Active Advisor News: February 2019

Active Advisor News: February 2019

Update from Tim Lawrence

Happy SkillsUSA Week!

Tim LawrenceCongressional Panel Briefing Scheduled During SkillsUSA Week
On Feb. 8 in Washington, D.C., I will be speaking as part of a “CTE 101” panel briefing to be hosted by Rep. Jim Langevin’s (D-R.I.) office in the Rayburn building. Also on the panel will be representatives from the Association for Career and Technical Education (ACTE) and Advance CTE. A membership-outreach push is planned in connection with the briefing, as well as introducing a CTE Month resolution.

Senate Releases Committee Report About Perkins V|
The U.S. Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) Committee recently released the Committee Report on the Strengthening Career and Technical Education for the 21st Century Act (Perkins V). The report provides key details on legislative intent, offers a section-by-section analysis and shows how the new law made changes to Perkins IV. See it here:

That’s it for now. Thank you for all you do for the great students we serve.

SkillsUSA Week is Here!

You can participate in SkillsUSA Week many different ways: hold an open house, invite local media to tour your programs, conduct a community service project, work with area businesses to build more meaningful partnerships, or engage with policymakers to talk about the value of technical education. For a complete calendar of events, and resources including a sample proclamation, go to:

We encourage you to hold activities to follow the daily schedule of events that will be celebrated in chapters nationwide:

  • Monday, Feb. 4, is Appreciation Day. Celebrate and honor the support of advisors, teachers and administrators.
  • Tuesday, Feb. 5, is Advocacy Day. Local or state public relations activities include presentations to legislators, school board members, administrators and community group leaders.
  • Wednesday, Feb. 6, is Member Outreach Day. Involve members in the recruitment of middle and elementary school students into your CTE programs, or run appreciation activities that honor current members.
  • Thursday, Feb. 7, is SkillsUSA Serves Day. Rally around your community by focusing on a day of giving through service projects or fundraisers.
  • Friday, Feb. 8, is SkillsUSA Day. Celebrate SkillsUSA by wearing your favorite SkillsUSA shirt, holding a celebration and posting the event to social media.

The SkillsUSA Store has created a SkillsUSA Week T-shirt for $18. Visit to order your shirt and other SkillsUSA products to support your week of celebration.

Special thank you to Channellock as the lead sponsor of SkillsUSA Week and to Toyota for its additional support of this program.

SkillsUSA Week and CTE Month Fill-in Press Release Template on the Advocacy Site

We encourage you to use the fill-in press releases on the SkillsUSA advocacy site to let your U.S. congressman and senators, state legislators and local media outlets know about SkillsUSA Week and Career and Technical Education Month during the month of February. Personalize the templates that work for you. To use the SkillsUSA advocacy site, go to:

There are two postings for SkillsUSA Week: one to write elected officials and another to contact local news media (up to five outlets at a time). After the release is submitted, follow up with media outlets by calling or visiting. To get started, click on a posting and fill in your ZIP code; the rest should be self-explanatory. If you have questions, contact Jane Short at 703-737-0612 or

Ask Your Representative to Co-sponsor the House CTE Month Resolution

The co-chairs of the House CTE Caucus, Reps. Jim Langevin (D-R.I.) and Glenn “GT” Thompson (R-Pa.), have introduced a resolution honoring February as CTE Month. This is the second year in a row that a CTE Month resolution has been introduced in the House. Last year, 47 representatives cosponsored the resolution.

SkillsUSA encourages you to ask your representative to cosponsor this year’s House CTE Month Resolution. The resolution raises awareness about the many benefits associated with high-quality CTE programs. Your advocacy makes a difference and encourages representatives to cosponsor the resolution, so please contact your representative today. The following link provides a prewritten template on the Association for Career and Technical Education’s advocacy page. Go to: to take action.

Share Your SkillsUSA Week Pictures

Now is the chance to showcase your students and the great work you are doing in your state. As you conduct SkillsUSA Week activities, please be sure to take pictures and share them with the national headquarters. Your photos may be featured in a Flickr gallery on SkillsUSA’s home page. Send your best photos to Craig Moore at Please be sure to identify everyone in the picture for the caption.

Share Your SkillsUSA Week News

Share your news and stories with Tom Hall at SkillsUSA, 14001 SkillsUSA Leesburg, VA 20176 or by email to

Winners of SkillsUSA Open House Grants Announced

SkillsUSA Week grants have been awarded to eligible chapters who applied to receive up to $1,000. Grants will be used to assist in creating a SkillsUSA open house during SkillsUSA Week (Feb. 3-9) and Career and Technical Education Month to increase community awareness and support student recruitment. To see the list of grant recipients, go to:

New Issue of SkillsUSA Champions Magazine Focuses on Championships

A new issue devoted to SkillsUSA champions has mailed in hard copy to chapter advisors and professional members. Using their electronic devices, student members can access the issue in responsive digital format at this link:

 A lesson plan for the Winter issue can be downloaded from the SkillsUSA home page or directly at:

Register Your Members to Receive Valuable Benefits

The national membership deadline is March 1. Students must meet both state and national deadlines to be eligible for national competition, serve as voting delegates or run for national office. Professional membership provides valuable benefits, too. Once advisors join and provide their email address, they will receive access to the following:

  • 2019 SkillsUSA Championships Technical Standards 
  • Jump into STEM!curriculum
  • SkillsUSA Career Essentials: Foundations

Call the SkillsUSA Membership Hotline if you need help in starting a new chapter, engaging chapter members, or discovering strategies to strengthen an existing chapter. If you have questions or need assistance with membership registration, the hotline operators can help. Call toll free: 844-875-4557 from 8 a.m.–5 p.m. EST Monday, Wednesday and Friday, and 11 a.m.–7 p.m. EST Tuesday and Thursday, or email

SkillsUSA Launches National Signing Day for Construction Trades

May 8 will be SkillsUSA National Signing Day, presented by Klein Tools.

This day will celebrate and publicly acknowledge high school seniors who are committing to careers in the building and construction trades. Whether they are starting an apprenticeship, entering a more focused technical education program, or entering the field directly, we want to reinforce support for the decision to help close the skills gap and promote a positive image for the trades.

In partnership with Klein Tools, SkillsUSA will host National Signing Day events at approximately 500 schools throughout the country — but we need to hear from you first! We are looking for Class of 2019 students who are committed to careers or continuing education in:

  • Residential Wiring
  • Building Trades and Renovations
  • HVAC
  • Plumbing

Participation will be limited to 500 eligible programs. All submissions must be in by March 1 for consideration. If you have graduating high-school seniors who fit the criteria, please use this link to start the conversation with the SkillsUSA National Signing Day team:

SkillsUSA University Proposals Needed

Are you at the top of your game? A leader in your industry? On the verge of great discovery? Are you willing to share the wit and wisdom you have gained with others? If so, we want you!

SkillsUSA invites you to share your dynamic, innovative and thematically timely presentation with our SkillsUSA students, teachers, business partners and conference attendees at the 2019 SkillsUSA University. All sessions will take place in the West Hall of the Kentucky Exposition Center (KEC) on June 26, 27 and 28.

Sessions can include best practices with a local advisor presenting or an expert in the subject area of: local chapter activities, fundraising, community service, SkillsUSA Program of Work success stories, business etiquette, communication skills for students and local industry partnerships. If you do not want to present, but you have suggestions for workshop topics, please forward them to us.

Please submit the online 2019 SkillsUSA University request-for-presentation proposal by March 30:

For more SkillsUSA University information go to: or contact Stephanie Bland at 703-737-0622 or

SkillsUSA Scholarship Opportunities Now Open for Applications

Applications for several scholarships are now open to benefit SkillsUSA students in pursuit of higher education or certification in their chosen field.

Help spread the word so SkillsUSA students can take full advantage of these opportunities:

For additional scholarship information, continually check the website at:

Washington Leadership Training Institute: Where Leaders Become Advocates

Consider budgeting for you and your student leaders to attend the Washington Leadership Training Institute (WLTI) held in the nation’s capital Sept. 21-25. This conference offers advanced training for students and advisors that focuses on professionalism, communication and leadership. During the conference, participants will demonstrate the use of these key essential elements while advocating for SkillsUSA and career and technical education. Additionally, participants will have the opportunity to tour Washington, visit the SkillsUSA National Leadership Center and view the changing of the guards along with a wreath ceremony at the Tomb of the Unknowns.

Conference registration opens Aug. 1 and is $450 per participant. Visit the following website for additional information:

Schedule a One-on-One Demo with Career Essentials Coach

To learn more about the SkillsUSA Career Essentials curriculum and to gain a greater understanding of how to implement it within your program, we encourage you to sign up for a one-on-one, 15-minute demonstration of the curriculum. To sign up, click on the following link and complete the short information form, and a coach will contact you to set up your demo:

For additional questions and assistance, please call 844-875-4557 and ask to speak with a SkillsUSA Career Essentials coach.

To visit the website, go to:

Registration Site for NLSC Courtesy Corps Opens March 15

SkillsUSA continues to work to improve and expand the National Courtesy Corps (NCC) experience at the National Leadership and Skills Conference.

We are anticipating more than 200 NCC members will be needed in 2019. The work of this group is deeply appreciated by the technical committees. This is also a great opportunity for students to network with industry and business partners and experience national conference.

NCC members receive free conference registration plus housing, local transportation, meals and entertainment. Each member is given several free shirts to wear during the week. All NCC participants are housed at the University of Louisville’s Community Park in Louisville, Ky. This campus is about 12-15 minutes from the Kentucky Exposition Center.

NCC members are responsible for their own transportation to and from Louisville and should arrive on Saturday, June 22, by 4 p.m. so they can start to work in the contest areas on Sunday, June 23. Departure is Saturday, June 29.

Advisors must supervise their students. SkillsUSA will provide an individual schedule for each student and advisor listing work assignments, breaks, free time, etc., and there will be a separate advisor session to review student duties and responsibilities.

Registration begins March 15 at this site:

Dorothy Loges from Missouri is the NCC chair. Questions can be directed to her at:

Reminder: Focus Your Students on Safety

CareerSafe sponsors a National Youth Safety Video Contest, in which students across the country are challenged to create a two-minute video demonstrating safety in the workplace. All submissions should be sent to CareerSafe by March 1. The winning students will receive a SkillsUSA prize pack as well as a scholarship up to $2,500, and the winning school will receive a prize up to $5,000. For more information, visit the CareerSafe website at: 

Reminder: Earn Recognition for Community Service Through Presidential Honors

SkillsUSA is a certifying organization of the President’s Volunteer Service Award (PVSA), allowing advisors, student members and registered alumni to earn recognition for community service activities and time spent volunteering.

This award is a presidential honor that recognizes the valuable contributions of volunteers across the country who are answering a national call to serve others through their current activities or lifetime efforts. With SkillsUSA’s focus on community service, advisors and students may already meet the requirements to receive the award. To qualify, SkillsUSA members, advisors or alumni can submit a record of their service hours.

For details on qualifying hours and requirements for submission, visit: Applications must be received by March 29.

Reminder: Gain National Attention for Student Mentoring

SkillsUSA sponsors a national recognition opportunity called the Student2Student mentoring program. Mentoring connects young people to personal growth and development, as well as economic opportunities.

Student2Student recognizes SkillsUSA chapters that are involved in a mentoring program in their communities. When a SkillsUSA chapter mentors an elementary- or middle-school classroom, it helps younger students imagine careers and helps older students practice their skills. To enter, submit your mentoring project. The winning chapter will be recognized at the National Leadership and Skills Conference and in the Awards and Recognition book. In addition, the winner will be invited to present at SkillsUSA University. All entries must be submitted by April 1. Winners are announced in May. To download a Mentoring Guide or enter your program for recognition, go to:

For more information, contact Gayle Silvey at

Reminder: National Officer Candidate Applications Sought

The 2019 SkillsUSA national officer candidate application and national officer program guide are now available on the SkillsUSA website here: The application deadline for SkillsUSA to receive national officer applications is June 1. Contact Kim Hegedus,, 317-544-8750 with questions.

‘Face-Lift for February’ Educational Bundle Offered

Each month, SkillsUSA will be offering special pricing on a select bundle of educational materials. February’s bundle pricing includes the Quotes to Results Poster series and the Results to Honor 2: SkillsUSA Framework Cards. Both are a fun and engaging way to develop career readiness with students. Save $7 on the February bundle-duo through Feb. 28 and pay only $27.95. Order using Stock No. BFeb2019. Here are the descriptions:

  • From Quotes to Results 2: SkillsUSA Framework Poster Series (P122)

The Quotes to Results Poster Series 2 features the SkillsUSA Framework with 34 quotes related to its 17 Essential Elements. Each Essential Element is highlighted with two quotes, complemented by ideas for activities and discussions that help students take meaning from their learning. The accompanying teacher’s guide makes using this resource seamless to the classroom environment. These 11×17-inch posters are the ideal way to visually integrate the framework into your classroom.

  • Results to Honor 2: SkillsUSA Framework Cards (P124)

Searching for ways to promote and acknowledge SkillsUSA Framework development in your students? The Results to Honor 2: SkillsUSA Framework Cards are a turn-key teaching tool to reinforce the personal, workplace and technical skills that students need for career readiness. The set consists of 17 different cards based on the Essential Elements of the Framework. The 2×3.5-inch cards complement and reinforce the From Quotes to Results 2: SkillsUSA Framework Poster Series. A one-pager on ideas for implementation is included with each set of 136 cards.

Early-Bird Registration Open Until Feb. 22 for ACTE’s National Policy Seminar

Registration is open for the Association for Career and Technical Education’s National Policy Seminar (NPS). It will be held March 25-27 in Arlington, Va. Some benefits of attending include:

  • Learning from policy and advocacy how-to sessions to help you continue to strengthen support for CTE
  • Meeting with your members of Congress and their staff on Capitol Hill to share your CTE success stories and programming needs
  • Having opportunities to exchange best practices and lessons learned for the future
  • Attending a Perkins V symposium offering practical guidance as we move from reauthorization to state and local implementation

For more information, go to: