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Executive Update: November 1, 2020

Executive Update: November 1, 2020

Important Dates:

Nov. 2: ACTE T&I Education Awards deadline
Nov. 8-14: National Apprenticeship Week
Nov. 15: SkillsUSA Membership Deadline for all benefits
Nov. 30–Dec. 4: ACTE CareerTech VISION Conference (Virtual)
Dec. 7-8: SkillsUSA Board of Directors Meeting (Virtual)

Make the Most of Member Benefits: Register by Nov. 15

Becoming a professional member of SkillsUSA is one of the best ways to demonstrate to students the opportunities that membership provides. Registered professional members receive online access to:

  • The Framework Integration Toolkit with 45 separate teacher resources.
  • Program of Work Toolkit for in-person or virtual chapter activities.
  • SkillsUSA Championships Toolkit, including the 2021 SkillsUSA Championships Technical Standards (featuring editions for both in-person and virtual competitions) and the new series of Hosting a Local Career Competition
  • Jump into STEM! Toolkit plus virtual lesson plans.

Instructors who register at least 15 student members plus one or more professionals by Nov. 15 will receive a free copy of “JumpStart 2.0,” a book of 33 mixers and icebreakers designed to actively engage SkillsUSA students in meetings, workshops and activities. To join and receive your resources, go to: register.skillsusa.org.

Professional Development That Fits Your Schedule

SkillsUSA is launching a series of professional development videos and activity integration sheets to help you integrate the Essential Elements of the SkillsUSA Framework in your classroom and chapter. Use these resources to increase student engagement any time that is convenient for your class schedule. To access the videos and integration activity sheets, go to: www.skillsusaconnect.org/advisor-professional-development-opportunity.

SkillsUSA has developed many new resources to support you as you prepare to host a local competition or coach student champions to success. Each Local Career Competition Guide provides a description of the competition, contest sequence, the Essential Element integration and step-by-step instructions for success. The practical advice within the series of local contest guides covers pre-work, planning, implementation, celebration and evaluation components. To learn more and explore these resources collaboratively so you can easily facilitate these experiences, join an upcoming session:

Nov. 5 – Hosting A Local Championship Guide
Nov. 5 – Championship Coaching Guide
Nov. 9 – Hosting A Local Championship Guide
Nov. 16 – Championship Coaching Guide

To view the full schedule of opportunities and register to attend, log in to SkillsUSA CONNECT to view the calendar on the Professional Development Opportunities page under “Advisor Resources.” Or, go to: www.skillsusa.org/wp-content/uploads/2020/09/SkillsUSA-2020-Professional-Development-Opportunities.pdf.

Help is a Call or Click Away

It’s that time of year when advisors and students are joining SkillsUSA so everyone can participate in our rich virtual communities, fantastic fall leadership conferences, intriguing industry panels, Career Essentials and local competitions.

If you need assistance, the SkillsUSA Customer Care Team is just a call or click away to help with registration, answer questions or provide resources and strategies to strengthen chapters. The team is on call at 844-875-4557 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Monday, Wednesday and Friday; and 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Tuesday and Thursday (EST). You can also reach them by email at customercare@skillsusa.org or chat online.

Visit register.skillsusa.org to register all teachers and students.

#SkillsUSAGivingHopeDay Doubles Up for SkillsUSA

The SkillsUSA Hope Fund was founded in 2019 to provide scholarships or support for individual students and SkillsUSA chapters in crisis. Contribute to the 2020 campaign and join us as a SkillsUSA member or supporter who makes a difference. Between now and Dec. 1, participate in #SkillsUSAGivingHopeDay and know that every donation you make to SkillsUSA will be doubled, because, once again this year, contributions will be matched by CareerSafe.

Thanks to the generosity of CareerSafe in supporting the campaign, every donation doubles up to help SkillsUSA, up to $10,000. Follow the 2020 campaign on social media and share the #SkillsUSAGivingHopeDay posts to help spread the word.

Visit: www.skillsusa.org/get-involved/donate/skillsusa-hope-fund/. 

Share Your Messages of Support and Thanks for Our Teachers

Throughout the pandemic, SkillsUSA’s social media has highlighted many SkillsUSA members who have worked to keep our nation moving in the fight against COVID-19. While frontline workers deservedly have taken center stage, career and technical education and our SkillsUSA programs nationwide could not happen without our dedicated teachers and advisors.

As we approach the season of Thanksgiving, we’d like to create a thank-you video to let all SkillsUSA teachers know how valued they are, to let them know we see how hard they work and to show them how much that work is appreciated. We need your help to make that happen. We’re requesting brief videos from SkillsUSA students, state directors, partners, parents, school administrators and other stakeholders offering short messages of thanks for our teachers. Current teachers and advisors are also welcome to submit their own messages of thanks and encouragement to their peers around the nation.

Videos can be shot on smartphones, should be a maximum of 15 seconds, and are due to SkillsUSA by Nov. 13. Let’s ensure our SkillsUSA instructors know they are valued, respected and appreciated for their heroic work.

Submit your video here: https://skillsusa.wufoo.com/forms/share-your-messages-of-support-for-teachers/. If you prefer, upload your video through a file-sharing service like WeTransfer or Dropbox and send the link to director of communications Tom Kercheval at: tkercheval@skillsusa.org.

State Champion Banners Now Available Any Time!

State Directors can now order official SkillsUSA State Champion Banners throughout the year. Never worry about missing a deadline again!

Banners measure 14 inches X 22 inches and feature a pole pocket at the top for display. Orders are produced and shipped approximately 40 days after receipt, so allow time for production and shipping. Directors can order for the upcoming championships or to recognize past years. Pricing for banners is tiered by quantity. This is a great way to showcase SkillsUSA excellence in career and technical schools.

Centricity — SkillsUSA’s official supplier — knows how important these state champion banners are to everyone and hopes the new order process will make it possible for states to recognize all of their champion members and schools. For more information or to start your order, contact Steve Korker (skorker@centricitynow.com) or Kim DeVenuto (kdevenuto@centricitynow.com) at Centricity.

SkillsUSA Instructors Recognized for Teaching Excellence

Harbor Freight Tools for Schools has awarded $400,000 in teaching excellence awards to seven SkillsUSA instructors. The 2020 Harbor Freight Tools for Schools Prize for Teaching Excellence recognizes outstanding skilled trades teachers in U.S. public high schools who inspire students with innovative programming.

Over $1 million in prizes were awarded including three first-place prize awards of $100,000 and 15 second-place awards of $50,000 each (some restrictions applied based on school or state policy). The 2020 winning SkillsUSA instructors are:

First Place ($100,000)

  • Brian Manley, Automotive Technology, Cherry Creek Innovation Campus, Colo.

Second Place ($50,000 each)

  • Brent Tuttle, Welding, La Mirada High School, Calif.
  • Nicole Taylor, Construction, Warren Technical School, Chamblee, Ga.
  • Wayne Violet, Automotive Technology, Washington County Technical High School, Md.
  • Robert Caylor, Automotive Technology, Gulfport High School, Miss.
  • Alfia Anderson, Electrical, High School for Energy and Technology, N.Y.
  • Shawn Burns, Mechatronics and Robotics, Burton Center for Art and Technology, Va.

To learn more, read the full press release here: www.skillsusa.org/skillsusa-instructors-recognized-by-harbor-freight-tools-for-schools-prize-for-teaching-excellence/

Designs Sought for SkillsUSA Week 2021 T-shirt

Do you have creative students who love to design? SkillsUSA is seeking designs for the official T-shirt of SkillsUSA Week 2021, which will be produced by the SkillsUSA Store. The contest is open to all dues-paying SkillsUSA students (one entry per member). The winning design will be printed on a red T-shirt and must include the theme SkillsUSA: Champions at Work, Empowered to Succeed. Entries must follow the contest rules exactly, and the deadline is Nov. 2 at 5 p.m. (EST).

Download the contest rules and upload T-shirt designs here: www.skillsusaconnect.org/skillsusa-week-t-shirt-contest.

Secondary Accident Medical Insurance Renewal Delayed

 State directors: SkillsUSA offers optional accident medical insurance coverage that state associations can purchase for conferences and events. This insurance is provided on an excess basis, which means the injured person’s primary insurance (i.e., health insurance, Medicare, etc.) must pay its portion first and then any remaining balance may be submitted to this insurance for consideration.

In light of the pandemic, school districts have implemented no travel policies, and in-person events and activities have been canceled. Therefore, SkillsUSA has opted to delay renewal of this coverage with the carrier. Please note this insurance is separate from the corporate securities package and is an optional benefit for states that wish to purchase.

Attend ACTE’s CareerTech VISION Virtual Conference

This year’s ACTE’s CareerTech VISION 2020 has moved to a fully online, virtual experience. The Nov. 30–Dec. 4 event can be attended from the comfort and convenience of your school, office or home and features enhanced programming and immersive professional development to address timely topics impacting career and technical education.

The week-long conference allows flexibility to tailor session times to your availability. All attendees will receive access to over 300 sessions following the event. Attendees will have opportunities to network and participate in interactive experiences through a dynamic virtual platform at this flagship event.

For conference rates, speakers and program details, go to: www.careertechvision.com.

ACTE Teacher and Lifetime Service Awards Closes Nov. 2

This is the final call for nominations for the National Trade and Industrial Education Division Awards to be presented at ACTE’s 2020 conference. The deadline is Nov. 2. Categories include:

  • Lifetime Service.
  • Outstanding New Teacher Award.
  • Outstanding Teacher Award.

To nominate someone (including yourself), go to: www.skillsusa.org/membership-resources/awards/acte-awards/.

Celebrate National Apprenticeship Week

This year’s National Apprenticeship Week is Nov. 8-14. The annual celebration was established by the U.S. Department of Labor to bring together business, labor, educational institutions and others interested in apprenticeships. The goal is to showcase the positive impact apprenticeship programs have on preparing the American workforce and addressing the skills gap.

To join the celebration, you can host an apprenticeship graduation, industry open house, career fair, skills showcase, industry roundtable or submit a proclamation. Learn more at: www.apprenticeship.gov/NAW.

Apply for Prudential Spirit of Community Awards

The Prudential Spirit of Community Awards honor secondary students for making meaningful contributions to their communities.

Students in grades 5-12 can apply if they have volunteered in the past year. Top honorees earn cash awards and an invitation to recognition events. All applications must be certified by a principal or a leader of a Girl Scout council, 4-H organization, American Red Cross chapter, YMCA or the Points of Light Global Network. Qualifying honorees can also receive President’s Volunteer Service Awards.

Applications are open through Nov. 10. For details or to apply, go to: https://spirit.prudential.com/.

Due Dates

Nov. 2: ACTE Teacher and Lifetime Service Awards Nominations Due
Nov. 2: SkillsUSA Week T-Shirt Design Contest entries due
Nov. 10: Prudential Spirit of Community Awards applications due
Nov. 15: Registration deadline to receive extra member benefits
Dec. 14: World Series of Innovation Competition applications due
Jan. 13: Saf-Gard Safety Shoe Co. Grant Application Deadline