Friday Flash, December 07, 2018
NEWS FROM YOUR STATE OFFICE
Membership Deadline is Fast Approaching: January 15
Before you register your competitors for the NJ Championships, you must enroll them as members of the SkillsUSA Organization. Need help processing your students’ membership?
Call the hotline. Hotline operators are ready to answer your questions on how to start a new chapter, engage chapter members and strengthen an existing chapter. 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. Call the hotline toll free: 844-875-4557. Don’t have time to call? Send the operators an email at email@example.com or chat with them online at the membership registration site.
What Do Students Get for Their Dues?
Dues-paying student members of SkillsUSA automatically receive the following benefits:
Access to career resources and contact with industry
Opportunities to compete in the SkillsUSA Championships at the local, state, national levels, and even international levels.
Professional development and recognition
Job contacts and networking opportunities;
A chance to learn and practice professional and leadership skills;
Recognition from peers, teachers and leaders within the community.
SkillsUSA Magazine Subscription
All SkillsUSA members receive a subscription to SkillsUSA Champions, the official publication of the organization. This quarterly digital magazine includes feature stories about outstanding individuals and their achievements, articles about SkillsUSA chapters and the latest information on careers and training.
Scholarship and Award Opportunities
SkillsUSA members have opportunities for more than $1 million annually in scholarships, contests, awards and honors. Review the membership kit for a list of scholarships. Many are tied to the national SkillsUSA Championships.
Got Contest Questions?
Until the finalized contest schedule and registration booklet are published, advisors can request answers about the schedule if there is an urgent need to know before it is published.
Also, feel free to email Mr. Carey with any competition questions you may have: firstname.lastname@example.org
Contest Day Snow Dates
March can be a snowy month and we are pursuing snow dates for all our March events to be published soon. Reminding everyone to schedule travel for the snow dates as a back-up plan.
NEWS FROM OUR NATIONAL OFFICE
New Year, New Blazers
The new year is just around the corner, and for SkillsUSA Store staff, it means out with the old and in with the new for 2019. The SkillsUSA Store is excitedly preparing to launch the highly anticipated and newly redesigned SkillsUSA blazers. The store elves are busy making room, opening boxes, stocking shelves and updating the website for a new year launch of the new blazers at: With a new lower price point of $99, bulk-buy discounts as low as $79 and upgraded features, you can update your closet and outfit your students less expensively for competitions throughout the new year.
The entire SkillsUSA Store team wishes you and yours a healthy and happy holiday season. Make the SkillsUSA Store your first stop in the new year!
Nominations Open for Honorary Life Membership, Outstanding Career and Technical Educator
If you would like to nominate someone for SkillsUSA’s national Honorary Life Membership or Outstanding Career and Technical Educator, please submit your nomination by going to the following assigned links and completing the online application. The deadline for both applications is Feb. 15.
Honorary Life Membership: skillsusa.org/membership-resources/awards/honorary-life/
Outstanding Career and Technical Educator: skillsusa.org/membership-resources/awards/outstanding-educator-nomination/
If you have any questions, please contact Laura Rauch at email@example.com or 703-737-0619.
Plan Now for SkillsUSA Week
In preparation for SkillsUSA Week Feb. 3-9, encourage student members and advisors to host events that include administrators, business leaders and legislators. You can participate in SkillsUSA Week lots of different ways: hold an open house, invite local media to tour your programs, conduct a community service project, work with area businesses to build more meaningful partnerships, or engage with policymakers to talk about the value of technical education.
For a sample calendar, proclamation and press release, go to: www.skillsusa.org/events-training/skillsusa-week
The SkillsUSA Store has created a SkillsUSA Week T-shirt for $18. Visit www.skillsusastore.org to order your shirt and a whole host of products that are ready for your week of celebration!
Amazon Smile Purchases Benefit SkillsUSA
Don’t forget that you can support SkillsUSA when you do your holiday shopping through Amazon. Make your order through AmazonSmile and search for ”SkillsUSA Foundation” as your charity of choice. You can also click on this link. SkillsUSA will receive a percentage of the sale, and you will not incur any additional cost.