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January 12, 2018

Friday Flash

Get the SkillsUSA Week Digital Toolkit

Plan now to celebrate SkillsUSA Week Feb. 4-10. The digital toolkit offers all of the resources that your chapter will need to plan a great week.

Follow the calendar of events below, which also shows additional resources and related activities at:

One of America’s most respected workwear brands, Carhartt Inc., is the official sponsor of SkillsUSA Week and supports these efforts to showcase SkillsUSA and career and technical education.

Scholarship Spotlight — Sharon Melton Myers

An active member of the McMinn County (Tenn.) Vocational Center, Sharon Ruth Melton Myers was totally committed and dedicated to the ideals and mission of SkillsUSA and actively worked toward the advancement of its role as a youth leadership organization. Myers participated in local, state and national activities, serving as a local officer in 1986-87, Tennessee state secretary in 1986-87 and national president in 1987-88. She was also part of her chapter’s Opening and Closing Ceremonies team from 1986-88. Following her graduation from McMinn High, she was instrumental in establishing an alumni chapter at David Lipscomb College in Nashville.

The Sharon Melton Myers Scholarship memorializes her active role in promoting SkillsUSA’s mission by awarding two $500 scholarships annually in her honor, providing SkillsUSA students the opportunity to continue their education on the college/postsecondary level. Priority for one of the awards will go to a McMinn County Vocational Center student, should any apply. SkillsUSA members who are high school seniors or non-senior college/postsecondary students can apply here: Deadline is April 15. Incomplete applications will not be accepted.

Collision School Makeover Grants Offer $50,000 Top Award

The Collision Repair Education Foundation is offering Ultimate Collision Education Makeover school grants for high school and postsecondary collision programs. Schools can win up to $50,000, with the winners announced at October’s SEMA show in Las Vegas.

The grant program incorporates the foundation’s “Collision School Career Readiness Benchmark” launched in 2016. Under the new program, schools are classified into three tiers: advanced, proficient or developing. The criteria for each level includes the number of hours of instruction and curriculum in place, along with what tools, equipment and supplies a school uses to prepare its students for employment. The goal is to help every school acquire the resources to eventually achieve designation as advanced.

To be eligible for a grant, schools must complete a Collision Repair School Solutions online survey. The application deadline is June 1, but schools are encouraged to apply early and to seek industry support and involvement with their application process. Email for a link to that survey or to request more information.

Don’t Miss Out! Register Yourself and Students As SkillsUSA Members to Receive Valuable Benefits

The membership deadline is January 15, 2018. Students must meet the membership deadline to be eligible for regional, state and national competition, serve as voting delegates or run for national office. If you have questions or need assistance with online membership registration, hotline operators can help. Call 844-875-4557 between 8 a.m.–5 p.m. EST Monday, Wednesday and Friday, and 11 a.m.–7 p.m. EST Tuesday and Thursday, or email

Why is it important to register yourself as a professional member of SkillsUSA? It’s one of the best ways you can demonstrate to your students the importance of the organization and the opportunities that membership will provide.

As a professional member, you will receive online access to the following:

  • 2018 SkillsUSA Championships Technical Standards
  • Jump into STEM! curriculum
  • SkillsUSA Career Essentials: Foundations

SkillsUSA professional members, as a free member benefit, receive the aforementioned items when they have submitted a current and accurate email address along with their membership details. The 2018 SkillsUSA Championships Technical Standards is available online to professional members as part of their paid membership. Once membership has been submitted, an email will be sent to the address on file that will include a PIN to access the items electronically.

Call the SkillsUSA Membership Hotline if you need help in starting a new chapter, engaging chapter members or discovering strategies to strengthen an existing chapter. Again, call toll free: 844-875-4557.