Final Reminder to Register by Nov. 15 for Extra Member Benefits
As a special incentive, teachers who register at least 15 student members plus one or more professionals by Nov. 15 will receive a complimentary copy of the SkillsUSA Member Handbook, the official guide to help members run successful chapters. To support chapter officer development, teachers who meet the Nov. 15 membership deadline will also receive a discount on this resource (buy five Handbooks and get the sixth one free)! A coupon code will be included with your handbook mailing.
Dues for professional members are $28. View or download this PDF for 2022-23 state dues and deadlines, and you can find our registration site here.
Big Tips From Our Top Advisors
SkillsUSA’s latest SkillsUSA Champions feature profiles SkillsUSA’s 2021-22 Advisor of the Year Kimberly Petronella and the four other dedicated advisors who qualified as regional finalists for the award. Great insights into the advisors’ methodologies are shared in the story, which includes their tips on incorporating the SkillsUSA Framework into the classroom. Read the story here.
SkillsUSA Logo Generator is Back on the Brand Portal
Need an official SkillsUSA logo for your chapter? That’s why the SkillsUSA Logo Generator was created. Find it (along with a host of other brand-related assets) through our Brand Portal. Just click on the “Brand Assets” banner and then the “Logo Generator” button. From there, decide whether you need the one- or two-line version, enter your chapter name and download the files! If you need help, please contact Scott Price, our design and digital communications manager.
Earn Recognition for Service Through Presidential Honors
At the next National Leadership & Skills Conference (NLSC), SkillsUSA will once again 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, advisors and students 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.
SkillsUSA Technical Fridays Workshops
Join us for “SkillsUSA Technical Fridays,” a series of virtual workshops led by industry experts to help teachers develop specific technical skills relevant to their career fields. Leave the sessions with new knowledge and skills to implement in the classroom. Learn more about the workshops here.
On Nov. 18, from 4-5 p.m. ET, Sharon Aranmór, national Welding Sculpture technical committee chair and founder of Weld Like A Girl (an organization formed to empower girls and women through welding), will help demystify Gas Tungsten Arc Welding (GTAW), otherwise known as Tungsten Inert Gas (TIG) welding. The session will include content on TIG torch assembly, tungsten electrodes, AC sine waves and more.
Advisor of the Year Program (NEW REQ)
Beginning this year the Advisor of the Year will have two requirements, Paid Professional Membership and achieve minimum Level 2 within the SkillsUSA Chapter Excellence Program for the current year.
The SkillsUSA Advisor of the Year program recognizes Professional members who actualize the organization's mission of empowering students to become world-class workers, leaders, and responsible American citizens. A SkillsUSA chapter is only successful with the support of an Advisor who has dedicated themselves to career and technical education by intentionally integrating the SkillsUSA Framework and ensuring students can articulate the skills they have developed. State recipients are submitted to the regional competition. During NLSC, regional winners are interviewed, and a national winner is selected. The deadline to submit state-level recipients is April 1, 2023.
Seeking “Straight-Out-of-High-School” Success Stories
SkillsUSA Champions magazine is looking to feature more success stories about members who chose career pathways that did not involve college and instead embarked on successful and fulfilling skilled trades careers directly out of high school. If you know of SkillsUSA graduates in your state who fit that description, please let us know. We anticipate that these students are successfully employed because of the skills they gained through SkillsUSA and that they did not incur student loan debt to launch their careers. If these students went to work for a partner they met through SkillsUSA, we’d love to hear about that, too. Please send a brief description of your graduate to Office of Communications Associate Director Karen Kitzel.
#MadeInSkillsUSA Fall Social Media Campaign
SkillsUSA Champions: Show the nation 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. Share a photo that highlights YOUR skilled accomplishments using the hashtag #MadeInSkillsUSA. That photo can represent something you made with your hands in or outside the classroom (a construction project, a graphic, a beautiful hairstyle, a culinary creation, etc.) It can also represent a personal achievement made in and through SkillsUSA (landing a job or internship, delivering a speech, leading a meeting, etc.). Through this campaign, members can explore different career clusters and connect with each other through their mutual love of SkillsUSA.
· Post a photo or series of photos using the hashtag #MadeInSkillsUSA.
· Add a caption that explains the photo(s) and the skills or knowledge gained.
· Tag your advisor or other chapter members who helped you.
· Be sure to use the campaign hashtag #MadeInSkillsUSA.
By tagging your post #MadeInSkillsUSA, you are giving SkillsUSA permission to share your post on the SkillsUSA website or national social media platforms. For questions, please contact Hayley Uffelman, SkillsUSA’s social media manager.