September 20, 2019
Jump Start Your Membership Recruitment Activities
The key to a successful chapter is the ability to recruit and retain members. Recruitment is an ongoing process and should involve as many current members as possible. If you are starting a new chapter, then all it takes is a few interested students to help get the momentum going. When members and advisors focus on the goal of ensuring that every eligible student has the opportunity to be involved in SkillsUSA, it makes recruitment easy.
- The heavy lifting has already been done for you. Check out the top 10 recruitment ideas that are tried and true from experienced SkillsUSA advisors, found in the Membership Recruitment Ideas document.
- Have students take the lead by personalizing the Meeting Promotional Fliers with information specific to your chapter and then hanging the fliers around the school. Encourage students to talk with other students and teachers about the benefits of SkillsUSA as they travel around the campus.
- Using the posters from the Membership Kit, create a bulletin board in a prominent location in the school. Get a few of your members involved. They will have an incredible time working together and create something that will have an impact on membership recruitment. Incorporate the SkillsUSA theme for the 2019-2020 year into your recruitment activities: SkillsUSA: Champions at Work, I’m Ready
- Using SkillsUSA’s Brand Center will guarantee that you create a strong visual identity within the school. The interactive website makes it easy for members to download existing SkillsUSA logos (national, state and slogan art) as well as the SkillsUSA Framework art. An automated function allows local members to create their own personalized SkillsUSA logo with the name of the chapter. Members will be asked to register when first visiting the site, which enables them to save specific sections as favorites. This will be a unique login and password and is not tied to our registration system. Learn more at: www.skillsusabrandcenter.org.
- Capture students’ attention with the Kickoff Video and Student Message by SkillsUSA Executive Director Tim Lawrence. Post these on social media or your campus website. Seek creative ways to get the word out about SkillsUSA.
- Hold a membership recruitment drive. Create incentives for students to join, including door prizes, drawings and special snacks. It is amazing what motivates students, so consider putting together a committee to organize and run the membership recruitment drive. Their ingenuity and excitement for SkillsUSA will quickly spread.
- Use the SkillsUSA PowerPoint during class to introduce students to the organization or during an open house when parents are present. If possible, have parents and students seated and present the PowerPoint to them. An extra bonus is to have SkillsUSA members present selected slides or give short testimonials on why they benefit from being involved in SkillsUSA. For additional ideas, check out the Ideas for Using the SkillsUSA PowerPoint.
- Ultimately, membership recruitment is an opportunity to showcase your CTE program to the school and community. Take the opportunity!
Enter This T-shirt Design Contest for 2020 SkillsUSA Week
Student designs are being sought for the official T-shirt of SkillsUSA Week. One design will be selected and produced by the SkillsUSA Store in 2020.
The contest is open to all dues-paying student members. Only one entry/design per SkillsUSA member is permitted. All designs submitted should be appropriate for use on a red T-shirt.
All entries must be submitted to SkillsUSA exactly as directed in the rules and become the property of SkillsUSA once submitted.
Download the contest rules at: https://www.skillsusa.org/wp-content/uploads/2019/09/SkillsUSA-Week-T-Shirt-Design-Contest-FY20.docx. Submission deadline is Sept. 27.
Enjoy the Benefits of Professional Membership
The SkillsUSA registration site is officially open for the new school year. If you or any chapter advisors need assistance with SkillsUSA membership or registration, hotline operators are ready to answer questions about starting a new chapter, ways to engage chapter members or strategies to strengthen an existing chapter. Operators are on call 8 a.m.-5 p.m. on Monday, Wednesday and Friday; and 11 a.m.-7 p.m. on Tuesday and Thursday (Eastern time). To reach the hotline, call 844-875-4557 or email email@example.com. You can also chat online on the membership registration site.
Professional members receive these great benefits:
- 2019-20 SkillsUSA Championships Technical Standards. The official competition guide for the SkillsUSA Championships contains rules for all national competitive events, including an overview, lists of technical skills and knowledge required, clothing requirements, eligibility and equipment lists. Note: The latest SkillsUSA Championships contest updates and the official SkillsUSA Championships scorecards are located online here: skillsusa.org/competitions/skillsusa-championships/contest-updates/
- Jump into STEM! Curriculum includes middle-school and elementary-school STEM career exploration activities that can be taught by high-school members. This is a great opportunity to expose students to STEM careers and recruit for career and technical education programs as well as SkillsUSA.
- SkillsUSA Career Essentials: Foundations. This complete curriculum includes 29 lesson plans that support the SkillsUSA Framework and prepare students for career readiness.
SkillsUSA professional members receive all of these materials when they submit membership along with a valid email address. The 2019-20 SkillsUSA Championships Technical Standards and other materials are provided through a digital delivery system. National dues for professional members are $20 plus state dues, which vary. The complete listing of 2019-20 state dues and deadlines is online and included in the membership kits.
Becoming a professional member of SkillsUSA is one of the best ways to demonstrate to students the importance of joining a professional organization and the opportunities that membership will provide.
Klein Tools Continues Electrician of the Year Contest
SkillsUSA partner Klein Tools has kicked off its sixth annual Electrician of the Year search, with a special focus on electrical instructors who have made a difference in the lives of their students, as well as in their communities.
Klein Tools will announce six regional winners Oct. 14, based on three criteria: master of the craft, classroom/lab experience and community dedication. The six regional winners’ profiles will appear on the Klein Tools website, where fans will have one week to cast votes for the grand prize winner. On Nov. 7, the grand prize winner will be announced live on Facebook.
Each regional winner will receive an Ultimate Garage, valued at approximately $500 in Klein Tools products, for his or her classroom. The grand-prize 2019 Electrician of the Year will receive $1,000 cash and $1,000 of Klein Tools products for the winner’s classroom.
To nominate an instructor online, go to: www.kleintools.com/eoy. Nominations are open until Sept. 29.