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October 7, 2018

WorldSkills USA Team Microsite Launches

SkillsUSA has launched a special microsite for the 2019 WorldSkills USA team with bios and photos. A team of 23 will go to Kazan, Russia, to compete in 21 skill categories. There are 22 experts plus SkillsUSA staff supporting this team, which now includes a demonstration event in Cyber Security. The 45th biennial event will be held Aug. 22-27. Check out the microsite here:

SkillsUSA has expanded its public relations and marketing efforts for this team. Please visit each of the following links and click on “subscribe,” “like” or “follow” so you don’t miss any updates:

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 for additional contest information and to locate a participating bank in your area.

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: 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.

Awards Showcase CTE Partnerships and Champions

Is your program successful in creating partnership with local business, industry or community groups? Or, is there an outspoken supporter in your community who’s championed the value of modern, high-quality career and technical education? Receive the honor for this outstanding support and achievement through the Association for Career and

Technical Education awards:

All eligible nominations will be highlighted in a showcase of best practices and success stories.

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 or chat with them online at the membership registration site!he lesson is designed to be fully customizable for your chapter.