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Friday Flash, April 23, 2021

NEWS FROM YOUR STATE OFFICE

 

Congratulations to NJ’s President’s Volunteer Service Award Winners (PVSA)

This award is issued by the President's Council on Service and Civic Participation on behalf of the President of the United States to recognize the best in the American spirit and to encourage all Americans to improve their communities through volunteer service and civic participation. Pins and certificates will be mailed to the school in the next three to five weeks. Students will also receive an official award letter in the mail from SkillsUSA. PVSA recipients are cordially invited to be recognized at the National Leadership and Skills Conference (NLSC) Awards and Recognition Session on Thursday, June 24th 2021!

   Individual Awards:

     Somerset County Academy for Health and Medical Sciences
        Aarsha Sha (Gold)
        Evelyn Chuo (Silver)
        Charlene Cai (Silver)

      Somerset County Vocational and Technical Schools
         Christopher Masiello (Silver)

   Team Awards

      Bergen County Academies (Bronze)

 

NATIONAL OFFICE NEWS ITEMS

 

SkillsUSA’s National Signing Day — held on May 4 — will celebrate high school seniors and college/postsecondary students who have chosen to pursue careers as professionals in the skilled trades. Local SkillsUSA chapters wishing to participate now have until April 23 to register here. Chapters are encouraged to host a signing day event by inviting business partners, school administrators, teachers, elected officials, SkillsUSA alumni, family and friends to honor students signing “letters of intent” for a job offer, apprenticeship or advanced technical training.

An electronic toolkit of resources is available to advisors at SkillsUSA CONNECT to assist them with planning their local chapter event. The toolkit includes an event logo, an event invitation template, social media posts, a sample press release, thank-you notes and an event planning checklist. To learn more, log in to your account at SkillsUSA CONNECT or visit the Signing Day page on our website. Visit SkillsUSA’s YouTube channel for a short National Signing Day promotional video.

 

 

2021 Virtual NLSC Teacher/Advisor Professional Development Opportunities

SkillsUSA advisors and CTE teacher registrants at the 2021 virtual National Leadership and Skills Conference (NLSC) will have access to more than 50 hours of live virtual professional development through “Engage” and the inaugural “Academy of Excellence in CTE and SkillsUSA.” Grow in your skills as an advisor and teacher and engage in these opportunities from the comfort of home. Check out this flyer for session descriptions, schedule options and registration details.

Consider inviting a CTE or school counselor colleague to register and join you! “Engage” is accessible for a $50 registration fee, and all the “Academy of Excellence in CTE and SkillsUSA” offerings are included with your $95 NLSC registration fee. The sessions will be offered as follows:

  • Engage: Saturday, June 19 and Monday, June 21

  • Transition to Teaching: Monday, June 21 through Thursday, June 24

  • New Advisor Training: Tuesday, June 22 through Thursday, June 24

  • Work-Based Learning and Student Employability Skill Development; High Quality CTE Program Development; Programs of Work that Work; E-Resource Overview: Tuesday, June 22 OR Wednesday, June 23 OR Thursday, June 24

Take a moment to review the offering details and register for the NLSC, and build your own professional development conference experience today!

 

New SkillsUSA Graduate Frames for Social Media

To recognize our graduating members, SkillsUSA has created a few editable frames to use on Facebook. 

 To add a frame to your page’s profile picture:

  • Go to Facebook here.

  • Click your profile picture in the bottom left and select your page.

  • Search for a frame by entering the frame’s name, the creator’s name (SkillsUSA) or related words (graduation).

  • Choose the frame you want to use from the results.

  • Click “Use as Profile Picture.”

 If you have questions, contact Hayley Uffelman at huffelman@skillsusa.org.

 

Miller Electric Offers Free Access to Welding Training Online

Miller Electric, a longtime partner of SkillsUSA, is helping address the challenges of distance learning by offering a FREE Learning Management System with welding theory modules for use in creating or enhancing existing curriculums. OpenBook™ is a powerful tool consisting of five pre-defined courses and over 70 e-learning modules that help instructors assign and deliver welding content, create quizzes, download welding labs, monitor student participation and assess student progress and performance. Pre-defined courses with Certificates of Completion include “Base Metals and Filler Metals,” “Introduction to Welding,” “GMAW,” “GTAW” and “SMAW.”  

  To learn more about OpenBook™ and register for this free resource, click here. To view all of Miller’s welding training support materials, including PowerPoint presentations, quizzes and more, click here.

Learn more about Miller Electric on their website.

 

SkillsUSA Hope Fund Offers NLSC Registration and Competition Support

The SkillsUSA Hope Fund supports SkillsUSA members and chapters during times of hardship, including natural disasters, financial challenges and economic challenges resulting from the pandemic. New to the Hope Fund this year — and made possible through our partnership with Harbor Freight Tools for Schools — are two need-based scholarship opportunities for SkillsUSA members: The “National Leadership and Skills Conference (NLSC) Registration Scholarship” and the “NLSC Career Competition Support Grant.” Applications for both (more info below) will be accepted from April 16-May 14. Recipients will be announced June 1.

 

National Leadership and Skills Conference Registration Scholarship

Students or advisors can apply for a $95 scholarship to offset the registration fee for the 2021 virtual National Leadership and Skills Conference (NLSC). Apply online here.

 

NLSC Career Competition Support Grant

Support grants are available for SkillsUSA national competitors to cover the cost of contest supplies and materials when these are not provided by the contest technical committee. This year’s SkillsUSA Championships will be conducted in localized virtual or hybrid settings. In most instances, schools or local businesses will host the competitor, and contest materials will be provided. When that is not possible, the local school district or local industry may be asked to support the competitor by providing contest materials. SkillsUSA chapters or school districts can apply on behalf of eligible members to receive a grant to offset the cost of purchasing national contest materials and supplies.

Before applying, please review this document to determine if the national competitor will need to purchase supplies or materials. (In most cases, the contest committee will supply the materials and/or cover the cost of the materials.) When you’re ready, apply for the NLSC Career Competition Support Grant here.

 

2021 Virtual NLSC Professional Development Opportunities

SkillsUSA advisors and CTE teacher registrants at the 2021 virtual NLSC will have access to more than 50 hours of live virtual professional development through “Engage” and the inaugural “Academy of Excellence in CTE and SkillsUSA.” Grow in your skills as an advisor and teacher and engage in these opportunities from the comfort of home. Check out this flyer for session descriptions, schedule options and registration details.

“Engage” is accessible for a $50 registration fee, and all the “Academy of Excellence in CTE and SkillsUSA” offerings are included with your $95 NLSC registration fee. Consider inviting a CTE or school counselor colleague to register and join you! The following sessions will be offered:

  • Engage: Saturday, June 19 and Monday, June 21

  • Transition to Teaching: Monday, June 21 through Thursday, June 24

  • New Advisor Training: Tuesday, June 22 through Thursday, June 24

  • Work-Based Learning and Student Employability Skill Development; High Quality CTE Program Development; Programs of Work that Work; E-Resource Overview: Tuesday, June 22 or Wednesday, June 23 or Thursday, June 24

Take a moment to review the offering details, register for the NLSC, and build your own professional development conference experience. The registration deadline for NLSC and these professional development opportunities is May 14.

 

Apply for the Harbor Freight Tools for Schools Prize for Teaching Excellence

Applications are open for the Harbor Freight Tools for Schools Prize for Teaching Excellence. The program recognizes outstanding skilled trades teachers and programs in public high schools in the U.S. Read how the prize impacted one SkillsUSA instructor’s program here. In 2021, Harbor Freight will award more than $1 million in prizes overall to 18 teachers and their programs. In 2020, the prize recognized seven SkillsUSA instructors. Applications are due by May 21. Learn more and apply online.

 

Receive up to $2,500 to Pursue Career and Technical Education

The Horatio Alger Endowment Fund will award 500 career and technical education scholarships of up to $2,500 each. Scholarships are awarded to students who have overcome great obstacles in their lives and who plan to enroll in a career and technical education program at an accredited nonprofit postsecondary institution. To learn more, click here.