is Feb. 10 at 11:59 p.m. EST. For more information and to apply, go to: www.surveymonkey.com/r/TTLPuertoRico. 

Educational Podcast Helps Students Learn from Others

“Learn from Others” is a site that offers free educational podcasts where successful professionals from many different lines of work share their career experiences. The podcasts are their answers to four questions: “What did you want to be when you grew up?”, “What do you do today?”, “What would you do differently?”, and “What is the typical career path for your position?”. The podcasts are categorized by the National Career Clusters Framework to help students learn more from career journeys that apply to their career path. To listen, go to: http://learnfromothers.org/index.html.

Early-Bird Registration Open for ACTE’s National Policy Seminar

Registration is open for the Association for Career and Technical Education’s National Policy Seminar (NPS). It will be held March 29-April 1 in Arlington, Va. Some benefits of attending include:

  • Learning from policy and advocacy how-to sessions to help you continue to strengthen support for CTE
  • Meeting with your Members of Congress and their staff on Capitol Hill to share your CTE success stories and programming needs
  • Receive updates on legislation and policies impacting CTE and guidance to aid in Perkins V implementation
  • Attend an all new Innovation Summit on April

For more information, go to: www.acteonline.org.

Due Dates

Jan. 31: WorldSkills Director of Event Operations applications due
Jan. 31: Craftsman Internships applications due
Jan. 31: Presidential Cybersecurity Education Award nominations due
Feb. 1: Marsha Daves Memorial Scholarship applications due
Feb. 3: Proposed Bylaw amendments due in writing
Feb. 3 : National Anthem audition videos due
Feb. 5 : National Conference Pin and T-Shirt Design entries due
Feb. 10: Teach to Lead idea submissions due
Feb. 12: Channellock, Inc.’s Trade School Trade-Up Competition entries due
Feb. 15: Honorary Life and Outstanding Career and Technical Educator nominations due
March 1: SkillsUSA National Membership Deadline
March 1: National Youth Safety Video Contest submissions due
March 29: President’s Volunteer Service Award applications due
April 1: Student2Student entries due
April 1: Advisor of the Year submissions due
April 15: Sharon Melton Myers Memorial Scholarship applications due
June 1: National Officer Candidate applications due

National Staff Travel

Jan. 20-24: Las Vegas/National Association of Home Builders Show/Tim Lawrence
Jan. 23: Reston, Va./NCC-CTSO Meeting at TSA Headquarters/Chelle Travis
Jan. 29: Allentown, Pa./Lehigh Valley District 11 Championships/Chelle Travis

Feb. 4: Washington, D.C./Advocacy Day activities/select staff
Feb. 11-13: Atlanta/2021 National Leadership and Skills Conference visit/select national staff

March 10-13: Atlanta/SkillsUSA Board of Directors’ Meeting/select staff
March 31-April 3: Las Vegas/International Wireless Communications Expo/Jim Kregiel