How to Start a Chapter
Congratulations! You’ve made the decision to become a SkillsUSA Advisor. You are starting on a journey that is bound to offer many rewards for you and your students. SkillsUSA members develop into well-rounded people. There are a few basic steps to follow when starting a new chapter. Many of the resources you need can be found right here on the SkillsUSA website while others are available for purchase.
One of the most important things to remember is to help your students to learn an effective planning process for carrying out activities, and to let students take the lead on planning and carrying out your events. They will learn and grow as they carry out their calendar of events.
2020-21 School Year
Please make sure that you submit SkillsUSA membership prior to state deadlines. Many SkillsUSA state associations have membership deadlines in January and February. These deadlines determine eligibility for running for office, serving as a voting delegate or being a leadership or skill contestant at the district, state or national level. Don’t let a single student lose out on a life-changing opportunity because of a missed deadline.
The official membership year runs from Aug. 1 through July 31. SkillsUSA national dues for student members are $8 plus state dues, which vary. For instructors, national dues are $20 plus state dues, which vary.
Updates to the dues and deadline information are posted every Friday. Please check back then for possible changes or visit your SkillsUSA state website for current information.
Professional Development On Demand
Developing impactful teams is about self-discovery and fostering team cohesion. To support you in coaching and training teams, “Impact” features a series of activities that promote team interaction, trust exercises and problem solving with varying degrees of difficulty. There is also helpful information on group facilitation and the use of debriefing questions to enhance the team-building process. Download the activity sheet for Impact.
Resolute: Ethics at Work
“Resolute” helps students strengthen SkillsUSA Framework skills with sharp focus on the Essential Element of Decision Making. Students will be faced with ethical dilemmas when they enter the workforce. Their decisions will influence productivity, work quality, workplace safety, opportunities for advancement and job retention. They will also interact with coworkers from diverse cultural backgrounds as they work together to solve problems that may have ethical implications. RESOLUTE is an acronym that will help students think critically when faced with ethical dilemmas. Download the activity sheet for Resolute.
Leveraging Your Leadership with POWERRful Presentations
As you prepare local, state and national leaders, SkillsUSA has educational resources to support you. “Leveraging Your Leadership” is a series designed to promote student development and equips educators with resources to support student engagement and chapter management. The focus of this resource is the development and delivery of various types of presentations using the acronym POWERR. Download the activity sheet for Leveraging Your Leadership with POWERRful Presentations.
Leveraging Your Leadership with Effective Chapter Meetings
As you prepare local, state and national leaders, SkillsUSA has educational resources to support you. “Leveraging Your Leadership” is a series designed to promote student development and equips educators with resources to support student engagement and chapter management. This resource focuses on the elements needed to host effective chapter meetings and will empower your student leaders to engage others successfully. Download the activity sheet for Leveraging Your Leadership with Effective Chapter Meetings.
Leveraging Your Leadership with Parliamentary Procedure
As you prepare local, state and national leaders, SkillsUSA has educational resources to support you. “Leveraging Your Leadership” is a series designed to promote student development and equips educators with resources to support student engagement and chapter management. This resource includes a deep study of parliamentary procedures which will enhance the effectiveness of your SkillsUSA chapter meetings. Download the activity sheet for Leveraging Your Leadership with Parliamentary Procedure.
Leveraging Your Leadership with Effective Communication
As you prepare local, state and national leaders, SkillsUSA has educational resources to support you. “Leveraging Your Leadership” is a series designed to promote student development and equips educators with resources to support student engagement and chapter management. Learn more about this resource which focuses specifically on developing the essential element of communication. Download the activity sheet for Leveraging Your Leadership with Effective Communication.
If you are in need of mixers and icebreakers for your classroom and SkillsUSA chapter, check out “JumpStart.” In this resource, experienced educators have compiled 41 easy to integrate activities from more than 25 years of youth leadership development. Download the activity sheet for Jumpstart.
“Ignite” equips you with 68 bell-ringers or startup tasks to engage students, with career-readiness topics that tie directly to the SkillsUSA Framework. This is a must-have resource for the teacher looking to strategically infuse the essential elements of the Framework into their technical course content. Download the activity sheet for Ignite.
Framework Fundamentals: Teaching Strategies for the Essential Elements
Take the guesswork out of teaching students the definitions and behaviors of the 17 Essential Elements of the SkillsUSA Framework. Explore this resource which delivers exactly what the name implies. It’s the ideal way to quickly introduce the Essential Elements to your students and will lead to all students being able to articulate the definition, outcomes and behaviors of each Essential Element. Download the activity sheet for Framework Fundamentals: Teaching Strategies for the Essential Elements.
Adding relevance and retention to student learning often requires strategy. “Accelerate” is designed to do just that with a philosophy centered on learning by doing. With more than 40 teaching strategies that enhance classroom instruction, “Accelerate” is a compilation of interactive and student-centered activities that apply content in a practical yet effective manner. Download the activity sheet for Accelerate.
“Propel” is collection of engaging and proven activities and an excellent tool for student leaders who want to turn the ordinary into extraordinary. With activities for use during meetings, workshops and conferences, the ideas within this book will add fun and positive energy to any SkillsUSA event. Download the activity sheet for Propel.
SkillsUSA Framework Thumball and Teacher's Guide
Looking for a fun and engaging way to get your students physically involved in discovering the SkillsUSA Framework? Look no further, the SkillsUSA Framework thumball has arrived. Download the activity sheet for the SkillsUSA Framework Thumball and Teacher's Guide.
Results to Honor 2 SkillsUSA Framework Cards
Searching for ways to promote and acknowledge SkillsUSA Framework development in your students? The Results to Honor 2: SkillsUSA Framework Cards are a turn-key teaching tool to reinforce the personal, workplace and technical skills that students need to develop to reach career readiness. The set consists of 17 different cards, based on the essential elements of the SkillsUSA Framework. Download the activity sheet for Results to Honor 2.
Personalizing and Printing SkillsUSA Student Membership Cards
To print your SkillsUSA student membership list onto the SkillsUSA membership card stock that was provided in your Membership Kit, please follow these steps: We recommend your copying a few of the card sheets for testing on your printer. Proceed to using the real cards once you have your printer setup correctly. Also check your printer settings. This is set up for manual printing, and you many want to set it to automatic feed.
- Go to the Membership Registration site: www.skillsusa-register.org/Login.aspx and login. Click Membership, Click the Membership menu, Export Member List. A new Web browser containing an Excel data file of your current membership will display.
- Download the membership cards for the current year.
- Save this Excel file to your computer with this name and location: C:SkillsUSAMembers.xls. (File – Save as – SkillsUSAMembers.xls) Be sure to change the File type to Excel, instead of the default HTML, and leave no spaces in the file name.
- Download the template to open the SkillsUSA Name Card Template.doc Word file.
- Save the word file which is a Microsoft Word Mail Merge Main Document, that is configured to merge with the Excel file saved at C:SkillsUSAMembers.XLS
- In Word, find your Mail Merge feature and follow the steps to merge to a new document.
This template document should be very close to printing in the correct location on most HP LaserJet-compatible laser printers. You should definitely print a sample page to make sure the alignment is correct for your particular printer. You can always make adjustments to the layout, margins, etc., on this template document and then try merging again.
Each SkillsUSA section is provided with two sheets of membership cards in your Membership Kit. If you need additional membership cards for your chapter, please call SkillsUSA to request them at 844-875-4557.
Note: This system does not apply to the SkillsUSA Professional membership card, which is personalized and mailed by the national headquarters.
SkillsUSA offers a SkillsUSA Certificate of Participation that can be personalized and printed for any student’s employment portfolio. The certificate allows for an advisor signature with check-offs for activities including Program of Work, PDP, community service, competition, committee member or officer.