Friday Flash 10-15-21

Getting Important SkillsUSA Announcements?

We need your help with asking your IT department to allow emails from swregionalcoordinators@gmail.com for regional notices regarding SW Region SkillsUSA notifications.  You should also confirm you get advisor emails from national emails info@skillsusa.org and State emails from washington@skillsusa-register.org

Did you miss the Advisor trainings we’ve held this year?

Check out what you missed https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCuleMrL0VTSn8YCGnaZRvJg

Upcoming SkillsUSA Washington Training – October 19, 4:00pm

Advisor Training – Preparing for Regional Competitions – Ready to host a regional contest or want to know how to prepare yourself or your students?  SkillsUSA Washington is inviting you to a scheduled Zoom meeting. Join Zoom Meeting / https://us02web.zoom.us/j/82730760899

Meeting ID: 827 3076 0899 / Dial +12532158782,,82730760899#  (No clock hours for this training)

Competing in Firefighting?

Cascadia in our Southwest Region would like to connect with you!  Email tlufkin@comcast.net

SkillsUSA Health Knowledge Bowl teams

We have $100 monthly TeamSmarts prizes set aside for the top scoring teams on our monthly TeamSmarts. Teams do not have to compete in any other aspect of LifeSmarts. (of course, they are welcome to if they want, but not required).  We have a category we established for SkillsUSA teams.  The theme for this month is Health and Safety, and I know that the Health Knowledge Bowl teams would find it great practice and that they would also have very high scores on it. And… one of them would take home the $100 cash prize designated for SkillsUSA teams. All they have to do is register online and take the quiz. 

DOUBLE GOOD Fundraiser

Take advantage of this easy fundraiser with delicious popcorn! It is best to schedule your event 30 days in advance. Go to https://www.doublegood.com/popup/ to schedule your fundraiser today.

Still Time for Students to Launch Their “Journey of a Jacket”

SkillsUSA members belong to a community that values their potential and believes in their abilities. Through SkillsUSA’s new “Journey of a Jacket” program, selected students will receive a SkillsUSA red jacket (like those pictured) to be worn anywhere on the member’s journey through school, work and life. The jacket is a gift from one of the program’s generous sponsors and is a symbol that the member is supported and valued. It’s also an opportunity for students to showcase their SkillsUSA pride. To apply, students must submit an essay and a letter of recommendation from their SkillsUSA advisor. Applications close on Nov. 1. Learn more and apply online here. For questions, contact Megan Flinn.

“SkillsUSA Championships Technical Standards” Now Available

The SkillsUSA Championships Technical Standards are the official competition guides for the SkillsUSA Championships, and they’ve been newly revised for 2022. The standards feature all the rules for each national competition, including an overview, technical skills and knowledge required, clothing requirements, eligibility and equipment lists. They also list the embedded academic skills in math, English and science. SkillsUSA professional members receive access to the “SkillsUSA Championships Technical Standards” as a free member benefit when they have submitted membership plus a valid email address. Access the Technical Standards and other professional member materials by logging into your account at  absorb.skillsusa.org. You can also find a video walkthrough on our YouTube channel explaining how to access the Technical Standards step-by-step.  

Lowe’s Offers $250,000 in Chapter Grants

SkillsUSA partner Lowe’s is offering multiple SkillsUSA chapter grants of up to $15,000 each to upgrade your CTE program’s tools and equipment or to help you purchase materials and supplies for students. All funds must be spent at Lowe’s. The grants can also be used for equipment, materials or supplies used in carrying out a SkillsUSA community service project. Applications are due by Nov. 1. Successful applicants will be notified by Dec. 3, and all classroom upgrades or service projects must be completed by Sept. 15, 2022. Learn more and apply here. For questions, contact Laura Rauch.

NEW “Fall Into Comfort” Collection Live Now!

The SkillsUSA Store has launched a new “Fall Into Comfort” clothing collection. The clothes feature collegiate- and outdoor-style apparel, hats, drinkware and bags for that perfect SkillsUSA fall look. New T-shirts, long-sleeve shirts and hoodies from League Apparel offer the ultimate comfort in your day-to-day life. See the collection here on the SkillsUSA Store.

Advisor Challenge: Send Us Your Contest Projects and Win a Lowe’s Gift Card!

Advisors, SkillsUSA is looking for your genius local competition project ideas! Selected projects will be included in our “Hosting a Local Career Competition Guide,” a publication designed to provide teachers with a turnkey kit for hosting a local event. The top five project submissions in each career competition will receive a $100 Lowe’s gift card, and the top project submission in each career competition will receive a $350 Lowe’s gift card. The competition closes on Nov. 15 and the winners will be announced on Dec. 13. You may submit as many projects as you like. All projects must be your original work. To enter, fill out the form here.

One-on-One Coaching on the Chapter Excellence Program

Is your chapter ready to take your Chapter Excellence Program (CEP) application to the next level, or do you 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 Elements within your CEP application. Schedule your 30-minute Zoom coaching appointment here. For questions, email Kelli Engelbrecht or give her a call at 573-321-1322.  

LAPSEN Offers a $500 Scholarship to SkillsUSA Students

The Law and Public Safety Education Network (LAPSEN) is sponsoring a $500 scholarship to the National Academy of Law and Justice for SkillsUSA members. To apply for the scholarship, applicants must be current members of SkillsUSA who have already been selected to attend the Academy. Scholarship details are available here.

Access to Industry Experts on “Technical Fridays”

Join us for “Technical Fridays,” SkillsUSA’s industry-led initiative for workshops that help teachers develop specific technical skills relevant to their career fields. On Oct. 29 at 4 p.m. ET, we will be joined by Vicky Castillo, MSN, RN, CNE, a CNA instructor, program coordinator, test examiner, content expert and founder and CEO of FACETS Healthcare Training. The session will focus on achieving excellence in nursing assistant education and offer practical tips on labs, tests and CNA theory. The cost to attend the session is $10. Register here.

Local Chapter Challenge: SkillsUSA 2021 Recruitment Week

Check out SkillsUSA’s 2021 Recruitment Week resources to learn how local chapter leaders can successfully hold a fall recruitment week and engage new members. You’ll also find advisor resources to help coach your chapter leaders around recruitment and engagement. After your chapter successfully completes Recruitment Week, apply to earn national recognition and a chance to win a $500 shopping spree at the SkillsUSA Store!

Check Out the Wealth of Professional Development This Fall

Please join your fellow advisors at our fall SkillsUSA Professional Development offerings. With upcoming topics like “Career Essentials Implementation Training,” “Chapter Excellence Program,” “Experiential Activities,” and “SkillsUSA Certification Bundle,” these sessions can launch the new school year in exciting directions. Learn more about SkillsUSA’s offerings on SkillsUSA’s online training calendar. Certificates are provided upon completion of 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.

Show Off Your Construction Projects!

High school career and technical education students and postsecondary construction trainees or apprentices are eligible to enter the NCCER and Build Your Future’s annual “I BUILT THIS!” video contest. The nationwide competition invites construction craft students and trainees to showcase their building projects. The contest closes Nov. 14. Learn more here.

Coding in Minecraft

Exciting news for WA Computer Science educators! We are thrilled to partner with Prodigy Learning and announce that Washington Legislature has funded, YES, more free resources to Washington public schools, ‘Coding in Minecraft’ by Prodigy Learning! ‘Coding in Minecraft’ is a computer science credential program with supporting curriculum, delivered through Minecraft: Education Edition.

The pathway comprises four courses that immerse students in a fun and engaging Minecraft world to develop and prove their coding skills using MakeCode and JavaScript or Python.  Schools have full unlimited access to all curriculum and credentials in the pathways and can take advantage of FREE ‘Coding in Minecraft’ Teacher Professional Development taking place across the State. In fact, we look forward to presenting this in person during our upcoming roadshow training week, November 8-12.

For further information on ‘Coding in Minecraft’, including full objective domains and WA standards mapping and to get signed up for your FREE access and Professional Development register at  codingcredentials.com/wa. Be sure to say on the form that you heard about this from CCI Learning! Too busy to register yourself? Email waschools@ccilearning.com and we will get you registered and a ‘Coding in Minecraft’ representative from Prodigy Learning will be in touch just like magic!

Washington Association for Skilled and Technical Sciences

WASTS is the Association for Skilled and Technical Sciences 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. Be sure to register for updates and information to know about the upcoming training opportunities. 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.  Check out WASTS at our next meeting 11-9-21 at 4:00pm.

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Terri Lufkin
SkillsUSA Washington MS & HS
tlufkin@comcast.net
844-875-4557 SkillsUSA customer care, customercare@skillsusa.org
www.skillsusawashington.org