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Friday Flash Oct 21, 2022

Updated: Nov 3, 2022

SkillsUSA Louisiana Fall Leadership Information

SkillsUSA Louisiana's first planned event of the year is the 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

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.

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.

One-on-One Coaching on the Chapter Excellence Program

Is your chapter strategizing on how to take your Chapter Excellence Program (CEP) application to the next level, or does your chapter need help getting started? SkillsUSA now offers one-on-one coaching sessions with our CEP and Program of Work (PoW) coach, Kelli Engelbrecht. Learn how to integrate the SkillsUSA Framework, articulate your SMART goals and select and evaluate your Essential Element within your CEP application. Schedule your 30-minute Zoom coaching appointment here. For questions, contact Kelli Engelbrecht.

Local Chapter Recruitment Resources

Check out the SkillsUSA Recruitment Week resource hub to learn how your chapter leaders can successfully plan activities to engage potential new members. You’ll also find advisor resources to coach chapter leaders around recruitment and engaging potential new members. Holding a chapter

recruitment activity is a Chapter Excellence Program Level 2 indicator, so utilizing these resources can be an important step in achieving chapter excellence.

Give Your Chapter’s Service Projects a National Spotlight

SkillsUSA is on the lookout for local community service project stories to publish in the Spotlight section of our SkillsUSA Champions digital hub. If your chapter has completed a project for your community or plans to complete one this school year, please email information and photos to editors Jane Short and Hayley Uffelman, and one of them will reach out to you. This is a great assignment for a local chapter reporter. Any story leads are also appreciated.

Show Off Your Construction Projects!

High school career and technical education students and postsecondary construction trainees or apprentices are eligible to enter the NCCER and Build Your Future’s eighth annual “I BUILT THIS!” video contest. This year’s contest features two new formats: TikToks and Instagram Reels. The nationwide competition invites construction craft students and trainees to showcase

their building projects. Entries are due by Oct. 31. Learn more here.

Apply for ACTE Teacher and Lifetime Achievement Awards

The Association for Career and Technical Education (ACTE) is still seeking nominations for the National Trade and Industrial Education Division Awards to be presented during the annual CareerTech VISION conference. This year’s conference will be held Nov. 30 - Dec. 3 in Las Vegas. The deadline for nominations has been extended to Nov. 1. Qualified individuals may be nominated for Teacher of the Year, New Teacher of the Year or Lifetime Achievement, and you may nominate yourself. (If you nominate someone else, please be sure to notify the nominee.) Click here to make nominations. For conference information, visit ACTE CareerTech VISION 2022.

SkillsUSA Week T-shirt Design Challenge

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.

No-Cost Virtual Industry Panels Available to Your Chapter

On Wednesday, Nov. 16, SkillsUSA will host Pour the IndusTEA, an industry panel discussion specific to each career cluster that we cover! This high-energy, informative experience will connect students with business and industry panelists. We invite classrooms to attend this career-focused event to gain useful insight and information about the industries they are stepping into. Learn more and register by Nov. 2 here.

Highlight Your Chapter on Social Media

Social media is a powerful presence in the lives of most young people, including SkillsUSA members. Social media is more than a social connection tool — chapter posts can inspire action, create awareness or showcase SkillsUSA to the community. Social media can also be a tool to see the work being done in different communities and create more member awareness of upcoming events, conferences, scholarships and deadlines. Encourage your members to tag @SkillsUSA in their chapter posts. Be sure to follow our national social media channels on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and LinkedIn and have your chapter reporter post and share regularly on your school channels and state channels. Assign your chapter reporter to cover and share your activities regularly on social media and build a stronger following of members, administrators and partners. You are welcome to share any national SkillsUSA posts as you wish. If you have questions about social media, contact Hayley Uffelman, our social media program manager, at She is happy to help and share resources.

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 Oct. 28, from 4-5 p.m. ET, technical training supervisor Brian Brownfield from Toyota Motor Corporation will take a close look at two of the tools needed to diagnose electrified powertrains — the milliohmmeter and megohmmeter — and discuss high voltage safety requirements for working on them

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

A Wealth of Professional Development This Fall

Please join your fellow advisors at our fall SkillsUSA Professional Development offerings. Learn more about SkillsUSA’s offerings on SkillsUSA’s online training calendar. Certificates are provided upon completion of each session. Use this Google Doc to learn how to access your Professional Membership benefits online. For questions, contact Karolina Belen.

It’s Not Too Late to Support the Trades in Fashion

SkillsUSA has once again teamed up with Tractor Supply Company (TSC) and Carhartt for a “Support the Trades” campaign, designed to raise awareness of the skilled trades while helping SkillsUSA close the skilled trades gap. Carhartt and TSC are offering an expanded “Support the Trades” line of shirts and hats designed by Carhartt, with a portion of the proceeds being donated to SkillsUSA! The exclusive T-shirts and hats for women and men are now available at Tractor Supply Online or your local TSC store. Check out this promotional video and follow the campaign on SkillsUSA’s social media this fall. This campaign ends soon so order your shirts now.

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