Friday Flash 1-7-22

Region Updates

Reminder to register at https://www.skillsusa-register.org/Login.aspx for your regional competition. Even if you have connected with contest host, you still need to register for your Regional Conference here. Even if there is no fee. If you are attending a contest in another region and need assistance, contact tlufkin@comcast.net.

Depending on your region, Contests must be complete by February 5th or February 12th. Scores (not ranking) should be given to your regional coordinator no later than February 15th on excel sheet provided to you.

You must participate in regional competitions to be invited to Washington State Leadership and Skills Conference March 31, April 1st and April 2nd, Tacoma at the HOTEL MURANO. Invitation list available 2-25-2022. Be prepared to register immediately and make your hotel reservations! The cost will be $110 if you register by March 4th. Registration must be complete with no errors. Registration after March 4th will be $120. Hotel Reservations are due March 10th. Registration for WSLSC ends March 11th. If changes are made after this time there will be a $50 late fee
assessed. Accurate information is needed for all contest hosts, bussing and food orders. There are no exceptions to this late fee. Advisors will be needed to patrol halls after hours to ensure students remain in registered rooms.

Thanks to everyone for being flexible this year as we offer some contests in person, others virtual and some regional collaborations. For the most part, if your region doesn’t offer a contest, it will not happen unless someone volunteers to do this. It is not your regional coordinator’s responsibility to provide all contests. Cross regional participation is happening with contests that have small participation or an advisor
is mentoring a new advisor.

Puget Sound South Treasurer needed

Help serve your region and work with two other amazing regional coordinators, Adam and Gary! Small stipend offered as well. Contact ascroggins@bethelsd.org

Regional Coordinator/s needed for 2022-2023 school year
Regional Coordinators help communicate when events are happening in your region. A representative from each region also serves on the Board of Directors, the regional coordinator can be a separate person. Elect your new regional coordinator at the state conference. Regional
Meetings take place after the Advisor Meeting Saturday Morning.

Central Region Coordinator needed! Contact tlufkin@comcast.net if interested or for a job description.

Manufacturing Assembler State competition set for March 19: 7am-5pm
Become a member today and register for the competition by February 28th. This contest is hosted by The Boeing Company. There is a limit of 3 competitors for each school. Resume and SkillsUSA Professional Test required. There will be a hands-on project and mock interviews. Seniors are able to participate in real entry level job interviews conducted by Boeing personnel. Continental breakfast and lunch provided. Cost is $110 per student and advisor. Must be a SkillsUSA member and registered for SkillsUSA Washington State Leadership and Skills Conference –
Assembler Manufacturing Contest at https://www.skillsusa-register.org.

Manufacturing Assembler State competition set for March 19: 7am-5pm
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.

WITEA Recognition
If you are a SkillsUSA Member who is also a member of WITEA, it’s time to show some recognition. WITEA is looking to recognize members in the following categories: WITEA Teacher of the year, WITEA Program of the year, WITEA Rookie Teacher of the year (Open to WITEA members with 2 or less years of experience in the classroom, Ken Pattie Award (Given to WITEA member with 25 years of teaching and work in Technology Education & WITEA membership. Use the links below to nominate a fellow WITEA member for one of the awards mentioned above. Submissions are due February 1.

Here is the Award Nomination Form https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSdCrrqrF7H4J8LnkBxZaUrnRgmjQFifwG6FD4AA9Pv4LCI6tA/viewform?usp=sf_link

Ken Pattie Award Form
https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSfcqdXSuZ30Gd2MJ41S0dz7rg3Y3ZKMWIYtkcU9lEOpsP63Mg/viewform?usp=sf_link

SkillsUSA Technical standards
Need help accessing technical standards? Here is an instructional video at: https://youtu.be/aR9Jet0PRP8.

Looking for SkillsUSA score cards? https://www.skillsusa.org/competitions/skillsusa-championships/contest-updates/ State Only Scorecards will not be at this location

Advisor Training Evaluation
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

PragerU Documentary
This short documentary high lights the value of trade schools as an alternative to traditional 4-year college. The documentary features Mike Rowe, Robert Kiyosaki and Instagram influencer and welder Chloe Hudson. Here is the short doc: https://www.prageru.com/video/trading-up-our-case-for-trade-schools. This documentary is impactful and would be a great resource to share with the individuals and students in CTSOs and CTE programs. This might help you plan for those meetings with legislators!

WASTS is looking for a new president
WASTS is the Washington Association for Skilled and Technical Sciences. STS is recognized nationally by education, business, and government as the premier organization representing technical educators in shaping policy and programs to build a skilled global work force. Its mission is to empower educators to be leaders and advocates for skilled and technical sciences education. This fall they are offering a couple dates of training to help assist in the growth of STS education. WASTS is also looking for individuals to represent the various technical areas that are represented in STS as well as to be part of the board, if you are interested please contact WASTS board.

WASTS is looking for instructors to provide 2-hour trainings for other instructors in your teaching field with clock hours. $400 stipend available for instructor providing virtual training. Contact Roger Rich at roger.rich@k12.wa.us or Terri Lufkin at tlufkin@comcast.net

SkillsUSA Washington State pin design contest
Entries due January 28, 2022. Go to https://skillsusawashington.org/ and at the SLSC tab, go to Washington State
Design Contest for details. This is separate from SkillsUSA Washington Championships.

SkillsUSA Washington Board Treasurer Needed
Do you know of someone with accounting skills to meet with Terri Lufkin every 5-6 weeks to review financial reports?
Email Terri at tlufkin@comcast.net

Shop and Support SkillsUSA Washington
When you shop through AmazonSmile, select Skills USA Inc (Location: Olympia, WA – Education & Youth) to contribute. Once this is set up, just login to Amazon, click on the Amazon Smile tab, shop and SkillsUSA Washington will get 5%. We appreciate your support! Here is the link, https://smile.amazon.com/ch/23-7017160.

Plan Now 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.

Free Educational Resources and Career Essentials Opportunity
SkillsUSA has partnered with Aerotek and The Swinerton Foundation to deliver 37 grants for high school and college/postsecondary chapters to receive grants for SkillsUSA Educational Resources and Career Essentials access. Eligible chapters can receive a $3,000 or $4,500 grant, which will provide resources for integrating the SkillsUSA Framework into the classroom and chapter. Applications for a chapter grant must be submitted by Jan. 21, and recipients will be notified by Feb 11. Determine eligibility and apply here. For questions, contact Brandon Monk.

Proposed Bylaw Amendment Submissions
Registered SkillsUSA members can submit proposed bylaw amendments for middle school, high school or college/postsecondary divisions for consideration by the SkillsUSA House of Delegates. Bylaw amendment motions must be submitted, in writing, to Tyler Chaffin by Jan. 22 at 5 p.m. ET. SkillsUSA’s national executive council and board of directors will review all submissions at the March 2022 board meeting. All motions will be distributed to state SkillsUSA directors by April 22. Motions will then be presented for vote at the official business meeting of the House of Delegates during the 2022 SkillsUSA national conference. Bylaw amendments are governed by Article XII of the high school and college/postsecondary bylaws and Article X of the middle school bylaws. For more information and to view the bylaws, go here. The motion form is located here. For questions, contact Tyler Chaffin.

SkillsUSA National Officer Candidates Sought
The 2022-23 National Officer Program Guide and application are now available. Potential national officer candidates must complete the following before applying: Verification of SkillsUSA Framework Certification, completing the e-course and all associated work and passing the assessment with a minimum score of 80%; verification of the CTE Knowledge Certification, completing the e-course and all associated work and passing the assessment with a minimum score of 80%; and verification of completion and passing of the first three units of either the Advanced or Adult Learner Course of the SkillsUSA Career Essentials program, including all work and unit tests, with a minimum score of 80%.

Note: If the Career Essentials credential is not earned prior to election, national officers will be required to earn it during their year of service. Access to certifications and the Career Essentials is offered at no cost with a deadline to apply by Feb. 1. Further details are available in the program guide. All national officer applications must be submitted by June 1 at 6 p.m. ET.

Announcing the 2022 SkillsUSA University Call for Proposals
SkillsUSA is now 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.

The Best Way to Build a Successful SkillsUSA Chapter
CareerSafe’s annual National Youth Safety Video Contest challenges students to create a two-minute video demonstrating workplace safety. All submissions should be sent to CareerSafe by March 1, 2022. The winning students will receive a SkillsUSA prize pack and a scholarship of up to You know you are having a great year in SkillsUSA, so why not be recognized for it? Did you elect officers, hold chapter meetings and engage in chapter activities? Then take it to the next level: complete the Chapter Excellence Program Quality Chapter application and receive the recognition your chapter has earned.

Start your SkillsUSA Chapter Excellence Program (CEP) application today and earn recognition for your chapter. The online application is on the main page of the membership registration site once you log into your school account. The “Build a Successful SkillsUSA Chapter Teacher’s Guide 2.0” can be downloaded here. The guide offers simple steps to follow on completing the application, engaging students in the process and infusing the SkillsUSA Framework into chapter activities.

For questions or help, contact SkillsUSA Customer Care at 844-875-4557 or by email. You can also take advantage of a one-on-one coaching session with our CEP and Program of Work (PoW) coach, Kelli Engelbrecht. Schedule your 30-minute Zoom coaching appointment here, or call her at 573-321-1322. During the coaching session, learn how to integrate the SkillsUSA Framework, articulate your SMART goals and select and evaluate Essential Elements within your CEP application.

SkillsUSA Scholarships Now Open for Applications
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.

Take Up the Challenge! National Conference Pin and T-shirt Design
SkillsUSA is once again sponsoring the 2022 National Leadership and Skills Conference (NLSC) Pin and T-shirt Design Challenge to all dues-paying student members of the organization. The winning designs will become the official T-shirt and pin design for the 2022 NLSC. The challenge will officially open on 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 will be posted on the SkillsUSA website by Jan. 15.

Happy New Year from the SkillsUSA Store
The SkillsUSA Store invites you to celebrate the New Year with some NEW Collections and Store Favorites from over the years! We hope that 2022 is full of wonderful opportunities, friendships, and skills for all of the members of SkillsUSA.

Professional Development Opportunities for January to June
Please join your fellow advisors for our SkillsUSA Professional Development offerings from January through June. Learn more on our website or by downloading the full professional development calendar. 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. Please note that there will be a new advisor training held on Jan. 21. 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.

Engage Your Chapter in SkillsUSA’s Refreshed 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. Student2Student entries must be submitted by April 1, 2022. Learn more about Student2Student here.

Earn Presidential Recognition for Service
At the 2022 national 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 , 2022for recognition at the 2022 National Leadership and Skills Conference.

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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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