December 10, 2018
Plan Now for SkillsUSA Week
In preparation for SkillsUSA Week Feb. 3-9, encourage student members and advisors to host events that include administrators, business leaders and legislators. 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: www.skillsusa.org/events-training/skillsusa-week
The SkillsUSA Store has created a SkillsUSA Week T-shirt for $18. Visit www.skillsusastore.org to order your shirt and a whole host of products that are ready for your week of celebration!
New Year, New Blazers
The new year is just around the corner, and for SkillsUSA Store staff, it means out with the old and in with the new for 2019.
The SkillsUSA Store is excitedly preparing to launch the highly anticipated and newly redesigned SkillsUSA blazers. The store elves are busy making room, opening boxes, stocking shelves and updating the website for a new year launch of the new blazers at: www.skillsusastore.org
With a new lower price point of $99, bulk-buy discounts as low as $79 and upgraded features, you can update your closet and outfit your students less expensively for competitions throughout the new year.
The entire SkillsUSA Store team wishes you and yours a healthy and happy holiday season. Make the SkillsUSA Store your first stop in the new year!
ACTE Election Time is Here
From Nov. 30 to Dec. 31, members of the Association for Career and Technical Education (ACTE) have a chance to elect officers for positions on the ACTE board of directors.
All ACTE individual professional, retired, educational institution members, and national affiliate organizations whose membership dues are current, are eligible to vote. Biographical information and platform statements for the nominees are located here: www.acteonline.org/board_election_candidates/#toggle-id-2
The election process will be conducted via electronic ballot only. Ballots have been sent to member email addresses listed in the ACTE database. If you have not received the email, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org. Electronic ballots must be cast by Dec. 31 at 11:59 p.m. ET.
Amazon Smile Purchases Benefit SkillsUSA
Don’t forget that you can support SkillsUSA when you do your holiday shopping through Amazon. Make your order through AmazonSmile and search for ”SkillsUSA Foundation” as your charity of choice. You can also click on this link. SkillsUSA will receive a percentage of the sale, and you will not incur any additional cost.
Nominations Open for Honorary Life Membership, Outstanding Career and Technical Educator
If you would like to nominate someone for SkillsUSA’s national Honorary Life Membership or Outstanding Career and Technical Educator, please submit your nomination by going to the following assigned links and completing the online application. The deadline for both applications is Feb. 15.
- Honorary Life Membership: skillsusa.org/membership-resources/awards/honorary-life/
- Outstanding Career and Technical Educator: skillsusa.org/membership-resources/awards/outstanding-educator-nomination/
If you have any questions, please contact Laura Rauch at email@example.com or 703-737-0619.
Seeking Talented Singers to Open Conference
SkillsUSA is seeking talented student or adult performers to sing the national anthem at the Opening Ceremony for the 2019 SkillsUSA National Leadership and Skills Conference. Audition videos can be submitted via https://skillsusa.wufoo.com/forms/national-anthem-auditions/ and must be the singing of the national anthem.
Auditions must be received by Feb. 4. SkillsUSA does not pay any travel expenses for the selected singer to attend the national conference. Questions may be directed to Heidi Walsh at 703-737-0615 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Enter the SkillsUSA/CareerSafe Video Contest
SkillsUSA is partnering with CareerSafe for a safety video competition. Teens across the country are challenged to create a video demonstrating safety in the workplace.
CareerSafe, Safety Education for America’s Future, is sponsoring the 2018-19 National Youth Safety Video Contest. The competition kicked off Oct. 16, and all submissions need to be sent into CareerSafe by March 1. The winning students will receive a SkillsUSA prize package as well as a scholarship up to $2,500. The winning school will receive a prize up to $5,000.
Every seven minutes, a teen is hospitalized because of a workplace injury. Every two minutes, a teen is injured in the workplace. Every five days, a teen is killed in the workplace. The competition helps raise awareness about this important issue.
Note: This is not part of the SkillsUSA Championships competitions and has no impact on a student’s eligibility to compete.
2019 National Conference Pin and T-shirt Design Challenge Opens
SkillsUSA is sponsoring a national conference pin and T-shirt design challenge that is open to all dues-paying student members of the organization. The winning designs will become the official pin or T-shirt for the 2019 SkillsUSA National Leadership and Skills Conference. The pin and T-shirt will be produced by the SkillsUSA Store.
Two designs will be selected. One will be used for the pin and one for the T-shirt. All designs submitted should be appropriate for use on a pin or T-shirt. All entries must be submitted to SkillsUSA exactly as directed in the rules below, and all entries become the property of SkillsUSA once submitted. Only one entry/design per SkillsUSA member is permitted.
Please read all of the following information carefully before beginning so as not to be disqualified.
This challenge is open to all registered SkillsUSA student members who are enrolled in a career and technical education program at a high school or college/postsecondary institution with an active SkillsUSA chapter. Membership for the 2018-19 school year will be verified by the national headquarters (the name must appear on a roster for this school year).
Only one entry/design per SkillsUSA member is permitted.
All entries must be received (not postmarked) in the SkillsUSA national headquarters by close of business on Feb. 5 by mail (USPS, FedEx, UPS, etc.) only. Do not send electronic entries due to issues receiving large electronic files, printing files with accurate colors, etc.
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 email@example.com or chat with them online at the membership registration site.