5-28-2019 - Friday Flash
Download the Conference App and PDF of the NLSC Program
In keeping with these digital times, there will no longer be a separate printed conference program for the national conference in Louisville. All attendees should download the official conference mobile app. The app includes the entire conference program including contestant schedules, trade show information and exhibitor list, general session information, special events, entertainment, participant tracks, attendee bus shuttle schedules, messaging/alert features and search features. The app can be downloaded by searching “2019 SkillsUSA NLSC,” and the QR code will be in the printed Awards and Recognition book and on signs at Kentucky Exposition Center.
A condensed version of the NLSC program will be included in the printed Awards and Recognition book, available on site. In addition, there will be a PDF of this program available for download from our SkillsUSA website by June 1.
5-17-2019 Friday Flash
Harbor Freight Prize Recognizes Outstanding Skilled Trades Teachers
The Harbor Freight Tools for Schools Prize for Teaching Excellence recognizes outstanding skilled trades teachers and programs in public high schools in the United States. Like the skilled trades, the prize application and process require hard work, time, focus and a commitment to excellence.
Harbor Freight defines an excellent program as one led by a teacher:
- Who clearly loves the subject matter and is both highly knowledgeable and skilled
- Implementing a curriculum matched to a relevant career pathway and future work choices, one designed to flow seamlessly into next-step options, whether to employment or college
- Encouraging exploration and experimentation among students in a safe environment
- Connecting students to new relationships and experiences outside the classroom
In 2019, Harbor Freight will award over $1 million in prizes overall. There will be three first-place prize awards of $100,000, with $70,000 going to the public high-school skilled trades program and $30,000 going to the eligible individual skilled trades teacher or teacher teams behind the winning application. Fifteen second-place winners will each be awarded $50,000, with $35,000 to the public high school program and $15,000 to the eligible teacher or teacher team. Applicants whose school, district or state policy prohibits receipt of the individual portion of prize earnings may still apply.
And there are other winners: your community. By celebrating the best in skilled trades education, Harbor Freight intend to show there are many ways to use your head and hands, and many promising paths to success in life in addition to attending a four-year college.
Application deadline is Monday, June 17, 2019, at 5 p.m. (Pacific time). For full details, visit: https://hftforschoolsprize.org/the-prize
If you have any questions, please contact Harbor Freight at 424-363-1783.
5-10-2019 Friday Flash
$2,500 #KeepCraftAlive Scholarship Deadline is May 22
Fine Homebuilding Magazine, through a partnership with SkillsUSA, will award a minimum of 12 scholarship awards of $2,500 each. Applicants must be SkillsUSA high school or college/postsecondary students who are continuing their education or certification programs in construction-related fields.
In the spirit of the #KeepCraftAlive movement, applicants should celebrate the value and meaning of true craftsmanship in their trades and plan to continue their educations in community colleges, undergraduate programs or industry certification curricula. Fine Homebuilding will award the scholarships to students in fields such as architectural drafting, carpentry, cabinetmaking, electrical and residential wiring, HVACR, masonry, woodworking and plumbing.