Friday Flash, September 27, 2019
NEWS FROM YOUR STATE OFFICE
Today’s Advisor Meeting
Thanks to all the advisors who attended today’s statewide meeting. It was great to see you all and welcome you back. Contact our office for the information that was distributed if you were unable to attend.
Fall Edition of Champions Magazine
NJ students are featured prominently in the latest edition of Champions magazine. Check out the Fall issue where you will find a Somerset Alumni on the cover, and articles on West Caldwell Robotics students and a Gloucester Co. Community Service project: https://read.nxtbook.com/mercury/skillsusa/champions_fall_2019/fall_2019_cover.html
NEWS FROM OUR NATIONAL OFFICE
New Theme for 2019-20 Announced
The SkillsUSA competition theme is used throughout the year in membership materials and as the topic for Chapter Display, Prepared Speech and Promotional Bulletin Board competitions at the local, state and national levels. The theme for the 2019-20 year is:
SkillsUSA: Champions at Work
Within this topic, contestants might illustrate or discuss a variety of ideas. For details, go to: www.skillsusa.org/about/theme/ .
Take Action to Increase Perkins State Grant Funding
SkillsUSA’s friends at the Association for Career and Technical Education have requested your help in ensuring an increase this year in Perkins Basic State Grants.
In June, the House passed its appropriations bills for fiscal year (FY) 2020, which included a $47 million increase for Perkins grants — potentially bringing the new total to $1.31 billion. After years of declining federal support for career and technical education, the past two federal budgets (FY 2018, FY 2019) have included modest increases for the Perkins program. Your advocacy has been critical to securing these increases, and so we need your help again to keep the momentum going.
To ask your senators to support an increase in Perkins CTE funding in the FY 2020 appropriations bill, go to: www.acteonline.org/advocacy/take-action/#/34.
You can also call the U.S. Capitol switchboard at 202-224-3121. An operator will then connect you with your requested Senate office.
We need to continue to raise awareness with policymakers to ensure they understand the many benefits associated with high-quality career and technical education programs. The Senate Appropriations Committee plans to consider funding for education programs for FY20 as soon as next week. Your advocacy makes a difference and encourages policymakers to take action, so please contact your senators today.