If your son/daughter will be enrolled in Fab Lab, Robotics, and/or attending our weekly meetings during the 2020-21 school year, they will have an opportunity to be a member of SkillsUSA. This is a national student organization that teaches leadership and employability skills to help students succeed — both on the job and in life. Through involvement in SkillsUSA, students will develop personal skills, workplace skills, and technical skills grounded in academics that set them apart from their peers.
Active SkillsUSA members will have a chance to participate in a variety of activities, such as professional development, community service, fundraising, SkillsUSA championship competitions, public relations, and social activities.
We even elect chapter officers each year for students who would like to work on their leadership skills. They are able to run for any of the following positions, which do require them to attend at least one monthly officer meeting that is typically held before school on Wednesday mornings. They can also apply to be a state officer for our state SkillsUSA organization.
- Vice President
- Various Committee Chairpersons
Middle school students are allowed to compete at state in areas such as (*nationals):
- Team Engineering Challenge *
- Urban Search & Rescue (robotics) *
- Job Demonstration A or Open *
- Prepared or Extemporaneous Speech
- Cake Decorating
- Mobile Robotics Technology
- T-shirt and/or Pin Design *
- Opening & Closing Ceremony *
Members will also be able to continue this experience at our local high schools. State and National Competition costs including the registration fee, hotel, transportation, required clothing, and food can range from $500-$1500+. That’s why we ask students to pay the registration fee at a minimum and help with fundraising to pay the remainder of their portion if they plan on competing (minimum competition registration costs range from $75-$250).
In 2018-2019 we had 9 students earn one or more gold, silver, and bronze medals at our State championship and we took 3 students to Louisville, Kentucky to compete against other middle school students from all 50 states in a national competition. One of which came home with a bronze medal, 3rd in the nation.
We are currently looking to recruit active members for the 2020-21 school year. If your child would like to participate in our McLoughlin SkillsUSA chapter please complete the online application and send the yearly membership dues of $14.00. They are payable by cash or check made out to McLoughlin Middle School. Please put your student's name and ID# in the memo section of any checks. Return to Ms. Vickery in room 111 (across from Band) or the school office.
Meetings dates and times will be after school - TBD.