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Friday Flash Nov 18, 2022

2022 Fall Leadership was a Huge Success

Monday and Tuesday this week students from all areas of the state met in Lafayette, La for the Louisiana SkillsUSA Fall Leadership Conference.

Twenty-seven students met the qualifications for earning the Louisiana Statesman award which is one of the highest awards given at the state level. Students went through rotations where they focused on learning many workplace skills such as Teamwork, Decisions Making and Communication.

Give on #GivingTuesday to Benefit Members

This #GivingTuesday (Nov. 29), Ariat — a performance footwear and clothing brand with an emphasis on technology and innovation — will donate 10% of sales to SkillsUSA, Folds of Honor and the Equus Foundation. All funds raised for SkillsUSA will go to The SkillsUSA Hope Fund, which assists members in financial or personal crisis or SkillsUSA chapters affected by natural disasters. By donating to SkillsUSA, companies and individuals can have a powerful impact on our organization and the nation’s future workforce. Donate directly to SkillsUSA’s Hope Fund for #GivingTuesday online. Check the SkillsUSA website soon for the Ariat link to shop and support SkillsUSA on Nov. 29.

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.

Workshops are free but space is limited. Register here. If you have questions, contact Karolina Belen.

Attend ACTE’s CareerTech VISION Conference

There’s still time to register for ACTE CareerTech VISION 2022. This year’s event is a hybrid conference, offering an in-person or virtual experience from the comfort and convenience of your school, office or home. The ACTE conference features enhanced programming and immersive professional development to address timely topics impacting career and technical education.

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.

We can’t wait to see what was #MadeInSkillsUSA in your life! Look for more information on and our social media channels soon. We look forward to seeing what you post!

The SkillsUSA Store Holiday Collection

Hats off to the holidays! Get ready for winter and shop the SkillsUSA Hats and Accessories collection, featuring both classic and on-trend caps, beanies and more. The SkillsUSA Store has everything from scripted luxe embroidery to custom patches, curved visors and cozy knit hats! These make wonderful gifts for chapter officers, advisors, administrators and other SkillsUSA supporters.

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