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September 26, 2016

Ensure SkillsUSA is Integral to Your CTE Program

Step 3 of the 10 Steps to a Successful Chapter gives you all the resources you need to ensure SkillsUSA is integral to your CTE program. When you infuse SkillsUSA activities into your instructional program, students gain real-world applications to their studies and develop the personal, workplace and technical skills that comprise the SkillsUSA Framework. Your classroom will come to life as students see the connection between what they are learning today and their futures. Just as your lab provides contextual teachable moments, your classroom can provide relevancy in developing leadership, communication and teamwork skills that develop the whole student.


The resources below will ensure that administrators see the value of your program to student success and will create an environment that delivers career-ready students:

  • Ensure parents and families understand that SkillsUSA is integral to your program by placing information directly into the syllabus. Use the parent letter and SkillsUSA brochure template as guides.
  • Show the framework video to students, parents, administrators, teachers and members of your business community so they understand how SkillsUSA ensures career readiness. The SkillsUSA Framework supports the mission of the organization “to empower members to become world-class workers, leaders and responsible American citizens.”
  • Use the SkillsUSA Framework flier and graphic in your program materials to draw attention to the development of personal, workplace and technical skills grounded in academics.


Check Your Inbox — Student Surveys Arriving Soon

Opportunities for students pursuing CTE-related careers, including those in health sciences, continue to expand. As new technologies create new and changing jobs, student perceptions of these opportunities shift. That is why SkillsUSA is collaborating again this fall with the Education Research Center of America (ERCA) to produce surveys of CTE students.


One packet with survey forms for teachers and students entitled The Research Consortium on CTE Pathways will be mailed to high-school CTE teachers, including some SkillsUSA advisors. This survey was developed in collaboration with the Education Research Center of America (ERCA), The Manufacturing Institute and SkillsUSA.


A separate packet with survey forms for teachers and students entitled Research Consortium on Health/Science Careers will be sent to some high-school biology and health sciences teachers, including some SkillsUSA health sciences advisors. This survey was developed in collaboration with ERCA, the National Association of Biology Teachers (NABT) and SkillsUSA.


Last year’s survey showed SkillsUSA students outperformed CTE students generally, non-CTSO students and other CTSO students in several key indicators that are important to promoting SkillsUSA (tinyurl.com/ERCAreport). We encourage SkillsUSA instructors and students to participate in this year’s surveys so that we can continue to build the case for support and understand how we can best serve our students.


Please watch your inbox during back-to-school season for a package from the Research Consortium on CTE Pathways or from the Research Consortium on Health/Science Careers. If you want to make sure you receive this package, please fill out this simple online form or email info@studentresearch.org to make sure you’re on the list.


Get Free Access to Autodesk Software

Autodesk is providing SkillsUSA students and educators with free access to its software. Autodesk has been committed to SkillsUSA for over 20 years as a partner because of common goals in preparing students in STEM-based careers and creating an industry-ready workforce. To register, students and advisors can visit the Autodesk Education Community at: www.autodesk.com/education.


Join Now for a Chance to Win OSHA Training Vouchers

When you register at least 15 students and one professional member in SkillsUSA by Sept. 30, you will be placed in a drawing to receive up to 50 free OSHA training vouchers. The OSHA Outreach Training Program for General Industry teaches entry-level workers and employers how to recognize, reduce and prevent safety and health hazards in workplaces. The program also provides information regarding workers’ rights, employer responsibilities, and how to file a complaint. Don’t delay; drawings are being held each Friday in September.


Participate in Manufacturing Day

SkillsUSA joins other student organizations and industry partners for National Manufacturing Day on Oct. 7, a celebration designed to improve public perception of careers in manufacturing and engineering. SkillsUSA chapters can participate by holding an open house to showcase manufacturing-related training programs to parents and the community. Even better, chapters can opt to participate in field trips or one of 932 events planned nationwide, ranging from career fairs to manufacturing plant tours.

SkillsUSA chapters are asked to share Manufacturing Day photos and stories with social media specialist Darlenne Helena, email dhelena@skillsusa.org. For ways to participate go to: www.mfgday.com.


Call the SkillsUSA Membership Hotline Toll Free: 844-875-4557

Hotline operators are ready to answer your questions on how to start a new chapter, engage chapter members and strengthen an existing chapter — you name it, they are ready to tackle it! Operators are on call from 8 a.m.–5 p.m. (Eastern time) Monday, Wednesday and Friday and from 11 a.m.–7 p.m. (Eastern) Tuesday and Thursday. Don’t have time to call? Send the operators an email at operators@skillsusa.org or chat with them online at the membership registration site!