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Friday Flash May 10, 2024


Louisiana NLSC Updates


Today is the deadline to register and submit for NLSC and if payment is not received in the State Office on or before May 14 any unpaid registrations will be canceled unless other arrangements are made.


  • For anyone that will join us for Dinner Monday night they will need to register with the school getting a  State Delegation Pass paying the $250. (Advisors or families are welcome). On May 21 Nationals will open ticketing to the public with different options, 1) NLSC Pass $195 everything minus the state dinner, 2) Thursday only Floor pass $35. 

*The only way to get access to the Opening and Closing session is with a state delegation pass or NLSC pass. 


  • Competitors should check and keep up with the checklist at the following link,  https://www.nlsc.skillsusa.org/championships

  • Competitors should also check their emails for a testing credentials that will be emailed directly about May 21.



Share Your SkillsUSA Signing Day with the Nation

SkillsUSA National Signing Day on May 7 was a national celebration for our future skilled professionals and the skills that have been, are and always will always be essential. On Signing Day, thousands of SkillsUSA students across the country signed letters of intent to pursue a career in the skilled trades. See the photos and videos we’ve received so far and continue to share your photos, videos and stories so we can highlight your chapter on our news and social media channels. If you post on social media, use the hashtags #SkillsUSANationalSigningDay and #TradesStars. The 2024 SkillsUSA National Signing Day was sponsored by the Lowe’s Foundation, State Farm and Constellation Energy. Learn more at signingday.skillsusa.org.

 

TechForce Awarding $4 Million in Scholarships!

The TechForce Foundation awards scholarships and grants year-round to help students obtain their technical education. From tuition scholarships to relocation and emergency grants, TechForce helps students stay in school, get trained and become workforce ready. TechForce is committed to the career exploration and development of professional technicians across all sectors, including (but not limited to) automotive, aviation, collision, diesel (trucking, agriculture, construction, heavy-duty, stationary engines, and rentals), fleets, marine, motorcycle, motorsports, restoration, welding and emerging technologies. TechForce Foundation will award $4 million in scholarships this year. Create a free account in TechForce™, then click “Scholarships” to apply.

 

TechForce Foundation is also conducting a survey to better understand the perceptions of Gen Z future techs and working techs in their first two years of employment as aviation, automotive, collision repair, diesel and welding technicians. Ever wanted to tell your boss, instructor, parent or co-worker something but felt they wouldn't understand? Please submit your anonymous feedback on this survey no later than June 14.

 

 

Spotlight Your Community Service to the Nation

SkillsUSA’s National Week of Service was May 5-11. If your chapter conducted a community service project, we’d love to hear about it. Please provide a brief description using this form. In return, we’ll send a SkillsUSA logo gift item valued at $15 to say thanks (while supplies last). We encourage chapters to publicize their projects locally. To locate contact information for your local newspapers, use our SkillsUSA Advocacy Site. On the site, click on “Media,” enter your ZIP code, and choose up to six outlets at a time. Then, click on “Send a Message.” At “Compose Your Own Message,” fill in your contact information and your message and click send. To see the full contact information for each outlet, click on the name of the newspaper.

 

SkillsUSA Scholarship Application Deadlines Coming Soon

Please encourage your SkillsUSA students to take advantage of our incredible scholarships! Exploring and applying for these scholarships is an easy process. SkillsUSA student members can review eligibility criteria, scholarship amounts and applications in one location: SkillsUSA Scholarship Application Hub.

 

NLSC travel scholarship closing on May 22: Harbor Freight Tools for Schools (applicants can receive up to $1,500 to attend the 2024 National Leadership & Skills Conference)

 

Closing May 31: The Bob Westphal Memorial Scholarship

 

To learn more about these scholarships and how to submit a quality application, visit the SkillsUSA Scholarships and Grants webpage. If you have questions, contact Jordan Sewell.

 

EXTENSION: Skills Jam Casting Submissions!

The 2023 Skills Jam cast and docu-series were amazing! Now, we’re ready to do it again, bigger and even better, with Skills Jam 2024! Skills Jam needs your help to find the best student stories around the country — and you don’t need to be an NLSC competitor. Skills Jam is offering two chapter grants of $2,500 just for entering a video. Even if your students aren’t cast for Skills Jam, entering a video gives your chapter a chance to win a grant. Find the details in the Skills Jam Casting Overview and the student

flyer and presentation slide. If you missed the 2023 docu-series, you can still catch last season’s Skills Jam episodes on YouTube. The tide is turning when it comes to the perception of skilled trades across the nation. Don’t miss this great opportunity to build that momentum for your program and your students! For questions, contact Maria@SkilledCareers.org.

 

Volunteers and Judges Needed at NLSC

The National Leadership & Skills Conference (NLSC) — the largest gathering of America’s future skilled workforce — will be held in Atlanta from June 24-28, 2024. The Office of the SkillsUSA Championships is looking for unpaid volunteers who can serve as competition judges or assist the management team to support various NLSC programs and experiences.

 

Volunteers should be available to serve at the Georgia World Congress Center (GWCC) in Atlanta on both Wednesday, June 26 and Thursday, June 27 (schedule TBD). Some of the areas where volunteers are needed include judging Leadership and Occupationally Related competitions including:

 

·         Chapter Business Procedure

·         Chapter Display

·         Community Service

·         Extemporaneous Speaking

·         Job Skill Demonstration A & Open

·         Opening and Closing Ceremonies

·         Promotional Bulletin Board

·         Quiz Bowl

 

If you are an educator or partner who will be at NLSC but you do not have student competitors and would like to assist, please complete the SkillsUSA Volunteer Interest Form and indicate the area(s) in which you are interested in volunteering. If you have questions, contact Brandon Hudson. Thank you for your interest and support of SkillsUSA!

 

The SkillsUSA Store – Official Red Jacket

The official SkillsUSA red jacket was created with members in mind. Its design is stylish and professional, and the vibrant red is an exact color match to the official SkillsUSA blazer. The lightweight and durable fabric make this jacket a staple for SkillsUSA events and cooler summer evenings. Get yours now and wear it with pride at NLSC! The red jacket also makes a wonderful gift for new chapter officers as they are elected and inducted


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