SkillsUSA December Flash Part 2

SkillsUSA: 50 Years of Champions at Work

Membership

WE DID IT!!!!! WE EXCEEDED LAST YEARS MEMBERSHIP!


A SPECIAL THANK YOU TO ALL THE ADVISORS AND DIRECTORS THAT MAKE THIS HAPPEN! IF IT WASN'T FOR ALL OF YOU AND THE EFFORTS YOUR PUT FORTH FOR YOUR STUDENTS TO SUCCEED AND EXCEL WE WOULD NOT BE WHERE WE ARE! SO HOORAY FOR ALL OF YOU!!!!


Now that membership to compete is completed it is on to Regional Competition! Your membership fees must be paid by January 14, 2015!

REGIONAL REGISTRATION ARE OPEN ***PLEASE BE AWARE OF DEADLINES!!!***

REGIONAL CONTEST AND REGISTRATION DATES

Region 1- February 7, 2015 Contest date (weather make up is Feb. 21, 2015)

Registration is open from 12/1/2014 thru 1/16/2015 6:00 p.m. *

Coordinators: Scott Ciupak- saciupak@hammond.k12.in.us

Nicole Dyer- ndyer@elkhart.k12.in.us


Region 2- January 31, 2015 Contest date (weather make up is Feb. 7, 2015)

Registration is open from 12/1/2014 thru 12/29/2014 6:00 p.m. *

Coordinators: Angie Higginbotham- ahigginbotham@fairfield.k12.in.us

Jennifer Garman- jgarman@impactinstitute.net


Region 3- January 30-31, 2015 Contest dates Leadership on 1/30 and skills on 1/31

Registration is open from 12/1/2014 thru 12/29/2014 6:00 p.m. *

Coordinators: Debbie Montgomery- debbie.montgomery@wayne.k12.in.us

Ginger Robertson- grobertson@msdwt.k12.in.us


Region 4- February 14, 2015 Contest date (weather make up is Feb. 28, 2015)

Registration is open from 12/1/2014 thru 1/9/2015 5:00 p.m. *

Coordinators: Rob Truesdell- rtruesdell@sccenter.k12.in.us


Region 5- February 14, 2015 Contest date for those going to Vincennes University (weather make up is Feb. 28, 2015)

Coordinators: Rob Truesdell- rtruesdell@sccenter.k12.in.us


February 14, 2015 Contest date for Cosmetology program at Southeastern Career Center (weather make up is 2/21/2015)

Coordinator: Rob Truesdell- rtruesdell@sccenter.k12.in.us ( for those going to VU and Southeastern Career Center)


February 7, 2015 Contest date for Culinary program at Prosser Career Eduation Center (weather make up is 2/21/2015)

Coordinator: Valerie Prince- vprince@nafcs.k12.in.us (for contests at Prosser)


Registration is open from 12/1/2014 thru 1/9/2015 6:00 p.m. *


Once registrations have open for regional competitions please register at www.skillsusa.org

Make sure the event you are registering for is your region, if not change it in the drop down box.


*NO LATE REGISTRATIONS WILL BE ACCEPTED. PLEASE REGISTER EARLY SO YOU DO NOT RUN THE RISK OF COMPUTER ISSUES, HOLIDAY BREAK PRESSURES, OR ANY OTHER ISSUES THAT MIGHT ARISE AS IT GETS CLOSER TO REGISTRATION DEADLINES.

CareerSafe National Youth Safety Video Contest

2014-2015 National Youth Safety Video Contest

Students across the country are challenged to create a short two minute video demonstrating safety in the workplace. Videos must be postmarked by March 1, 2015. Winners will be announced June 2015 at the SkillsUSA National Leadership and Skills Conference!

1st Place: $2,500 scholarship and $5,000 cash prize

2nd Place: $2,000 scholarship and $3,500 cash prize

3rd Place: $1,500 scholarship and $2,000 cash prize

More information on contest rules, registration process, entry forms, and past winners can be found at: www.careersafeonline.com/index.php/safety-video-contest

SkillsUSA OFFICIAL JACKET* by Carhartt DEADLINE EXTENDED UNTIL JAN. 9, 2015

SkillsUSA is celebrating 50 Years of Champions at Work and now we have one more way to show pride in our organization. This fall, SkillsUSA launched the SkillsUSA black jacket! This is a new and exciting way to sport SkillsUSA and you will want to be one of the first to own an Official SkillsUSA Jacket by Carhartt! The new jacket unites members in their feelings of “Proud to Work, Proud to Wear – Made in the USA” as a legacy for SkillsUSA. The Official SkillsUSA Black Jacket is a one of kind and personalized just for you. The jacket’s versatility, year round wear ability makes it perfect for dressing up or dressing down and the comfortable design allows for easy movement when working or socializing with friends.


UPDATE***


WE'VE EXTENDED THE DEADLINE!!!! Jackets are available for reservation until January 9, 2015


If you haven't already reserved your jacket, we've extended the deadline. You now have three more weeks to reserve your new SkillsUSA Official Jacket. Reserve today and receive a SPECIAL INTRODUCTORY OFFER OF $67.49, that's 10% off and includes FREE embroidery. Jackets will be delivered in February.


Visit: www.ProudtoWearSkillsUSA.com


* Please refer to SkillsUSA state and national technical standards for guidelines on appropriate competition attire.

Fundraising Ideas

Prosser Career Education Center in New Albany decided to host a Turkey Trot Trail 5K run on November 22, as a fundraiser for their SkillsUSA students. They raised $ 4,777.50!!!!! GREAT JOB!!!!!!

AWFS Woodworking Contest Offer

Register your school now for the Fresh Wood student woodworking competition and the new Turning to the Future competition; request FREE Manufacturing posters.

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Student Woodworking Competition


You can now register your school for the 2015 Fresh Wood student woodworking competition! The entry deadline is May 1, 2015 and there is NO fee for entry!

The competition, which will be showcased at the 2015 AWFS®Fair, July 22-25, in Las Vegas, Nevada, is open to high school and post-secondary students in accredited woodworking or related programs.

AWFS® has announced a new Special Theme category for the competition. The Special Theme category topic will vary with each competition; the 2015 theme of Musical Instruments is based on the overwhelming popularity of stringed musical instruments in the 2013 competition. Any musical instrument primarily made of wood is eligible, excluding pre-made kits.

In addition, the production-focused entry category has been revamped and renamed to Design for Production. Entrants must promote their concepts through a marketing-themed entry essay and finalist illustration board, addressing topics such as price point, efficient production methods and market intent.

Four other entry categories round out the Fresh Wood competition: case goods, chairs, tables, "open". Judges’ scores will determine the finalist pieces that will be on display at the AWFS®Fair in Las Vegas. AWFS® covers shipping and the majority of costs to bring students and their teachers to the Fair for the final round.

Winners will be identified and announced at the AWFS®Fair. First place, second place and honorable mention awards may be given out in each category and at each school level. A “Best of Show” award will also be selected from all first place winners. A People’s Choice award, for which all AWFS®Fair attendees and exhibitors have the opportunity to vote, will also be given.

How to enter:

  1. Read the Fresh Wood Contest Rules and Information
  2. Register your school (and request free posters!)
  3. Students Enter (deadline May 1, 2015)


Questions? Contact Adria Torrez at (323) 215-0311 or adria@awfs.org

AWFS® is proud to partner with the American Association of Woodturners (AAW) to introduce the Turning to the Future competition and juried exhibit, to showcase student woodturning. The competition is open to high school and post-secondary students in art, design, or trade programs. The finalist pieces will be on display at the AWFS®Fair, July 22-25, 2015 in Las Vegas, Nevada, adjacent to the Fresh Wood student woodworking competition.

The competition is open to all forms of turning, with the exception of furniture making. Projects must be at least partially made with a lathe and should be 20” or less in diameter. A distinct panel of professional woodturners will act as judges and cash prizes will be awarded for first, second and third prize at both school levels, sponsored by Woodcraft. All winners will receive an AAW symposium scholarship and have their work featured in the American Woodturner journal.

The entry deadline is May 1, 2015 and there is NO entry fee. Finalists will be on display throughout the AWFS®Fair. Winners will identified and announced on Friday, July 24.

How to enter:

  1. Read the Turning to the Future Contest Rules and Information
  2. Register your school (NOTE: If also participating in Fresh Wood, you only have to register once/one form for both competitions.)
  3. Students Enter (separate entry form for each project)

Questions? Contact Adria Torrez at (323) 215-0311 or adria@awfs.org

Meet the New Face of Manufacturing

Request FREE posters for your program!

Meet the New Face of Manufacturing is a campaign which publicizes photos of young people who work in various capacities in the wood products manufacturing industry through the campaign. Our goal is to communicate to counselors, parents, students, teachers, administrators, legislators and others that 21st century manufacturing is bright, high-tech and it can even be hip. It is filled with a variety of careers that need filling!

A four-color, 11 x 17 poster is available for FREE to help spread the message. The poster has a QR code/web link that directs viewers to this web page filled with information on: special activities at the AWFS®Fair trade show for teachers and students; resources and job listing sites; resources for the classroom; and the wood industry’s Manufacturing Skill Standards. If you would like a copy, or as we like to suggest, copies to give to counselors or administrators at your school, send your request and mailing address to nancy@awfs.org.

Since this campaign launched in September, we have distributed over 1,000 posters to schools, companies, counselors and students and have received overwhelmingly positive feedback!

Photos needed! If you are in touch with any former students working in the industry who might want to participate, you can have them contact nancy@awfs.org. The more images and stories we have to draw on, the better. We hope to reach a wide variety of media sources with our message: MANUFACTURING PROVIDES GOOD JOBS WITH GOOD SALARIES. (NOTE: Manufacturing is a $2 billion economy just in California.)

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FREE!! Propel Activity

Propel, the SkillsUSA educational resource features engaging activities for meetings, workshops and conferences. Propel is a best seller among advisors everywhere and now is an opportunity to try one of the activities for free! Below is the activity entitled, Stack it Up from page 27 of Propel – if you like it, then look to collect all 35 of the activities by purchasing this resource for only $9.95 at http://www.skillsusa.org/store/propel.html

Stack it Up

Size of group: Small

Level of activity: Medium

Use: Meetings and workshops

Space: Small space needed

Materials Needed:

· 36 plastic cups

Description:

· This is a competitive group game

· When the clock starts, players stack cups into a pyramid shape

· When the pyramid is complete with the last cup at the top, the player proceeds to take down the pyramid and put the cups back into a single stack

· The player must build the pyramid using all of the cups, and then put the cups back into a single stack within a 60-second time limit

SkillsUSA Week February 8-14, 2015 Celebrating our 50 Years!!!

**** We are making plans to visit the State House and meet with Congressional leaders- Keep a look out for further updates****

Make plans now for your chapter to celebrate SkillsUSA Week! SkillsUSA Week is February 8 – 14, 2015 and provides state associations, advisors and student members the opportunity to promote SkillsUSA programs and activities at the local and state levels.

During SkillsUSA week, members can also help raise awareness of SkillsUSA. This can be accomplished through field trips to local businesses, an open house for parents or industry partners, a visit to local community organizations to make a brief presentation about SkillsUSA, or providing news releases and public service announcements to local media outlets for possible distribution. Involvement in activities such as these brings positive recognition to SkillsUSA, and to local schools and their students.

Conducting chapter activities during SkillsUSA Week also helps to satisfy Chapter of Excellence Level 2 Indicators. For more information and ideas on celebrating SkillsUSA Week, check out http://skillsusa.org/events-training/skillsusa-week/ideas-for-celebrating/ .

The SkillsUSA 50K Challenge: 50,000 Hours for 50 Years of Service

The 50K Challenge encourages alumni, active members, professional members and all friends of SkillsUSA to celebrate its 50-year legacy of supporting healthy and vibrant communities through direct community service. As an organization, SkillsUSA’s goal is to track and record 50,000 hours of service from September 20, 2014, through June 26, 2015.

Service hours logged as part of the 50K Challenge effort can include volunteering at any nonprofit organization, school, community, or faith-based organization. Service hours will be logged through June 26, 2015. Logon to www.SkillsUSAService.org to register for the challenge, learn more, and to log your hours for the challenge.

MERRY CHRISTMAS.... HAPPY HOLIDAYS AND HAPPY NEW YEAR!!!!! Have a safe and enjoyable Winter Break