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October 26, 2018

Register by Nov. 15 to Receive These Membership Incentives

Why is it important to register yourself as a professional member of SkillsUSA? Becoming a professional member of SkillsUSA is one of the best ways you can demonstrate to your students the importance of the organization and the opportunities that membership will provide. As a professional member, you will receive online access to the following: 2019 SkillsUSA Championships Technical Standards, Jump into STEM! curriculum and SkillsUSA Career Essentials: Foundations.


SkillsUSA professional members, as a no-cost member benefit, receive the aforementioned items when they have submitted a current and accurate email address along with their membership details. The 2019 SkillsUSA Championships Technical Standards is available online to professional members as part of their paid membership. Once membership has been submitted, an email will be sent to the address on file that will include a PIN to access the items electronically.


As a special membership incentive, register at least 15 student members in your training program plus one or more professionals by Nov. 15, and you will receive a free educational resource item, The Four Pillars: Your Personal Leadership Journey (value: $4.95). Instructors who register with 100-percent membership plus one or more professionals will also receive a SkillsUSA Program of Work calendar (value: $5.95).


For more details on these incentives, see the membership kits or visit the SkillsUSA website:

www.skillsusa.org/membership-resources/membership-kit-2/high-school/5-register-students-members-skillsusa/ or you can begin to register yourself and your students at: www.skillsusa-register.org


SkillsUSA and Harbor Freight Tools for Schools Team Up To Support Outstanding Skilled Trades Students and Chapters

SkillsUSA has partnered with Harbor Freight Tools for Schools on a new grant opportunity for SkillsUSA chapters. Eligible programs can receive up to $5,000 to strengthen their local SkillsUSA chapter. Applications will be accepted through Nov. 15, 2018, and grant recipients will be announced Dec. 1, 2018. The grants are intended for SkillsUSA chapters established within the past three years that serve students enrolled in one of 29 construction, transportation or manufacturing occupational programs or contests.


To apply, chapters must complete an electronic application and explain how they will use the grant to improve the SkillsUSA program at their school. Applications will be evaluated based on proposed plans, community partnerships and sustainability of program improvements. Schools with 75 percent or more of their enrolled students qualifying for free or reduced-price lunches are encouraged to apply. Grant recipients will be required to complete an evaluation of their implementation during the 2018-19 school year, sign photography/video waivers and provide photos of students and teachers participating in activities funded by the grant.


Danny Corwin, executive director of Harbor Freight Tools for Schools, said, “Harbor Freight Tools for Schools could not be prouder to support excellence in high school skilled trades education through this partnership with SkillsUSA. The outstanding students, advisors and mentors of the SkillsUSA community demonstrate the great promise of the trades as a course of study and career.” SkillsUSA executive director Timothy Lawrence added, “Partnerships like these expand opportunities for our members and strengthen relationships between education and industry. SkillsUSA is thrilled to partner with Harbor Freight Tools for Schools on this program, which supports the growth of SkillsUSA chapters across the nation.”


The grant opportunity is available to high schools with SkillsUSA chapters established after July 1, 2015, in trade areas that align with the following SkillsUSA Championships competitions:

  • Additive Manufacturing
  • Architectural Drafting
  • Automotive Refinishing Technology
  • Automotive Service Technology
  • Aviation Maintenance Technology
  • Cabinetmaking
  • Carpentry
  • CNC Milling Technology
  • CNC Technician
  • CNC Turning Technology
  • Collision Repair Technology
  • Electrical Construction Wiring
  • Heating, Ventilation, Air Conditioning and Refrigeration (HVACR)
  • Industrial Motor Control
  • Major Appliance and Refrigeration Technology
  • Masonry
  • Mechatronics
  • Plumbing
  • Residential Systems Installation and Maintenance
  • Sheet Metal
  • TeamWorks
  • Welding
  • Welding Fabrication
  • Welding Sculpture


Grant restrictions: The grant may not be used for the purchase of tools, hardware, electronics or related items or accessories including automotive and motorcycle supplies or accessories, engines and generators, garage and machinery equipment or accessories, lawn and garden equipment, welding equipment or accessories, or material handling equipment and supplies.

To complete the grant application, go to: https://skillsusa.wufoo.com/forms/harbor-freight-tools-for-schools/


For more information, email Cathy Arrington at carrington@skillsusa.org.


Members Get Free Access to Autodesk Software

Autodesk, a SkillsUSA sponsor for over 20 years, is again providing member students and educators with free access to software. Autodesk shares SkillsUSA’s goal of preparing students in STEM-based careers and creating an industry-ready workforce. Visit the Autodesk Education Community at: www.autodesk.com/education


Focus Your Students on Safety

CareerSafe sponsors a National Youth Safety Video Contest, in which students across the country are challenged to create a two-minute video demonstrating safety in the workplace. All submissions should be sent to CareerSafe by March 1. The winning students will receive a SkillsUSA prize pack as well as a scholarship up to $2,500, and the winning school will receive a prize up to $5,000. For more information, visit the CareerSafe website after Oct. 15 at: www.careersafeonline.com


Help is Only a Call, Email or Chat Away!

Hotline operators are ready to answer your questions on how to start a new chapter, engage chapter members and strengthen an existing chapter. Operators are on call from 8 a.m.–5 p.m. (Eastern time) Monday, Wednesday and Friday and from 11 a.m.–7 p.m. (Eastern) Tuesday and Thursday. Call the hotline toll free: 844-875-4557.


Don’t have time to call? Send the operators an email at operators@skillsusa.org or chat with them online at the membership registration site.