SkillsUSA Friday Flash, December 17, 2021

 

NEWS FROM YOUR STATE OFFICE

 

NJ SkillsUSA Championships Dates and Locations

Most of the contests have been scheduled and you can find that info on our website, www.nj-skillsusa.org

by clicking on the CONTESTS tab, and finding CONTEST STATUS in the drop-down menu. There is an option to create an Excel file if you wish.

 

Contest Registration

The registration site is scheduled to open on January 03.  All contestants must be dues paying members of SkillsUSA, with their names appearing on your national membership roster by Jan. 15.  The registration deadline is February 9, with an Early Bird Discount if registered by Feb. 02.

 

Instructions for completing your registration and the Registration Information Booklet are both in the final stages of development and are coming to you soon.

 

Substitutions for Competition

In the case of a student being unable to compete on the day of competition, advisors may make contestant substitutions, providing the new competitor is a paid SkillsUSA member.  Be sure any alternates are included when submitting your membership list to nationals.

 

Questions?  Email Us

Don’t hesitate to email or phone with any questions you may have.  We are here to support you.

 

NATIONAL OFFICE NEWS

 

Grants Available 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 by planning activities that follow the daily schedule of events using the SkillsUSA Week Chapter Guide. SkillsUSA is offering chapter grants of $200 to purchase supplies for your SkillsUSA Week activities. Grant requests must be submitted by Jan. 1, 2022. Chapter grants will be distributed on a first-come, first-served basis and only 10 are available. The chapter grant application is here.

 

Proposed Bylaw Amendment Submissions

Registered SkillsUSA members can submit proposed bylaw amendments for middle school, high school or college/postsecondary divisions. Bylaw amendment motions must be submitted, in writing, to Tyler Chaffin by Saturday, Jan. 22, 2022, at 5 p.m. ET. SkillsUSA’s National Executive Council and board of directors will review all submissions during the March 2021 board meeting. All motions will be distributed to state SkillsUSA directors by April 22. Motions will then be presented for vote at the official business meeting of the House of Delegates during the 2022 national conference. Bylaw amendments are governed by Article XII of the high school and college/postsecondary bylaws and Article X of the middle school bylaws. For more information and to view the bylaws, go here. The motion form is located here and on the website. For questions, contact Tyler Chaffin

 

National Officer Candidates Sought

The 2022-23 National Officer Program Guide and application are now live on the website. All applications must be submitted by June 1, 2022 at 6 p.m. ET. Potential national officer candidates must have the following before applying: Verification of SkillsUSA Framework Certification completing the e-course and all associated work and passing the assessment with a minimum score of 80%; verification of the CTE Knowledge Certification, completing the e-course and all associated work and passing the assessment with a minimum score of 80%; and verification of completion and passing of the first three units of either the Advanced or Adult Learner Course of the SkillsUSA Career Essentials program, including all work and unit tests with a minimum score of 80%. Note: If the Career Essentials credential is not earned prior to election, national officers will be required to earn it during their year of service. Access to certifications and the Career Essentials is offered at no cost with a deadline for apply by Feb. 1, 2022. Further details are available in the program guide.

 

Professional Development Opportunities for January to June

Please join your fellow advisors for our SkillsUSA Professional Development offerings from January through June. Learn more by visiting the online training calendar in the “downloads” section. Completion certificates are provided for each session. A schedule  Use this Google Doc to learn how to access your professional membership benefits online. A PDF of the 2021-22 Professional Development Opportunities is available here. For questions, contact Karolina Belen.

 

SkillsUSA Week Shirts Coming Soon

Your chance to get your official 2022 SkillsUSA Week Shirt (including a new long sleeve option) is coming soon! Pre-orders of the shirt begin in January! Keep an eye out on The SkillsUSA Official Store Instagram and the Friday Flash for the announcement that the shirts have gone live on the The Store!

 

Engage Your Chapter in SkillsUSA’s Refreshed Student2Student Program

SkillsUSA has launched a refreshed Student2Student program for the 2021-22 school year. The program connects chapters with younger students in elementary or middle school to facilitate SkillsUSA’s “Jump into STEM!” curriculum at their school. Student2Student entries must be submitted by April 1, 2022. Learn more about Student2Student here.