Friday Flash, September 06, 2019
News from Your State Office
Welcome Back to the 2019-20 School Year
The Friday Flash is an advisor update from the NJ SkillsUSA office sent on most Fridays. It will provide information on upcoming state events and deadlines, as well as news items from our national office.
Please send us the contact info for any advisors that need to be added to our mailing list and let us know if you no longer wish to be included in the emails.
Each edition of the Friday Flash will be archived on our website, www.nj-skillsusa.org if you need to refer to earlier issues. (The Friday Flash button is on the home page.)
*Download the 2019-20 Calendar of Events
The calendar is posted on downloads tab of our website.
Advisors Meeting Announcement
Friday, September 27, 2019
9:30 am - 12 Noon
No Registration Required
State Conference Feedback
2019-20 Calendar of Events
Regional Fall Conference Preview
2020 State Competition Schedule
Membership and Web Site Update
Demonstration Contests for 2020
New Advisor of the Year Nomination Process
Distribution of New Educational Resources
Note: This year we are returning to a statewide advisors meeting which will kick off the new school year. We will NOT conduct advisor meetings during the fall regional conferences.
Regional Fall Leadership Conference Schedule
Mark your calendars and get ready for a reformatted leadership conference agenda including professional motivational speakers.
October 3 (Thursday) Central Region Leadership Conference, Mercer Tech, Sypek Campus, 8:30 am – 1:30 pm
October 17 (Thursday) Southern Region Leadership Conference, Camden Tech, Sicklerville Campus, 8:30 am – 1:30 pm
October 31 (Thursday) Northern Region Leadership Conference Region, Passaic Tech, 8:30 am – 1:30 pm
Look for an official announcement and registration form next week.
News from Our National Office
I’m Ready for the School Year!
Posters, Brochures, Lesson Plans and More — Get Your Membership Kits
Get outfitted for a new school year with posters, brochures, lesson plans and whole lot more that comes packed into your SkillsUSA membership kit. Kits have been mailed to all chapters that affiliated with SkillsUSA last year, but if you haven’t received yours, then call toll-free 844-875-4557 to request a copy.
There are three unique membership kits, each designed for a specific market: middle school, high school or college/postsecondary. Each kit contains three posters, a brochure, membership cards and a chapter management guide. The guide is key to your success and includes information on establishing a chapter, engaging students in chapter activities, tools for recruitment, lesson plans, programs, scholarship and recognition opportunities, and information on educational resources.
All of the membership materials can also be downloaded at: www.skillsusa.org/membership-resources/advisors/membership-kit/
Check the Files —
Do You Have a Chapter Charter and Constitution? If Not, It’s Not Too Late
Make the 2019-2020 school year the year for creating a SkillsUSA chapter that’s built on a rock-solid foundation. Whether you’ve had an active chapter for years or your chapter is just developing, now is the time to ensure success!
To do that, take a look at the steps below to apply for a chapter charter and create a chapter constitution. Even if you have been operating as a chapter for a number of years, it’s not too late to create your constitution and formalize your structure. Don’t delay on this step, and be sure to get your members involved in the process. It is a great way to learn about the organization.
If you are a new chapter, it is imperative that you submit a local constitution and chapter charter to your state SkillsUSA director. Once the state SkillsUSA director has accepted your local constitution and chapter charter, your school will be included among the registered users on the SkillsUSA registration site.
Complete the SkillsUSA Application for a Chapter Charter. The charter requires an administrator’s signature. You may want to have students share their excitement about the new chapter by delivering the charter to the administrator for his or her signature.
Along with the charter, the chapter must submit a constitution. Use the Suggested Local Constitution as a guideline, and ensure that you update it with school-specific information. Your chapter can always amend the constitution in the future if there is ever a need.
Your chapter is official once your state SkillsUSA director has accepted your charter and constitution. You are ready to move forward to take advantage of local, state and national opportunities that await you and your students.
Become a SkillsUSA Career Essentials Certified Teacher
Are you using or planning to use SkillsUSA Career Essentials: Experiences courses and their associated assessments? If so, consider joining SkillsUSA’s virtual opportunities for Career Essentials Certified Teacher training in September.
At present, there is one option for completing the training in one four-hour online session, and there are also several options for completing the training in four one-hour online sessions. In addition, there are opportunities to set your own date for on-site training of a teacher group (for groups of 12 or more) or your own date for virtual training of a teacher group (for groups of five to 20).
Virtual training sessions require a minimum of five registrants, and a maximum of 20 will be accepted for any one given date.
SkillsUSA Career Essentials Certified Teacher training is designed for teachers who are currently using the Experiences courses or who are planning to. Contextual information about the SkillsUSA Framework and basic resource information is assumed to be known by individuals participating in this training. If additional contextual information is needed for trainees prior to participating, our trainers will work with you as needed.
Check out the many opportunities here.
MyOptions Survey Packages Delivered
As another academic year begins, SkillsUSA has partnered with MyOptions to provide postsecondary planning for students. This free, voluntary program is conducted through a customized survey program. It has been developed to not only provide college and career planning resources to SkillsUSA students, but also provide customized reporting to instructors.
Packages began shipping Aug. 29 to select classrooms. If your classroom was selected, you will receive a postcard a few days before the survey packages arrives. Once you have received your package, please take 20 minutes to pass a copy out to all students, have them complete the form and return it in the postage paid envelope provided. There is an educator survey form so SkillsUSA can also collect your valued feedback. Packages should be returned as soon as possible but within six weeks of receiving them.
If you do not receive a postcard or package and would like to participate, please request a package at: https://myoptions.org/educators. If you have any questions, please send an email to email@example.com.
Plan Now to Participate in Manufacturing Day
SkillsUSA traditionally participates in Manufacturing Day, a celebration of modern manufacturing meant to inspire the next generation. While Manufacturing Day is officially the first Friday in October — this year, Oct. 4 — SkillsUSA chapters can hold events on any date in October that works best. Events for students can include a plant tour, a virtual tour or an event on your campus that highlights manufacturing.
SkillsUSA chapters are asked to share their Manufacturing Day photos and stories with national communications specialist Hayley Uffelman at firstname.lastname@example.org. For resources, or to find events in your area, go to: www.mfgday.com
Need Help with Your Chapter or Registering Members? Call the SkillsUSA Membership Hotline Toll Free: 844-875-4557
Hotline operators are ready to answer your questions on how to start a new chapter, engage chapter members and strengthen an existing chapter — you name it, they are ready to tackle it! 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.
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. Also, check out the membership site for the helpful Quick Start Guide at: https://www.skillsusa.org/wp-content/uploads/2019/08/MembershipRegistrationGuide-2019_v2FINAL.pdf