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SkillsUSA NM Updates 1/29/16

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Career & Technical Education/CTSO Day at the Roundhouse!

SkillsUSA National HS Vice President/NM HS President, Jonathan Sarmiento, and College/Postsecondary President, Adriane Tenequer stand with Senator Michael Padilla who sponsored Memorial 30 declaring January 25, 2016 Career Technical Student Organization Leadership Day in the Senate.

SkillsUSA was proudly represented by Belen High School, Central NM Community College, Carlsbad High School, Deming High School, Hobbs High School, Loving High School, Navajo Technical University, and West Mesa High School. Also representing CTSOs were BPA, DECA, HOSA, FCCLA, and TSA members from across NM.

CTLP Board Chair, Marjorie Gillespie, has asked us to also keep an eye on Senate Bill 159 and NMACTE Executive Director, Carol McAlister, would like to let NM CTE teachers know that the annual conference will be in Albuquerque this year.

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Membership deadline approaching!

Join today!

College/Postsecondary membership have been submitted by:

  • Navajo Technical University
  • New Mexico Junior College
  • Southwestern Indian Polytechnic Institute (Just registered!)

High School Membership submitted by:

  • Artesia High School (just registered!)
  • Belen High School
  • Bernalillo High School
  • Deming High School
  • FMS Cate Center
  • Foothill High School (new chapter)
  • Gadsden High School
  • Hobbs High School
  • Loving High School
  • Miyamura High School
  • Santa Teresa High School
  • Taos High School
  • University High School
  • West Mesa High School

Membership Hotline 844-875-4557

Step-by-Step Instructions:

As you affiliate your members, please contact with any questions or concerns.

Membership Deadline February 12 (19th for State Leadership & Skills Conference).

Call to Conference and Forms for State Leadership and Skills Championships

The 50th NM State Leadership and Skills Conference is open. Below are the links to the Call to Conference (please print) and associated forms.

-See you at the 50th Celebratioin!

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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. One of the most effective forms of communication to reach a wide audience of students, parents and educators 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:

  • Facebook post on Feb. 1 — February is CTE Month. What impact has career and technical education had on your life? Share your photos that show your excitement and success in CTE. Use the CTE Month logo as a picture:
  • Tweet/Instagram post on Feb. 1 — February is CTE Month. What impact has career and technical education had on your life? Post your best photos! #CTEMonth
  • Facebook post on Feb. 3 — Career and technical education (CTE) helps students develop employability skills through rigorous and relevant courses in high school and college. Approximately 94 percent of high-school students are being prepared for successful careers through CTE. How did CTE help prepare you for future success? Include a picture of a student completing a hands-on activity in the classroom.
  • Tweet / Instagram post on Feb. 3 — CTE equips students with academic, employability and technical skills. How did CTE help prepare you to be successful? Include a picture of a student completing a hands-on activity in the classroom or during a work-based learning experience. #CTEMonth

The SkillsUSA NM officers urge your chapter to form its own plan for celebrating SkillsUSA week at the local level. This is a perfect time to educate (framework),

connect (social media), and re-discover (alumni).

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$2,000 School Grant Sponsored by Lowe’s for the Chapter Excellence Program

Models of Excellence Award Grant — Your chapter or section may qualify for this award. Don’t miss this exciting opportunity for your chapter 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. Twenty-four chapters will be recognized as Models of Excellence and will receive a $2,000 grant. It’s not too late, but the NM deadline is March 4th.

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:

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:

SkillsUSA New Mexico Association

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SkillsUSA: Connecting YOU to Career Success