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February 5, 2016

Time to Celebrate SkillsUSA Week!

SkillsUSA has its own week of celebration, held this year on Feb. 7-13. You can participate in SkillsUSA Week lots of different ways: hold an open house, invite local media to tour your programs, conduct a community service project, work with area businesses to build more meaningful partnerships, or engage with policymakers to talk about the value of technical education. For a sample calendar, proclamation and press release, go to: .

CTE Month Digital Blizzard Plan

February is recognized as National Career and Technical Education (CTE) Month, with the opportunity to highlight the work of students and teachers in CTE. SkillsUSA is integral to your CTE program, so this is the perfect opportunity to raise awareness and share information about CTE and SkillsUSA. To reach a wide audience of students, parents and educators, one of the most effective forms of communication is through social media such as Twitter, Facebook and Instagram. How can you and your students get involved and get noticed? Follow the daily postings and tweets below for the most impact:

Feb. 10 Theme: Career and Technical Student Organizations

Facebook Post:

SkillsUSA is an integral part of career and technical education (CTE). Students enrolled in CTE programs participate in leadership development conferences and events, with the opportunity to travel and meet people from across the nation. Post photos of your favorite CTSO leadership development activity. Include a picture of students exhibiting leadership skills, participating in regional or national conferences, or contributing in the workplace, community and school

Tweet / Instagram Post:

Over 2 million students nationwide are currently members of CTSOs, and millions more are alumni. How did CTSO contribute to your career success? #CTEMonth

Register Today: Chapter Excellence Program Webinars

You know you are having a great year in SkillsUSA, so why not be recognized for it? Did you elect officers, hold chapter meetings, engage in chapter activities? Then take it to the next level. Complete the Chapter of Excellence program’s Quality Chapter application to receive the recognition you have earned as a chapter. Join us for this easy-to-follow, 30-minute webinar that will take you step by step through the application process — after all, you've earned it!

$2,000 Grant, Sponsored By Lowe’s, Recognizes Chapter Excellence

Schools in your state may qualify for this award. This is an exciting opportunity for chapters to be recognized and honored for exemplary chapter performance as well as the chance to receive $2,000. The Chapter Excellence Program (CEP) establishes a quality baseline that all chapters are encouraged to attain, with extra incentive for exemplary chapter performance. The program consists of four award levels, with the first three levels recognized by the state and the final level eligible for national recognition. The 24 chapters recognized as models of excellence will receive a $2,000 section or chapter grant. The application deadline is February 15. It is not too late to receive CEP recognition, but state deadlines are quickly approaching. Ensure that your chapter is receiving the recognition it deserves by completing the Chapter of Excellence application.

Complete your CEP application online at: If you have questions, contact Gayle Silvey ( or Debbie Peabody ( Download CEP resources at:

Round 2 — CTE Recruitment Time

Use the resources you have and ensure that every seat is filled in your CTE program by developing an awesome promotional plan. District and regional competitions are here, so what can you do to take that success to the next level? Check out this scenario: Five of your students win first place at district competition. Congrats! Now get the word out!

  1. Work to have your students’ achievements placed in the morning announcements, on a televised broadcast and in the school newspaper. Students may develop the announcement or news release.
  2. Work with students in your CTE program to develop a bulletin board. Members should include photographs of the event and a basic overview of the competition to allow students and teachers to learn more. This may serve as both recognition of the students and a way to recruit additional students into the program.
  3. Work with fellow teachers to allow students to speak to various classes about the activity they participated in and to share their experiences.
Have fun as you recruit, and students will pick up on the energy and excitement you have for your program and SkillsUSA.

Mentoring: Student2Student

Advisors: Help your students expand their world by expanding someone else's! Help your students become mentors. SkillsUSA sponsors a national recognition program based on the Student2Student mentoring program. Any chapter involved in mentoring can submit its project plan, description and outcomes. The winning chapter will be given a cash prize, recognized at the SkillsUSA National Leadership and Skills Conference and in the SkillsUSA Awards and Recognition book. In addition, the overall winning chapter will be invited to present its winning mentoring program as a part of SkillsUSA University. For more information, go to:

All entries must be submitted online to the national office headquarters by April 1. Winners will be announced in May. You can also use this link to download the Mentoring-Guide: If you have any questions please send them to Byekwaso Gilbert, email: or call (816) 726-4255.

Hypertherm’s ‘Spark Something Great’

Don’t miss your chance to apply for Hypertherm’s “Spark Something Great” educational grant. The grant will award 10 schools with a Powermax45® plasma cutting and gouging system, a Plasma Cutting Technology: Theory and Practice curriculum kit and a training visit from a Hypertherm technical representative.

The program aims to ensure the next generation of welders and metal fabricators know how to properly cut and gouge with plasma by making available to schools the latest cutting equipment and standardized instruction. Grant winners from 2015 included the Tennessee College of Applied Technology in Knoxville. Ensure that your school is among one of the winning applications this year. Applications for 2016 are due on or before April 1, with grant decisions communicated by May 2. The grant is available to schools located within the United States, Canada and Mexico. More information, including instructions for submitting a grant application, is available at: