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November 13, 2017

How Do You Spell Success? A&M Consolidated High School Spells It C-E-P!

If your chapter hasn’t had the opportunity to take advantage of SkillsUSA’s Chapter Excellence Program, then the success at one local high school will certainly convince you that this is the time to get connected to CEP!

The SkillsUSA chapter at A&M Consolidated High School was awarded first place in the “workplace skills” category for the 2017 SkillsUSA Models of Excellence (MOE) program. This chapter in College Station, Texas, is a two-time MOE winner, capturing top honors in the “technical skills” category in 2016.

“Being named a national winner back-to-back among so many outstanding programs is an honor,” said chapter advisor Bart Taylor. “The work of our chapter is a great example of what happens when you turn innovation and leadership over to the students. We approach the SkillsUSA Framework as a purposeful guide to strengthening student engagement."

The Models of Excellence program, as part of the CEP, is supported by Lowe’s to promote SkillsUSA Framework application of personal, workplace and technical skills in chapter activities. A&M Consolidated was one of 24 national finalists to compete for this distinction during the SkillsUSA National Leadership and Skills Conference. Each chapter finalist receives a grant of up to $4,000 from Lowe’s to support SkillsUSA programming.

Taylor and members Kelly Krenek and Delphine Leoue Ngoko Djomo represented the chapter at the national conference. “Since becoming involved in CEP three years ago, I have seen a transformation in how my students learn and apply skills in our technology program and chapter,” Taylor said. “I am proud of them and appreciate Lowe’s for making this program possible.”

The A&M Consolidated chapter topped the workplace skills category for its innovative cybersecurity awareness initiative. Students capitalized on the framework skills of communication, leadership, and planning, organizing and management by augmenting their own cybersecurity knowledge while also spearheading educational outreach in the community. Members participated in an online cybersecurity program and facilitated two cybersecurity education events, one at their local Lowe’s store and one at their high school, to teach others about current online threats and how to keep data safe.

Members honed communication skills by making presentations to various groups and marketing the program. Leadership was demonstrated by student ingenuity and a proactive approach to cybersecurity issues as well as competencies in relationship-building and effective consultation. Extensive planning, organizing and management were required throughout this project. Students took charge of all facets of the program, including planning and oversight, advertising and implementation.

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 (

Register Today for CEP Quality Chapter Application Webinar

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

Please register for the webinar “Completing the CEP Quality Chapter Application” on Thursday, Nov. 16, at 3 p.m. EST at: After registering, you will receive a confirmation email with information about joining the webinar.

Don’t Miss Learning About the Newly Released Career Essentials: Experiences

The new SkillsUSA Career Essentials: Experiences curriculum is now available online. Replacing the Professional Development Program (PDP), Career Essentials: Experiences is one component in a suite of products. These turnkey solutions define, implement and measure career readiness in students.

SkillsUSA will host two webinars on this new product, taking you from ordering to reporting. Please register ahead of time for the webinar that will benefit you, and share this information to other teachers and administrators in your school.

· Career Essentials: Experiences — Overview and Ordering Process
This presentation will introduce the SkillsUSA Career Essentials suite and the new Career Essentials Assessment, Career-Ready. Topics covered: Career Essentials website overview, pricing and payment requirements, refund and exchange policy, IEP accommodations, creating your username/account in the system, steps to place an online order, and order management and customer support.

Tuesday, Nov. 14, 2:30 p.m.-3:15 p.m. EST

Registration URL:
Webinar ID: 405-687-275

· Career Essentials: Experiences — Management Tools and Student Access
This presentation walks you through the steps of implementing the Experiences to students and goes over the various management tools available. Topics covered: Fundamental and Advanced Experiences, verifying hardware/software requirements, accessing vouchers (to be provided to students to give access to the curriculum), teacher resources, creating a student account/username, redeeming vouchers for student use, exploring the student Learning Path, distributing vouchers to other teachers/administrators, reporting features and customer support.

Tuesday, Nov. 14, 4 p.m.- 4:45 p.m. EST

Registration URL:
Webinar ID: 547-534-307

SkillsUSA looks forward to sharing this information with you. If you are unable to attend, the webinars will be recorded and archived on the website at:

For assistance, call the SkillsUSA Career Essentials Team at 1-866-444-7779 or email

Don’t Be Left Out! Nov. 15 Membership Incentive Deadline Quickly Approaching

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 and 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.

As a special membership incentive, register at least 15 student members in your training program plus one or more professionals by Nov. 15, and you will receive a free educational resource item, Impact: Experiential Activities that Launch Productive Teams (value $9.95). Instructors who register with 100-percent membership plus one or more professionals will also receive a SkillsUSA Program of Work calendar (value: $5.95).

For more details on these incentives, see the membership kits or visit the SkillsUSA website: or you can begin to register yourself and your students at: