Friday Flash, March 26, 2021
NATIONAL OFFICE NEWS ITEMS
Spotlight on the “Connect” Track of the Connect to My Future Conference
The upcoming Connect to My Future (CTMF) conference will be comprised of three separate tracks: “Explore” is for middle school students, “Aspire” is for high school students, and “Connect” is the first SkillsUSA virtual career experience designed specifically for high school seniors and college/ postsecondary students. Connect is designed to develop the Essential Elements of Job-Specific Skills, Professional Development and Professionalism. Students will receive a personalized interview schedule that allows them an opportunity to connect directly with industry and receive coaching and feedback. Connect will be held May 6 from 8 a.m. ¬to 4 p.m. ET. Morning and afternoon sessions are available so that students can select the workshop times that fit best their schedules.
All students who are “completers” of the Connect track will receive a T-shirt! Students will be considered completers by participating in all three components of the program: pre-conference résumé review, completion of both scheduled mock interviews, and attendance at each of the three conference workshops. Completion of each of these components will be tracked by SkillsUSA staff and reported back to participants’ advisors. Teachers who register 10 students will also receive a T-shirt, and those who sign up 50 will receive a SkillsUSA Member Handbook. Teachers who sign up 100 or more students will receive the T-shirt, the handbook, and a bundle of educational resources.
Registration is now open until Friday, April 16. The cost of the conference is $25 per SkillsUSA school, thanks to the support of our lead sponsors — Toyota, Magna, NCCER — and numerous partnering companies. More information on the CTMF conference is available here. You can also reach out to our Customer Care Team at firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone at 844-875-4557.
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Plan Now for the Return of SkillsUSA National Signing Day on May 4
On Tuesday, May 4, SkillsUSA National Signing Day will celebrate high school seniors and college/postsecondary students who have chosen to pursue careers as professionals in the skilled trades. Local SkillsUSA chapters are encouraged to host a signing day event by inviting business partners, school administrators, teachers, elected officials, SkillsUSA alumni, family and friends to honor students signing “letters of intent” for a job offer, apprenticeship or advanced technical training.
An electronic toolkit of resources is available to advisors at SkillsUSA CONNECT to assist them with planning their local chapter event. The toolkit includes items such as an event logo, an event invitation template, social media posts, a sample press release, thank you notes and an event planning checklist. To learn more, login to your account at SkillsUSA CONNECT or visit the Signing Day page on our website. Please register here before April 16.