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Friday Flash Nov 4, 2022

Louisiana Fall Leadership DEADLINE TODAY

Today is the deadline to submit registration for SkillsUSA Louisiana's 2022 Fall Leadership conference. This years Fall Leadership Conference will be help in person back in Lafayette's ULL campus on Nov 14 and 16, 2022. This important conference will be held at the University of Louisiana Lafayette - Student Union 620 McKinley Street, Lafayette, LA 70504 and the CAJUNDOME convention center – 444 CAJUNDOME Blvd, Lafayette, La 70506. Your participation in this worthwhile activity will demonstrate the special interest that you have in the growth and development of your students. The purpose of this event is to help train local chapter officers and leaders to perform their duties in their home high school campuses. This event is open to members and Non members alike. Use the link below to access the Informational packet.


2022 SkillsUSALA Fall Conference Packet
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Register by Nov. 15 for Extra Member Benefits

Becoming a professional member of SkillsUSA is one of the best ways to demonstrate to students the opportunities that membership provides. As a benefit of membership, professional members receive online access to:

Framework Integration Toolkit: The Framework Integration Toolkit has everything you need to ensure career readiness for students, including videos, lesson plans, activities and more.

Program of Work Toolkit: The Program of Work Toolkit includes the Program of Work Launch Activity Guides, videos and resources to help you implement effective activities.

Jump into Stem: A chapter curriculum for members to mentor and engage elementary and middle school students in STEM learning while creating an opportunity for future recruitment.

SkillsUSA Championships Technical Standards: The official rules and regulations for each of the 2022 SkillsUSA Championships competitions.

E-Courses: Includes SkillsUSA Framework Certification; CTE Knowledge Certification; Promoting Diversity, Equity and Inclusion as a SkillsUSA Leader; and Building Self-Motivation in Student Leaders.

Advisor Professional Development: A variety of training opportunities, from webinars to classroom to multi-day sessions. You’ll find a lot of options for differing training needs.

As a special membership 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 SkillsUSA Member Handbook is the official guide to help members run successful chapters. To support chapter officer development, teachers that meet the Nov. 15 deadline will also receive a discount on this resource (buy five SkillsUSA Member Handbooks and get the sixth one free)! A coupon code will be included with your incentive mailing.

SkillsUSA Week T-shirt Design Challenge Final Reminder

SkillsUSA is seeking student designs for the official T-shirt of SkillsUSA Week 2023. One design will be selected and produced by the SkillsUSA Store. The contest is open to all paid student members. Only one entry per SkillsUSA member is permitted. Designs should be appropriate for use on a red T-shirt and follow the design specifications outlined in the Challenge Guide. The deadline for submissions is Nov. 7 at 5 p.m. ET.

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.

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.

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!

SkillsUSA WorldSkills Competitor Wins Bronze

A huge congratulations goes to Jordan Packer of Utah for winning a bronze medal in Welding at the WorldSkills Competition 2022 Special Edition, held Oct. 17-20 at the Lincoln Electric Welding Technology and Training Center in Cleveland. Packer was the sole U.S. competitor at the event, which was part of a series of 62

WorldSkills 2022 Special Edition competitions held between Sept. 7 and Nov. 26 in 26 cities and 15 countries and regions across Europe, North America and East Asia. The WorldSkills Competition 2022 Special Edition, presented by Samsung, is the official replacement for WorldSkills Shanghai 2022, which was canceled in May

due to the pandemic. For more information, quotes and photos, visit the website. The next WorldSkills competition takes place Sept. 10-15, 2024, in Lyon, France.

The SkillsUSA Store Featured Product

Check out the SkillsUSA Store for the RocketBook Flip Notebook. The synthetic paper allows you to write smoothly with the included Pilot Frixion pen and then upload your notes, plans, lists and drawings to your favorite cloud service by using the RocketBook app. It provides a classic pen and paper experience, yet is endlessly reusable and wipes clean with a damp cloth to reuse again and again. The size is 9" x 6", so it’s easy to take wherever you go.

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