Friday Flash, December 11, 2020
NEWS FROM THE NJ SkillsUSA OFFICE
State Officer Team Update
We are pleased to recognize the newly elected state officer team. These students have accepted the challenge to develop a dynamic program of work that will engage local chapters in conjunction with activities scheduled for SkillsUSA Week, February 7-13, 2021. Over the past two weeks the officers determined their leadership roles and established three committees that will organize statewide activities in conjunction with the following schedule:
Monday, Feb. 8 Recognition Day
Celebrate and honor members, advisors, administrators, business partners, community leaders and supporters who make a meaningful impact on your CTE program and SkillsUSA chapter.
Tuesday, Feb. 9 Give Back Day
Rally around your school and community by focusing on ways for your chapter to give back.
Wednesday, Feb. 10 Partner Day
Invite local business and industry leaders to connect with chapter members as you highlight the importance of developing the career-readiness skills found in the SkillsUSA Framework.
Thursday, Feb. 11 Advocacy Day
Amplify CTE in your community by conducting a local public relations activity, such as presenting to school board members, administrators or community leaders.
Friday, Feb. 12 SkillsUSA Day
Celebrate SkillsUSA by wearing your favorite SkillsUSA shirt, planning a celebration activity or posting your Framework story on social media using the hashtag #SkillsUSAWeek.
Attached you have been provided with a directory of contact information for the officer team, including the committee leaders and state staff. You are strongly encouraged to get your local chapter involved. The state officers will soon be announcing ways in which local chapters can support the efforts of our state committees. More details to follow.
New for 2021- Virtual Tech Standards and Local Competition Guides
While you are completing your national membership, be sure you are adding a 1 in the Professional Member column to add yourself to your chapter’s membership list. Without paying the fee to register yourself you will not be able to access this year’s revised contest guidelines.
Although you list your instructor names as the advisor to each section in the second column,, unless you click in the Professional membership column and add 1 to that column, you aren't paying for any instructors. Every paid Professional member is eligible to receive the updated tech standards for 2021 that includes the virtual standards as well as a brand new resource, Local Competition Guides.
The updated tech standards are only available with a professional membership
NATIONAL OFFICE NEWS ITEMS
Safety Video Contest from CareerSafe
Once again, CareerSafe will sponsor the National Youth Safety Video Contest. Students across the country are challenged to create a two-minute video demonstrating safety in the workplace. All submissions must be sent to CareerSafe by March 1. The winning students will receive a SkillsUSA prize pack as well as a scholarship worth up to $2,500, and the winning school will receive a prize worth up to $5,000. For details, visit the CareerSafe website at: www.careersafeonline.com/scholarships/video-contest.
Amazon Smile Purchases Benefit SkillsUSA
Now you can support SkillsUSA when you do your holiday shopping through Amazon. Make your order through AmazonSmile and search for “SkillsUSA Inc.” as your charity of choice. The direct link is: smile.amazon.com/ch/52-0812433. SkillsUSA receives a percentage of each sale and there is no additional cost to you.
Preparing Champions for Success
Preparing for the SkillsUSA Championships is an excellent opportunity for SkillsUSA Framework skill development in students. Four SkillsUSA Championships Coaching Guides have been developed to support you in this important work:
Chapter Business Procedure Coaching Guide.
Career Pathways Showcase Coaching Guide.
Prepared Speech Coaching Guide.
Job Skill Demonstration Coaching Guide.
From training timelines to learning objectives and activity templates, these tools and tips will strengthen your coaching experience. During the month of December, you can purchase all four coaching guides for $50.00, which saves over 15%. Use SKU# BKS912-2 when you order at http://shop.skillsusa.org/.