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October 23, 2017

Register Yourself as a SkillsUSA Member to Receive Valuable Benefits

Now that you have officially established your SkillsUSA chapter, you can begin to register yourself and your students at: www.skillsusa-register.org.


Why is it important to register yourself as a professional member of SkillsUSA? It’s 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:

  • 2018 SkillsUSA Championships Technical Standards
  • Jump into STEM! curriculum
  • SkillsUSA Career Essentials: Foundations


SkillsUSA professional members, as a free member benefit, receive the aforementioned items when they have submitted a current and accurate email address along with their membership details. The 2018 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, Impact: Experiential Activities that Launch Productive Teams (value $9.95).
  • Instructors who register with 100-percent membership plus one or more professionals will also receive a SkillsUSA Program of Work calendar (value $5.95).
  • SkillsUSA dues for student members are $14. For instructors, dues are $26. Student members must meet both the state and national deadline to be eligible for national competition, serve as voting delegates or national officer candidates. The membership deadline is January 15.
  • To enjoy full membership services, submit names by Nov. 15 to receive all membership services for the current school year, including free teacher items when applicable. Student membership runs from Sept. 1 to Aug. 31 each year.
  • Your Membership Kit contains 24 membership cards for students. For more cards, call 844-875-4557 or email operators@skillsusa.org.
  • Call the SkillsUSA Membership Hotline if you need help in starting a new chapter, engaging chapter members, or discovering strategies to strengthen an existing chapter. If you have questions or need assistance with online membership registration, the hotline operators can take care of that, too. Call toll free: 844-875-4557.


New Public Relations Challenge Opens

A new online challenge encourages local chapters to demonstrate how they showcase SkillsUSA to the news media in ways that highlight CTE and student success. The purpose of the challenge is to help students grow in their communication and teamwork skills while promoting SkillsUSA to a wider audience. The SkillsUSA Public Relations Challenge will be open to March 30. The media coverage period must be three months to six months.


Student officers and advisors, state officers and state staff can join the new SkillsUSA Public Relations and Advocacy Facebook group, “Must Love Red.” This is a closed group that will provide resources for your public relations and advocacy efforts. We encourage your students to join this site at: www.facebook.com/groups/421237134924875/


Three schools will be selected as winners. One state officer team will also be recognized. Winners will receive a check payable to their school or state association.

  • SkillsUSA Media Champion (first-place school or section): $900
  • SkillsUSA Media Boss (second-place school or section): $300
  • SkillsUSA Media Whiz (third-place school or section): $200


The SkillsUSA Public Relations Challenge entry application is located on the “Must Love Red” Facebook page. You must complete an application and document all news coverage. For details, contact Karen Kitzel at kkitzel@skillsusa.org or 703-737-0607. For complete rules, go to: www.skillsusa.org/competitions/skillsusa-pr-challenge/


Service Grants Spread Kindness

To support high quality, youth-led community projects, Youth Service America and Hasbro will award “Be Fearless Be Kind” grants of $500, $1,000 or $2,000 to K-12 schools and U.S. nonprofit organizations. Projects must take place between Sept. 18 to Dec. 15. Applications will be accepted and grants awarded on a rolling basis until Oct. 31 at 5 p.m. EDT. To learn more and apply, go to: www.YSA.org/BFBKGrants


Free Occupational Safety Resources Available for Postsecondary Educators

Every day, two to three workers die on construction sites in the United States. New and young workers are at high risk for injury. But through quality safety and health education, career and technical programs can help keep future workers safe.

Free resources are now available at: http://bit.ly/cte-guide. These will help postsecondary instructors and administrators to:

  • Assess your program using the online assessment tools to determine how it’s doing in the areas of Safety and Health Management Systems, Instructor Qualifications and Support, Effective Teaching and Learning, and Offsite Learning
  • Learn how to better prepare your students to work safely in changing, hazard-filled environments
  • Spread the news about these resources by downloading an informational handout that can be used at your meetings


SkillsUSA has advised and supported this effort, based on research conducted in 2015-16 by the University of California Berkeley’s Labor Occupational Health Program and West Virginia University’s Injury Control Research Center. Other supporters include the Association for Career and Technical Education, the Association for Skilled and Technical Sciences, and the National Council for Workforce Education. Funding came from the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH), through CPWR – The Center for Construction Research and Training.


This Video Contest is in the Bank

To encourage financial responsibility, the American Bankers Association Foundation has a “Lights, Camera, Save!” video contest that calls on students to educate themselves and their peers about saving and using money wisely.


Contest judges are looking for creative, innovative concepts — your students’ imaginations are the only limit to coming up with unique savings scenarios. Winning videos will be posted on YouTube and viewed across the globe. The contest is free and open to all students age 13-18, with the videos of local winners moving on to the national competition.


The entry period is Oct. 1-Dec. 1. The top three national winners will receive awards of $1,000, $2,500 or $5,000 to fund their saving goals. Equally rewarding, if one of your students is a top-three national winner, your school will win a scholarship to attend the 2018 Jump$tart National Educator Conference. Winners will be announced in March.

Visit www.LightsCameraSave.com for additional contest information and to locate a participating bank in your area.