February 25, 2019
March 1 Deadline – Sign Up Now for National Signing Day
We are excited to announce that May 8 will be SkillsUSA National Signing Day, presented by Klein Tools.
This day will celebrate and publicly acknowledge high school seniors who are committing to careers in the building and construction trades. Whether they are starting an apprenticeship, entering a more focused technical education or entering the field directly, we want to reinforce our support for their decision to help close the skills gap and promote positivity for the trades.
In partnership with Klein Tools, SkillsUSA will host National Signing Day events at approximately 500 schools throughout the country — but we need to hear from you first!
We are looking for Class of 2019 students who are committing to careers or continuing education in:
- Residential Wiring
- Building Trades and Renovations
If you have graduating high-school seniors who fit these criteria, please use the link below to start the conversation with the National Signing Day team.
Participation will be limited to the first 500 eligible programs to express interest.
All submissions must be in by March 1 for consideration — don’t delay!
Projects Rewarded for Fostering Students’ Social and Emotional Learning Skills
Education First, in partnership with the NoVo Foundation, once again seeks applications for teacher-led and district-level projects that foster students' social and emotional learning skills. They will award up to $5,000 to individual teachers or groups to implement an innovative project in their classrooms or schools in the 2019-2020 school year, and up to $25,000 per year for district-level awardees. More information and application details can be found here. The deadline for applications is March 22.
SkillsUSA Scholarship Opportunities Now Open for Applications
Applications for several scholarships are now open to benefit SkillsUSA students in pursuit of higher education or certification in their chosen field.
Help spread the word so SkillsUSA students can take full advantage of these opportunities:
- SkillsUSA, in conjunction with the National Technical Honor Society, will be awarding four $1,000 scholarships to SkillsUSA members who are also members of NTHS. Awards will be made directly to an accredited educational institution. Recipients may only win one NTHS/SkillsUSA scholarship per lifetime. Deadline for applications is April 1. For more information and to apply: skillsusa.org/membership-resources/scholarships-financial-aid/national-technical-honor-society/
- Sharon Melton Myers Memorial Scholarship: https://skillsusa.wufoo.com/forms/sharon-melton-myers-memorial-scholarship/. Deadline is April 15.
- Fine Homebuilding #KeepCraftAlive Scholarship: https://skillsusa.wufoo.com/forms/keepcraftalive-scholarship/. Deadline is May 1.
For additional scholarship information, continually check the website at: www.skillsusa.org/membership-resources/scholarships-financial-aid/.
Reminder: Earn Recognition for Community Service Through Presidential Honors
SkillsUSA is a certifying organization of the President’s Volunteer Service Award (PVSA), allowing advisors, student members and registered alumni to earn recognition for community service activities and time spent volunteering.
This award is a presidential honor that recognizes the valuable contributions of volunteers across the country who are answering a national call to serve others through their current activities or lifetime efforts. With SkillsUSA’s focus on community service, advisors and students may already meet the requirements to receive the award. To qualify, SkillsUSA members, advisors or alumni can submit a record of their service hours.
For details on qualifying hours and requirements for submission, visit: www.skillsusa.org/membership-resources/awards/presidents-volunteer-service-award. Applications must be received by March 29.
Reminder: Gain National Attention for Student Mentoring
SkillsUSA sponsors a national recognition opportunity called the Student2Student mentoring program. Mentoring connects young people to personal growth and development, as well as economic opportunities.
Student2Student recognizes SkillsUSA chapters that are involved in a mentoring program in their communities. When a SkillsUSA chapter mentors an elementary- or middle-school classroom, it helps younger students imagine careers and helps older students practice their skills. To enter, submit your mentoring project. The winning chapter will be recognized at the National Leadership and Skills Conference and in the Awards and Recognition book. In addition, the winner will be invited to present at SkillsUSA University.
All entries must be submitted by April 1. Winners are announced in May. To download a Mentoring Guide or enter your program for recognition, go to: www.skillsusa.org/programs/mentoring-student2student/
For more information, contact Gayle Silvey at email@example.com.
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- From Quotes to Results 2: SkillsUSA Framework Poster Series (P122) If you’ve loved the Quotes to Results Poster Series, then you will love the new SkillsUSA Framework version even more. The poster set includes 34 quotes that are related to the 17 Essential Elements of the framework. Each Essential Element is highlighted with two quotes complemented by ideas for activities and discussions that help students take meaning from their learning. The accompanying teacher’s guide makes using this resource seamless to the classroom environment. These 11"x17" posters are the ideal way to visually integrate the framework into your classroom.
- Results to Honor 2: SkillsUSA Framework Cards (P124) Searching for ways to promote and acknowledge SkillsUSA Framework development in your students? The Results to Honor 2: SkillsUSA Framework Cards are a turn-key teaching tool to reinforce the personal, workplace and technical skills that students need to develop to reach career readiness. The set consists of 17 different cards, based on the essential elements of the SkillsUSA Framework. The 2"x3.5" cards complement and reinforce From Quotes to Results 2: SkillsUSA Framework Poster Series. A one-pager on ideas for implementation is included with each set of 136 cards.