November 10th, 2015

on November 10, 2015 TJ
Membership DEADLINE Alert! Register by Nov. 16 and Win Big for Your Chapter and Classroom

Membership has its advantages — and with SkillsUSA, the number of ways you and your students can benefit is immense.

  1. As an advisor, when you register 15 student members in your training area plus one or more professional members by Nov. 16, you will receive a copy of Ignite, a new resource designed around the SkillsUSA Framework with a variety of classroom activities that spark student engagement.
  2. Professional membership that is submitted at any time during the school year grants advisors access to Jump into STEM! This new program teaches SkillsUSA members how to facilitate STEM workshops for elementary-school students. The downloadable curriculum includes 22 activities for hands-on learning.
  3. The third resource, free to paid professional members who submit membership at any time during the school year, is the Career Readiness Curriculum (CRC). This program supports the framework of the SkillsUSA mission, which includes personal, workplace and technical skills grounded in academics — all essential to a successful technical education and future workplace success. The CRC includes 29 lesson plans and is based on national employability initiatives

For more details on these incentives, see the membership kit or visit the SkillsUSA website: 


Need Help with Your Chapter or Registering Members? Call the SkillsUSA Membership Hotline Toll Free, 844-875-4557

Hotline operators are ready to answer your questions on how to start a new chapter, engage chapter members and strengthen an existing chapter — you name it, they are ready to tackle it! Operators are on call from 8 a.m.-5 p.m. (Eastern time) Monday, Wednesday and Friday and from 11 a.m.-7 p.m. (ET) Tuesday and Thursday. Don’t have time to call? Send the operators an email at or chat with them online at the membership registration site.


Scholarship Opportunities for Your SkillsUSA Students

Check out this website that lists several scholarship opportunities for our SkillsUSA students:


Skills Connect Assessment Webinars

Please join us for one or more webinars on the Skill Connect® Assessments. You must register using the links below to participate in the webinars. Once you register, you will receive an email with information on how to join.

Teacher Tips for Student Success — Skill Connect Assessments  Date: Tuesday, Nov. 17, 2015                   4 p.m.-5 p.m. ET

Learn how you can better prepare your students for the Skill Connect® Assessment process. Useful tips and tools will be shared with the participants. Topics covered: various resources available to prepare students and where to find them, blueprint overview, overview of Skill Connect Certificates and reporting tools. Registration URL: Webinar ID: 144-555-435


National Winner Information

The 2015 SkillsUSA Championships winners list is still available online. Also available are individual scores, as well as all winners by contest or state. You can even select a year and see a list of previous medal winners from your school or state. For individual scores, you must have the contestant number and date of birth. For details, go to:

HP LIFE Important Changes — Action Needed By Users

HP LIFE is changing to a new platform. To make this transition as smooth as possible for you and your students, you need to do a few things over the next week.

  1. When you log into HP LIFE, you should be getting a message asking you to “opt in.” Please have everyone opt in. Or, you may have been getting emails reminding you to opt in with a link. Either way will work. If you aren’t sure if you have opted in, you can do so at the link below. Opting in allows your HP LIFE account to be transferred to the new platform without the need to create a new account.
  2. Visit the HP LIFE e-Learning “opt in” Web page.
  3. Download and save certificates, transcripts and business plans that you have earned or are working on. The certificates should transition to the new platform without any issues, but it is always better to take precautions. The transcripts will not be immediately available but will eventually flow to the new system. And, the business plans are turning into a downloadable resource that will be available in the educator section on the new platform.

More information will come as the transition gets closer, but a few things keep your mind at ease:

  • The URL will remain the same — it is still
  • The content in the courses will remain the same, although it will be organized slightly differently
  • Students will still have the opportunity to earn certificates by completing this material
  • HP LIFE is planning for the transition to take place in mid-November (but this is not a firm date; it may be later)

Stay tuned — and if you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to reach out to Kim Norbuta at

Competition Spotlight: Esthetics
The Esthetics competition evaluates the contestants’ techniques and professionalism in the field of skin care. Students will be tested in four different areas: an oral skin consultation; a written exam covering the fundamentals of skin care; sanitation; skin analysis; a hands-on basic facial demonstration; and, a day time and fantasy make-up application.