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Friday Flash Feb 2, 2024


Ready for SkillsUSA Week?

Next week is SkillsUSA Week! From Feb. 5-9, your chapter can participate in many ways. Plan activities that follow the daily schedule for chapters nationwide. Whether you honor school staff with a thank-you breakfast, invite a partner to speak at a chapter meeting, make a presentation to a community group or celebrate your members, students can grow their skills and demonstrate that SkillsUSA is an important factor in their personal and professional development.

 

Have your SkillsUSA Week committee or chapter officers review the activities now and select a few to implement. Download the Program Guide and SkillsUSA Week Activity Sets.

 

The SkillsUSA Advocacy Site offers two editable letter templates to promote your chapter to the media or write to elected officials. After SkillsUSA Week, be sure to share your stories, photos or links, and we may feature your chapter on social media or on the national website in our SkillsUSA Week photo album.

 

Seeking Musical Talent to Perform National Anthem at NLSC

Do you have a musical gift to share with the SkillsUSA community? If so, apply to perform the national anthem at the opening session of SkillsUSA’s National Leadership & Skills Conference this June. 

The chosen performer will be offered complimentary conference registration if their sole purpose of attendance is to perform the national anthem. Apply here by 5 p.m. ET on Tuesday, April 2. For questions, contact Melinda Lloyd.

 

Last Call to Honor Your Champion With a National Award: Nominations Still Open

If you would like to nominate someone for national recognition by SkillsUSA as an Honorary Life Member, Outstanding Career and Technical Educator or for the Hall of Champions award, please complete the online applications. Be sure to notify your nominee and provide all requested information. The deadline is Feb. 14. If you have questions, contact Laura Rauch.

 

 

 

SkillsUSA Advisor and Student Feedback Needed

SkillsUSA is eager to hear advisor and student feedback to assess their needs and preferences. We have prepared a brief survey for advisors to assess your needs at the local level. Your opinions will be instrumental in shaping the future initiatives of SkillsUSA to ensure that we provide the best possible support for our members.

 

SkillsUSA has also prepared a brief survey for your students. Given the importance of representing the diverse perspectives of our members across different states, we kindly request your assistance in distributing this survey to your student members if your local policies allow. Student input will significantly contribute to our understanding of regional variations and enhance the overall effectiveness of our initiatives.

 

The surveys should take no more than 10 minutes to complete. Your support is valuable and we thank you in advance. Responses are confidential, and the information collected will be used solely for the purpose of enhancing our organization's offerings. We appreciate your commitment to SkillsUSA and look forward to hearing your feedback.

 

Register Members by March 1 to Claim Eligibility

The national SkillsUSA membership deadline is March 1. Student members must meet both state and national membership deadlines to be eligible for national competitions; serve as voting delegates; run for national office; or apply for national scholarships, awards and honors. Check out the complete listing of state dues and deadlines and learn how to join as a professional member and access your professional membership benefits in this video tutorial.

 

Take Up the Challenge! NLSC Pin and T-shirt Design

SkillsUSA is offering the 2024 National Leadership & Skills Conference (NLSC) Pin and T-shirt Design Challenge to all dues-paying student members. The winning designs will become the official T-shirt and pin design for the 2024 NLSC. Entries must be received by March 1 at 12 a.m. ET, and winners will be announced on March 8. Rules and submission links can be found on the SkillsUSA Website.  

 

Presidential Honors for Selfless Service

At the 2024 National Leadership & Skills Conference (NLSC), SkillsUSA will recognize advisors, students and registered alumni for their community service through the President’s Volunteer Service Award (PVSA). To qualify, SkillsUSA members must submit a record of their service hours. With SkillsUSA’s focus on community service, you may have already met the requirements. For details on how to apply, visit the website. Applications must be received by March 31, for recognition at the 2024 NLSC.

 

Spring SkillsUSA Professional Development Offerings

Take your SkillsUSA knowledge to the next level with SkillsUSA’s Professional Development offerings. Sessions include new advisor training, the Chapter Excellence Program, how to apply for scholarships and more. Visit our training webpage and sign up now for the sessions that interest you. All sessions are free and open to any SkillsUSA advisor.

 

 SkillsUSA College/Postsecondary Scholarships Open!

SkillsUSA members anticipating tuition expenses for the summer or fall 2024 academic terms can apply now for scholarships made available through SkillsUSA and generous industry partners. SkillsUSA uses the Kaleidoscope scholarship platform for a streamlined application experience. Scholarship applications require a letter of recommendation from a SkillsUSA advisor or another instructor, a resume and a brief essay. Scholarship recipients are notified by email and must submit an acceptance form. Funds for scholarship awards are remitted directly to the recipients’ postsecondary institutions and applied to the student’s account balance. These scholarships are competitive and applying for a scholarship does not guarantee your selection. To get started, visit the scholarships page on the website to see scholarship opportunities and award amounts. The scholarship application period ends April 15. For questions, contact our Customer Care Team.

 

Address Change for the SkillsUSA National Office Final Reminder

Effective immediately, the National Headquarters of SkillsUSA has a new official mailing address. Please update your accounting records for any invoice payments, correspondence or other mail coming to SkillsUSA headquarters via USPS, FedEx or UPS.

 Please note this address is for national office payments only; your state office mailing address will remain the same unless you are notified otherwise.

 

SkillsUSA

673 Potomac Station Dr.

PMB #809

Leesburg, VA 20176

 

To ensure timely membership payments, we recommend using electronic payment by credit card and e-check. You can access the link to pay directly from each invoice you receive. Please reach out to SkillsUSA's Customer Care Team at 844-875-4557 or customercare@skillsusa.org if you need help or have further questions.

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