Friday Flash 10-29-21

SkillsUSA Washington Announcements

Check out our fall advisor trainings on our YouTube Channel

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCuleMrL0VTSn8YCGnaZRvJg

Meet SkillsUSA Washington State Officer Team!

Lucy Nowicki, President – Centralia High School
Grace Smith, Vice President – Elma High School
Zachariah Tucker, Secretary – Pierce County Skills Center
Pablo Luna, Treasurer – Toppenish High School
Linkin Berner, Reporter – Oak Harbor High School

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

Legislative Day at our Washington State Capitol – January 28, 2022

Schedule visits in person or 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.

Watch Friday Flash for more tips on contacting your legislators!  If you’d like to have a display to showcase your accomplishments 1-28-22 in Olympia, contact tlufkin@comcast.net

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.  Check out WASTS at our next meeting 11-9-21 at 4:00pm.

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

Regional Contests are being scheduled!

We encourage all advisors to host at least one contest every year. For those of you that are unsure of hosting a contest or would like more information before doing so, please reach out to your regional coordinator and we can get you some more information! If no host is assigned, students will be unable to participate in that particular contest.

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.

SkillsUSA Washington Important Dates!

SkillsUSA Membership Due December 20, 20221 at https://www.skillsusa-register.org/Login.aspx

Each region will register at https://www.skillsusa-register.org/Login.aspx for regional competitions even if there is no fee.  You still need to notify your regional coordinator and connect with contest hosts to prepare students for regionals.

Legislative/Civic Engagement Day, Olympia, WA – January 28, 2022.  Schedule appointments from 8am-3:00pm.

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.

National Leadership and Skills Conference to be held in Atlanta, Georgia this year June 20-24th!  Our Washington Delegation will be staying at the Hilton Atlanta.  All contestants, instructors or families traveling with our delegation must register at www.skillsusa.org through your school.  Schools may register observers as well for same fees.  It will be expensive this year, check out the below fundraiser to get started! 

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.

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.

Advisors: Send Us Your Contest Projects!

SkillsUSA is looking for local competition project ideas from advisors! Selected projects will be included in our “Hosting a Local Career Competition” guides that provide teachers with a turnkey kit for hosting a local event. The top five projects in each career competition will receive a $100 Lowe’s gift card, and the winning 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.

SkillsUSA Week T-shirt Design Challenge

SkillsUSA is seeking student designs for the official T-shirt of SkillsUSA Week 2022. One design will be selected and produced by the SkillsUSA Store. The contest is open to all dues-paying student members. Only one entry/design per SkillsUSA member is permitted. All designs submitted 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. 15 at 5 p.m. ET.

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. Also new this year, SkillsUSA has five $200 chapter grants (via Lowe’s gift cards) available on a first-come, first-served basis for chapters to purchase supplies for facilitation of their Student2Student program. For more information and to fill out the grant application, go here. Chapter grant requests must be submitted by Dec. 1. Student2Student entries must be submitted by April 1, 2022. Find out how to conduct your own Student2Student program here.

Get Recognized for Your Recruitment Efforts

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 hosts a Recruitment Week, apply to earn national recognition and a chance to win a $500 shopping spree at the SkillsUSA Store, recognition on social media and an opportunity to be spotlighted on the SkillsUSA Champions digital hub. Be sure to track your work and photograph your event(s). Submit your Recruitment Week activities here. Recognition applications are due by Dec. 1.

Register by Nov. 15 for Extra Member Benefits

Becoming a professional member of SkillsUSA is one of the best ways to demonstrate to students the opportunities that membership provides. As a benefit of membership, professional members receive online access to:

  • Framework Integration Toolkit: The Framework Integration Toolkit has everything you need to ensure career readiness for students, including videos, lesson plans, activities and more.
  • Program of Work Toolkit: The Program of Work Toolkit includes the Program of Work Launch Activity Guides, videos and resources to help you implement effective activities.
  • Jump into Stem: A chapter curriculum for members to mentor and engage elementary and middle school students in STEM learning while creating an opportunity for future recruitment.
  • SkillsUSA Championships Technical Standards: The official rules and regulations for each of the 2022 SkillsUSA Championships competitions.
  • E-Courses: Includes SkillsUSA Framework Certification; CTE Knowledge Certification; Promoting Diversity, Equity and Inclusion as a SkillsUSA Leader; and Building Self-Motivation in Student Leaders. 
  • Advisor Professional Development: A variety of training opportunities, from webinars to classroom to multi-day sessions. You’ll find a lot of options for differing training needs.

As a special membership incentive, teachers who register at least 15 student members plus one or more professionals by Nov. 15 will receive a complimentary copy of “Difficult Conversations at Work,”our latest resource developed in student-friendly, scenario-based learning.

National dues for professional members are $20 plus state dues, which vary. View or download this PDF for 2021-22 state dues and deadlines, and you can find our registration site 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 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 chapter’s 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.  

Sweater Weather on the SkillsUSA Store

The best time to wear a SkillsUSA sweater is … all the time! This fall, stay warm and comfortable in any of the great SkillsUSA outerwear options. Whether your style is flannel, crewnecks, hoodies, vests or pullovers, the SkillsUSA Store has them all! Shop these great fall finds and more here.

Check Out the Wealth of Professional Development This Fall

Please join your fellow advisors for our fall SkillsUSA Professional Development offerings. With upcoming topics like “Guides for Hosting a Local Career Competition,” “Establishing a Framework Culture,” “Jumpstart 2.0,” and the “At-Work Series” (which includes critical thinking, conflict management and difficult conversations at work), these sessions can keep the school year moving in exciting directions. Learn more about SkillsUSA’s offerings on SkillsUSA’s online training 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. 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.

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.

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

360-904-8578