Support Booming for “Connect To My Future” Career Conference
SkillsUSA’s Connect to My Future (CTMF) career conference is a two-day (May 5 and 6) virtual event designed to provide students with invaluable opportunities to explore career pathways and connect directly with a rapidly growing list of participating companies and organizations. CTMF is unique in that it connects SkillsUSA members with employees of partners and affiliate organizations, allowing for incredible networking opportunities while also strengthening students’ connections to their future careers.
Learn more about the three unique tracks of the CTMF conference at the following links:
Explore (Middle School students)
Aspire (High School students)
Connect (High School seniors and College/Postsecondary students)
Employee and affiliate support for the CTMF conference is being provided by:
American Culinary Federation
ASE Education Foundation
CPC Behavioral Healthcare
Frederick County Public Schools
High Performance Insulation Professionals
New Orleans Ernest N. Morial Convention Center
Spectrum and Beyond
Springer Opera House
The Culinary Institute of America
Toyota USA Foundation
Registration is open until Friday, April 16. Use this Registration Guide to walk you through the process. A one-time chapter registration fee of $25 covers all students at your school thanks to the support of our partnering companies, including lead sponsors Toyota USA Foundation and Magna International.
Learn more about Connect to My Future here. SkillsUSA’s Customer Care Team is also standing by to assist with any questions you may have. You can reach them at firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone at 844-875-4557. We look forward to engaging your students as they connect to their futures!
Help High School Students “Aspire” to Career Success
The “Aspire” track of the Connect to My Future conference is the first SkillsUSA career experience designed specifically for high school students. This event will create an authentic career-focused experienced between students and industry partners that fosters meaningful and lasting connections relevant to the student’s future career. Attention will be given to career aspirations within a cluster, narrowing down available options and bringing personal interests into focus.
“Aspire” track for high school students, one of three tracks that make up the “Connect to My Future” conference
Wednesday, May 5, at two times: 8:45 a.m.-12:30 p.m. ET and 12:45 p.m.-4:30 p.m. ET. Schools determine which time frame is best for them to join.
Join us virtually! Participants will need access to a 1:1 computer or device with Zoom video capabilities on the day of the event.
What to Expect:
During the event, high school students will examine career priorities, interact with business and industry professionals, distinguish between different career options within a field of interest and create a personal action plan to achieve their future career goals.
Get the Goods:
Teachers who register five students will be entered into a weekly drawing for a $50 Lowe’s gift card. Five winners will be chosen weekly!
All students who are completers of the Aspire track will receive a T-shirt and certificate!
Teachers who register 10 students will receive a T-shirt. Those who sign up 50 students will also receive a Member Handbook, and teachers who sign up 100 or more students will receive both, plus a bundle of educational resources.
Get the Details:
Register here by April 16.
Congratulations to Our National Conference T-Shirt and Pin Design Winners
The winners of this year’s National Conference Pin and T-Shirt Design Challenge have been announced! The winning T-shirt design belongs to Edison Zheng (advisor Carol King Bolden) from Thomas Edison High School of Technology in Silver Spring, Md. The winning pin design was created by Angelica Frolenko (advisor Tracey Glorioso) from Bucks County Technical High School in Fairless Hills, Pa. Get a closer look at their winning designs here.
Free Overview for Impactful “Career Essentials” Program
If you’ve heard about the incredible impact the “SkillsUSA Career Essentials” curriculum can have on your students but aren’t sure how to get started, register for a free, one-hour virtual overview. Career Essentials helps students define, implement and measure their career-readiness skills along every point of their educational journey, culminating in the industry-recognized Career Essentials Credential.
Learn more about Career Essentials here. (SkillsUSA membership is not required to use this curriculum.)
Plan Now for SkillsUSA National Signing Day on May 4
On Tuesday, May 4, SkillsUSA National Signing Day will celebrate high school seniors and college/postsecondary students who have chosen to pursue careers as professionals in the skilled trades. Local SkillsUSA chapters are encouraged to host a signing day event by inviting business partners, school administrators, teachers, elected officials, SkillsUSA alumni, family and friends to honor students signing “letters of intent” for a job offer, apprenticeship or advanced technical training.
An electronic toolkit of resources is available to advisors at SkillsUSA CONNECT to assist them with planning their local chapter event. The toolkit includes items such as an event logo, an event invitation template, social media posts, a sample press release, thank-you notes and an event planning checklist. To learn more, log in to your account at SkillsUSA CONNECT or visit the Signing Day page on our website. Please register here before April 16.
“FutureTechs Rock Awards” Now Rocking
The TechForce Foundation has opened nominations for their third annual FutureTechs Rock Awards, celebrating outstanding students enrolled in transportation technician educational programs. Each finalist will receive prizes valued at more than $1,200, and one grand prize winner will receive a $1,000 scholarship and additional prizes valued at more than $1,500. Nominations remain open until April 20. Find more information here.