Friday Flash 1-21-22

Legislative/Civic Engagement Day – February 2022
Schedule visits virtually with your local legislators. We need all our chapters to thank our leaders for supporting Career and Technical Education and Career and Technical Student Organizations. This is the web site for the Washington State Legislature: http://leg.wa.gov/
This is the link to locate your specific Legislative District: http://app.leg.wa.gov/districtfinder

To use it, you will need an address, whether that is for your home or your school. After you enter your address, and click on Find my District, the interactive map will pop up and tell you your District and legislators. If you click on one of their names, it will take you to a list of legislators, where you will find all their contact information, and what committees they serve on. Email director@skillsusawashington.org and tell me how your meeting went!

Washington Association of Skilled and Technical Sciences

WASTS is hosting a virtual in-service, to address embedded leadership methodology in reference to framework creation and maintenance. Attendees will learn how to make meaningful activities that challenge students to grow in their leadership capabilities. Two general clock hours will be offered. Presenter: Adam Scroggins

4pm-5pm: What is Embedded 21st leadership in regards to STS Frameworks
5pm-6pm: How to have effective leadership embedded STS leadership.
WASTS is inviting you to a Zoom Training February 16, 4:00-6:00 pm.
Join Zoom Meeting https://us02web.zoom.us/j/81625258436

General Clock Hours May be Earned for this Course.

Ready for SkillsUSA Week?
SkillsUSA Week is Feb. 7-11, and you can participate in many ways: Honor your community supporters, connect with local business and industry professionals, or make a presentation about your CTE program and SkillsUSA chapter at a school board meeting. We encourage you to celebrate all week by planning activities that follow the daily schedule of events for local chapters nationwide.

  • Monday, Feb. 7, Recognition Day. Recognize and honor members, advisors, administrators, business partners, community leaders and supporters who make a meaningful impact on your CTE program and SkillsUSA chapter.
  • Tuesday, Feb. 8, Give Back Day. Rally around your school community by focusing on ways for your chapter to give back.
  • Wednesday, Feb. 9, Partner Day. Invite local business and industry leaders to connect with members, highlighting the importance of developing career-readiness skills found in the SkillsUSA Framework.
  • Thursday, Feb. 10, Advocacy Day. Amplify CTE in your community by conducting a local public relations activity, such as presenting to school board members, administrators and community leaders.
  • Friday, Feb. 11, SkillsUSA Day. Celebrate SkillsUSA by wearing your favorite SkillsUSA T-shirt, planning a celebration activity or posting your SkillsUSA Framework story on social media using the hashtag: #SkillsUSAWeek.

The SkillsUSA Week Chapter Guide assists chapters in planning for each day of SkillsUSA Week.

2022 SkillsUSA Week T-shirt and More at the SkillsUSA Store
There’s still time to gear up for SkillsUSA Week! Head to the SkillsUSA Store to shop the SkillsUSA Week collection for the SkillsUSA T-shirt and other great spirit items, such as SkillsUSA socks, buttons, bracelets and more.

Accessing the 2022 SkillsUSA Championships Technical Standards
There’s still time to gear up for SkillsUSA Week! Head to the SkillsUSA Store to shop The 2022 National Leadership and Skills Conference takes place in Atlanta on June 20-24, and the SkillsUSA Championships Technical Standards will help your students prepare for their competitions. To access the Technical Standards, navigate to SkillsUSA Absorb, log in using your professional membership credentials, click on the green box that says, “Professional Member Benefits,” and then on the “2021-2022 Professional Member Benefits Package.” This gives you access to the Technical Standards which are broken into the Introduction Materials; Leadership Development Career Competitions; Occupationally Related Career Competitions and the Skilled and Technical Sciences Career Competitions.

If you have trouble accessing the Technical Standards, call the SkillsUSA Customer Care Team toll free at 844-875-4557. Phones are open from 8 a.m.-5 p.m. ET Monday, Wednesday and Friday and 11 a.m.-7 p.m. ET Tuesday and Thursday. You can also email the team at customercare@skillsusa.org.

Nominations for Honorary Life and Outstanding Career and Technical Educators
SkillsUSA is seeking additional nominations for SkillsUSA Honorary Life Member and Outstanding Career and Technical Educator awards. If you would like to nominate an individual for recognition at our national conference in June, please complete the online applications here. The deadline is Feb. 15. For questions, contact Laura Rauch.

Success Story: “Earning Her Future By Serving Her Country”
The daughter of Colombian immigrants, Lizetthe Moreno understood the value of hard work at an early age thanks to her parents’ example. Driven by a desire to give back to the country that offered her family a brighter future, this SkillsUSA alum and soon-to-be-Marine has become a positive example all her own. Read her inspiring story here on the SkillsUSA Champions digital hub. Have a story or news item you think we should feature on the site? Fill out this “Share News and Stories” form to send us your ideas and leads. You’ll also find a link to this form at the top of every page on the SkillsUSA Champions digital hub.

Register Members by March 1 for Big Benefits
The national SkillsUSA membership deadline is March 1. Student members must meet both state and national deadlines to be eligible to participate in national competitions; serve as voting delegates; run for national office; participate in national programming; or apply for scholarships, awards and honors. As a benefit, professional members receive online access to a host of powerful resources. Learn how to access your professional membership benefits in this Google doc.

Professional Development Opportunities for January
Please join your fellow advisors for our January SkillsUSA Professional Development sessions. Topics include “Career Essentials Certification Training,” “Career Essentials Booster Session” and “Guides for SkillsUSA Championship Coaching.” See the training calendar here. Completion certificates are provided for each session. Use this Google Doc to learn how to access your professional membership benefits
online. A PDF of the 2021-22 Professional Development Opportunities is available here. For questions, contact Karolina Belen.

Facilitating Effective Learning Expertise on “SkillsUSA Technical Fridays”
Join us for “SkillsUSA Technical Fridays,” SkillsUSA’s industry-led workshops that help teachers develop specific technical skills relevant to their career fields. On Jan. 28 from 4-5 p.m. ET, the presenter is Corine Tripplet, a cosmetologist who has consistently championed the creative and work skills of hundreds of students throughout her three-decade instructional career. Tripplet’s session will focus on how to use different strategies in presenting challenging material to facilitate effective learning. She will also demonstrate a basic facial while discussing the anatomy of the facial muscles. Professional development certificates are available for attending. The cost to attend the session is $10. Register here.

Share Your Unique Knowledge and Skills During SkillsUSA University
SkillsUSA is seeking presenters for the 2022 SkillsUSA University. Are you an expert in your career cluster? Do you have a skill you would like to share with teachers and students attending the 2022 National Leadership and Skills Conference in Atlanta? Sessions will take place on June 21, 22 and 23. Submit the request for presentation proposal here by Feb. 27. For questions, contact Karolina Belen.

Focus Students on Safety
CareerSafe’s annual National Youth Safety Video Contest challenges students to create a two-minute video demonstrating workplace safety. Send submissions to CareerSafe by March 1. The winning students will receive a SkillsUSA prize pack and a scholarship of up to $2,500, and the winning school will receive a prize of up to $5,000. For more information and to submit your entry, visit the CareerSafe website.

Take Up the Challenge! National Conference Pin and T-shirt Design
SkillsUSA is once again offering the 2022 National Leadership and Skills Conference (NLSC) Pin and Tshirt Design Challenge for all dues-paying student members. The winning designs will become the official T-shirt and pin design for the 2022 NLSC. The challenge opens Jan. 15, entries must be received by March 15 at 12 a.m. ET, and the winners will be announced on March 21. Rules and submission links can be found on the SkillsUSA website.

Engage Your Chapter in SkillsUSA’s Student2Student Program
SkillsUSA has launched a refreshed Student2Student program for the 2021-22 school year. The program connects chapters with younger students in elementary or middle school to facilitate SkillsUSA’s “Jump into STEM!” curriculum at their school. Learn more about the program, as well as how your chapter can gain national recognition by participating, on our website.

Earn Presidential Recognition for Service
At the 2022 National Leadership and Skills Conference, SkillsUSA will recognize advisors, students and registered alumni for their community service and volunteer activities through the President’s Volunteer Service Award (PVSA). To qualify, SkillsUSA members, advisors or alumni can submit a record of their service hours to SkillsUSA, which is a certifying organization. This presidential honor recognizes the valuable contributions of volunteers who are answering a national call to serve others through their current activities or lifetime efforts. Details on qualifying hours and requirements for submission are available here. Applications must be received by April 1 for recognition at the 2022 national conference.

SkillsUSA Scholarships Now Open for Applications
The SkillsUSA Store invites you to celebrate the New Year with some NEW applications for several scholarships are now open to benefit SkillsUSA students in pursuit of higher education or certification in their chosen fields. Help spread the word about these opportunities:

  • The Marsha Daves Memorial Scholarship is open to current SkillsUSA state officers who are high school seniors or college/postsecondary students with another year of school. The deadline for applications is Feb. 1.
  • The new Fieldpiece #MasteroftheTrade Scholarship is open to SkillsUSA members enrolled in HVACR or general construction programs who plan to study HVACR at the college/postsecondary level in the 2022-23 or 2023-24 school year. The deadline for applications is March 1.
  • SkillsUSA in partnership with the National Technical Honor Society (NTHS) will award four $1,000 scholarships to SkillsUSA members who are also members of NTHS. The deadline for applications is March 31 at 11:59 p.m. ET.
  • The Sharon Melton Myers Memorial Fund, SkillsUSA and the McMinn County Vocational Center SkillsUSA Alumni Association are offering two high school seniors who are members of SkillsUSA a one-time $1,000 scholarship. The deadline for applications is April 15 at 11:59 p.m. ET.
  • The Student Research Foundation Scholarship is open to SkillsUSA members who are currently enrolled in high school and plan to continue their education in a postsecondary institution or program. It recognizes outstanding community contributions. The deadline for applications is July 26.

Additional information and the applications for these scholarships are available here.

Looking for score cards?
https://www.skillsusa.org/competitions/skillsusa-championships/contest-updates/

Advisor Training Evaluation
CareerSafe’s annual National Youth Safety Video Contest challenges students to create a two-minute video If you have attended or listed to any of our advisor trainings this year. Please let us know how we did.
https://skillsusawashington.wufoo.com/forms/s1gdzgto15ghxxk/

New to SkillsUSA? Check out our fall advisor trainings on our YouTube Channel
https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCuleMrL0VTSn8YCGnaZRvJg

SkillsUSA Washington Executive Director position open
SkillsUSA Washington is seeking an energetic and committed individual for an independent contract position as Executive Director of SkillsUSA Washington. This individual should possess organizational, communication, project management, fiscal management knowledge and operational organization as well as be resourceful and able to generate funding from Industry and grants. The primary responsibilities of this position are to effectively implement statewide SkillsUSA programs, manage and advise state SkillsUSA regional coordinators. It is critical this person carry out all duties in alignment with the SkillsUSA mission. This position is responsible for carrying out the business and activities of the SkillsUSA Washington state organization under the authority of the Board of Directors, with over-site supervision of the Skills & Technical Science (STS) Program Supervisor at the Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction (OSPI). Resumés accepted until position filled with first review February 19th with training beginning spring Submit letter of interest and resumé  to director@skillsusawashington.org.

SkillsUSA Washington Contest Coordinator Needed for 2022-2023
Work with our leadership team at State Leadership and Skills Conference to see what it’s all about. There
is a stipend for this position. Contact director@skillsusawashington.org for details.

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Terri Lufkin
Executive Director, SkillsUSA Washington HS & MS
SkillsUSA Customer Care: 844-875-4557, customercare@skillsusa.org
www.skillsusawashington.org

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