Are you communicating with your SkillsUSA Washington Regional Coordinator? If not, please send them an email!
Southwest Regional Coordinators – Kimberly Miller and Ray Nelson, firstname.lastname@example.org
Olympic Region – Tyler Renz, email@example.com
Puget Sound North – Mary Rawlins, firstname.lastname@example.org and Teri Bravomejia, email@example.com
Puget Sound South – Adam Scroggins, firstname.lastname@example.org and Gary Milbradt, email@example.com
Central & Eastern Region – Brandon Hirst, firstname.lastname@example.org
You MUST compete in Regionals to be INVITED to participate at the Washington State Leadership and Skills Conference Championships!
Regional Competitions are happing in person and virtually! 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.
Professional membership must be PAID to access technical standards and educational tools.
SkillsUSA Membership Due December 20, 20221 at https://www.skillsusa-register.org/Login.aspx
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.
Check out our fall advisor trainings on our YouTube Channel
Legislative Day at our Washington State Capitol – January 28, 2022
Schedule visits in person or virtually with your local legislators. Virtual is a great option for schools finding traveling challenging! 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 email@example.com
Washington State Leadership and Skills Conference 2022
National Executive Director, Chelle Travis, will be coming to Washington! Attend Washington State Leadership Conference in Tacoma to meet her.
You must participate in regional competitions to be invited to Washington State Leadership and Skills Conference March 31, April 1st and April 2nd in 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.
Participating in Firefighting? Cascadia would love to connect with you! Contact Larry at Larry.Bauska@evergreenps.org
WSLSC Volunteers and Apprentices Needed!
Our State Conference is moving to the west side of the state and we need some new volunteers
- JROTC needed to perform Color Guard Ceremony in Tacoma 3/31/2022
- Someone to sing the National Anthem 3/31/2022 at opening ceremony
- Advisor and student team needed to run SkillsUSA Washington store to sell memorabilia
- Apprentice to learn SkillsUSA scoring system
- Apprentice to learn to run SkillsUSA Washington Championships
- AV Apprentice for Opening and Closing Ceremonies.
SkillsUSA Washington Design Contest!
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. We’ll collect designs for our state pin that is traded at NLSC in Atlanta June 20-24, 2022 and stickers to personalize all your favorite notebooks, calendars, computers, etc.
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 12-15 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 firstname.lastname@example.org or Terri Lufkin at email@example.com
Having a Career Fair?
Grand Canyon would like to visit your facility and talk with students. They can bring an informational table and treats and fun GCU gifts for your staff and students. Employees can come and get information, learn about scholarships, and ask questions. When students are learning different options available to them for the future, it’s nice to have ideas of what college options look like and just get a feel for questions. Please reach out to Donna Hays, Donna.Hays@gcu.edu to schedule.
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. Be sure to track your work and photograph your activities. Submit your Recruitment Week activities by Dec. 1 to be considered for national recognition, including a $500 shopping spree at the SkillsUSA Store, a highlight on social media and an opportunity to be spotlighted on the SkillsUSA Champions digital hub.
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. Learn more about Student2Student here.
Plan Now for SkillsUSA Week
SkillsUSA Week is Feb. 7-11, 2022, and you can participate in many different 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 that will be held by 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 group leaders.
- Friday, Feb. 11, SkillsUSA Day. Celebrate SkillsUSA by wearing your favorite SkillsUSA T-shirt, planning a celebration activity or by posting your SkillsUSA Framework story on social media using the hashtag: #SkillsUSAWeek.
The SkillsUSA Week Chapter Guide assists chapters in planning activities for each day of SkillsUSA Week.
SkillsUSA also has 10 chapter grants valued at $200 each for chapters to purchase supplies for their SkillsUSA Week activities. A request for a chapter grant must be submitted by Jan. 1, 2022. Chapter grants will be distributed on a first-come, first-served basis. Check out the chapter grant application and further details here.
Honorary Life and Outstanding Educator Nominations Open
If you would like to nominate an individual for recognition by SkillsUSA as an Honorary Life Member or Outstanding Career and Technical Educator, please complete the online applications here. The deadline is Feb. 15. For questions, contact Laura Rauch.
Focus Students on Safety
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. 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 here.
AmazonSmile Purchases Benefit SkillsUSA
Support SkillsUSA as your charity of choice while shopping through Amazon this holiday season. Make your order through AmazonSmile and search for “SkillsUSA Inc.” or visit this link.AmazonSmile donates a percentage of purchases made through this link directly to SkillsUSA.
Insulation and Air Sealing Materials 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 Dec. 10 at 4 p.m. ET, the presenter will be Sam Myers, a building scientist for Retrotec. Myers is an expert on building performance concepts. His session will focus on various insulation and air-sealing materials and installation procedures that help create a healthy, efficient and comfortable home. A live demonstration will be given to show you how to test a house to determine how airtight or leaky it is. There will also be free giveaways for up to 20 SkillsUSA instructors. The cost to attend the session is $10. Register 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.
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 our 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.
SkillsUSA Store Featured Product
As the weather turns colder, the Shelty Knit Cap and Ravenlake Knit Scarf by Roots73® are must-haves in your winter wardrobe. This ultra-cozy scarf and cap feature a trendy heather knit that is soft to the touch. Wear these two together and you have the perfect pair for the chill of winter. Find these and all your winter apparel needs on The SkillsUSA Store!
WITEA is looking for a student design to put on Board Member shirts
The design must meet the following requirements: Student design, Simple enough to be embroidered, Include WITEA and be 3 colors max. The designer of the logo that is created will receive a $50 visa gift card.
Submissions are due by 11/24 and can be sent to: firstname.lastname@example.org. John Garrett, Technology Teacher