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5-10-2019 Friday Flash

$2,500 #KeepCraftAlive Scholarship Deadline is May 22

#KeepCraftAliveFine 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.

Selections will be based on completion of an application and a 300-word essay showing applicants’ passion for their craft, along with a letter of support from a teacher, administrator, SkillsUSA advisor or educational/professional mentor.
To apply, use the form at: deadline for applications is May 22. If you have questions, contact Marcia Strickland at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..
This is the third year for the scholarship initiative. For more information about #KeepCraftAlive, visit:



Bundle and Save! May Educational Resource Special

Educational resourcesSkillsUSA’s Impact and The Four Pillars will help students learn the keys to building successful teams and become effective leaders. This bundle duo is priced at $10 through May 31, 2019 — a savings of $4.90. Stock No.: BMAY2019

Impact: Experiential Activities to Launch Successful Teams features activities that promote team interaction, trust exercises and problem solving. It covers group facilitation and the use of debriefing questions. Activities incorporate the SkillsUSA Framework of developing personal, workplace and technical skills.

The Four Pillars: Your Personal Leadership Journey is designed for students who are ready for a more in-depth approach to learning leadership.



Interested in Becoming Certified In SkillsUSA Career Essentials?

Career EssentialsFor the first time, SkillsUSA Career Essentials Certified Teacher training will be held at the National Leadership and Skills Conference in Louisville, Ky.

This certification training requires full participation in four specific sessions. Each of the sessions will be offered twice — once on Wednesday, June 26, and once on Thursday, June 27. Teachers are welcome to register for the four sessions all on one day, or they may complete some of the sessions on one day and the rest on the other day.

Register here. The registration form allows teachers to select their sessions and includes information about securing a hotel room if needed. Registered teachers will be guaranteed a seat in each respective session. Walk-in participants will be welcome to fill available seats in each session as well. There is a limit of 35 seats per session.

Individuals registering for all four sessions of this training will receive one year of access to one of the SkillsUSA Career Essentials: Experiences courses, will develop an implementation plan for using the course, and will learn about and develop strategies for teaching it. Those completing all four sessions in full will also earn their certificate as a Career Essentials certified teacher.

Registration will close on May 20. Please direct any questions about this training to SkillsUSA’s senior manager of curriculum and instruction, Anita Foor, at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..