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Friday Flash Dec 16, 2022

Plan Now for SkillsUSA Week

SkillsUSA Week is Feb. 6-10, 2023, and you can participate by honoring your community supporters, connecting with local business and industry professionals, or making a presentation about your CTE program and SkillsUSA chapter at a school board meeting. We encourage you to plan activities that follow the daily schedule using the SkillsUSA Week Chapter Guide.

Official 2023 SkillsUSA Week Shirts will be available soon in the SkillsUSA Store. Watch The SkillsUSA Official Store Instagram for updates and then visit The SkillsUSA Store to place your orders!

From Game Player to Game Developer … on a Full-Ride Scholarship

Our latest SkillsUSA Champions magazine feature story highlights Juan Cubides, a Colombian immigrant who earned a full-ride scholarship to the University of Southern California to pursue his dream of becoming a video game developer. He did that in large part through his scholarship interview, and he credits his experiences in SkillsUSA with preparing him to succeed in that pivotal moment. Read the story on the SkillsUSA Champions Magazine Digital Hub.

Overflowing with Professional Development Opportunities

Please join your fellow advisors for our SkillsUSA Professional Development offerings. Learn more on our online training calendar. Completion certificates are provided for each session. Use this Google Doc to learn how to access your professional membership benefits online. A PDF of the 2022-23 Professional Development Opportunities is available here. For questions, contact Karolina Belen.

Framework Integration ToolKit: Essential Elements Definitions and Behaviors

The SkillsUSA Framework Integration Toolkit has everything you need to ensure career readiness in your classroom, training program and chapter. Each Essential Element under the three components of Personal Skills, Workplace Skills and Technical Skills Grounded in Academics is defined, including the behaviors associated with that Element. By talking with your students about the Essential Elements of the Framework, they’ll begin to develop a language to talk about the skills they are learning. Professional members can access the Toolkit in SkillsUSA Absorb.

Honorary Life and Outstanding Educator Nominations Open

If you would like to nominate an individual for recognition by SkillsUSA as an Honorary Life Member or Outstanding Career and Technical Educator, please complete the online applications here. The deadline is Feb. 15. If you have questions, contact Laura Rauch.

The Best Way to Build a Successful SkillsUSA Chapter

You know you’re having a great year in SkillsUSA, so why not be recognized for it? Did you elect officers, hold chapter meetings and engage in chapter activities? Then take it to the next level: complete the Chapter Excellence Program Quality Chapter application and receive the recognition your chapter has earned.

Start your SkillsUSA Chapter Excellence Program (CEP) application today and earn recognition for your chapter. The online application is on the main page of the membership registration site. Once you log in to your school account, follow these directions for accessing the application. We’ve also developed the “Build a Successful SkillsUSA Chapter Teacher’s Guide 2.0”. The guide offers simple and easy steps to follow on completing the application, engaging students in the process and infusing the SkillsUSA Framework into chapter activities.

New SkillsUSA Master Scholarship Application Now Open

For questions or help, contact SkillsUSA Customer Care at 844-875-4557 or by email. You can also take advantage of a one-on-one coaching session with our CEP and Program of Work (PoW) coach, Kelli Engelbrecht. Schedule your 30-minute Zoom coaching appointment here, or call her at 573-321-1322. During the coaching session, learn how to integrate the SkillsUSA Framework, articulate your SMART goals and select and evaluate Essential Elements within your CEP application.

SkillsUSA scholarships are available to both high school and college/postsecondary student members. Students can now apply for multiple scholarships by completing a single SkillsUSA master scholarship application. Eligibility criteria for each scholarship is noted on the application so that students know which scholarships they may be eligible to receive.

The SkillsUSA master scholarship is now open until April 1, 2023, and is available here. For more SkillsUSA scholarship resources, including a guide on how to submit a quality application, visit the scholarships page on the SkillsUSA website. If you have questions, contact Megan Flinn.

Advisors: Print Membership Cards Instantly

The SkillsUSA registration site offers a feature that allows advisors to print student and professional membership cards when they join. This website feature provides each member with a printed membership card. Each school or organization can print individual cards one per page or print multiple professional cards to a single page using the batch print option. The card printing option is available when advisors log on to the membership registration website.

Show Us What You Made … and What You’re Made Of!

SkillsUSA wants to showcase the great accomplishments our members make every day as skilled workers and leaders, and that’s what the #MadeInSkillsUSA social media campaign is all about. We’re asking members to share photos on social media that highlight their accomplishments. The photos can represent something students made with their hands (a construction project, a graphic, a hairstyle, a culinary creation, etc.) or a personal achievement earned through SkillsUSA (landing a job or internship, delivering a speech, leading a meeting, etc.). To participate, simply post a photo with the hashtag #MadeInSkillsUSA. Learn more here. For questions, contact Hayley Uffelman, SkillsUSA’s social media manager.

Earn Recognition for Service Through Presidential Honors

At the 2023 National Leadership & Skills Conference (NLSC), SkillsUSA will recognize advisors, students and registered alumni for their community service and volunteer activities through the President’s Volunteer Service Award (PVSA). To qualify, SkillsUSA members, advisors or alumni must submit a record of their service hours. With SkillsUSA’s focus on community service, you may already meet the requirements. For details and how to apply, visit the website. Applications must be received by April 1 for recognition at the 2023 NLSC.

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