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March 9, 2018

Career Essentials: Assessments (formerly Work Force Ready System Skill Connect Assessments)

SkillsUSA offers more than 40 technical and employability assessments in various cluster areas including co-branded assessments with ASE/AYES and PrintED/GAERF. The Skill Connect Assessment name was rebranded to SkillsUSA Career Essentials this past summer and is now part of the SkillsUSA Career Essentials suite. This suite of products includes our career-ready Foundations, Experiences and Assessments. Only the brand name has changed. Content and the individual assessment names have remained the same. For information on the SkillsUSA Career Essentials suite and a list of available assessments go to: www.careeressentials.org


NEW Career-Ready Assessment Coming this Spring

Our all-new Career-Ready assessment will be released in April for the spring 2018 testing season. It will replace the current Employability assessment and will test the essential elements learned in the SkillsUSA Career Essentials: Experiences, Fundamentals. The current Employability assessment will be available through the 2018/19 school year.


PrintED Assessments

The following assessments have been revised and will be available for spring 2018 testing: Screen Printing, Digital File preparation/Digital File Output and Offset Press Operations/Binding and Finishing. All of the six SkillsUSA/PrintED Assessments offer a two-year student certification for students who make the industry set passing score.


Upcoming Webinar on Ordering and Management Tools
Join us for a training webinar on how to order the Career Essentials: Assessments. This presentation walks you through the steps of ordering and implementing the assessments to the students and goes over the various management tools available. Topics to be covered include: hardware/software requirements; accessing vouchers (to be provided to students to give access to curriculum); teacher resources; creating a student account/username; redeeming vouchers for student use; distributing vouchers to other teachers/administrators; reporting features; and customer support.


To participate, register using the link below. Once you register, you will receive an email with information on how to join.


Look for other assessment training webinars at: www.skillsusa.org/events-training/webinars. For additional information, go to: www.careeressentials.org, contact our support desk at 1-866-444-7779 or email: support@careeressentials.org.


LINCS Equity CoP Announcement for CTE and Equity Organizations

If you are a career and technical education (CTE) professional seeking to increase equity in your CTE programming, there is a new resource for you: the Advancing Equity in Career and Technical Education Community of Practice! Housed on the U.S. Department of Education’s Literacy Information and Communication Systems (LINCS) site, this moderated community offers CTE educators a forum to engage in thoughtful discussions and share tools and resources to increase equity in CTE programming.

You can create your account (freely available) at: https://community.lincs.ed.gov/group/advancing-equity


Join us today to pose your questions and help answer those of colleagues! Some example topics include: How can I make sure that my rural students have work-based learning opportunities? How can I recruit more females into my advanced manufacturing program? How can I encourage my Native American CTE students to persist and complete a postsecondary credential?


In addition to facilitated discussions, other equity-focused professional learning opportunities will include webinars, interactive resource reviews, blog posts, and important event announcements.


Harley-Davidson Motorcycle Raffle is Here Again!

SkillsUSA will be raffling a 2018 Street Bob® motorcycle at the 2018 National Conference Awards Ceremony on Friday, June 29 in Louisville, Ky. This event is made possible thanks to a generous donation by Harley-Davidson Motor Co. Inc. The Alumni & Friends Association will be the beneficiary of this year’s raffle. This year’s motorcycle featured a two-tone paint scheme called Wicked Red/Twisted Cherry. Tickets are $5 each or five tickets for $20 (a shipping and handling fee of $1 will be added to online orders). The winner does not need to be present for the drawing. The winner will be responsible for picking up the motorcycle at a local Harley-Davidson dealer in his or her community. Please note: the motorcycle cannot be shipped to the Virgin Islands. Go to http://bit.ly/HarleyRaffle18 to get your tickets.


For questions regarding this fundraiser, please email Taryn Zeigler at tzeigler@skillsusa.org.


mikeroweWORKS Offers Travel Scholarships for Competitors

The mikeroweWORKS Foundation will again offer scholarships for SkillsUSA student members to attend the National Leadership and Skills Conference in Louisville, Ky., June 25-29. This is the eighth consecutive year the mikeroweWORKS Foundation, in partnership with SkillsUSA, has offered travel scholarships for SkillsUSA members who compete and place first in their state championships and who otherwise would not be able to attend the national championships for financial reasons.


This year’s scholarships will focus on high-school and college/postsecondary students working primarily toward careers in manufacturing, construction, transportation, electronics and other program areas where a skills gap exists; a written application that includes financial need and SkillsUSA involvement. Applicants must also provide a recommendation from a SkillsUSA member instructor or state association director.


Applicants need to apply online at: www.skillsusa.org/membership-resources/scholarships-financial-aid/the-mikeroweworks-foundation-competitor-scholarship/. Scholarship applications must be received by May 15, 2018 (midnight EDT). Applications submitted after this time will not be considered.


Global Youth Service Day Looking for Participation

Celebrating 30 years of youth changing the world, Global Youth Service Day (GYSD) activates youth to #LeadASAP through Awareness, Service, Advocacy and Philanthropy. Through service to their community, youth gain powerful 21st century skills like empathy, critical thinking, creativity, collaboration, and communication, skills they need to be successful in school, work and life. GYSD will be celebrated on April 20-22 in more than 100 countries, with millions of young people working together to address the UN Sustainable Development Goals and change their communities. Find project ideas and planning tips at www.GYSD.org


GAERF Announces their 2018 Student Design Competition

The Graphic Arts Education and Research Foundation (GAERF) announces the launch of the GAERF 2018 Student Design Competition, themed Dominate the Display! This 10th annual contest challenges participants to combine their critical thinking and creativity to design and print an appealing, informational label for a fictitious product (of their choice) that showcases its unique brand and influences the decision to purchase. One high-school and one postsecondary/college winner will be identified for each of the first, second and third place awards.


The competition is open to all students attending high-school or postsecondary/college institutions in the continental United States who are studying in a graphic communications/printing, advertising, graphic design or interactive media program. Entries selected by GAERF will be judged by a panel of industry professionals.


First-place winners and their instructors will receive a two-day trip, all expenses paid, to attend PRINT 18 in Chicago, Ill., Oct. 1-2, 2018. Additionally, the winning students will receive an award of $2,000 presented during PRINT 18’s Career Awareness Day, Tuesday, Oct. 2. Second-place winners will be awarded $1,500, and third place winners will receive $1,000.


For complete information about the GAERF 2018 Student Design Competition, visit: http://gaerf.org/designcompetition.aspx. Entries must be postmarked by June 1.