September 16, 2016
Check the files — Do you have a Chapter Charter and Constitution? If not, it’s not too late!
This week as we dig deeper into the 10 Steps to a Successful Chapter, we take a look at Step 2, connecting with your state SkillsUSA director. This step is really about so much more than connecting. You may already be on the mailing list and checking your state website frequently for updates, but it’s also about creating a foundation for your chapter that is built on rock-solid history.
To do that, take a look at the steps below to apply for a chapter charter and create a chapter constitution. Even if you have been operating as a chapter for a number of years, it’s not too late to create your constitution and formalize your structure. Don’t delay on this step, and ensure you get your members involved in the process. It is a great way to learn about the organization.
Connect with your state SkillsUSA director
Once you have gathered the support of your administration, it is extremely important to connect with your state SkillsUSA director. This person will ensure you are included in all future mailings and will provide assistance in the successful formation of your chapter.
- If you are a new chapter, it is imperative that you submit a local constitution and chapter charter to your state SkillsUSA director. Once the state SkillsUSA director has accepted your local constitution and chapter charter, your school will be included among the registered users on the SkillsUSA registration site.
- Complete the SkillsUSA Application for a Chapter Charter. The charter requires an administrator’s signature. You may want to have students share their excitement about the new chapter by delivering the charter to the administrator for his or her signature.
- Along with the charter, the chapter must submit a constitution. Use the Suggested Local Constitution as a guideline, and ensure that you update it with school-specific information. Your chapter can always amend the constitution in the future if there is ever a need.
- Your chapter is official once your state SkillsUSA director has accepted your charter and constitution. You are ready to move forward to take advantage of local, state and national opportunities that await you and your students.
A Chance to Win OSHA 10-Hour General Industry Training Vouchers
When you register at least 15 students and one professional member by Sept. 30, you will be placed in a drawing to receive up to 50 free OSHA training vouchers. The OSHA Outreach Training Program for General Industry teaches entry-level workers and employers how to recognize, reduce and prevent safety and health hazards in workplaces. The program also provides information on workers’ rights, employer responsibilities and how to file a complaint. Don’t delay, drawings are being held each Friday in September.
Program Offers Free 3-D Printers, Workshops
During the National Week of Making, the Digital Harbor Foundation announced the Innovation Access Program, which provides a free 3-D printer and 3-D printing workshop to an educator from each state. To learn more and apply, please visit: dhf.io/iap
Participate in Manufacturing Day
SkillsUSA joins other student organizations and industry partners for National Manufacturing Day on Oct. 7, a celebration designed to improve public perception of careers in manufacturing and engineering. SkillsUSA chapters can participate by holding an open house to showcase manufacturing-related training programs to parents and the community. Even better, chapters can opt to participate in field trips or one of 932 events planned nationwide, ranging from career fairs to manufacturing plant tours.
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!