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Congratulations to our Harbor Freight Tools for Schools North Carolina Winner!
Congratulations to Joshua Bowles, Carpentry Teacher and SkillsUSA Advisor from Alexander Central High School!!
Harbor Freight District Manager Brad Campbell presented Josh and Alexander Central HS a check for $50,000 at a presentation ceremony on October 4 at the school.
On hand to provide congratulatory remarks (in addition to Campbell) were NC Public Schools State Superintendent Catherine Truitt, Rep. Virginia Foxx, Mike Fenley (Field Rep from the Office of Senator Richard Burr), CTE State Director Trey Michael & TTEI Construction Consultant Dr. Nolan Fahrer (via video), SkillsUSA Executive Director Paul Heidepriem, and Alexander County Schools Superintendent Dr. Jennifer Hefner.
Also in attendance were Julie Pittman (Special Advisor to the State Superintendent), Northwest Director of Regional Support Services Stephanie Dischaivi, Alexander County Schools Board Members Ramine Robinson and Matt Cooksky,
Alexander Central High School Principal Jacob Lail, and Alexander County Schools CTE Director Crystal Hoke (who also coordinated this presentation ceremony!). Check out this article for All the Harbor Freight Tools for Schools Winners!
The SkillsUSA North Carolina Early Membership Incentive!! By November 15
SkillsUSA Advisors: 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!!
State Fair Contests!!
Time is running out! Now is the time to register for our Cosmetology & Robotics competitions at the State Fair!! THIS FRIDAY October 14 is THE Registration Deadline for both!!
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, SkillsUSARegister with Us Here! Sunday Oct 23 - Robotics, SkillsUSARegister with Us Here!
For more information - to register to compete or simply to attend - click here.
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.
CHANNELLOCK Skilled Trades Site & Contest
SkillsUSA partner CHANNELLOCK has launched a “Trades 101” website that highlights the incredible benefits of a skilled trades career.
On the site, students can explore trade schools, tips for choosing the right trade and steps to enter a trade field. In addition, CHANNELLOCK is holding a Trade School Trade-Up national initiative aimed at giving CTE programs across the country a chance to win shop makeovers and tools to foster learning success. Contest entries are due THIS WEDNESDAY Oct. 12.
One-on-One Coaching on the Chapter Excellence Program
Is your chapter strategizing on how to take your Chapter Excellence Program (CEP) application to the next level, or does your chapter need help getting started? SkillsUSA now offers one-on-one coaching sessions with our CEP and Program of Work (PoW) coach, Kelli Engelbrecht. Learn how to integrate the SkillsUSA Framework, articulate your SMART goals and select and evaluate your Essential Element within your CEP application. Schedule your 30-minute Zoom coaching appointment here. For questions, contact Kelli Engelbrecht.
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.
Want to Earn a Google Career Certificate?
SkillsUSA, in partnership with Jobs for the Future (JFF), is looking for affiliate sites interested in offering Google Career Certificates to their learners as part of an initiative to help under-represented populations enter the high-demand tech field. Google Career Certificates provide job seekers with access to in-demand skills through job training without the need for a college degree or prior experience. These certificates are taught and developed by Google employees with decades of experience. Learners can earn a certificate in three-to-six months, part-time. To participate, learners must be high school seniors or older.
Participating sites will receive free licenses to the Coursera-hosted online curriculum. Learners who complete a certificate will also gain access to a variety of career resources, including simulated interviews, a resume builder, coaching sessions with a local recruiter, and a job search platform that links certificate completers to employers in Google’s hiring consortium. SkillsUSA sites that may be a good fit for this opportunity should have the capacity to develop and implement programming that supports learners to successfully complete the online courses and assist them with job placement. If you would like to participate, fill out this Google form.
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.
Give Your Chapter's Service Projects a National Spotlight
SkillsUSA is on the lookout for local community service project stories to publish in the Spotlight section of our SkillsUSA Champions digital hub. 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 Hayley Uffelman, and one of them will reach out to you. This is a great assignment for a local chapter reporter. Any story leads are also appreciated.
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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