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January 20, 2017

Engage Members in SkillsUSA Week With These Turnkey Resources

Are you ready for SkillsUSA Week (Feb. 5-11)? Make this the best in your chapter’s history by using the turnkey classroom and chapter resources that are ready for you:

  • Plan SkillsUSA Week Activities Have student members plan and host events that include administrators, business leaders and legislators. 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: www.skillsusa.org/events-training/skillsusa-week.
  • Enter the SkillsUSA Week Video Contest What a cool opportunity for your members to capture the excitement of SkillsUSA! “SkillsUSA Week: A Time to Celebrate Framework Skill Development in Students” is the topic for the video. While it is ideal to capture events that are taking place during SkillsUSA Week, it is not mandatory for the video. So don’t delay, have members begin the video today! (See full details below and at: www.skillsusa.org/events-training/skillsusa-week/)
  • Order SkillsUSA Week T-shirt The SkillsUSA Store has created a SkillsUSA Week T-shirt for $12. Visit http://tinyurl.com/gur6o5r to order your shirt and a whole host of products that are ready for your week of celebration!
  • Issue a SkillsUSA Week Press Release Use the template to let your congressional representatives, senators and local media outlets know about SkillsUSA Week and Career and Technical Education Month during the month of February. Personalize and use the parts of the template that work for you. You can send an email to up to five media outlets at a time. After the release is submitted, follow up with media outlets by calling or visiting. To use the SkillsUSA advocacy site, go to: www.cqrcengage.com/skillsusa/, click on the “SkillsUSA Week, Feb. 5-11” heading, and fill in your ZIP code; the rest should be self-explanatory. If you have questions, contact Jane Short at 703-737-0612 or jshort@skillsusa.org.
  • Share Your SkillsUSA Week Pictures Now is the chance to showcase your students and the great work you are doing in your state. As you conduct SkillsUSA Week activities, please be sure to take pictures and share them with the national headquarters. Your photos may be featured in a Flickr gallery on SkillsUSA’s home page. Send your best photos to cmoore@skillsusa.org. Please be sure to identify everyone in the picture for the caption.
  • Report Your SkillsUSA Week News Share your news and stories with Tom Hall at SkillsUSA, 14001 SkillsUSA Way, Leesburg, VA 20176 or email thall@skillsusa.org.
  • Integrate Daily Videos and Classroom Discussion Prompts and Activities — Watch for this new feature next week!


SkillsUSA Week is presented by Carhartt.


SkillsUSA Week Video Competition, Presented by Carhartt

What’s the topic?

“SkillsUSA Week: A Time to Celebrate Framework Skill Development in Students” is the topic for the video. While it is ideal to capture events that are taking place during SkillsUSA Week, it is not mandatory for the video.
How long should the video be?
Entries should be between 2-3 minutes in length.

Who can enter?

Currently enrolled high-school and college/postsecondary students who are registered members of SkillsUSA can enter. Membership will be verified for each entry. The video work can be done by an individual, a team or an entire class.

How many students can work on the video?

There is no limit on the number of students who can work on a video. The video must be entered under one chapter name, and there will only be one prize awarded for the winning video.

Can participants use other people’s material?

Entries must contain only original material (including music, images, etc.) unless written permission has been obtained. No trademarked, copyrighted or otherwise branded materials, logos or products may be used except for the SkillsUSA and Carhartt logos.

How should the video be submitted for entry?

Upload your entry to YouTube at: www.youtube.com. Please allow up to a 24-hour registration process and become familiar with YouTube prior to uploading your video. Email your video entry link to: gsilvey@skillsusa.org and include name, school, address, email address and telephone number. Submit your entries no later than Feb. 18.

Does it cost anything to enter?

There is no charge for submitting an entry.

Can I submit more than one entry?

Yes. Participants may submit up to two entries.

Can entries be disqualified?

Entries will be disqualified if they contain vulgar or inappropriate content, are uploaded later than Feb. 18 or use copyrighted material.

How will the videos be judged?

A panel of SkillsUSA partners will judge the entries. Winners will be chosen based on how closely they followed the contest rules.

How will the winners be announced?

Winners will be notified directly by SkillsUSA and publicized in materials. Additionally, winners will be linked to the SkillsUSA website.

What are the prizes?

Winning video teams and/or their schools will receive prizes and recognition provided by SkillsUSA. The winning videos will be aired on the SkillsUSA website. The top entry schools will receive a $200 Carhartt gift card.

Still have questions?

For questions not answered here, email Gayle Silvey: gsilvey@skillsusa.org.


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

Feb. 3 is the deadline for entries to 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.


Your Talent is Needed on the National Stage

SkillsUSA is once again seeking talented student or adult performers to sing the national anthem at the NLSC Opening Ceremony. Audition videos can be submitted on CD or DVD and must be the singing of the national anthem.


Please be sure each disc is marked with your name, address, school name and email address. Email submissions are not accepted. Send auditions to Heidi Walsh, SkillsUSA, 14001 SkillsUSA Way, Leesburg, VA 20176. Questions may be directed to her at 703-737-0615 or hwalsh@skillsusa.org. Auditions must be received by Feb. 3. SkillsUSA does not pay travel expenses for the singer to attend national conference.