Proposed Bylaw Amendment Motions Submissions
Current SkillsUSA members can submit proposed bylaw amendments for middle school, high school and college/postsecondary divisions. Bylaw amendment motions must be submitted, in writing, to Tyler Chaffin at firstname.lastname@example.org by 5 p.m. ET on Feb. 1.
SkillsUSA’s National Executive Council and board of directors will review all submissions during the March 2021 board meeting. All motions will be distributed to state SkillsUSA directors no later than April 15. Motions will then be presented for vote at the official business meeting of the House of Delegates during the 2021 NLSC. Bylaw amendments are governed by Article XII of the high school and college/postsecondary bylaws and Article X of the middle school bylaws.
For more information and to view the bylaws, go to: www.skillsusa.org/eventstraining/national-leadership-and-skills-conference/delegate-sessions/. If you have questions, contact Tyler Chaffin at email@example.com.
Plan Now for 2021 SkillsUSA Week
SkillsUSA Week is Feb. 7-13, and you can participate in many ways. Honor your community supporters, connect with local business and industry professionals or make a presentation about your CTE program and SkillsUSA chapter at a school board meeting. We encourage you to celebrate all week by planning activities that follow this daily schedule of events created for local chapters nationwide:
Monday, Feb. 8, Recognition Day. Celebrate and honor members, advisors, administrators, business partners, community leaders and supporters who make a meaningful impact on your CTE program and SkillsUSA chapter.
Tuesday, Feb. 9, Give Back Day. Rally around your school and community by focusing on ways for your chapter to give back.
Wednesday, Feb. 10., Partner Day. Invite local business and industry leaders to connect with chapter members as you highlight the importance of developing the career-readiness skills found in the SkillsUSA Framework.
Thursday, Feb. 11, Advocacy Day. Amplify CTE in your community by conducting a local public relations activity, such as presenting to school board members, administrators or community leaders.
Friday, Feb. 12, SkillsUSA Day. Celebrate SkillsUSA by wearing your favorite SkillsUSA shirt, planning a celebration activity or posting your Framework story on social media using the hashtag #SkillsUSAWeek.
For a packet of resources including information on how to request time on a school board meeting agenda, a guide to celebrating SkillsUSA in your chapter, resources to help you engage local business and industry leaders and a link to send fill-in press releases using the SkillsUSA Advocacy Site, go to: www.skillsusa.org/events-training/skillsusa-week .
Visit the SkillsUSA Store at www.skillsusastore.org to order SkillsUSA Week T-shirts and other logo products to support your week of celebration.
Marsha Daves Memorial Scholarship Opportunity is Now Open
The Marsha Daves Memorial Scholarship is open to current SkillsUSA state officers who are high school seniors or non-senior college/postsecondary students. For more information and to apply, go to: www.skillsusa.org/membershipresources/scholarships-financial-aid/. The deadline for applications is Feb. 1.
Looking for High-Quality Online Curriculum?
The SkillsUSA Career Essentials suite engages students in defining, implementing and measuring their career-readiness skills along every point in their educational journey, whether it be middle-school, high-school, college/postsecondary, or even adult learners. It is a project-based learning curriculum housed in an online platform and includes the turnkey resources teachers need to be successful, including professional development. The curriculum fosters student engagement and provides the opportunity for students to earn the industry-recognized Career Essentials credential. Watch this video to hear what instructors are saying about the Career Essentials suite.
To learn more, visit www.careeressentials.org.
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To register to attend a Career Essentials overview, click HERE.
Apply for a Student Tuition Grant
Saf-Gard Safety Shoe Co. is awarding an education grant for skilled trades students who are just starting out in their field. Three students will be chosen to receive a $1,000 grant to go toward trade school tuition. Students who apply will respond to a prompt created by Saf-Gard and then send responses and photos to a designated contact for a weekly blog update. The deadline to apply is Jan. 13. For more information, visit: www.safgard.com/sole-education .
Cybersecurity Education Award Nominations Sought
The U.S. Department of Education has announced a call for nominations for the Presidential Cybersecurity Education Award. Now in its second year, the award is presented annually to one elementary educator and one secondary educator who instill in their students skills, knowledge and passion for cybersecurity. Any educator whose subject matter includes cybersecurity can apply. Recipients of this honor will receive acknowledgement by the President of the United States and the U.S. Secretary of Education, public recognition and professional development opportunities. Anyone may nominate an educator and self-nominations are permitted. The deadline is Jan. 31. For the rules, terms and conditions and specifics on how to apply, please visit www2.ed.gov/documents/presidential-cybersecurity-education-award.pdf.
Porsche Technology Apprenticeship Program
Despite record unemployment, 100% of the most recent graduates of the Porsche Technology Apprenticeship Program (PTAP), offered in partnership with Universal Technical Institute, have gone immediately to work.
Top students enrolled in UTI’s Automotive Technology Program across 11 campuses are recruited for PTAP. The PTAP program is offered in a blended format, combining online education with hands-on training in CDC-compliant labs in Atlanta, Ga.; Easton, Pa.; and Eastvale, Calif. Porsche supports the program, allowing students to receive training on the latest vehicles and technologies. Tuition and housing costs are covered by Porsche, and the company arranges local part-time employment for students while they are in the 23-week program. Porsche dealerships nationwide then offer employment to most students upon graduation.