Executive Update: May 15, 2020

Executive Update: May 15, 2020

Important Dates
May 27: SkillsUSA Grad Night and SkillsUSA Grad After-Party
June 26: NLSC 2020 Virtual Recognition Sessions

SkillsUSA Shoutouts Wanted by May 18

Time is running out to submit your short video messages of inspiration and encouragement to our SkillsUSA graduates! We are seeking these videos from our state SkillsUSA directors, state officer teams, national board of directors, and any members, teachers, parents or industry partners who would like to participate. They will be used during our “SkillsUSA Grad Night” live stream on May 27 at 7 p.m. EDT. These messages can be funny, serious, motivational or whatever you prefer, and they should be no longer than 10-15 seconds. A few sample messages for the shoutouts are listed below to get your creative wheels turning:

  • “Congratulations to our 2019-20 State Officer Team!”
  • “Congratulations to all of my graduating SkillsUSA students!”
  • “I want to wish all graduates of any SkillsUSA program in 2020 the best success. You have earned your honors and we all support you and celebrate with you”
  • “Congrats to all of the local, regional and state SkillsUSA champions named this year. Keep striving!”
  • “I want to send a message to all SkillsUSA members that the second half of this school year hasn’t been easy, it hasn’t been normal, it hasn’t been fun. . . . but you have adapted, you stayed motivated and, ultimately, you have succeeded. Let’s remember what we each learned from this time and hold onto the new connections we have made.”

To submit your videos, please use this online form: https://skillsusa.wufoo.com/forms/skillsusa-grad-night-video-shout-outs/. Alternatively, send your video via WeTransfer, Dropbox or any other file sharing service directly to tkercheval@skillsusa.org. Please submit videos by May 18.

If you have any questions, please contact Hayley Uffelman at  huffelman@skillsusa.org.

SkillsUSA Seeks “Essential Skills, Essential Workers” Stories

Recently, we asked states to share with us which SkillsUSA chapters are building or donating personal protective equipment (PPE) in light of the current pandemic. SkillsUSA is pulling together a few brief stories to highlight those chapters in our publications and social media.

In addition to healthcare stories, we also seek essential workers in fields such as automotive technology, culinary arts, welding, cabling or other areas where CTE skills are supporting communities during the current crisis.

If you know of any students, advisors or chapters who are helping in this way, please share those stories and contact information so we can get the details. Photos are also greatly appreciated! Send your materials to Jane Short at jshort@skillsusa.org.

Listen to SkillsUSA Podcasts

We encourage you to check out SkillsUSA’s latest podcast. Recently, SkillsUSA staff member Craig Moore sat down with Glori Beaufort, a SkillsUSA member since high school. They discussed Glori’s SkillsUSA experience and how she uses the skills she learned in her professional life. To listen, go to: https://bit.ly/Glori-Beaufort

SkillsUSA podcasts cover a wide range of topics of interest for anyone involved or interested in SkillsUSA and career and technical education. From basic “how-to” information to memorable speeches, SkillsUSA podcasts contain something for everyone. Our podcasts are free, and you can subscribe through iTunes. You can also find the podcasts on our website at: www.skillsusa.org/publications-news/podcasts/.

Hats Off to SkillsUSA Grads!

Join SkillsUSA graduates, their families and their supporters as we celebrate “SkillsUSA Grad Night 2020” on Wednesday, May 27 at 7 p.m. EDT. The 30-minute virtual event will stream live on Facebook, YouTube and other social media platforms. Hosted by four of our talented national officers, it will feature music, messages of inspiration, remarks from SkillsUSA Executive Director Chelle Travis, a keynote address from Snap-on Incorporated Chairman and CEO Nick Pinchuk and more. Immediately following the event will be the “SkillsUSA Grad Night 2020 After-Party,” streaming live on SkillsUSA’s Instagram channel. Also hosted by SkillsUSA national officers, this informal event will allow our members to communicate and commiserate with each other. It will also feature the debut of SkillsUSA’s new set of Instagram stickers along with giveaways from the SkillsUSA Store. Watch for details and links soon on all SkillsUSA social media channels coming very soon.

NLSC 2020 Virtual Recognition Session

Join us virtually on June 26, 2020, for the National Leadership and Skills Conference Virtual Recognition Session. This year’s session will give us an opportunity to be apart “together” while we recognize key supporters and leaders in SkillsUSA. We will host three 30-minute segments at 3 p.m., 5 p.m. and 7 p.m. EDT, during which we will recognize our Pin and T-shirt Design Challenge Winners and present awards for Advisor of the Year, Outstanding Educator, President’s Volunteer Service Award, Student2Student, Alumni, Honorary Life, and Chapters of Excellence. We will also meet some of our sponsors and hear a retiring address from Jarod Harris, SkillsUSA National High School Parliamentarian. Finally, we will announce the 2020-21 SkillsUSA National Officer Team. Look for a schedule and more information soon about how to participate and watch.

New Champions Digital Hub Launches

SkillsUSA has launched a new SkillsUSA Champions digital hub at www.skillsusachampions.org! SkillsUSA created this new digital version of SkillsUSA Champions in response to member requests for more content more often, and that’s exactly what this site will provide. Look for more inspiring features, more relevant and timely news items and a user-friendly design that lets you easily share anything you deem share-worthy.

There’s also a “Submit a Story” link at the top of every page, so if you have a story idea you think is worth sharing, advisors and students can easily submit stories and photos for SkillsUSA’s communications staff to review. Rather than looking at the site as a traditional “issue” of the magazine, look at it as an ever-expanding resource of inspirational, real-world examples of the SkillsUSA mission in action. The hope is that when someone asks you what effect SkillsUSA can have on a life, you can point them to the new site and just say, “Pick a story. Any story.”

As for the print edition of the magazine, SkillsUSA Champions will now be published in print format twice per school year: once in the fall and once in the spring. The fall printed issue will debut design changes to the magazine’s look and layout and will be delivered to Professional members in October. If you have story ideas, send them to director of communications Tom Kercheval at tkercheval@skillsusa.org.

New SkillsUSA Frames for Social Media

  • Frames to Highlight our Graduates
    In order to give our graduating SkillsUSA members an opportunity to be recognized, SkillsUSA has created a few editable frames to use on Facebook. Let’s make graduating special for our members!
  • Frames to Highlight Chapter Excellence Program Winners
    To give our Chapter Excellence Program winners a new opportunity to be recognized, SkillsUSA has created editable photo frames for use on social media. These frames can also be combined with your own photo to create a beautiful keepsake or plaque for the chapter. State SkillsUSA Directors can share the appropriate frame for your chapter’s earned recognition or you can contact social media specialist Hayley Uffelman to request the frame that aligns with your Chapter Excellence recognition at huffelman@skillsusa.org.

To add a frame to your page’s profile picture:

  • Go to facebook.com/profilepicframes.
  • Click your profile picture in the bottom left and select your page.
  • Search for a frame by entering the frame’s name, the creator’s name(SkillsUSA) or related words (graduation).
  • Choose the frame you want to use from the results.
  • Click “Use as Profile Picture.”

If you have questions, contact Hayley Uffelman at huffelman@skillsusa.org. 

Final Reminder: National Officer Candidate Deadline is June 1

Do you have amazing students who would love to be national ambassadors for SkillsUSA next school year? Being a national officer is an incredible opportunity for personal and professional development, travel and more. The 2020 SkillsUSA national officer candidate application and national officer program guide are available here: www.skillsusa.org/membership-resources/students/national-officer-selection-process/.

Prior to applying (depending on age), national officer candidates must have earned the Career Essentials: Experiences, Fundamental Micro-Credential, or the Advanced or Adult Learner Credential. The Fundamental course (ages 14-16), Advanced course (ages 17-19) and Adult Learner course (ages 20+) and additional information are available at: www.careeressentials.org/implement/experiences/.

The deadline for national officer applications is June 1 by 6 p.m. EDT. For questions, contact Kim Hegedus at khegedus@skillsusa.org or 317-544-8750. 

Sharon Melton Myers Memorial Scholarship Winners

The 2020 winners of the Sharon Melton Myers Memorial Scholarship are MacKenna Eccles, Porter High School, Texas and Emily Leverance, Oshkosh North High School, Wis. This annual $500 scholarship is made possible through a donation from the Sharon Melton Myers Memorial Fund, SkillsUSA, and the McMinn County Vocational Center SkillsUSA Alumni Association. 

#KeepCraftAlive Scholarship Application Deadline Soon

Fine Homebuilding will award a minimum of twelve $2,500 scholarships to students in fields such as architectural drafting, carpentry, cabinetmaking, electrical and residential wiring, HVACR, masonry, woodworking and plumbing. Selections will be based on completion of an application, along with a 300-word essay showing applicants’ passion for their craft and a letter of support from a teacher, administrator, SkillsUSA advisor or educational/professional mentor.

The application deadline has been extended to Friday, May 29 at midnight EDT. To apply, go to: https://skillsusa.wufoo.com/forms/mo8vxup0ox6snb/.

Complimentary Access to SkillsUSA Career Essentials Available

The current pandemic has forced local administrators and teachers to quickly move their courses to virtual/online environments. Thanks to several SkillsUSA partners, SkillsUSA is now providing free access to the SkillsUSA Career Essentials suite. Over 48,000 bundles will be provided by SkillsUSA thanks to these partners who are supporting online learning.

SkillsUSA Career Essentials is an online career-readiness resource for students built to engage learners in defining, implementing and measuring their personal skills, workplace skills and technical skills grounded in academics. The curricula is for middle school, high school, college/postsecondary or adult learners and each curriculum bundle is valued at $25 to $65.

SkillsUSA partners who joined in the effort to date include CHANNELLOCK, Distribution Contractors Association (DCA), Ferguson Enterprises Inc., Harbor Freight Tools for Schools, Lowe’s Companies, Pella Corporation and Volvo Construction Equipment.

To sign up to receive the complimentary curriculum, go to: www.skillsusa.org/complimentary-access-skillsusa-career-essentials/. For questions, please contact careeressentials@skillsusa.org. To participate in a one-hour overview of the SkillsUSA Career Essentials suite resources, sign up using the online registration form.

If you would like to become a Career Essentials certified teacher, please register for this four-hour professional development here. 

Gifts for Graduates from the SkillsUSA Store

Commemorate the year and honor the hard work of your graduating seniors with a special gift from the SkillsUSA Store. The Class of 2020 has overcome difficult hurdles this year, and though they will miss out on some traditional forms of recognition, they deserve to be recognized and honored for their achievements. Make them feel like a champion with a thoughtful gift to celebrate their time with SkillsUSA. Explore the store for some memorable ideas: https://tinyurl.com/ya7of8q3.

“Keep CTE Moving” Helps Students Continue Learning

 SkillsUSA has joined with Lincoln Electric, Tooling U-SME, Haas Automation, NC3, camInstructor, NCCER, The American Welding Society, Autodesk, Caterpillar Inc. and Sandvik to form a new career and technical education (CTE) instructional resource called the CTE Coalition. The goal of the coalition is to leverage shared experiences, connections and resources for the benefit of all CTE students who are facing unprecedented educational challenges this year due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The coalition quickly mobilized Keep CTE Moving, a website providing free resources for CTE instructors and students.

Keep CTE Moving allows instructors and students access to hundreds of online classes, videos, and instructional materials in machining, welding, mechatronics, industry 4.0, and programming. These resources will help CTE faculty and students adapt teaching and learning to a virtual environment with the flexibility to learn now and test hands-on skills later. Coalition partners are also providing recorded sessions highlighting best practices in virtual learning.

Visit Keep CTE Moving regularly for new partners, more learning resources and guidance. For more information, go to www.ctecoalition.com.

Due Dates

May 15: Rees Scholarship Foundation scholarship applications due
May 15: Chapter Excellence Program and Models of Excellence submissions due
May 15: Models of Excellence submissions due
May 15: Advisor of the Year submissions due
May 15: Student2Student applications due
May 15: President’s Volunteer Service Award applications due
May 15: SkillsUSA Video Shoutouts due
May 29: FineHomebuilding and SkillsUSA #KeepCraftAlive Scholarship applications due.