On June 3rd
the 2014-2015 state officer team will complete their terms. SkillsUSA Rhode Island thanks them for their service over the past year. They have done an outstanding job representing our student and teacher members. We wish them the best of luck for the future. Here is what’s next for our student leaders.
From left to right front row:
Amanda Crowley will be attending Rhode Island College majoring in Elementary Education.
Celina Carreiro will be attending Quinnipiac University majoring in Nursing.
Nicole Bucci will be attending Quinnipiac University majoring in Nursing.
Christina Inthasane will be attending Johnson and Wales University majoring in Hospitality Management.
Danielle O’Brien will continue her studies in the fall at Johnson and Wales and she is running for National Office this summer in Louisville.
Amanda Balch will continue her studies in the fall at New England Tech and will be joining the SkillsUSA RI management team.
From left to right back row:
Devon Collins will be attending Johnson and Wales in the fall as an early enrollment student
Tyler Nettleton will be attending Champlain College majoring in Cyber Security and Networking
Orland Iglesias has been accepted into the AmeriCorps NCCC program. NCCC stands for the National Civilian Community Corps.
Elena Melekos graduated from the Counseling Psychology program at Johnson and Wales. She begins her an internship this summer at a high school in New Jersey.
Rachel Tousignant completed the Running Start program at CCRI this year and will graduate from Coventry High School. Rachel plans on spending the summer backpacking through Europe before she starts the Nursing program at Florida Southern College.
THANK YOU FOR YOUR SERVICE AND GOOD LUCK!
This week I received news that the Providence Career and Technical Academy would be receiving two major awards from SkillsUSA. First, the SkillsUSA Chapter Excellence Program honors the very best chapters through Models ofExcellence awards. These chapters define excellence, and their best practices will serve as models for other chapters to emulate in strengthening their local programs.
As a Models of Excellence (MOE) winner, PCTA is among an elite group of the top 24 SkillsUSA chapters nationally. This distinct honor represents extraordinary efforts in applying the SkillsUSA framework for developing personal, workplace and technical skills.
As Models of Excellence recipients, PCTA representatives are cordially invited to attend the National Leadership and Skills Conference (NLSC) in Louisville, Ky.,June 22-26 and are offered a $2,000 chapter grant. During NLSC, PCTA will be honored at a recognition dinner and on stage in front of the entire SkillsUSA delegation. They will have an opportunity to compete for top chapter honors during MOE interviews on Wednesday, June 24.
In addition to the Model of Excellence award, the “Ladies in Pink and Two in Blue” team representing our state in the Community Service and Community Action Project contests will be receiving the gold level President’s Volunteer Service Award. This award is issued by the President’s Council on Service and Civic Participation on behalf of the President of the United States to recognize the best in American spirit and to encourage all Americans to improve their communities through volunteer service, and civic participation.
Congratulations to chapter advisor Michael Zanfagna, cosmetology instructor Rashaan Gomes-McCreary and the team at PCTA for their impressive accomplishments and for serving as role models to other chapters.
To access your scores simply follow this link (http://www.skillsusa-register.org/rpts/eventscores.aspx). Once there click on the checkered flag icon. It will take you to the score page. You must go to the “Event and Year” drop down menu and highlight “RI – 2015 SkillsUSA RI Championships”. Remember to get the scores for a specific student you must enter their birthday and contestant number.
The SkillsUSA Rhode Island Championships has come to a close with the 39th Annual Awards and Recognition Ceremony. We now look to Louisville as “Team Rhode Island” sets their sights on the SkillsUSA National Leadership and Skills Conference. One behalf of the state association management and state officer teams I would like to extend a heartfelt “Thank You!” for all of your support for the SkillsUSA Rhode Island program. Whether you are a school principal/director, teacher or industry partner your support for our program is greatly appreciated.
Please stay connected with us on Facebook and Twitter (@SkillsUSARI) for news and updates and soon you will meet some of the members of “Team Rhode Island”.
The 2015 SkillsUSA RI Championships Contest Book is intended to be used with a copy of the National technical standards to help prepare your students for the competitive events. The Rules and Regulations Governing the SkillsUSA RI Championships is a guide where you will find general rules explaining eligibility, the grievance policy, single shop contests and more. I strongly encourage you to read through it.
2015 SkillsuSA RI Championships Contest Book
2015 SkillsUSA RI Championships Rules and Regulations
2015 SkillsUSA RI Championships Calendar
On Line Registration:
The deadline for registration is Wednesday, February 4th. We are closing the system down on Friday, February 6th. After that any changes need to be communicated to the State Office.
Lowe’s continues a sixth year of generosity with another round of SkillsUSA grants in 2015. Grant information and the application are now available on the SkillsUSA website at http://skillsusa.org/membership-resources/grants/lowes/. The guidelines and focus of the grant program is changed slightly from years past.
The focus of the 2015 SkillsUSA Lowe’s grant program will be Community Service and Campus Improvement projects. Grants will be awarded ranging from $2,500 to $25,000. Only one application per school will be accepted; 2014 Schools in Need grant winners are not eligible in 2015.
Through the written application and letters of support, the applicant must clearly outline the proposed project, projected impact and outcomes, and provide a detailed budget and media plan. In addition, Lowe’s is looking to engage SkillsUSA students and teachers with their local Lowe’s staff. Developing a relationship between the SkillsUSA chapter or technical school and one or more local Lowe’s stores is another key component of the grant selection process. Your best contacts at a Lowe’s store are the store manager, the operations manager and the commercial sales specialist. There are some local Lowe’s stores that may be unaware of this grant opportunity for schools. If, after several attempts, you continue to have trouble connecting with someone from Lowe’s, don’t hesitate to contact us at LowesGrants@skillsusa.org. Every effort will be made to assist your chapter or school in making this contact.
The best proposed projects will detail the partnership with the local Lowe’s as well as show how the outcome will provide a life changing experience for the SkillsUSA students involved and the beneficiaries of the grant dollars. Those applicants who can outline their project by planning and implementing a project or event that will allow them to use the tools or skills obtained due to receiving the grant dollars will stand a greater chance of receiving funding.
Grant applications are due by December 1, 2014, at 11:59 p.m. ET. Late applications will not be accepted. Please review the grant guidelines to be sure that applications are properly completed and submitted.
The SkillsUSA competition theme for the 2014-15 year is
SkillsUSA: 50 Years of Champions at Work
The topic to be addressed by contestants in the Chapter Display, Prepared Speech and Promotional Bulletin Board competitions is how our theme, SkillsUSA: 50 Years of Champions at Work, addresses the SkillsUSA national program of work in the area of professional development.
Within this topic, contestants might illustrate or discuss any of the following:
- What elements and/or influences developed over the past 50 years have inspired your involvement in SkillsUSA today?
- Describe some of the desired values in the workforce that SkillsUSA has helped its members to develop throughout the past 50 years.
- How has SkillsUSA grown in the past 50 years?
- Describe what characteristics a SkillsUSA champion should exemplify during the next 50 years to be even more successful than in the past?
- In historical terms, describe the leaders in SkillsUSA who have been major influencers on the organization.
- How have the values of teamwork and unity helped members succeed in and out of the organization? Also, why are these characteristics crucial to the longevity of an organization and a successful career?
- What steps will you personally take to ensure that SkillsUSA continues to create skilled and motivated champions? Why is this important to you?
- How has your involvement in SkillsUSA ensured that you will be a champion in the areas of personal, workplace and technical skills?
- In the next 50 years, what skills are needed to fill the job-market skills gap, and how do SkillsUSA members ensure success through their SkillsUSA involvement?
- How is SkillsUSA important to the economic success of America, and what role does the organization play in maintaining this economic success?
- How has SkillsUSA adapted to provide members with the skills needed to be successful in the workforce?
- How does an organization like SkillsUSA ensure its members are successful in the workforce for the next 50 years?
- Which SkillsUSA programs ensure that members are developing personal skills that are needed to for its members to become champions? Program examples may include those that improve the following: integrity, self-motivation, work ethic, professionalism, and responsibility.
- Which SkillsUSA programs ensure that members are developing workplace skills that are needed to become champions at work? Program examples may include those that improve the following skills: communication, decision making, teamwork, cultural sensitivity and leadership.
- Which SkillsUSA programs ensure that members are developing technical skills that are needed to become champions at work? Program examples may include those that improve the following skills: technical literacy, job-specific tasks, service to the community, ongoing professional development and an awareness of safety and health issues.
- Describe how SkillsUSA has helped its members to live out the mission to become world-class workers, leaders and responsible America citizens.