Friday Flash 8-27-21

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Chevron arrows with solid fillDOUBLE GOOD Fundraiser
Take advantage of this easy fundraiser with delicious popcorn! It is best to schedule your event 30 days in advance. Go to to schedule your fundraiser today.

Chevron arrows with solid fillMark your Calendar!  SkillsUSA State & Regional Advisor Training 9-18-21 9:00am

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Meeting ID: 844 2573 1456 / Dial +1 253 215 8782 US

Regional Trainings begin 10:00, see coordinator for link

Chevron arrows with solid fillSupport the Trades — and SkillsUSA — in Fashion

SkillsUSA has teamed up with Tractor Supply Company (TSC) and Carhartt for the new “Support the Trades” campaign, designed to raise awareness of the skilled trades while helping SkillsUSA close the skilled trades gap. As part of the campaign, Carhartt and TSC have created a new line of “Support the Trades” shirts, and proceeds from every shirt sold will be donated to SkillsUSA! Show your pride for the skilled trades you proudly represent every day while supporting SkillsUSA and the “Champions at Work” who keep our nation moving. “Support the Trades” shirts are now available at your local TSC store or online at the TSC site. Please shop and show your support! Check out this promotional video and stay connected with SkillsUSA’s social media platforms for more information about the campaign. 

Chevron arrows with solid fillNew Research Opportunity to Help Your Students Focus Their Futures

SkillsUSA and the Student Research Foundation — with help from the Manufacturing Institute, National Alliance for Partnerships in Equity (NAPE) and the Hispanic Heritage Foundation — are collaborating on new research about high school students’ perceptions of their education and career opportunities. The goal is to stimulate a dialogue on career pathways among parents, teachers and students.

By including your students as part of this important research project, you can help them gain access to postsecondary scholarship opportunities; explore their career options with improved focus; and connect with colleges, universities, career and technical schools and postsecondary institutions looking for students with their specific interests, talents, skill sets and career goals.

To participate in the research, watch for a package by mail from the National College and Career Pathways Study (Research Consortium on CTE Career Pathways). To make sure you’re on the mailing list, fill out this form or send an email to Packages will begin mailing the end of August. 

Chevron arrows with solid fillA Wealth of Fall Professional Development Offerings

As part of SkillsUSA’s new Fall Professional Development offerings, you’re encouraged to join fellow advisors across the nation for the first session in the “Love and Logic” series on Sept. 7 at 3:30 p.m. ET. September’s topic is “Neutralizing Student Arguing,” and we will be uncovering how adult-child arguments often contribute to the development of more serious acting-out behavior. You’ll also learn a practical, shareable skill for disengaging from arguments. The registration fee is $10. 

Here are some other sessions coming soon you’ll want to check out:

  • On September 2 at 10 a.m. or 3 p.m. ET, join us for an exploration of “Experiential Activities to Promote the SkillsUSA Framework.” These activities can be used to introduce any Essential Element and provide an opportunity for reflection on the experience while determining real-world application.
  • Ready to explore the benefits of your professional membership and how to best implement them? Join us on Monday, Aug. 30 at 10 a.m. ET for a “Professional Membership Benefits Overview!” Register through 
  • Join us on September 2 at 11:30 a.m. ET for a “What is SkillsUSA?” Professional Development session! We’ll unpack the SkillsUSA infographic to gain a deeper understanding of the organizational structure, including the connections between the organization, the SkillsUSA Framework, the Program of Work and recognition opportunities. 

Register for these sessions through Learn more about these and all of the Fall Professional Development offerings at SkillsUSA’s online training calendar. If you have questions, contact Karolina Belen, SkillsUSA’s senior manager of professional development.  

Chevron arrows with solid fillVirtual TECHSPO Resources Still Available

SkillsUSA’s 2021 virtual TECHSPO trade show features a dynamic collection of virtual trade show booths filled with videos, resources and guides. This education and early career content is available to schools until Aug. 31. There are 38 businesses represented and there is no charge to visit the online trade show. This could be an interesting class project, team project or individual exercise. Visit the exhibition here. 

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Description automatically generatedChevron arrows with solid fillLooking for a Curriculum to Use This Fall?

Are you looking for a project-based curriculum that empowers students to define, implement and measure their career readiness skills, one that works in both virtual and in-person environments? Consider one of four Career Essentials Suite Experience courses: Exploratory Experiences (Ages 12-14); Fundamental Experiences (Ages 14-16); Advanced Experiences (Ages 17-19); and Adult Experiences (Ages 20+).

SkillsUSA is now offering the exploratory and fundamental Experience bundles at $15 per user and advanced and adult learner Experience bundles at $20 per user. (List prices for these bundles range from $25-$65 per person.) A curriculum bundle includes the pre- and post-assessments along with the course. In addition to the bundle prices, the exploratory and fundamental courses can be purchased in smaller segments for $5.95. Segments must be purchased and used in sequence. Go online for more information about SkillsUSA Career Essentials is. You can also register for a SkillsUSA Career Essentials overview and view the complete price sheet.

Chevron arrows with solid fillNew “Technical Fridays” Industry Expert Workshops Starting in September

Join us for “Technical Fridays,” SkillsUSA’s new industry-led initiative for workshops helping teachers develop specific technical skills relevant to their career fields of interest. On Sept. 17 at 4 p.m. ET, we will be focusing on the automotive industry and will be joined by Frank Woodson, training manager from GATES Corporation. Mr. Woodson will focus on the tensioner in the system and how to diagnose and correct issues that occur with it. There will be plenty of opportunities for networking, Q&A and comprehension checks, so you can leave with a new skill and be ready to implement it in your classroom. The registration fee is $10. Register on Absorb here. If you have questions, contact Karolina Belen.