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Friday Flash May 19, 2023

SkillsUSA Louisiana

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

Contestants keep an eye on the contest updates page. HERE

Participants at Nationals should check out the checklist for items that need to be addressed, Including resume upload, and any tests.

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.

SkillsUSA Students Named Presidential Scholars

SkillsUSA congratulates our four members recently named 2023 U.S. Presidential Scholars in career and technical education: Tej Sandeep Desai, a student at Paradise Valley High School in Phoenix, Ariz.; Katherine Jordan Little, a student at Thomas Jefferson High School in Denver, Colo.; Henry C. Knox, a student at Upper

Cape Cod Regional Vocational High School in East Falmouth, Mass.; and Alijandro Ian Mendoza, a student at Worcester (Mass.) Vocational High School. The 2023 U.S. Presidential Scholars are comprised of two students from each state along with 20 scholars in the arts, 20 scholars in career and technical education and 15 additional scholars chosen at large. See the complete list of this year’s scholars online.

Deadline is May 22 for NLSC 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 and leadership events 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.

New NLSC Microsite for SkillsUSA’s Biggest Event

There’s nothing “micro” about SkillsUSA’s upcoming National Leadership & Skills Conference (NLSC) in Atlanta, but our new NLSC microsite will help you stay up-to-date on the biggest event of the SkillsUSA calendar. This new site includes conference schedules, event information, maps, parking details, airline discounts, safety and security resources, local attractions and more.

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!

The SkillsUSA Store — Free Shipping

With the National Leadership & Skills Conference approaching, now is the perfect time to take advantage of FREE SHIPPING on all orders at the SkillsUSA Store to stock up for all of your pre-conference needs, including gifts, polo shirts, uniforms or official SkillsUSA blazers.

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. 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. SkillsUSA University is included with your registration and you do not have to sign up for sessions in advance. View the schedule of sessions.

Changes to SkillsUSA Technical Assessments Coming

SkillsUSA began offering technical assessments nearly 15 years ago to provide SkillsUSA schools and state associations with additional ways to measure students’ technical skills and knowledge. These assessments have been used as beginning-of-program pre-assessments, end-of-program post-assessments, state competition assessments and even graduation requirements.

As an organization, we engage in ongoing analysis of the strengths and weaknesses of all programs and how we can best serve students and teachers. The vision for SkillsUSA is to always accelerate the student experience, and that sometimes requires program adjustments. Effective Dec. 15, 2023, these are the only assessments that will be available through SkillsUSA:

  • Career Ready

  • Customer Service

  • Digital File Preparation/Digital File Output*

  • Digital Production Printing*

  • Graphic Design*

  • Introduction to Graphic Communications*

  • Offset Press Operations/Binding & Finishing*

  • Screen Printing*

* Print [ED] assessments

The 39 currently offered assessments will be available to order until Dec. 15, 2023.

  • SkillsUSA will honor the one-year expiration date of all assessment purchases.

  • After the assessments are disabled, teachers and students will still have access to performance data, certificates and transcripts.

  • No refunds for previous purchases will be made.

SkillsUSA recognizes that this announcement may generate questions, and we ask that you submit questions via this form so we can send out additional communication to include answers helpful to all. The responses will be monitored daily and if your inquiry is urgent or specific to only you, a staff representative will contact you directly as soon as possible

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