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2017 Regional Qualifiers Number Chart Now Available!

The 2017 Regional Qualifiers Number Chart was sent to your lead advisor this week and will be posted on our web site at http://miskillsusa.org/advisors/forms/ shortly.


PLEASE NOTE: All numbers in RED have been verified for 2017. Numbers in BLACK are from last year and are subject to change.

November 11, 2016

Nov. 15 Membership Deadline is Quickly Approaching

As a special membership incentive, if advisors register at least 15 student members in their training program plus one or more professional members by Nov. 15, they will receive a SkillsUSA Framework podium banner (pictured). And, professionals registering by Nov. 15 will receive a professional membership card before the holidays. Professional membership cards are printed only two times a year. Make sure to get yours first! Otherwise, the second run of professional membership cards will be shipped in the spring.


Professional membership that is submitted at any time during the school year grants advisors to the following: 2017-2018 SkillsUSA Championships Technical Standards (new benefit), Jump into STEM! curriculum and Career Readiness Curriculum (CRC). As a free member benefit, professional members receive these items when they have submitted a current and accurate email address along with their membership details. For more details on these incentives, see the membership kits or visit the SkillsUSA website: www.skillsusa.org/membership-resources/membership-kit-2/.


CEP is the Best Way to Build a Successful SkillsUSA Chapter

The Chapter Excellence Program (CEP) recognizes achievement as it relates to integrating the SkillsUSA Framework in chapter program of work activities. As a chapter’s yearly action plan, the program of work is at the heart of learning and employability development. By using the SkillsUSA Framework as a guide, chapters have a blueprint for creating relevant activities that encourage participation and foster an understanding of what students are learning during each activity. The framework’s focus on intentional learning turns the program of work into more than just a planning tool. Using the framework, the program of work becomes the vital conduit that links students to the application of personal, workplace and technical skills demanded by industry.


Within the personal, workplace and technical skills areas, there are specific “essential elements” tied to each. The essential elements are high-demand employability skills as defined by industry and the benchmark for measuring student success during an activity. For example, if students learn the essential element of responsibility during a personal component activity, the SkillsUSA Framework requires that the chapter be specific regarding the how and why students learned responsibility. This conscientious approach gives added meaning to the valuable experience gained by students in the planning, organization and implementation of activities. Most importantly, this approach actualizes SkillsUSA’s mission to “empower members to become world-class workers, leaders and responsible American citizens” on the chapter level.


Start Your CEP Application Today

Start your Chapter Excellence Program application today and begin to earn recognition for your chapter! The online application is on the main page of the membership registration site once you have logged into your school account (www.skillsusa-register.org/Login.aspx) Questions? Everything you need to know about implementing the CEP can be found here: http://www.skillsusa.org/wp-content/uploads/2015/02/CEP-Teachers-Guide.pdf


Create an Incredible Program of Work

By participating in program of work activities, SkillsUSA chapters become conduits for meaningful student growth. Students take part in planning, organizing and implementing activities, which develops their skills and builds character. The Chapter Excellence Program (CEP) recognizes these efforts by offering every chapter an opportunity to attain measurable competencies in pursuit of SkillsUSA Framework objectives. The process centers on being intentional about the skills gained through active participation in chapter activities. The CEP is instrumental to developing framework skills in members, and it begins to work at the forefront of program of work planning. Here’s how:


  1. Committee of students or officers selects a chapter activity.
  2. After determining which SkillsUSA Framework essential elements best apply to the activity and provide an opportunity for intentional learning to take place, the committee selects two to three essential elements from one area of the framework: personal, workplace or technical.
  3. Committee writes three SMART (specific, measurable, attainable, realistic, time-bound) goals for the activity that include how members are going to gain the essential elements of the framework.
  4. Committee creates a plan of action (who, what, when and where) for completing the activity.
  5. At the end of the activity, the committee revisits the goals, preparing a statement that includes results, evaluation and how students achieved the developing framework skills through participating in the activity. They should consider what was accomplished and how this activity helps members gain skills based on the essential elements selected.



Complete a projected budget that includes a list of planned income and expenses for the year. Within the planning process, it is important for students to consider if an activity falls within the budget and can be supported by the chapter. Creating and following a budget not only ensures the success of a chapter but also builds key skills among members such as responsibility, decision making, planning, organizing and management. Developing an understanding of sound financial practices is a skill that will carry over into a lifetime of success for students and ensures career readiness.


National Apprenticeship Week is Approaching

National Apprenticeship Week is Nov. 14-20. This is an opportunity for business and industry, education, community-based organizations, students and workers to share how apprenticeship works for them. In the lead up to and throughout National Apprenticeship Week, the U.S. Department of Labor is asking apprenticeship leaders, program sponsors and participants around the country to spread the word by using the hashtags #ApprenticeshipWorks and #NAW2016. For more information, go to: https://www.dol.gov/apprenticeship/NAW/.


Act Now: National Career and Technical Scholarship Program

High-school graduates who are currently or soon pursuing postsecondary CTE studies may be eligible for up to $2,500 through a new career and technical education scholarship program. By completing a simple 45-minute application, they will be considered for one of 510 scholarships being awarded in 2016.


Applications for the Horatio Alger CTE Scholarship Program are being reviewed now, with all awards being finalized by this December. Act now to take advantage of support for your CTE pursuit. The educational program must result in a certification, credential or degree. For more information or to apply, visit: http://tinyurl.com/gmwm171


If you have any questions or would like more information about the scholarships or the Horatio Alger Association, email Kristen Law at klaw@horatioalger.org or call 703-684-9444.