September 27th, 2016

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September 27, 2016


Dates to Remember

September 30: Payment deadline: SLTW and CMI
October 19-22: SLTW and CMI, Leesburg, FL
November 15: Deadline to submit state and national membership for special gift



State Director’s Corner
SkillsUSA Florida SWAG!
WLTI Recap
SkillsUSA Framework
Membership Registration
Membership Perks
Champions Magazine
Design Contest
WLTI Photos
Manufacturing Day
Free Autodesk Software


State Director’s Corner

This year we are focusing on the integral nature of SkillsUSA in the classroom. SkillsUSA has created a vast array of materials that you could use every day in your classroom. The Chapter Excellence Program gives a clear outline how to make your chapter successful. The SkillsUSA Framework provides a common language for students to describe their experience in CTE and SkillsUSA. Ignite, Career Readiness Curriculum, The Four Pillars, and all other resources are designed to give students a real-world connection to the work they do in the classroom. For more information and a complete list of curriculum, click here.

This year, I challenge you to take at least one resource and use it in your classroom. The Chapter Excellence Program is a great place to start!

As always, don’t hesitate to contact me with questions, comments, concerns, or suggestions at



You asked for it, and it’s here!

Well, almost. We’re running a fall promotion so you can get your limited availability SkillsUSA Florida swag!

Next week, we’ll release more information on what is available, prices, and all that jazz. In the meantime, click the red box below for a little teaser (note: this is not the exact polo we will have!). Be the envy of your friends, classmates, and everyone at State and National Conference. Represent your state, and get your gear while it lasts!

** the promotion will run for 2 weeks, and orders will be placed directly with the prduction company. More details coming soon!


Swag Sneak Peek!


Washington Leadership Training Institute:
Recap by Florida State President, Tyler Chaffin

On September 17th, the Florida delegation of 4 state officers, 1 State Officer Trainer, 1 advisor, and 1 State Directos traveled to Washington DC for the Washington Leadership Training Institute (WLTI). This advocacy based program lets students and advisors grow as leaders, teammates, and citizens while allowing them to advocate for Career and Technical Education (CTE) and the Carl D Perkins Act, which funds CTE programs across the United States.

On September 18th, we, along with 450 participants from 22 states and Puerto Rico, sprawled over our nation’s Capitol learning more about our country’s history through monuments and memorials. After that, we visited the National Leadership Center, which sits on 80 acres of picturesque land, and houses our organization’s history.

On September 19th, students and advisors participated in interactive workshops learning how to advocate and structure our meeting with legislators the next day.

The following day we were able to advocate to Senator Bill Nelson’s office as well as other Representative’s offices on behalf of all CTE students in the nation.

This once in a lifetime experience let us see the other side of education while learning more about SkillsUSA.


The SkillsUSA Framework:
Personal, Workplace, and Technical Skills Grounded in Academics
The SkillsUSA Framework was designed by surveying business and industry about what they were lacking in new and potential employees. The results were common across most trade areas: employers across all skilled trades are


looking for the same qualities in employees, and they just aren’t finding what they are looking for.

SkillsUSA is preparing America’s skilled workforce by reinforcing and evaluating technical skills grounded in academics, but what else do students need to be successful?

The SkillsUSA Framework is designed to identify those traits in its members, promote the development of those traits, and provide a common language for students to use to describe their SkillsUSA experience.

  • Communication skills
  • Teamwork
  • Self-motivation
  • Cultural sensitivity
  • Integrity
  • and much, much more

When students were asked about their experience in SkillsUSA, they agreed it was great, but couldn’t put it into words. The SkillsUSA Framework gives students a common language to describe their journey to their peers, their teachers, and to their future employers.

Check out the video below for more information. Share this with your fellow teachers, your students, and your industry partners. Include the graphic on your chapter publications. Use it in classroom exercises. Just as your lab provides contextual teachable moments, your classroom can provide relevancy in developing leadership, communication and teamwork skills that develop the whole student.


The SkillsUSA Framework Video



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, or chat online at the membership registration site.


Extra Membership Perks:

When you register at least 15 students and one professional member by September 30, you will be placed in a drawing to receive up to 50 free OSHA training vouchers. The OSHA Outreach Training Program for General Industry teaches entry-level workers and employers how to recognize, reduce and prevent safety and health hazards in workplaces. The program also provides information regarding workers’ rights, employer responsibilities, and how to file a complaint. Don’t delay; drawings are being held each Friday in September.

Register at least 15 students and 1 professional by November 15, and you will receive a SkillsUSA Framework Podium Banner! This is a great way to set the tone for your chapter meeting!


The newest issue of Champions magazine is now available online! Check it out for a full list of all medalists at the SkillsUSA Championships, World Skills, Presidential Scholars, and more. Share with your chapter, administration, and business and industry partners to showcase what SkillsUSA is about!
State Design Contest Specs:
Still Accepting Submissions!!

Submissions must be received via email by Jessica by October 7, 2016 in order to be considered for the contest. Check out the design specs below — the winning design will be used to represent Florida at state and national leadership conferences!

Make sure that you follow the SkillsUSA graphic standards when using the logo or slogans.
A social media campaign will decide the winner during SLTW!


Design Contest Specs!


Washington Leadership Training Institute Photos

Are you interested to see what goes on at the Washington Leadership Training Institute? Click here to check out daily photos of the activities!


Participate in Manufacturing Day!

SkillsUSA joins other student organizations and industry partners for National Manufacturing Day on Oct. 7, a celebration designed to improve public perception of careers in manufacturing and engineering. SkillsUSA chapters can participate by holding an open house to showcase manufacturing-related training programs to parents and the community. Even better, chapters can opt to participate in field trips or one of 932 events planned nationwide, ranging from career fairs to manufacturing plant tours.

SkillsUSA chapters are asked to share Manufacturing Day photos and stories with social media specialist Darlenne Helena, email For ways to participate go to:


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: