SkillsUSA Celebrates Career Essentials Certified Teachers

During September, we celebrated more educators who became SkillsUSA Career Essentials certified teachers. They are now exceptionally equipped to use the Career Essentials curriculum as a turnkey tool to help learners define, implement and measure their career-readiness skills. These educators are now part of a national network of educators committed to preparing learners for success in the workforce:



Cory DeVaul, Career and Technology Center at Fort Osage


Martha Camancho, Maxine Waters Employment Preparation Center


Christina Qualey, Assabet Valley Regional Tech High School

Michael Nobrega, Franklin County Technical School

New Mexico

Natalie Donnelly, SkillsUSA New Mexico 


To acknowledge the efforts of these teachers, we maintain a digital map that depicts the number of Career Essentials certified teachers in each state. Find map here:


If you are implementing Career Essentials Experiences with your students and would like to become a Career Essentials certified teacher, please register for the Career Essentials Implementation Training



Free Access to “Introduction to Automobile Service” E-Learning Program

The National Institute for Automotive Service Excellence (ASE) is offering a free version of its “Introduction to Automobile Service” e-Learning program to instructors and their students affiliated with ASE-accredited programs. This e-learning program consists of four training modules and a separate quiz. If a student passes the quiz, they can print their own certificate of completion. To learn more about the free registration, instructors can watch the short video and then view the details on the ASE Education Foundation website to provide their students free access to the program.



CHARGE — Now Streaming!

CHARGE is a new, weekly chapter officer video series that covers topics that chapter officers will find useful in the day-to-day management of their local SkillsUSA chapters. Each CHARGE video features an activity guide to encourage chapter officer growth and development. The series highlights individual growth and team bonding to effectively run a SkillsUSA chapter as a leader. Find a new episode every Friday in SkillsUSA CONNECT! 



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, 2021. For more information, visit



Apply Now for ACTE Teacher and Lifetime Service Awards  

The Association for Career and Technical Education (ACTE) is seeking nominations for the National Trade and Industrial Education Division Awards, to be presented during their annual conference Dec. 2-5, 2020. The deadline is Nov. 2. Qualified individuals may be nominated in the following categories, and you may nominate yourself. (If you nominate someone else, please inform that person.)

  • Lifetime Service.

  • Outstanding New Teacher Award.

  • Outstanding Teacher Award.


For ACTE CareerTech Vision 2020 conference information, go to:


To nominate someone for the Teacher and Lifetime Service Awards, go to:



Energy Careers 2020

On Oct. 21, the Center for Energy Workforce Development will host a free virtual career event.  Energy Careers 2020 will showcase the vast array of careers in energy — highlighting job opportunities for today and career paths for tomorrow. Keynote presenters include the Honorable Dan Brouillette, Secretary, U.S. Department of Energy; and Mike Rowe, American television host, narrator, advocate for skilled trade jobs. Attendees will learn about the breadth of career pathways, benefits and networking guidance.


Virtual program offerings include:

  • High-energy general session with noted presenters.

  • Career Fair.

  • Networking lounges and exhibits.

  • Panel-hosted breakout sessions, including:    

Students: Discover Careers in Energy!         

Career Changers: How to Get Started in a Career in Energy 

Diversity in Energy Careers   


For more information about this free virtual event, visit



Empowering Experiences
SkillsUSA’s Empowering Experiences help students find new ways to connect, engage and stay motivated. Students have shared that through SkillsUSA membership, they are seeking community, growth and recognition. Each of these themes have been ingrained in the experiences that have been created. As an advisor, you will find instructions to create your complimentary account and help your students set up their SkillsUSA CONNECT accounts by clicking here. Through SkillsUSA CONNECT, students can engage in all of the exciting student experiences that have been created specific to their needs. There’s never been a better time to be connected to SkillsUSA!



SkillsUSA Membership: Connect, Learn, Grow

Looking for new ways to share what SkillsUSA is all about? Show your students, other instructors and school administration the SkillsUSA Membership: Connect, Learn, Grow video here.



Virtualize Classroom Computers to Perform High-End Graphics Work Remotely

As a part of their pandemic response initiatives, Epic Games Inc. has offered an Epic Megagrant to Parsec Cloud Inc. to allow them to make Parsec for Teams available to any educational institution and nonprofit in the Unreal community at no charge for the 2020-21 school year.


Parsec for Teams is a low latency, high frame rate remote desktop solution that allows schools to virtualize their lab and classroom computers so students can do their high-end graphics work remotely. Taking advantage of the school’s hardware and software investment on campus, students with almost any computer, laptop or even a Chromebook/mouse can do class projects remotely. Teachers can also use it to access their more powerful Windows computers and licensed software remotely to do online demonstrations or lectures. Parsec for Teams can be an essential part of a remote teaching solution for Unreal Engine, Twinmotion, and other technical graphics and design software. If students and teachers have broadband that can stream movies in HD, they should be able to remotely run even the most demanding Windows graphics applications that they teach.


If your school needs better remote desktop software to teach game design/development, animation, modeling, film/vfx, simulation, TV/broadcast, AEC visualization, technical design, AR/VR/MR remotely, check out



SkillsUSA Game Show

Are your members looking for a fun social activity this month? We’ve got you covered! Have your students gather with other SkillsUSA members from across the country for a night of fun, socializing and trivia, all part of the SkillsUSA Game Show! Sign up here. (You do not need a CONNECT account to access this event.)



Professional Development for Advisors

Professional development is available on new and existing educational resources to help you gain confidence for successful integration into your classroom and SkillsUSA chapter.


Upcoming sessions include:

Oct. 12 – Program of Work

Oct. 13 – Jump Into STEM!

Oct. 14 – What is SkillsUSA

Oct. 14 – Framework Integration Strategies and Foundations Lesson Plans

Oct. 15 – Career Essentials Implementation Training


To view the full schedule of opportunities and register to attend, log in to your SkillsUSA CONNECT account and choose “Professional Development Opportunities” from the “Advisor Resources” tab. Or, visit: