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September 30, 2016

Turnkey Lesson Plan Makes Integrating SkillsUSA Easy

Step 3 of the 10 Steps to a Successful Chapter provides a hands-on lesson plan so you can ensure SkillsUSA is integral to your CTE program.

Use the framework lesson plan to embed SkillsUSA into your activities. A SkillsUSA chapter exists as a teaching tool where intentional learning can take place in a safe environment. Students are able to make mistakes and learn from them with your guided practice, which moves them along a continuum of awareness to demonstration and eventual mastery-level learning. The framework lesson plan makes it easy for students to understand what it is and why is important to their total career success.

Career Transitions Site Is a Free Resource

As part of the framework lesson plan, students will benefit from visiting the Career Transitions site, where they can:

  • Assess their career interests by taking an online assessment
  • Browse career paths and check out videos of real people working in the field
  • Learn to write a résumé and cover letter

With this free registration, students will receive a year’s worth of career planning tools and resources that will help ensure they are career-ready. Don’t delay, have students sign up today to begin to take advantage of these tools!

Turn Creativity into Cash with the Verizon Innovative Learning App Challenge

The Verizon Innovative Learning App Challenge, a program of the Verizon Foundation in partnership with the Technology Student Association, is underway. With an attractive grand prize for eight “Best in Nation” schools ($20,000 for each winner), this competition has become extremely popular. Submissions have come from all disciplines — from STEM-focused groups to business to language arts and the humanities. Registration closes Nov. 18.

NSF Offers Cybersecurity College Scholarships

The National Science Foundation (NSF) has a great opportunity for students interested in a cybersecurity career. The Scholarship for Service program is designed to increase the number of cybersecurity/information assurance professionals. The NSF and U.S. Department of Homeland Security will issue grants to attract more students to the field. A potential recipient must be a full-time student pursing a bachelor’s or master’s degree in cybersecurity, or a research-based doctoral student. The scholarships cover full-time tuition and fees plus a stipend of $22,500 for undergraduate students and $34,000 for graduate students. For more information, go to:

Help is Only a Call, Email or Chat Away!

Everyone needs a little help now and then. Let the SkillsUSA Membership Hotline operators help you solve your problems. Hotline operators are ready to answer your questions on how to start a new chapter, engage chapter members and strengthen an existing chapter. 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. Call the hotline toll free: 844-875-4557.

Don’t have time to call? Send the operators an email at or chat with them online at the membership registration site.