September 7, 2018
Welcome to a New School Year!
Whether you’re new to SkillsUSA or an advisor with years of experience, we think you’ll find our educational resources and programming instrumental as you empower students to become world-class workers, leaders and responsible American citizens. With the growing skills gap and the constant need to prepare students to become career-ready, we recognize the importance that career and technical education and SkillsUSA play in this endeavor.
Our 2018-2019 SkillsUSA theme “SkillsUSA: Champions at Work, Career-Ready Starts Here” speaks absolute truth. This is our focus as an organization and yours as a teacher and instructor. SkillsUSA membership is more than a ticket to skills development and empowerment — it’s a golden ticket to career readiness and personal fulfillment. Our mission is at the very heart of career success, and it’s why SkillsUSA membership is the critical link between students and the workplace.
Thank you for committing to educating students and leading a SkillsUSA chapter. We are excited to play an integral role in your program.
Take the First Step Toward a Successful Chapter
Every chapter deserves to experience success at the highest level possible in our organization. Listed in your membership kit, the “10 Steps to a Successful Chapter” help ensure that goals are met and the chapter functions at the highest level possible. This week, we will kick off with Step 1, securing support from your school administrator. Even if your chapter has been active for a number of years, you might find it useful to revisit this step and reconnect with your administration for a deeper level of understanding and support of SkillsUSA.
Secure support from your school administrator
Successful SkillsUSA chapters work with administrators from the onset. It’s essential to receive permission and support from your administration to start a SkillsUSA chapter. To guide you along the formation of your chapter:
- Review the SkillsUSA Administrator Flier. This flier is designed to highlight the value and importance of SkillsUSA to your administrator.
- The Talking Points for Administrator Meeting flier provides a step-by-step discussion guide for this important meeting. This is your guide to introducing the flier to your administrator and highlighting the benefits of a SkillsUSA chapter.
- Using a laptop or portable device, consider showing your administrator the personal message prepared by SkillsUSA’s executive director, Tim Lawrence. This short, three-minute video packs a punch by connecting the integral nature of SkillsUSA to the educational system and future career readiness. The message will resonate with administrators: https://youtu.be/zN5fFn7b9dc
- Set up a meeting with your administrator. A minimum of 30 minutes should be scheduled to allow enough time to review the materials and answer questions.
- Once you receive permission from your school administration, you are ready to move on to the next step.
Posters, Brochures, Lesson Plans and More — Get Your Membership Kits!
Get outfitted for a new school year with posters, brochures, lesson plans and whole lot more that comes packed into your SkillsUSA membership kit. Kits have been mailed to all chapters that affiliated with SkillsUSA last year, but if you haven’t received yours, then call toll-free 844-875-4557 to request a copy.
There are three unique membership kits, each designed for a specific market: middle school, high school or college/postsecondary. Each kit contains three posters, a brochure, membership cards and a chapter management guide. The guide is key to your success and includes information on establishing a chapter, engaging students in chapter activities, tools for recruitment, lesson plans, programs, scholarship and recognition opportunities, and information on educational resources.
All of the membership materials can also be downloaded at: www.skillsusa.org/membership-resources/advisors/membership-kit/
Need Help with Your Chapter or Registering Members?
Call the SkillsUSA Membership Hotline Toll Free: 844-875-4557
Hotline operators are ready to answer your questions on how to start a new chapter, engage chapter members and strengthen an existing chapter — you name it, they are ready to tackle it! 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. Don’t have time to call? Send the operators an email at firstname.lastname@example.org or chat with them online at the membership registration site!
Coming Your Way: Surveys in the Mail
The beginning of a new school year can be busy, and we appreciate your participation in our annual research initiative with myOptions. Soon you will receive a packet of student forms in the mail. If you have not received a packet, you can request one by clicking the link below. These questionnaires not only help our organization but also provide your students with a personal account at MyOptions.org that will provide them with free postsecondary and career planning resources.
Students aren’t the only ones who benefit. You will also receive a teacher report that captures details on your students’ responses to help you better understand their career ambitions and help them achieve their postsecondary goals.
We have a trusted partnership with myOptions; student privacy is strictly protected and will not be available to commercial marketers. Click here to get started: http://myoptions.skills-usa-sign-up-request-2018-19.sgizmo.com/s3/
Attention, Teachers and School Administrators!
The American Bankers Association Foundation wants to encourage financial responsibility among your students. The “Lights, Camera, Save!” video contest calls on students to educate themselves and their peers about saving and using money wisely.
They’re 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 by people 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. 3. The top three national winners will receive awards of $1,000, $2,500 or $5,000 to fund their saving goals. Equally rewarding, if one of your students is a top-three national winner, your school will win a scholarship to attend the Jump$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.