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May 10, 2018

VOTE for ‘Show Off Your Skills’ Video Contest

Stanley Black & Decker is sponsoring a “Show Off Your Skills” challenge where chapters will have an opportunity to compete for a grand prize of $10,000 and four finalist prizes of $4,000 each. Additionally, the state association of the winning chapter will receive a grant for $2,500 in appreciation for its efforts in encouraging chapters to participate.

Participating chapters produced a 60-second video for social media that highlights the community service they performed during the National Week of Service and the specific trade skills used. These chapter videos will be posted May 14 for a communitywide vote via social media to determine the grand-prize winner. The winner will be announced May 18, with an awards presentation the following week at the winning school. To vote, go to: . Visitors can vote once every 24 hours until voting closes.

Leading Educator to Present During Engage Training

A nationally recognized speaker on educational initiatives and instructional programming, Dr. Sandra Clement, will spend a day with SkillsUSA’s Engage training participants in June. Clement has served as a teacher, counselor, district and campus administrator at all grade levels for over 23 years. As principal of South Park Middle School and Moody High School in Corpus Christi, Texas, she has effectively led both of these high-poverty and high-at-risk schools out of low-performing “academically unacceptable” state designations.

Clement’s message is one of equity. She believes all students must have access to career and technical education and that it is not an elective but rather a coherent pathway to ensuring career readiness for every student.

In 2016, Clement was the only educator named to the Chief Council of State School Officer’s (CCSSO) National Advisory Committee, part of CCSSO’s Career Readiness Initiative. This five-year New Skills for Youth initiative oversees a dedicated $35 million dollars from JPMorgan Chase aimed at strengthening career-focused education. In 2015, her school was chosen as the top high school in the nation for STEM instructional programming and received the National Excellence in Action Award from the White House.

Engage will be held June 23-25 at the Kentucky Exposition Center in Louisville, Ky. To learn more about it, visit:

mikeroweWORKS Offers Travel Scholarships for Competitors

The mikeroweWORKS Foundation will again offer scholarships for SkillsUSA student members to attend the National Leadership and Skills Conference in Louisville, Ky., June 25-29. This is the eighth consecutive year the mikeroweWORKS Foundation, in partnership with SkillsUSA, has offered travel scholarships for SkillsUSA members who compete and place first in their state championships and who otherwise would not be able to attend the national championships for financial reasons.

This year’s scholarships will focus on high school and college/postsecondary students working primarily toward careers in manufacturing, construction, transportation, electronics and other program areas where a skills gap exists. The written application includes financial need and SkillsUSA involvement. Applicants must also provide a recommendation from a SkillsUSA member instructor or state association director.

Applicants need to apply online at: Scholarship applications must be received by May 15 (midnight EDT). Applications submitted after this time will not be considered. If you have questions, contact Marcia Strickland at