2015 Lowe’s Community Service and Campus Improvement Grant Guidelines

Lowe's Home Improvement
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.

Webinars – Program of Work and CEP (Tuesday, Oct. 28 and Thursday, Oct. 30)

Developing your Chapter’s Program of Work (Tuesday, October 28) –To create a fully functioning chapter, make plans to include each of the seven pieces of the program of work:  professional development, employability, community service, public relations, social, fundraising and championships.
a.     3:30 p.m. (EST) Register at: https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/4069087283525440513
b.    6:30 p.m. (EST) Register at: https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/4222407582949040385Chapter Excellence Program (Thursday, October 30) – The Chapter Excellence Program establishes a quality baseline that all chapters will be encouraged to attain with extra incentive for exemplary chapter performance.
a.     3:30 p.m. (EST) Register at: https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/5546727557163382273
b.    6:30 p.m. (EST) Register at: https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/127757011878675457

The SkillsUSA 50K Challenge: 50,000 Hours for 50 Years of Service

The 50K Challenge encourages alumni, active members, professional members and all  friends of SkillsUSA to celebrate its 50-year legacy of supporting healthy and vibrant communities through direct community service. As an organization, SkillsUSA’s goal is to track and record 50,000 hours of service from September 20, 2014, through June 26, 2015.Service hours logged as part of the 50K Challenge effort can include volunteering at any nonprofit organization, school, community, or faith-based organization. Service hours will be logged through June 26, 2015.  Logon to www.SkillsUSAService.org to register for the challenge, learn more, and to log your hours for the challenge.

Proud to Work, Proud to Wear

SkillsUSA Black Jacket’s are here!  Be the first to own a personalized SkillsUSA Black Jacket designed exclusively for SkillsUSA by Carhartt.Introductory pricing while supplies last.  Get full details and reserve yours today at:  http://costore.com/ProudtoWearSkillsUSA/welcome.asp

SkillsUSA Theme for 2014-2015

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.

SkillsUSA Rhode Island State Pin Contest Rules

The annual pin design contest has over one hundred entries each year. The winning pin designs
will be used as part of the SkillsUSA Rhode Island Championships and at the National Skills and
Leadership Conference in June of 2015. The design rules are simple, please follow them exactly
to allow fairness in the judging of the designs.

  1. All entries must be rendered in color.
  2. Entries must be created in a design software package such as Illustrator/Photoshop or hand drawn by the student.
  3. Two versions of the design must appear on a single page.
    • Larger Version: 7” x 7” (No Larger)
    • Smaller Version: 1.5” x 1.5”
  4. The SkillsUSA emblem or logo (or elements of either) cannot appear on the pin.
  5. All copyright laws must be followed in the creation of the design.
  6. Contestants should include a paragraph or two covering the following:
    • The design process.
    • Why he/she feels it represents their state.
    • What are its unique qualities?
    • Why would other students/advisors want to wear the pin?
  7. The student who designs the pin selected as the “state pin” will be asked to go on to the national conference to represent Rhode Island in the Pin Design Demonstration Contest.
  8. The catagories are Judge Pin, Competitor Pin, and State Pin.
  9. All designs must be turned into by October 31, 2014. Submissions must be emailed to the SkillsUSA RI State Director, Joshua Klemp, at jklemp@skillsusari.org. Submitted designs become the property of SkillsUSA Rhode Island. SkillsUSA RI reserves the right to manipulate any design. However, the original designer will get credit.

If you have any questions please ccontact the SkillsUSA Rhode Island office at 825-2316 or via email. Thank you for your support!

Rhode Island Career and Technical Education is in the spotlight as 35 students finish in the top 10 at the SkillsUSA National Leadership and Skills Conference

82 Rhode Island career and technical students participated in the SkillsUSA Championships held on Thursday, June 26th. More than 6,000 students competed in 99 occupational and leadership skill competition areas. SkillsUSA programs help to establish industry standards for job skill training in the classroom. These industry driven competitive events are modeled after the Olympics where the top three individual/teams receive gold, silver, and bronze medals.

The following Rhode Island students placed in the TOP TEN in the country after competing in the SkillsUSA Championships.

Top Ten by School:
Chariho Career and Technical Center: 5
Cranston Area Career and Technical Center: 11
International Brother hood of Electrical Workers Local #99: 2
New England Institute of Technology: 6
Providence Career and Technical Academy: 2
Warwick Area Career and Technical Center: 5
William M. Davies, Jr. Career and Technical High School: 4

National Gold Medal Winners

Amanda Balch of the New England Institute of Technology
Event – Prepared Speech

Kristine Gillespie of the New England Institute of Technology
Event – Crime Scene Investigation

Bindi Patel of the New England Institute of Technology
Event – Crime Scene Investigation

Raven Staplins of the New England Institute of Technology
Event – Crime Scene Investigation

National Silver Medal Winners

Alexander Bodo of the Chariho Career and Technical Center
Event – Crime Scene Investigation

Mark Coppa of the Chariho Career and Technical Center
Event – Crime Scene Investigation

Shelby St. Clair of the Chariho Career and Technical Center
Event – Crime Scene Investigation

Erin Blake of the Cranston Area Career and Technical Center
Event – Health Occupations Knowledge Bowl

Olivia Braga of the Cranston Area Career and Technical Center
Event – Health Occupations Knowledge Bowl

Autumn Cardente of the Cranston Area Career and Technical Center
Event – Health Occupations Knowledge Bowl

Kobe Pereira of the Cranston Area Career and Technical Center
Event – Health Occupations Knowledge Bowl

National Bronze Medal Winners

Rachael Calder of the New England Institute of Technology
Event – Architectural Drafting

Mark Howell of the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers Local #99
Event – Industrial Motor Control

Fourth Place

Alexis Brogno of the Chariho Career and Technical Center
Event – Customer Service

Isaiah Joseph of the William M. Davies, Jr. Career and Technical High School
Event – Electronics Technology

Fifth Place

Jared Conners of the Warwick Area Career and Technical Center
Event – TeamWorks

David Dalomba of the Warwick Area Career and Technical Center
Event – TeamWorks

Cameron Healey of the Warwick Area Career and Technical Center
Event – TeamWorks

Matthew Joaquin of the Warwick Area Career and Technical Center
Event – TeamWorks

Christopher Jackson of the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers Local #99
Event – Electrical Construction Wiring

Anthony Mansolillo of the Cranston Area Career and Technical Center
Event – Medical Terminology

Alani Munoz of the Cranston Area Career and Technical Center
Event – Job Skills Demonstration “A”

Jason Valdes of the Warwick Area Career and Technical Center
Event – Technical Drafting

Sixth Place

Ashley Estrella of the Cranston Area Career and Technical Center
Event – Basic Health Care Skills

Peter Huckins of the New England Institute of Technology
Event – Automotive Service Technology

Zachary Lachance of the Cranston Area Career and Technical Center
Event – Robotics and Automation Technology

Daniel Rainone of the Cranston Area Career and Technical Center
Event – Robotics and Automation Technology

Seventh Place

Lovell David – Hill of the Providence Area Career and Technical Academy
Event – Action Skills

Southida Saykouman of the Providence Area Career and Technical Academy
Event – Restaurant Service

Ninth Place

Edward Forero of the William M. Davies, Jr. Career and Technical High School
Event – CNC Turning

Benjamin Marcotte of the Cranston Area Career and Technical Center
Event – Mobile Robotics Technology

Seamus Winters of the Cranston Area Career and Technical Center
Event – Mobile Robotics Technology

Tenth Place

Kevin Bennett of the William M. Davies, Jr. Career and Technical High School
Event – Medical Math

Taylor Roos of the Chariho Career and Technical Center
Event – Esthetics

Zachary Steely of the William M. Davies, Jr. Career and Technical High School
Event – Industrial Motor Control

For a complete list of winners, please visit the Skills USA Website.

2014 SkillsUSA RI Championships

Congratulations to all medalists. Time to get ready for the 50th annual National Leadership and Skills Conference in Kansas City, MO.


SkillsUSA RI Championships – Winner List

Strategic Plan 2013-2015

The SkillsUSA Rhode Island Board of Directors and state staff, in consultation with the National SkillsUSA organization, has developed this strategic plan to guide us toward our vision as we accomplish our mission in service to the students, teachers, administrators and business partners of the Rhode Island public Career and Technical Education system. The planning process began with a board self-assessment in June 2013.

Read the entire Strategic Plan here

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