Check out our Calendar of Events & Deadlines at the bottom of this Newsletter
SkillsUSA Kick-Off Meetings - THIS WEEK
Now that the school year has started back, it's time again for our SkillsUSA Kick-off Meetings! During our 30-minute meetingswe will:
Start with a brief overview of SkillsUSA
Update you on Costs/Dates/Descriptions/Locations/Times of events we will be having this year
Reveal our 3 new activities that will help every interested chapter become a Quality Chapter
Conclude with a Q & A for any questions you might have.
The Middle School meeting will take place by Zoom on Tuesday, August 30 from 4:00 - 4:30pm.
The High School meeting will take place by Zoom on Thursday, September 1 from 4:00 - 4:30pm. The Postsecondary meeting was held last Friday and the recording is on our website.
Can't make the meeting? Don't worry, we will be recording these meetings and posting them to our website.
Hope to see y'all at our Kick-off meetings!
Western Fall State Leadership Workshop - October 10
For High School, Middle School & CCP students: Our Western State Leadership Workshop is October 10at Asheville Buncombe Tech CC! The Western State Leadership Workshop is a great way to energize and motivate your students as they begin their new SkillsUSA chapter year! The WSLW is similar to the State Leadership Workshop (above), but this is a 1-day event (9am-2pm). Lunch included! The WSLW Information & Registration Packet is now available! Click here to be directed to our website's Western SLW page. Registration Deadline is October 5.
Fall Chapter Activity Contests
Are you READY for some excitement this fall??
We have some exciting Chapter Activity Contests coming your way! Engage your chapter members in fun activities, compete against other chapters, and win some exciting prizes! Click Here for more information!
North Carolina Recognized for SkillsUSA State Standards of Excellence Program Achievement
SkillsUSA’s State Standards of Excellence Program experienced growth in its sixth year. The purpose of the program is to ensure state associations have in place policies, procedures and structure on an annual basis that deliver a high level of service to their membership.
This program serves as a system to allow states to benchmark their performance and determine improvements to become the very best organization for their members. State associations, rather than the state SkillsUSA director, are recognized for achieving State Standards of Excellence. Congratulations to the North Carolina state association for reaching the pinnacle of achievement by successfully completing the Gold level requirements, ensuring continual growth of the association.
2022-23 SkillsUSA Theme - "Our Time Is Now"
Our theme for the new school year is “SkillsUSA: Our Time is Now.” Visit the link for theme art and talking points. This theme will be the topic for the 2023 SkillsUSA Chapter Display, Prepared Speech and Promotional Bulletin Board competitions. It’s time to make the next school year the best in SkillsUSA history!
SkillsUSA Membership Is Now Open - Join Early!
The SkillsUSA member registration site is open for the 2022-23 school year! We encourage advisors to join early so they receive all mailings and emails. Professional members receive these benefits when they join, all delivered to you via email. Be sure to sign up using a valid email address you regularly check!
Framework Integration Toolkit ensures career readiness within your classroom, training program and chapter with videos, lesson plans, experiential activities and more.
Program of Work Toolkit includes activity guides, videos and resources to help implement an effective and successful Program of Work.
Jump into STEM!” curriculum provides an opportunity for members to mentor and engage elementary-school and middle-school students in STEM learning.
SkillsUSA Championships Technical Standards are the official regulations for the SkillsUSA Championships career competitions (available in early October).
E-Courses and Advisor Professional Development provide a variety of training options.
The SkillsUSA Membership Guides provide a preview for the year ahead for middle-school, high-school and college/postsecondary students and advisors. We encourage you to check them out here: HS-MS Membership Guide and CPS Membership Guide.
Membership Benefits For Students
Participation in SkillsUSA can be life-changing for students. Membership offers new opportunities, the encouragement of an advisor and increased confidence through engaging in conferences, competitions and SkillsUSA Framework development.
Here are just some of the benefits your students can receive:
Recognition for individual or chapter achievement through SkillsUSA Career Essentials suite, the SkillsUSA Chapter Excellence Program (CEP), and the President’s Volunteer Service Award (PVSA).
Opportunities to build valuable skills through an annual Program of Work that allows members to grow within the classroom, workplace and chapter.
Opportunities to form meaningful relationships with other students who share common interests and come from diverse backgrounds.
Access to a broad array of SkillsUSA programs where they can grow personal and professional skills while having fun.
Ability to advocate for career and technical education and SkillsUSA.
Opportunities to earn and practice real-life application of leadership skills through chapter initiatives and programs.
Application of leadership skills as a committee leader or chapter, district, state or national officer.
Recognition for individual achievement through local, state and national competitions.
Part of keeping SkillsUSA’s brand strong is keeping it consistent. That’s why SkillsUSA has just launched our new Brand Portal at brand.skillsusa.org, your resource for official SkillsUSA brand assets. From the portal, you’ll have easy access to logos, photos, videos, PowerPoint templates, virtual backgrounds and more.
You’ll also find our brand guidelines, links to our social media channels, forms to share story ideas for SkillsUSA Champions magazine and other valuable resources. Explore the new Brand Portal and use these assets to help promote your SkillsUSA chapter throughout the year! Look for more content — including customizable templates — coming soon.
Save The Date For ELEVATE !
SkillsUSA Elevate’s Chapter Officer Development Conference is Oct. 19 from 11am - 4:30pm. Plan now to attend this virtual interactive experience for local officer teams that focuses on building successful chapters by equipping officers with the skills to lead and serve their local members. Elevate is open to all SkillsUSA local chapter officers. At least one advisor is required to participate with each registered team. Participate right from your classroom. The cost is $10 per participant. Additional information will be provided soon.
Share Your Champions
The SkillsUSAChampions magazine staff is always looking for potential Feature or Spotlight stories. If you know of a SkillsUSA student, advisor, industry partner or graduate whose story would be motivating and inspirational, please submit the information through our online form.
Fall Professional Development Offerings for Professionals/Advisors
Hello SkillsUSA Educators!
We're excited to share that our Fall Professional Development offerings are out and ready for you to browse and register for! Go ahead and check out ourSkillsUSA Trainingpage with over 30 sessions available this fall,free for all SkillsUSA professional members. We offer live, virtual experiences during which our PD Team will support you in your growth as a SkillsUSA Advisor and a CTE professional!
Some of highlights include:
Professional Membership Benefits -open to all! Great for anybody considering joining SkillsUSA as a professional member or a member ready to explore their benefits. Find it on our calendar on September 1st and September 27 and register through Zoom.
Professional Development Day on September 13 which is a full day full of educational sessions for our professional members. Get a substitute and register through Absorb!
Technical Fridays - virtual skill sessions for selected career clusters. Now free with limited seats!
College/postsecondary specific sessions with the first one, 'Engaging Adult Learners', coming up next week on August 23.
You will also find adownloadable pdf calendarto share with your administration or other SkillsUSA advisors and astep-by-step how to register for sessionsusing Absorb.