October 26th, 2016

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Tuesday Times

October 25, 2016


Dates to Remember

November 15: Deadline to submit state and national membership for special gift
January 20-21: Board of Directors Meeting, Eustis, FL
February 3: Deadline to submit National Pin and T-Shirt Design entries
February: Regional Conference (by region)
April 23-26: State Leadership and Skills Conference, Lakeland, FL




State Director’s Corner
State Branding Contest Winner!
National Pin and T-Shirt Design Contest
Membership Registration
Free AutoDesk Software
Doodle for Google
Mock Election for Students
Video Contest
Manufacturing Teacher’s Guide
Woodwork Career Alliance



State Director’s Corner

A big THANK YOU to all who came to the State Leadership and Training Workshop and Chapter Management Institute last week! Over 120 students and advisors met to learn about SkillsUSA and leading their chapters and regions to success. Mark your calendar for next year’s conference: October 18-20, 2017!

I know many of you have been anxious for the Technical Standards to be released. Professional membership this year includes access, and your access is ALMOST here! Look for information in your email on November 1, 2016! Click here for more information from the National SkillsUSA Office.

As always, don’t hesitate to contact me with questions, comments, concerns, or suggestions at jdonelan@skillsusafl.org.




This year’s State Branding Design Contest Winner is LESLEY VELASQUEZ from Suncoast Technical College. Her design will be featured this year at the National and State Leadership and Skills Conference to represent our state.



SkillsUSA National Pin and T-Shirt Design Contest

SkillsUSA is sponsoring a national conference pin and T-shirt design challenge that is open to all dues-paying student members of the organization. The winning designs will become the official pin or T-shirt for the 2017 SkillsUSA National Leadership and Skills Conference. The pin and T-shirt will be produced by the SkillsUSA Store.

Two designs will be selected. One will be used for the pin and one for the T-shirt. All designs submitted should be appropriate for use on a pin or T-shirt. All entries must be submitted to SkillsUSA exactly as directed in the rules below, and all entries become the property of SkillsUSA once submitted. Only one entry/design per SkillsUSA member is permitted.

This challenge is open to all registered SkillsUSA student members who are enrolled in a career and technical education program at a high school or college/postsecondary institution with an active SkillsUSA chapter. Membership for the 2016-17 school year will be verified by the national headquarters (the name must appear on a roster for this school year).

Only one entry/design per SkillsUSA member is permitted.

All entries must be received (not postmarked) in the SkillsUSA national headquarters by close of business on Feb. 3, 2017, by mail (USPS, FedEx, UPS, etc.) only. Do not send electronic entries due to issues receiving large electronic files, printing files with accurate colors, etc.

Download the complete rules.




Registration on the SkillsUSA national website opened August 1. Get your professional memberships in soon: this year it comes with lots of perks! Click here to go to the registration site!

  • A full, digital copy of the 2017-2018 SkillsUSA Championships Technical Standards. It contains rules for all national competitive events, including an overview, lists of technical skills and knowledge required, clothing requirements, eligibility, and equipment lists. The technical standards will be released in October.
  • Jump in STEM!, which includes STEM career exploration activities that can be taught by high school members to middle or elementary students. (Maybe a great community service project?)
  • Career Readiness Curriculum (CRC), This includes 29 lesson plans that support the SkillsUSA Framework and prepare students for workplace success, and is the first step in the SkillsUSA Professional Development Program.

Student state and national dues remain the same, $15.50 per member. Professional dues have increased to $27.50 for both state and national membership. The registration deadline is February 1, 2017.

Advisors who register 15 student members before November 15 will receive an exciting extra gift! It is beneficial for advisors to register early to gain access to all the amazing new benefits this year, even if you aren’t ready to register students.

If you need help registering, or are looking for ways to engage your students, or strengthen your chapter, Hotline Operators are on call five days a week. Reach them at (844) 875-4557 from 8 am to 5 pm on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday, and 11 am to 7 pm on Tuesday and Thursday. You can also reach them by email at operators@skillsusa.org, or chat online at the membership registration site.



Get FREE access to AutoDesk Software!

Autodesk is providing SkillsUSA students and educators with free access to its software. Autodesk has been committed to SkillsUSA for over 20 years as a partner because of common goals in preparing students in STEM-based careers and creating an industry-ready workforce. To register, students and advisors can visit the Autodesk Education Community at: www.autodesk.com/education.



Doodle 4 Google

Students in grades K-12 are invited to take part in the “Doodle 4 Google” contest and create a doodle that tells the world “what I see for the future.” From graphic design to crayons or clay, artists can use any material to bring a creation to life. This could be a fun chapter or classroom activity — or an assignment if you teach graphic design, drafting or the arts. The contest runs through Dec. 2. One winning student will receive:
·         Placement of his or her doodle artwork on the Google homepage
·         A $30,000 college scholarship
·         A $50,000 Google for Education technology award for his or her nonprofit
·         A trip to Google headquarters, a Chromebook, Android tablet and more

For details or to submit completed doodles online, click here.



Your Students’ Voices Can Be Heard in the National Election

The National Student Mock Election gives those under 18 the opportunity to cast votes for candidates in both the federal and state elections. SkillsUSA instructors can use free materials and curriculum to create thoughtful lessons on democracy and the economy, with a special emphasis on civil discourse.

A total of 60 national civic, educational and business organizations serve as cooperating organizations to the Mock Election, including SkillsUSA. The program builds on the 36-year history of the National Student/Parent Mock Election (NSPME), the leading program in student voting. More than 50 million young voters have participated while learning about the importance of using their own voice to share perspectives on important issues. This year, national student voting culminates on Nov. 3, five days before the nation’s election onTuesday, Nov. 8.

The Mock Election will feature an online ballot option that’s easily accessible from any internet-enabled device: computers, laptops, tablets and smartphones. NSPME will tally the votes in real-time. Online ballots feature multimedia candidate and issue profiles. Students, parents and teachers will be able to hear directly from each candidate (video) as well as the leading arguments “for” and “against” the ballot issues before casting their votes.

For more information and to register to vote, go to: www.nationalmockelection.org. Students shouldn’t miss this opportunity to let their voice be heard! Voting opens on Oct. 25 and closes Nov. 3 at 9 p.m. (Pacific time).



Video Contest Encourages Financial Responsibility

The American Bankers Association Foundation wants to encourage financial responsibility among your students. Its “Lights, Camera, Save!” video contest calls on students to educate themselves and their peers about saving and using money wisely. This is the perfect outlet for creative, innovative concepts —your students’ imaginations are the only limit to coming up with unique savings scenarios.

Winning videos will be posted on YouTube. The contest is free and open to all students age 13-18, with the videos of local winners moving on to the national competition. The entry period is Oct. 1-Dec. 1. The top three national winners will receive awards of $1,000, $2,500 or $5,000 to fund their saving goals. Equally rewarding, if one of your students is a top-three national winner, your school will win a scholarship to attend the 2017 Jump$tart National Educator Conference. Winners will be announced in March.

To learn more, visit: Lights, Camera, Save!



Teacher Guide Helps Students ‘Dream It, Do It.’

Over the next decade, 2 million manufacturing jobs will go unfilled due to the skills gap. With the help of teachers, we can mitigate this gap and show students the reality of modern manufacturing. The Manufacturing Institute’s “Dream It, Do It” toolkit provides teachers with activities to expand students’ knowledge and awareness of the manufacturing industry.

Many people of all ages are amazed to learn how much is manufactured in the United States and how diverse the careers are in this industry. Today’s manufacturing is about new innovation, making an impact and a chance to design and build the future. Whether students are interested in design, engineering or even the business side of the industry, there is a place for everyone in manufacturing. Not only does the industry offer a wide variety of demanding and fulfilling roles, it also offers high pay and opportunity for career advancement.



Woodwork Career Alliance Updates Skill Standards, Credentials

The Woodwork Career Alliance of North America (WCA) has released the 2016 Woodwork Manufacturing Skill Standards, the most significant update since 2011. The WCA has also redesigned its Passport, the personal record of a woodworker’s achievements in skill standard credentials.

WCA developed the industry-accepted skill standards to support the industry’s ability to train productive woodworkers. The standards include a voluntary assessment program that allows woodworkers to demonstrate their competency and earn credentials recognized throughout the United States and Canada.

The new standards have also been streamlined and enhanced based on improvements suggested by accredited skill evaluators and credential Passport holders. Each performance standard includes a pre-operation checklist, an operation checklist and considerations for evaluating an operator’s competency of the task at hand. Most skill standards have two levels, basic and advanced.
For more information about the WCA Woodwork Manufacturing Skill Standards, Passport and Accredited Skill Evaluator programs, visit: WoodworkCareer.org.