Friday Flash NM!

SkillsUSA NM Updates 2/5/16

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Celebrate SkillsUSA Week!

SkillsUSA has its own week of celebration, held this year on Feb. 7-13. You can participate in SkillsUSA Week lots of different ways: hold an open house, invite local media to tour your programs, conduct a community service project, work with area businesses to build more meaningful partnerships, or engage with policymakers to talk about the value of technical education. For a sample calendar, proclamation and press release, go to: .

Let your alumni know to sign up in the national registration system!

Membership deadline approaching!

Join today!

College/Postsecondary membership have been submitted by:

  • Navajo Technical University
  • New Mexico Junior College
  • San Juan College
  • Southwestern Indian Polytechnic Institute

High School Membership submitted by:

  • Artesia High School
  • Belen High School
  • Bernalillo High School
  • Career Enrichment Center (just registered)
  • Carlsbad High School
  • Deming High School
  • FMS Cate Center
  • Foothill High School
  • Gadsden High School
  • Hobbs High School
  • Loving High School
  • Miyamura High School
  • Rio Grande High School (just registered)
  • Santa Teresa High School
  • Taos High School
  • University High School
  • West Mesa High School

Membership Hotline 844-875-4557

Step-by-Step Instructions:

As you affiliate your members, please contact with any questions or concerns.

Membership Deadline February 12 (19th for State Leadership & Skills Conference).

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Call to Conference and Forms for State Leadership and Skills Championships

The 50th NM State Leadership and Skills Conference is open. Below are the links to the Call to Conference (please print) and associated forms.

-See you at the 50th Celebratioin!

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CTE Month Digital Blizzard Plan

February is recognized as National Career and Technical Education (CTE) Month, with the opportunity to highlight the work of students and teachers in CTE. SkillsUSA is integral to your CTE program, so this is the perfect opportunity to raise awareness and share information about CTE and SkillsUSA. To reach a wide audience of students, parents and educators, one of the most effective forms of communication is through social media such as Twitter, Facebook and Instagram. How can you and your students get involved and get noticed? Follow the daily postings and tweets below for the most impact:

Feb. 10 Theme: Career and Technical Student Organizations

Facebook Post:

SkillsUSA is an integral part of career and technical education (CTE). Students enrolled in CTE programs participate in leadership development conferences and events, with the opportunity to travel and meet people from across the nation.

· Post photos of your favorite CTSO leadership development activity. Include a picture of students exhibiting leadership skills, participating in regional or national conferences, or contributing in the workplace, community and school

Tweet / Instagram Post:

Over 2 million students nationwide are currently members of CTSOs, and millions more are alumni. How did CTSO contribute to your career success? #CTEMonth

The SkillsUSA NM officers urge your chapter to form its own plan for celebrating SkillsUSA week at the local level. This is a perfect time to educate (framework),

connect (social media), and re-discover (alumni).

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$2,000 School Grant Sponsored by Lowe’s for the Chapter Excellence Program

Models of Excellence Award Grant — Your chapter or section may qualify for this award. Don’t miss this exciting opportunity for your chapter to be recognized and honored for exemplary chapter performance as well as the chance to receive $2,000.

The Chapter Excellence Program (CEP) establishes a quality baseline that all chapters are encouraged to attain with extra incentive for exemplary chapter performance. The program consists of four award levels, with the first three levels recognized by the state and the final level eligible for national recognition. Twenty-four chapters will be recognized as Models of Excellence and will receive a $2,000 grant. It’s not too late, but the NM deadline is March 4th.

Ensure that your chapter is receiving the recognition it deserves by completing the Chapter of Excellence application. Complete your CEP application online at: If you have questions, contact Gayle Silvey ( or Debbie Peabody ( Download CEP resources at:

5 NM Schools are in the registration system & starting on thier CEP applications:

  1. Deming High School
  2. University High School
  3. Taos High School
  4. Central New Mexico Community College
  5. Navajo Technical University

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50th Commemorative Coin and Gala in products for SLSC

When you register your chapter for the State Leadership and Skills Championships, there are two options under products:

  1. 50th NM Commemorative Coin will be $8/each through the registration system prior to conference and $10/each during the conference (cash not accepted).
  2. Friday evening movie tickets will be provided for your SLSC attendees not attending the 50th Gala...we are limited on space for the Gala event. 1 ticket/chapter will be provided with registration so that each school may have a representative. Additional Gala tickets will be $25/each and available through the registration site under products. There is a chapter limit of 5...which may open up after registration closes and we know how are numbers look.
  3. TECHSPO tables are also available...and our committee is interested in growing that presence on Thursday at the Crowne Plaza and on Friday at CNMCC.

Sponsorship and Techspo Forms

SkillsUSA New Mexico Association

2015-16 Theme

SkillsUSA: Connecting YOU to Career Success