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November 16, 2018

Mark Your Calendar for #GivingTuesday

On Nov. 27, SkillsUSA Michigan is joining a national day of giving, #GivingTuesday. It’s a day when you can make a huge impact on SkillsUSA Michigan and the future workforce.

SkillsUSA Michigan is a vital solution to America's and Michigan's skills gap. Your donation will support Michigan students who we’re equipping right now with technical training and the 21st-century competencies needed to excel. These SkillsUSA Michigan graduates will arrive on the job ready to work on Day One.


Help us out on Nov. 27 at https://tinyurl.com/miskillsusagiving and get a tax deduction too! Please share this link with anyone that support Michigan's future workforce!


Showcase Your Program’s Amazing Work

Advance CTE encourages schools to apply for the 2018 Excellence in Action award to showcase the work of their students and instructors at the national level. This award honors innovative and high-impact programs across the 16 career clusters that prepare students for the real world. Applications are open to both high schools and postsecondary institutions. To apply, go to: https://careertech.org/excellence-action-award. The deadline for applications is Nov. 21 at 5 p.m. ET. Applications submitted after this deadline will not be considered. If you have questions, email awards@careertech.org.


Skilled Trades Students Can Apply to Study in Germany

Open your door to the world while developing your skills! A unique full-ride scholarship allows graduating high-school seniors pursuing careers in the skilled trades the opportunity to spend a gap year in Germany living with a host family, participating in a school or training program, and getting hands-on work experience through internships with German companies. No prior German language study is required. The Congress-Bundestag Vocational Youth Exchange is sponsored by the U.S. Department of State. For more information, please see the Nacel Open Door website: www.nacelopendoor.org.


Take Up the Challenge! National Conference Pin and T-Shirt Design

Feb. 5 is the deadline for entries to be received (not postmarked) for the SkillsUSA National Conference Pin and T-shirt Design Challenge. This event is open to all paid student members of SkillsUSA. This is a great way to have a student and advisor from your state recognized. Rules are posted on the SkillsUSA website at: www.skillsusa.org/competitions/pin-design-challenge/. Questions may be directed to Heidi Walsh at 703-737-0615 or hwalsh@skillsusa.org.


Free Safety Resources Available for Postsecondary Educators

Statistics indicate that every day, two to three workers die on construction sites in the United States. New and young workers are at highest risk for injury. But through safety education, career and technical programs can help keep future workers safe.

Free resources are available to help postsecondary instructors and administrators:

  • 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 prepare students to work safely in hazard-filled environments
  • Download and share handouts that can be used at your meetings


The free resources are now available at: http://bit.ly/cte-guide.


SkillsUSA has 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.


Help is Only a Call, Email or Chat Away!

Hotline operators are ready to answer your questions on how to start a new chapter, engage chapter members and strengthen an existing chapter. 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. Call the hotline toll free: 844-875-4557.


Don’t have time to call? Send the operators an email at operators@skillsusa.org or chat with them online at the membership registration site.