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Friday Flash May 12, 2023

SkillsUSA Louisiana

Advisors today is the deadline! to get NLSC registrations entered and submitted, and reserve hotel rooms. Payment due shortly after.

pre-orders for the NLSC T-shirt with drawstring bag need to be listed on the SkillsUSA register site by May 12. Payment will be included with your NLSC Registration. You can also pre-order and pay on our website. HERE

  • Registrations must be summitted Today before 6 PM. NO EXCEPTIONS

  • Payment must be received at the Gray, LA PO Box by May 26. NO EXCEPTIONS

Participants at Nationals should check out the checklist for items that need to be addressed.

All things nationals including travel in Atlanta can be found on the NLSC Mini site.

View any updates relating to our state Delegation at the NLSC Page on our site.

Contestants keep an eye on the contest updates page. HERE

Share Your Week of Service

If your chapter conducted a community service project during SkillsUSA’s National Week of Service, be sure to connect with SkillsUSA on social media by posting photos of your activities. Chapter advisors or officers that email a description of their chapter events to Gayle Silvey will receive a $15 SkillsUSA logo gift item.

Also, be sure to publicize your 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. Then, click on “Send a Message.” Click on the name of each newspaper in your search results for more detailed contact information.

SkillsUSA Champions Feature: “Success Beyond Borders”

Aaron Robles was brought to the United States as a baby by his parents, both undocumented immigrants. Although he’d known the U.S. as home his entire life, Robles realized at high-school age that his immigration status left him unable to legally drive, work or even receive federal scholarship money. While dealing with those challenges and trying to plan for his future, Robles joined SkillsUSA. Through the help of the program, especially a caring advisor who recognized his potential (Karen Gillie, pictured with Robles), he gained the strength to overcome. Today, he’s a thriving entrepreneur and business owner who’s giving back to his community. Read the full story on SkillsUSA Champions digital hub.

Next-Level Skills for Educators at NLSC’s Academy of Excellence

If you are planning to attend the SkillsUSA National Leadership & Skills Conference (NLSC), don’t miss the Academy of Excellence professional development training, featuring more than 30 sessions for new and experienced teachers, administrators and counselors. These trainings will take place June 20-22 at the Georgia World

Congress Center and feature session topics such as classroom management, teacher burnout prevention, effective learning strategies, neutralizing student arguments, best practices and effective communication. Preregistration is not required. View the schedule of sessions.

NLSC’s SkillsUSA University Offers Invaluable Training

At this year’s National Leadership & Skills Conference, the 2023 SkillsUSA University will feature 24 free educational seminars on a variety of topics for all registered attendees. This is a chance to learn directly from industry expert

practitioners and gain field-specific skills to incorporate into classroom instruction. Workshops will be held June 20-22 at the Georgia World Congress Center and feature SkillsUSA programs, the latest trends in technology, career opportunities, safety programs and technical skills demonstrated by career cluster experts. All participants receive a certificate of participation, and many sessions include handouts, software, curriculum previews and other resources for teachers, students and parents. Preregistration is not required. View the schedule of sessions.

Applications Open for Harbor Freight Tools for Schools Travel Scholarships

In partnership with Harbor Freight Tools for Schools, SkillsUSA is proud to announce a travel scholarship opportunity for SkillsUSA high school members in selected trades who are competing in the 2023 SkillsUSA Championships. Eligible members can apply to receive up to $1,500 to assist in attending the 2023 National Leadership & Skills Conference. Applications will be accepted through May 22. Recipients will be announced on May 25.

Career Z Challenge Expands Eligibility and Extends Submission Deadline

The U.S. Department of Education’s new Career Z Challenge is a multi-phase competition is designed to expand high school student access to high quality work-based learning (WBL) while preparing them to contribute to today’s workforce and propelling them into careers of the future. Semifinalists and finalists are eligible to receive targeted technical assistance, including professional development support, webinars and training, participation in a community of practice as well as a portion of a $2.5 million prize pool. Learn more on the Career Z Challenge website. The submission deadline is now June 7 at 6 p.m.

Advance Your Teaching Skills Through SkillsUSA Engage

SkillsUSA Engage will be held June 17-19 at the GWCC in Atlanta. This professional development conference assists teachers and SkillsUSA advisors in elevating their teaching skills to new levels. You’ll enjoy a fast-paced, hands-on learning experience that will help you begin planning for next school year. Former attendee and instructor Sara Plozay of Ohio says, “Engage gives you the student hat to wear, allowing your lesson plans and chapter activities to be more engaging and intentional than ever.” Register by May 16. For questions, contact Michelle Martinez.

SkillsUSA Activate Registration Now Open for Student Leaders

SkillsUSA Activate will be held June 17-19 at the GWCC in Atlanta, and advisors should register their members now. The two-and-a-half-day, high-energy leadership conference is offered to all middle school and high school SkillsUSA students ready to take their leadership to the next level. The conference focuses on developing SkillsUSA Framework skills for use in achieving the SkillsUSA Program of Work, including Leadership; Planning, Organizing and Management; and Teamwork. Register by May 16. For questions, contact Taryn Erminio.

The SkillsUSA Store – New Official Red Jacket

The new 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 at NLSC!

End-of-Year Celebration Ideas

The end of the school year is the perfect time to celebrate the growth that has taken place over the year. Celebrating gives students a strong sense of individual and team accomplishment and builds enthusiasm to continue the great work into the next year. Here are a few ideas:

  • Host a banquet for the chapter, friends and family. Recognize student members for their leadership roles, demonstrated teamwork and completed projects.

  • Hold an appreciation circle where each member takes the spotlight for a few minutes while everyone recognizes that person very specifically for their contributions to the chapter or project

  • Host a fun activity at a local bowling alley, miniature golf course or swimming pool.

  • Showcase photos with bios or names of students on a bulletin board in the classroom or campus.

  • Thank members in an announcement in the school bulletin, newsletter, website or social media

  • Recognize participants at a school assembly, faculty meeting or school board meeting.

  • Place a recognition jar in the classroom or office and ask students to write notes of appreciation to each other.

Got Story-Worthy Champions?

At the national conference in Atlanta, the staff of SkillsUSA Champions digital magazine will be on the lookout for interview subjects. If you know of a SkillsUSA student, advisor, industry representative or alumnus who will be at national conference and whose story would be motivating and inspirational, please email SkillsUSA’s director of communications Tom Kercheval. A member of the communications team will then set up a specific time during conference week to meet these individuals. You are also invited to stop by the Media Room in GWCC B-204 anytime on Monday, June 19, through Thursday, June 22, to share story ideas and contacts. We look forward to meeting your champions!

Register Now for the “Your Place in Space Challenge”

The U.S. Department of Education has launched a Your Place in Space Challenge. This is the first challenge in CTE Momentum, an annual challenge series to prepare high school students for rewarding careers and increase access to career and technical education (CTE). The “Your Place in Space Challenge” invites high schools to submit designs for a product or service that will contribute to space missions and exploration. Submissions are due by 6 p.m. ET on Oct. 30, and up to 10 winners will receive at least $5,000 each. Learn more about the challenge on the website.

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