Friday Flash

SkillsUSA Michigan

September 28, 2015

Ignite: Activities that Spark Student Engagement

Imagine if every student in your classroom was on fire for learning new content and career skills. Ignite can do just that for your students! Written for this purpose, Ignite equips you with 68 bell-ringers or startup tasks to engage students, with career-readiness topics that tie directly to the SkillsUSA Framework. Consider posting a bell-ringer before starting each class session, and discuss the relationship of the task content to school, SkillsUSA and the workplace. Below are a series of sample bell-ringers found on Page 52 and 53 in the section labeled Personal Skills: Self-Motivation:

  • List five things you want to learn this year. List five things you want to learn in the next five years.
  • Using each letter in “PASSION,” list seven qualities of a person who exhibits passion for life and his or her career.
  • Describe a time you completed work with little or no supervision in school, in SkillsUSA or in the workplace.
  • For each statement, evaluate if the student is demonstrating initiative. Respond Y (yes) or N (no).
    • On the first day of class, Student A walks in with a smile and introduces himself or herself to a new classmates.
    • Student B arrives at work early to find a stack of files on the desk, but waits until the supervisor arrives to begin work.
    • Student C is afraid members will forget the upcoming SkillsUSA meeting, so the student sends a text message to all members to remind them.
    • Student D misses friends from a previous school, so the student decides to call them and set up a reunion.
    • Student E feels another student is being bullied but does not know how to help.

Instructor: A, C, and D are yes. B and E does not show initiative.

Register and Win — OSHA 10-Hour General Industry Training or Construction Training Vouchers, $25 Value Each

Register at least 15 members and one professional, and you will be placed in a drawing to receive up to 50 free OSHA vouchers. The OSHA Outreach Training Program for General Industry provides training for entry-level workers and employers on the recognition, avoidance, abatement and prevention of safety and health hazards in workplaces in general industry. The program also provides information regarding workers' rights, employer responsibilities and how to file a complaint. Don’t delay; drawings will be held each Friday in September.

Last Chance — Apply for the State Farm Youth Advisory Board

Applications are now available for new board members for the State Farm Youth Advisory Board (YAB). This is an incredible opportunity for young people to grow as leaders, help out their communities and network with a diverse group of 30 youth, age 17-20, from across the United States. The YAB board is responsible for granting $4 million for service-learning projects that address pressing issues with a direct impact on communities and $1 million for community-initiated projects through State Farm’s Neighborhood Assist Program. As a member of the YAB, students will be provided an amazing personal developmental opportunity. They will also be able to make a long-lasting impact in communities they care about and provide solutions to today’s pertinent issues. Students 17-20 years old can apply now by visiting: The application deadline is Oct. 2 at 5 p.m. (CDT).

Register by Nov. 15 and Win Big for Your Chapter and Classroom

SkillsUSA advisors will receive three educational resources when they register 15 student members plus one or more professional members by Nov. 15. They will receive a copy of Ignite, a new resource designed around the SkillsUSA Framework with a variety of classroom activities that spark student engagement. They will also receive a copy of Jump into STEM! This new program teaches SkillsUSA members how to facilitate STEM workshops for elementary-school students. The downloadable curriculum includes instructions for running 22 activities for hands-on learning. The third free resource, free to paid professional members, is the Career Readiness Curriculum (CRC). This program supports the framework of the SkillsUSA mission, which includes personal, workplace and technical skills grounded in academics — all essential to a successful technical education and future workplace success. The CRC curriculum includes 31 lesson plans and is based on national employability initiatives. For more details on these incentives, see the membership kit or visit the SkillsUSA website:

Need Help with Your Chapter or Registering Members? 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 or chat with them online at the membership registration site.