SkillsUSA Friday Flash, December 03, 2021

 

NEWS FROM YOUR STATE OFFICE

 

Mobile Robotics Competition

The 2022 Mobile Robotics Technology competition is scheduled for March 26 at Sussex County Tech.  This year’s game manual, as specified by our national office is available below:

 

BCIT Westampton spotlighted by National SkillsUSA

Advisor Joe Bouchard and the SkillsUSA students from the Westampton campus of BCIT were recently featured in a November Spotlight article on the national website.  This chapter has established a relationship with their local branch of Habitat for Humanity, and has for several years used their vocational skills to support the work of that organization.  Check out theie story at:

https://skillsusachampions.org/2021/11/service-leadership-and-a-competitive-edge/

 

Send Us Pictures and News Items of Your Chapters in Action

We would like to spotlight more of our chapters’ activities on our website and social media.

Let us know what your students are doing.

 

Advisor Apparel

Looking to update your Advisor wardrobe by purchasing an Official New Jersey SkillsUSA shirt or fleece jacket?   You can find an order form on our website, www.nj-skillsusa.org    Don’t hesitate to email us your order.  In order to deliver your order at the February Advisor Meeting, the deadline for sending the order form is Dec.17.  Payment can follow later.

 

Contest Updates

In order to select a state gold medalist, state events are based on the national technical standards that outline what can be expected for each of the national events. When NJ contest coordinators want to outline details that will differ from the national published standards or want to clarify a point, a Contest Update is listed at www.nj-skillsusa.org    If there is no Contest Update listed for an event, instructors should refer to the 2022 National Technical Standards.

 

Career Pathways Showcase

The first of this year’s Contest Updates has been listed for Career Pathways Showcase.

Updates can be found by clicking on the CONTEST tab and then CONTEST UPDATES.  When the contest document contains a PDF, you may be directed to the DOWNLOADS tab to locate that info.

Feel free to call our office 908 526-8900 X7249 or email srick@scvts.net with any contest questions.

 

NATIONAL OFFICE NEWS

 

Plan Now for SkillsUSA Week

SkillsUSA Week is Feb. 7-11, 2022, and you can participate in many ways: Honor your community supporters, connect with local business and industry professionals, or make a presentation about your CTE program and SkillsUSA chapter at a school board meeting. We encourage you to celebrate all week by planning activities

The SkillsUSA Week Chapter Guide assists chapters in planning for each day of SkillsUSA Week.

SkillsUSA is offering 10 chapter grants valued at $200 each to purchase supplies for your SkillsUSA Week activities. A request for a chapter grant must be submitted by Jan. 1, 2022. Chapter grants will be distributed on a first-come, first-served basis. The chapter grant application is here.

 

AmazonSmile Purchases Benefit SkillsUSA

Support SkillsUSA as your charity of choice while shopping through Amazon this holiday season. To order your purchases through AmazonSmile, search for “SkillsUSA Inc.” or visit this link. AmazonSmile donates a percentage of all purchases made through this link directly to SkillsUSA.

 

Insulation and Air Sealing Materials Expertise on “SkillsUSA Technical Fridays”

Join us for “SkillsUSA Technical Fridays,” SkillsUSA’s industry-led workshops that help teachers develop specific technical skills relevant to their career fields. On Dec. 10 at 4 p.m. ET, the presenter is Sam Myers, a building scientist and an expert on building performance concepts. His session will focus on various insulation and air-sealing materials and installation procedures that help create a healthy, efficient and comfortable home. A live demonstration will be given to show you how to test a house to determine how airtight or leaky it is. There will also be free giveaways for up to 20 SkillsUSA instructors. The cost to attend the session is $10. Register here.

 

The Best Way to Build a Successful SkillsUSA Chapter

You know you are having a great year in SkillsUSA, so why not be recognized for it? Did you elect officers, hold chapter meetings and engage in chapter activities? Then take it to the next level: complete the Chapter Excellence Program Quality Chapter application and receive the recognition your chapter has earned.

 

Start your SkillsUSA Chapter Excellence Program (CEP) application today and earn recognition for your chapter. The online application is on the main page of the membership registration site once you log into your school account. The "Build a Successful SkillsUSA Chapter Teacher’s Guide 2.0" can be downloaded here. The guide offers simple and easy steps to follow on completing the application, engaging students in the process and infusing the SkillsUSA Framework into chapter activities.

 

For questions or help, contact SkillsUSA Customer Care at 844-875-4557 or by email. You can also take advantage of a one-on-one coaching session with our CEP and Program of Work (PoW) coach, Kelli Engelbrecht. Schedule your 30-minute Zoom coaching appointment here, or call her at 573-321-1322. During the coaching session, learn how to integrate the SkillsUSA Framework, articulate your SMART goals and select and evaluate Essential Elements within your CEP application.

 

Advisors Can Print Membership Cards Instantly Online

SkillsUSA has implemented a feature that allows advisors to print student and professional membership cards as soon as they join, right from the membership registration website. This online feature provides each member with a quality, printed membership card. Each school/organization has the option to print individual cards on one page or print multiple professional cards to a single page using the batch print option. This option is available to advisors who log on to the membership registration website.

 

SkillsUSA Scholarships Now Open for Applications

Applications for several scholarships are now open to benefit SkillsUSA students in pursuit of higher education or certification in their chosen fields. Help spread the word about these opportunities:

  • The Marsha Daves Memorial Scholarship is open to current SkillsUSA state officers who are high school seniors or college/postsecondary students with another year of school. The deadline for applications is Feb. 1.

  • The new #MasteroftheTrade Scholarship is open to SkillsUSA members enrolled in HVACR or general construction programs who plan to study HVACR at the college/postsecondary level in the 2022-23 or 2023-24 school year. The deadline for applications is March 1.

  • The Student Research Foundation Scholarship is open to SkillsUSA members who are currently enrolled in high school and plan to continue their education in a postsecondary institution or program. It recognizes outstanding community contribution. The deadline for applications is July 26.

Additional information and the applications for these scholarships are available here.

 

Earn Presidential Recognition for Service to Others Through PVSA

At the 2022 national conference, SkillsUSA will recognize advisors, students and registered alumni for their community service and volunteer activities. To qualify, SkillsUSA members, advisors or alumni can submit a record of their service hours to SkillsUSA, which is a certifying organization of the President’s Volunteer Service Award (PVSA). This presidential honor recognizes the valuable contributions of volunteers across the country who are answering a national call to serve others through their current activities or lifetime efforts. Details on qualifying hours and requirements for submission are available here. Applications must be received by April 1 for recognition at the 2022 National Leadership and Skills Conference.