Friday Flash, February 19, 2021
NEWS FROM THE NJ SkillsUSA OFFICE
Updated SkillsUSA Championships Schedule
There are a handful of contests still in the planning stages, but the dates and times will be announced next week.
The deadline for submitting notebooks is March 31. The following contests require notebook submissions: American Spirit Notebook, Occ. Health & Safety Notebook, Health Occ.Prof. Portfolio, Community Service, Promotional Bulletin Board, Engineering Technology/Design
According to the national technical standards for virtual competitions, here are the guidelines:
"An electronic copy of the entire notebook contents must be submitted in an electronic presentation format (PowerPoint, Prezi, Google Slides, etc.)" Additional instructions for submission of all electronic documents will be provided on the SkillsUSA website under “Contest Updates” in the near future.
Announcement for Urban Search and Rescue
Schools interested in participating in the Urban Search and Rescue competition that don't have the tetrix kit, the NJ National Guard has a few kits to lend to schools. If you are interested, please contact Stefany Gurgel (firstname.lastname@example.org).
NATIONAL OFFICE NEWS ITEMS
The New SkillsUSA Member Handbook is Now Available!
SkillsUSA is excited to announce the release of the revised, 26th printing of the SkillsUSA Member Handbook (formerly known as the SkillsUSA Leadership Handbook). This handbook is the official guide to help members run successful local chapters. The newly revised edition includes tools to helps students intentionally weave the SkillsUSA Framework into their chapter’s annual Program of Work. Rich color photographs, real-member stories, and personal reflection pages combine to offer a living guide we hope active members will want to keep for years to come! The SkillsUSA Member Handbook can be orered online ($6.00 per copy) at: https://www.skillsusastore.net/skillsusa-leadersip-handbook.html.
Volunteers Earn Recognition Through The President’s Volunteer Service Award
During national conference, SkillsUSA will recognize eligible individuals or chapters with the President’s Volunteer Service Award (PVSA). This presidential honor recognizes the valuable contributions of volunteers across the country who are answering a call to serve others through their current activities or lifetime efforts.
This program allows SkillsUSA advisors, students and registered alumni to earn recognition for their community service and volunteer activities. To qualify, SkillsUSA members, advisors or alumni must submit a record of service hours. With SkillsUSA’s focus on service, many advisors and students have already met the requirements to receive the award.
For details on qualifying hours and requirements, visit: www.skillsusa.org/membership-resources/awards/presidents-volunteer-service-award/. Applications must be received by April 1 for recognition at the 2021 NLSC.
CareerSafe Sponsoring the Annual National Youth Safety Video Contest
CareerSafe is sponsoring the annual National Youth Safety Video Contest, challenging students to create a two-minute video demonstrating safety in the workplace. The winning students will receive a SkillsUSA prize pack as well as a scholarship up to $2,500, and the winning school will receive a prize up to $5,000. All submissions must be sent to CareerSafe by March 1. For details visit the CareerSafe website at: www.careersafeonline.com/scholarships/video-contest.
“SkillsUSA Champions” Digital Hub Story of the Week
Despite the challenges of the ongoing pandemic, SkillsUSA chapters from across the nation conducted a variety of inspiring activities to celebrate SkillsUSA Week. Check out our Spotlight article on the SkillsUSA Champions digital hub for some of the highlights. You’ll find many other success stories about SkillsUSA members and local chapters across the country on the SkillsUSA Champions digital hub, which can be accessed at skillsusachampions.org. And don’t forget, you can always submit your own news and story ideas through the “Share News and Stories” link at the top of the web page.