March 1st, 2009
There is a great deal going on here, but almost all of it is moving so think of this as the motion-capture edition of SkillsUSA events as they race by toward completion.
We had a good Webcast on February 10 in celebration of SkillsUSA Week, and it is archived at http://web.ganconference.com/?meeting=3913885. It contains lots of good information on the state of SkillsUSA including some of our advocacy with the Obama administration and instruction on using the SkillsUSA advocacy site to write to Congress among other things. We sent out an e-mail to our active advisor list wishing them a happy SkillsUSA week and giving them a link to the 30-minute Webcast.
We’ve had three good conference calls with Lowe’s recently. One focused on Lowe’s hiring SkillsUSA graduates including use of the N.E.W. job board on the SkillsUSA Web site. Another call revolved around support of the National Leadership and Skills Conference and the third was on the new sustainability competition.
On February 19, I had a promising meeting with the president/CEO of K2Share, the company that manages CareerSafe, the online OSHA 10-hour card training and testing system. Larry Teverbaugh’s company makes a donation to SkillsUSA for every student who signs up for CareerSafe, and Larry is looking for ways to increase his financial support for SkillsUSA.
On Monday, February 23, I joined some other staff members for a visit at the Employment and Training Administration at the U.S. Department of Labor. We reported on progress of the Work Force Ready System and on the vulnerable community pilot sites under Champions for Change. We were joined by Kisha Ajose from the Miami Job Corps Center and by Dave Daly and Rick Gonzalez from ASTRACOR in Alexandria. I also met with Esther Johnson, national director of Job Corps, and she got a clear picture on how SkillsUSA can meet the needs of Job Corps sites.
On March 5, we’ll have a meeting of the new ambassadors for SkillsUSA—top-level executives who will help build our corporate networking so we can reach higher levels of funding. The work of the ambassadors will be a big topic for the Youth Development Foundation when we’re at Toyota in California later in March.
March 1st, 2009
The SkillsUSA Alumni Association is offering two merit-based $500 scholarships to qualifying students. These scholarships recognize the unique qualities of SkillsUSA members including demonstrated leadership, commitment to community service and improving the image of career and technical education. To apply, students must fill out an application that documents their SkillsUSA and technical education achievements. The deadline is May 15, 2009.
To download the application, go to: http://www.skillsusa.org/supporters/alumnischolar.shtml.
Questions on these scholarships can be directed to Danielle Rinker at (703) 737-0636 or by e-mail to email@example.com.
March 1st, 2009
We’re looking for a few good members!
The National Courtesy Corps (NCC) is an elite group of high school and college/postsecondary students and advisors selected to represent their state delegations. These individuals are afforded the opportunities to build a network of industry and educational resources while gaining skills, leadership qualities, developing friendships and having fun in the setup, operation and tear down of the SkillsUSA Championships. The NCC is designed to be a learning/working experience.
Students, instructors and alumni requesting to serve on the NCC must be current SkillsUSA members. Each chapter sending students must also send an advisor who will assist with supervision of his/her students as well as serve as an NCC member. All participants must be approved by his/her state association director. The NLSC registration form must be completed with appropriate signatures and submitted by the state association director. NLSC registration fees for the NCC are waived. In addition, meals and housing expenses are provided. The only cost to NCC members is transportation to and from Kansas City.
This year, all NCC members will be housed at Park University. No participants will be allowed to stay in hotels with their state delegations.
NCC members are not allowed to compete, judge contests, run for office or participate in any state activities (during work hours) or perform any duties other than those assigned by the NCC Management Committee. NCC members typically work eight-hour days Monday through the closing ceremonies on Friday night. Finally, NCC members must agree to abide by the SkillsUSA Code of Conduct.
SkillsUSA will accept the first 150 qualified registrants, based on a first-come, first-served basis. We encourage all states to consider sending students to this elite group. States are not required to conduct state-level courtesy corps competitions to enter students. For more information, click http://www.skillsusa.org/events/courtesy.shtml.
March 1st, 2009
We currently have full/partial support for 16 WorldSkills competitions (WSC) taking our total team to 18. Both Mechatronics and Mobile Robotics are two-member team events. Please be sure to visit http://www.skillsusa.org/compete/worldteam.shtml periodically for updates on the competitors and our sponsors. We have selected nine team members to date and will be posting their bios and photos very soon.
Please also visit the WorldTeam Web page for details regarding the 2009 WSC schedule and travel and hotel information. The conference begins with the competitors arriving August 28. The competitions are September 2-5, and the closing ceremonies will be conducted September 6. All participants will return home on September 7.
We have been advised that the Canadian Organizing Committee will sell tickets to the opening and closing ceremonies on a limited basis for people who do not plan to purchase the hotel packages available. The costs are CAD40.00 for the OC and CAD30.00 for the CC. Using today’s exchange rate, which converts to $32.04 for the opening and $24.03 for the awards ceremony. If you plan to attend one or both of these events and are not officially registering, please let Ada Kranenberg know ASAP by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.