March 15, 2016

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March 15, 2016

Dates to Remember

March 20 – Chapter Excellence Program (CEP) & Award Nomination Deadline
March 24 – Hotel Room Blocks Released
March 25 – State Conference Payment Deadline
March 25 – Opening Ceremony Photo Submission Deadline
April 24 – 27 State Leadership and Skills Conference
May 2 – National Conference Reservation Form Due to Traveltyme
May 23 – Full Payment Due to Travelyme
June 20 – 24 National Leadership & Skills Conference

Award Nominators

Do you know an advisor, student or industry professional that goes above and beyond for SkillsUSA? Take a look at our SkillsUSA Florida awards and consider make a nomination. Award Nominations are due on Sunday, March 20.

Chapter Excellence Program

Congratulations to the following schools who have began their Chapter Excellence Program (CEP) Application.

  • Manatee Technical College
  • Marchman Technical Education Center
  • Kathleen High School
  • Marion Technical Institute
  • Belleview High School
  • Pinellas Technical College – St. Petersburg & Clearwater
  • Pensacola State College
  • Lively Technical Center
  • Suncoast Technical College

There is still time for your school to be involved. The deadline for application submission is Sunday, March 20 and they will be reviewed by the Department Education.

Chapter Excellence Program Application
Searching for End-of-Program Assessments?

The SkillsUSA Work Force Ready System provides assessments for career and technical education that are supported by industry, education and policy leaders. We’ve engaged these leaders to ensure that employers recognize our assessments, help instructors validate their programs and provide career-seekers with proof of what they can do. Skill Connect Assessments are 100-percent industry driven and defined. There are more than 40 technical, employability and customer service assessments that include ASE automotive and PrintED assessments. Take a free, 10-question Skill Connect Assessment demonstration at: For more information click on the buttom below:

Work Force Ready System
Introduce the New SkillsUSA Champions Magazine with These Lesson Plans

Spring is a great time to get plugged into the newly digitized SkillsUSA Champions magazine for a new interactive experience! Have students read the Spring issue’s “The Spice of Life” as homework or during class individually, in small groups or aloud as an entire class. Then quickly discuss the article.

Finally, use the discussion questions to help students apply the article to their own SkillsUSA experience. Activities are provided for practice and extended learning. Enjoy the connectivity with the magazine, but most of all, enjoy the integral linkage that SkillsUSA creates to your classroom.

Lesson Plan

The Association for Career and Technical Education (ACTE) is offering a $1,000 first-place prize for a new design of the 3D printed ACTE Excellence Award trophies. The contest is open to secondary, postsecondary and adult CTE students in 3D design courses or other CAD courses. Students may enter as individuals or as teams of no more than two (2) people. All team members must be enrolled as students in an educational institution during the semester/term in which they contribute to the design. Each entry must be entirely the original work of the persons identified in the entry. The contest is not open to any persons employed, past or present, as a professional in 3D printing. The deadline to submit an entry is May 1. For more information click below.

ACTE Contest

The Graphic Arts Education and Research Foundation (GAERF) has launched the GAERF 2016 Student Design Competition, themed “Infograph It!” This eighth annual contest challenges participants to exhibit their originality and ingenuity by designing and creating an engaging printed item which incorporates an infographic that presents complex information quickly and clearly, on a topic of his or her choice. The design must incorporate a reference, URL link or other, to the source of information on their topic. The competition is open to all students attending high school or post-secondary institutions in the continental United States who are studying in a graphic communications/printing, advertising, graphic design or interactive media program.

GAERF Competition
Hotel Reservations 

Hotels will release any unclaimed rooms on March 24. Please be sure and make your hotel reservations at an approved SkillsUSA Florida hotel.

Hotel Room Blocks
SkillsUSA Florida Opening Ceremony 

Send in your school SkillsUSA photos to be featured in the Opening Ceremony.Submissions are due on March 25.

Opening Ceremony Photo Request
Judges Needed

Do you know someone who would like to serve as a SkillsUSA Florida judge during the State Leadership & Skills Conference. If so, please have them sign up to participate by sharing the following link: