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SkillsUSA Contest Technical Standards are Now Available!
The 2022-2023 National Technical Standards are now available to all submitted Professional Members. Log in to Absorb. The SkillsUSA Technical Standards (2022-2023) are located under My Courses. The SkillsUSA Championships Technical Standards are the official competition guides for the SkillsUSA Championships. Newly revised and given a new look for 2023, the standards include the rules for each national competition, including an overview, lists of technical skills and knowledge required, clothing and eligibility requirements, equipment lists and more. As a benefit, SkillsUSA professional members receive digital access to the SkillsUSA Championships Technical Standards when they submit membership. Watch this video to learn how to access the technical standards.
The SkillsUSA North Carolina Early Membership Incentive!! By November 15
As a special membership incentive, teachers who register at least 15 student members plus one or more professionals by Nov. 15 will receive 3 great gifts!
1. A complimentary copy of the SkillsUSA Member Handbook. The SkillsUSA Member Handbook is the official guide to help members run successful chapters.
2. To support chapter officer development, teachers that meet the Nov. 15 deadline will also receive a discount on this resource (buy five SkillsUSA Member Handbooks and get the sixth one free!). A coupon code will be included with your incentive mailing. 3. Receive 1 Free Polo Shirt when you submit a minimum of 15 student members and at least 1 professional/advisor memberby November 15.
Get your members submitted early!! Ask Us About TPP - the SkillsUSA Total Affiliate Membership Program - supported by Perkins V & NCDPI ! Ask your CTE Director about it!!
NCACTE-T&I Fall Conference - Join us for Great SkillsUSA Sessions!
Join us for the NCACTE-T&I Fall Professional Development Conference November 17-19, 2022 in Atlantic Beach! Many great T&I sessions, including SkillsUSA sessions!! Click here for more information and to register!
State Fair Contests!!
Come on out the the NC State Fair this week and support our great students showcasing some great skills!! Monday Oct 17 - Masonry, Apprentice & Pre-Apprentice Wednesday Oct 19 - Electrical, Apprentice Thursday Oct 20 - Carpentry, Pre-Apprentice Friday Oct 21 - HVAC & Plumbing, Apprentice & Pre-Apprentice Saturday Oct 22 - Cosmetology, SkillsUSA Sunday Oct 23 - Robotics, SkillsUSA
Pumpkin Carving Contest - October Challenge
Ooohhh, now THAT sounds like fun!! Win a fabulous prize!! Submit pictures of your cool carved pumpkin to us by October 31!!
SkillsUSA is seeking student designs for the official T-shirt of SkillsUSA Week 2023. One design will be selected and produced by the SkillsUSA Store. The contest is open to all paid student members. Only one entry per SkillsUSA member is permitted. Designs should be appropriate for use on a red T-shirt and follow the design specifications outlined in the Challenge Guide. The deadline for submissions is Nov. 7 at 5 p.m. ET.
If your chapter has completed a project for your community or plans to complete one this school year, please email information and photos to editors Jane Short and/or Hayley Uffelman, and one of them will reach out to you. This is a great assignment for a local chapter reporter. Any feature story leads on a special student, instructor or partner are also appreciated.
ACTE Webinars Can help Integrate IAED into Your Classroom
The Association for Career and Technical Education (ACTE) offers webinars to support CTE educators with quality professional learning, including a series of upcoming Inclusion, Access, Equity and Diversity (IAED) webinars that focus on supporting marginalized groups of students in CTE. Register and join these webinars live or catch the replay of presentations here. The conversations are timely and support high quality teaching practices within the classroom, as well as the SkillsUSA Framework. Coming up on Oct. 20, educators will discuss how to ensure accessibility for students with disabilities.
No-Cost Virtual Industry Panels Available to Your Chapter
On Wednesday, Nov. 16, SkillsUSA will host Pour the IndusTEA, an industry panel discussion specific to each career cluster that we cover! This high-energy, informative experience will connect students with business and industry panelists. We invite classrooms to attend this career-focused event to gain useful insight and information about the industries they are stepping into. Learn more and register by Nov. 2 here.
SkillsUSA Technical Fridays
Join us for “Technical Fridays,” SkillsUSA’s workshops led by industry experts helping teachers develop specific technical skills relevant to their career fields of interest. Leave the sessions with a new skill to implement in your classroom. Learn more about the workshops here.
Oct. 21, from 3-4 p.m. ET, we will be joined by Kyle Boyer, an offensive security consultant providing vulnerability assessment, pen-testing and red-teaming services to large organizations, helping them assess their security posture as well as proactively identifying security weak points before a potential breach. The workshop will provide a high-level overview of the pen-testing process followed by a deep dive into the reconnaissance and enumeration phases of a penetration test. It will also cover Open-Source Intelligence gathering techniques which can be used to gather general information about a target company.
Fall Professional Development Offerings for Professionals/Advisors
Hello SkillsUSA Advisors, Teachers, & Educators:
Join other SkillsUSA advisors for our fall Professional Development offerings to assist you in launching the new school year. Register for all sessions through absorb.skillsusa.org. Here are some sessions coming soon:
Oct. 19 at 3:30 and 6:30 p.m. ET — Chapter Excellence Program (CEP). Explore the 10 phases of CEP planning and guide your SkillsUSA chapter to success by creating relevant activities that encourage student participation. This session will walk you through the CEP application and provide best practice tips.
Oct. 20 at 3:30 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. ET— Communicating Value of Career Readiness. Educators know that career readiness impacts our students’ future, but how do we get our students to see that workforce readiness skills are essential to their success and learning them is worth investing their time? During this session, you will learn ways to communicate the value of the SkillsUSA Framework to students as you discover how to motivate them to prioritize career readiness.
This year's National Apprenticeship Week (NAW) is Nov. 14-20. This national celebration established by the U.S. Department of Labor brings together business leaders, career seekers, labor, apprentices, educational institutions and others to showcase the positive impact apprenticeship programs have on addressing the skills gap and preparing the American workforce for the jobs of today and tomorrow. Join the celebration by hosting an event -- such as an apprenticeship graduation, business open house, high school career fair, skills competition or industry roundtable -- or submit a proclamation supporting NAW and apprenticeship. Learn more about NAW.
Share Your Champions
The SkillsUSA Champions digital hub provides new content weekly, from inspiring features to “Spotlight” stories about the great work chapters and partners are doing. To get a SkillsUSA member’s story considered for publication on the site (even if that story is yours), use our Submit a Story online form.
SkillsUSA Scholarships Benefit Students
One of the greatest benefits of student membership in SkillsUSA is the opportunity to earn educational scholarships. Some scholarships are based on merit, while others are based on financial need. These are competitive opportunities, so be sure to carefully review the scholarship requirements. If selected, students must complete a SkillsUSA scholarship acceptance form and payment is sent directly to the educational institution to be applied toward the recipient’s tuition bill. To earn a scholarship, students must be current registered SkillsUSA members and have paid both state and national membership dues for this school year. Check out the SkillsUSA scholarships and grants here. New this year, students can apply for most scholarships via a single online application.
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