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Executive Update: October 15, 2020

Executive Update: October 15, 2020

SkillsUSA Game Show

Are your members looking for a fun social activity this month? We’ve got you covered! Have your students gather with other SkillsUSA members from across the country for a night of fun, socializing and trivia, all part of the SkillsUSA Game Show! The next SkillsUSA Game Show will take place on Thursday, Oct. 22 at 7 p.m. (EDT).  Register here. 

CHARGE — Now Streaming!

CHARGE is a new, weekly chapter officer video series that covers topics that local chapter officers will find useful in the day-to-day management of their SkillsUSA chapters. Each CHARGE video features an activity guide to encourage chapter officer growth and development. The series highlights individual growth and team bonding to effectively run a SkillsUSA chapter as a leader. Find a new episode every Friday on SkillsUSA CONNECT! 

Register by Nov. 15 for Extra Member Benefits 

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

  • The Framework Integration Toolkit, consisting of 45 separate resources.
  • Program of Work Toolkit for in-person and virtual chapter activities.
  • SkillsUSA Championships Toolkit, including the 2021 SkillsUSA Championships Technical Standards and local career competition guides.
  • Jump into STEM! Toolkit plus virtual lesson plans.

As a special membership incentive, those who register at least 15 student members plus one or more professionals by Nov. 15 will receive a complimentary copy of JumpStart 2.0, a collection of 33 mixers and icebreakers to engage SkillsUSA students during meetings, workshops and other activities.

Professional development is available on these new resources to help advisors gain confidence for successful integration into the classroom and chapter. To view the full schedule of opportunities and register to attend, log in to your SkillsUSA CONNECT account and choose “Professional Development Opportunities” from the “Advisor Resources” tab. Or, visit: www.skillsusa.org/wp-content/uploads/2020/09/SkillsUSA-2020-Professional-Development-Opportunities.pdf.

Upcoming sessions include:

  • 20 – JumpStart 2.0 (mixers and icebreakers).
  • 21 – Business Partner Outreach Guide.
  • 22 – Chapter Excellence Program.
  • 26 – Framework Integration Strategies and Foundations Lesson Plans.
  • 27 – What is SkillsUSA?
  • 27 – Jump Into STEM!
  • 28 – Program of Work.

Joining SkillsUSA Has Never Been Easier!

SkillsUSA has been working to enhance the ease of membership registration and provide even more customer support. Truly, joining has never been easier!

Advisors can visit register.skillsusa.org to register themselves and their student members. If you or other chapter advisors need help with SkillsUSA membership or registration, the SkillsUSA Customer Care Team is ready to help you register, answer your questions about starting a new chapter, and suggest ways to engage chapter members or strategies to strengthen an existing chapter. The team is on call 8 a.m.-5 p.m. on Monday, Wednesday and Friday; and 11 a.m.-7 p.m. on Tuesday and Thursday (Eastern time) at 844-875-4557. You can also reach them via email at customercare@skillsusa.org or chat online at register.skillsusa.org.

October is “Celebrate Careers in Construction” Month

Spearheaded by NCCER and Build Your Future (BYF), October is Careers in Construction Month (CICM). The campaign was launched to increase public awareness, inspire the next generation of construction craft professionals and make an impact on the perceptions of a career in construction.

Although the construction field offers job satisfaction, lucrative salaries and high skills, the industry is facing a critical shortage of workers. To help build a pipeline of talent, BYF is encouraging partnerships between industry and education this year.

BYF has released resources for educators and industry representatives to show how rewarding a career in construction can be, including an interactive Which Craft Pro Are You? quiz, four new trading cards, and video series such as Success Stories and Discover More. In addition, the sixth annual “I BUILT THIS!” video contest is now open for entries.

If you missed our “Alumni Ask Me Anything series with Boyd Worsham, President and CEO of NCCER, watch it here: www.instagram.com/p/CGIwX7RJsod/?hl=en.

To learn more, visit www.byf.org or follow them on Facebook or Twitter.

Empowering Student Experiences 

SkillsUSA’s Empowering Experiences help students find new ways to connect, engage and stay motivated. Students have shared that through SkillsUSA membership, they are seeking community, growth and recognition. Each of these themes have been ingrained in the new experiences that have been created. Advisors can create a complimentary SkillsUSA CONNECT account and help students set up their accounts by clicking here. Through SkillsUSA CONNECT, students can engage in all of the exciting student experiences that have been created specific to their needs. There’s never been a better time to be connected to SkillsUSA. 

EnergyCareers 2020, a Free Virtual Career Event and Job Fair

The Center for Energy Workforce Development (CEWD) will host EnergyCareers 2020, a free virtual career exploration and job fair event, on Oct. 21. This first of its kind program for the energy sector invites students, veterans, career changers, women and those under-represented in today’s workforce to come together and discover careers in energy through educational programming, networking sessions, exhibits and a virtual career fair.

Highlights of the event include:

  • Keynote remarks provided by the Honorable Dan Brouillette, secretary of energy; and Mike Rowe, TV host and noted advocate for skilled trade jobs.
  • A variety of educational sessions offered to connect students, veterans, women, and others with industry professionals eager to tell their stories. See the program details here: https://getintoenergy.com/energycareers2020/program-schedule/.
  • Employers representing companies from across the U.S. will be on hand to talk about internships, current jobs and opportunities for the future. Those interested can upload their résumés and participate in a job fair.
  • Networking sessions with industry ambassadors will allow participants to learn how their interests can be channeled into careers in energy.

To learn more about how to participate in the career fair and to register for the event, visit https://getintoenergy.com/. 

Free Access to “Automobile Service” E-Learning Program 

The National Institute for Automotive Service Excellence (ASE) is offering a free version of its “Introduction to Automobile Service” e-Learning program to instructors affiliated with ASE-accredited programs. This e-learning program consists of four student training modules and a separate quiz. If a student passes the quiz, they can print a certificate of completion. To learn more and register, instructors can watch a short video and then view the details on the ASE Education Foundation website to provide their students free access to the program. 

Apply Now for ACTE Teacher and Lifetime Service Awards 

The Association for Career and Technical Education (ACTE) is seeking nominations for the National Trade and Industrial Education Division Awards, to be presented during their annual conference Dec. 2-5, 2020. The deadline is Nov. 2. Qualified individuals may be nominated in the following categories, and you may nominate yourself. (If you nominate someone else, please inform that person.)

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

For ACTE CareerTech Vision 2020 conference information, go to: www.acteonline.org/event/careertech-vision-2020/.

To nominate someone for the Teacher and Lifetime Service Awards, go to: www.skillsusa.org/membership-resources/awards/acte-awards/. 

National Apprenticeship Week Coming 

This year’s National Apprenticeship Week (NAW) is Nov. 8-14. This national celebration, established by the U.S. Department of Labor, brings together leaders in business, labor, educational institutions and Americans interested in apprenticeships. It showcases the positive impact apprenticeship programs have on addressing the U.S. skills gap and preparing the American workforce for the jobs of today and tomorrow.

Join the celebration by hosting an event — an apprenticeship graduation, business open house, high-school career fair, skills competition or industry roundtable — or submit a proclamation supporting apprenticeship. Learn more about NAW at: www.apprenticeship.gov/NAW. 

Apply for Prudential Spirit of Community Awards 

The Prudential Spirit of Community Awards annually honor middle- and high school students for making meaningful contributions to their communities.

Applications are now open through Nov. 10, and students in grades 5-12 are invited to apply if they have volunteered within the past year. Top honorees earn cash awards and an invitation to the program’s national recognition events. Qualifying honorees also receive President’s Volunteer Service Awards.

Applications can be certified by a middle or high school principal or head of a Girl Scout council, county 4-H organization, American Red Cross chapter, YMCA, or Points of Light Global Network member.

For more information, and to apply, go to: https://spirit.prudential.com/. 

World Series of Innovation Competition for Young Entrepreneurs

World Series of Innovation is an online, project-based competition sponsored by the Network for Teaching Entrepreneurship. Young innovators from across the globe are encouraged to enter and compete for cash prizes.

In the competition, small teams of young entrepreneurs (age 13-24) create business solutions that align with the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and answer a special challenge posed by an entity from the private sector. Some teams compete independently, some are affiliated with schools or youth development organizations, and some undertake a challenge as a guided classroom project. Educators who are interested in using the World Series of Innovation in the classroom or encouraging student participation as an extracurricular enrichment opportunity can access a robust toolkit that provides additional resources for students and teachers.

The submission period is open until Dec. 14 at 11 p.m., EST. Visit https://innovation.nfte.com/ to learn more. 

Apply for a Student Tuition Grant 

Saf-Gard Safety Shoe Co. is awarding an education grant for skilled trades students who are just starting out in their field. Three students will be chosen to receive a $1,000 grant to go toward trade school tuition. Students who apply will respond to a prompt created by Saf-Gard and then send responses and photos to a designated contact for a weekly blog update. The deadline to apply is Jan. 13, 2021. For more information, go to: www.safgard.com/sole-education.

Due Dates

Nov. 2: ACTE Teacher and Lifetime Service Awards Nominations 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