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As a SkillsUSA advisor, tou are starting on a journey that is bound to offer many rewards for you and your students. SkillsUSA members develop into well-rounded people.
There are a few basic steps to follow when starting a new chapter. They will learn and grow as they carry out their calendar of events. Activities should be student-driven with support and help from the advisor. Your committees should be student-led; they will plan and carry out the work of the chapter in the following seven areas.
Conduct at least one activity in each area during the course of the school year:. Contact your state office and request to be placed on the state mailing list. Find out about any upcoming activities or deadlines. Identify one or more possible SkillsUSA leaders technical instructors, a career counselor or another interested person within the school to help with the new chapter. Gain support from other faculty members if you plan to involve students from other training programs Explain SkillsUSA to the industry advisory council that supports your program, and ask for their support and involvement as the chapter develops by serving as guest speakers, contest judges, etc.
Growing Your Chapter Stir up student interest in the new chapter Invite students from another school or state officers to speak to the training programs about SkillsUSA. Establish a student leadership structure Elect classroom officers. Elect school-wide officers, if your chapter is school-wide.
Form committees to help with the program of work. Integrate SkillsUSA activities into ongoing classroom activities and lessons This aspect of the program should be teacher driven. You can teach the whole program or select activities and competencies that fit best with your curriculum. Collect membership dues and submit dues and membership forms to the national office Establish a bank account for the chapter.
Complete and submit a SkillsUSA membership forms. Help students decide how to pay for membership Do individuals pay, can the school help, or will you hold a fundraiser to pay the annual member dues for the chapter?
If so, determine and announce the rules, the date and any awards; invite industry advisory council members to help plan the event, conduct contests and serve as judges.
Complete registrations for students to move on to regional events, state events and national events, as appropriate. Consider leadership events as well as technical skill competitions. Keep on top of the latest contest updates. Close out the year with a chapter appreciation banquet to recognize those who helped you during the year. Invite your school administrators or parents, if possible. Review all activities and see how they can be improved.
Begin planning for next year. Developing a Program of Work Activities should be student-driven with support and help from the advisor. SkillsUSA Calendar for
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