April 1st, 2009
The board held a productive two-and-one-half hour Webinar meeting on March 19 chaired by board President Cameron Ferguson. Nearly all of the board members were present for the meeting, and they plowed through a fairly heavy agenda. Among the significant outcomes:
The board approved a revised FY2009 budget reflecting some moves to be cautious with SkillsUSA budgets during these challenging economic times. SkillsUSA appears to be well positioned to handle the current recession, but staff and board want to be sure none of SkillsUSA’s essential services to its members are interrupted. That is the reason for the budget course correction.
The board approved the FY2010 strategic plan and budget with some amendments to the objectives that will address the need to build alumni membership and to prepare for budget adjustments in FY2010 if warranted by the economy.
The board also reviewed and commended the work of the Vision 2020 committee. Vision 2020 is a board initiative to assure that SkillsUSA is working strategically to create the place where it needs to be for its members 12 years from now. Subsequent meetings are scheduled for the committee to craft the organization’s vision and to be prepared to share it with SkillsUSA members and leaders during the national conference in June.
Much of the committee work was done in online meetings held March 10-12. The board reviewed the committee work during its full meeting on the 19th. Thanks go out to the three committees.
This was Kelly Bever’s last official board meeting. Kelly assured the board she would still “be around” and ensured State Farm’s continuity on the board by asking Russ Hoffbauer, director, Property and Casualty Claims at State Farm, to fill her position. Thanks go to Kelly for her work on behalf of SkillsUSA. She has particularly looked out after our students. We look forward to working with Russ.
April 1st, 2009
March 16 was the launch date of the Work Force Ready System and the first eight Skill Connect Assessments. They are now available for sale. And, what’s the reaction been from the field? Positive. We have people signing up to be proctors. We’ve already sold assessments to schools, and we have many more schools and states calling and sending inquiries and expressing interest. To see the purchase site, go to www.workforcereadysystem.org/.
We’re not keeping our light under a bushel either. In support of Work Force Ready System marketing, our communications office has sent out news releases to the education press, education reporters and to the trade press for all of the areas covered by this initial release. Our PR agency is sending follow-ups to the major publications.
In all, 1,300 e-mailed releases have been sent, and we know we’ve already received coverage, including Industry Week. To see it, go to this link. The main release and the cosmetology news release were also posted on PRWeb, and that means we’ve been covered on Google News, Yahoo News, MSN and the Associated Press among 42 other search engines. We know our news has been read in Canada, China, India, Germany, Spain, France and Italy, among many other nations. There have been over 500 complete readings of the general release alone. To see the release online, please click on this link.
The National Automotive Student Skills Standards Assessments from Automotive Service Excellence (ASE), Automotive Youth Education Systems (AYES), National Automotive Technicians Education Foundation (NATEF) and SkillsUSA for Automotive Service Technology and Collision Repair and Refinish were also announced on March 16. They have a test window from April 15 – June 12. For information, go to www.na3sa.com/.
April 1st, 2009
We had a great rollout of the Tough Tools for Cool Schools campaign with Lowe’s at Lovejoy High School in Hampton, Ga. An obvious highlight was having NASCAR champion Jimmie Johnson pull the #48 racecar into the Lovejoy automotive lab. In the words of instructor Price Jacobs who is a 20-year construction trades instructor at Lovejoy: “This is the greatest day of my teaching career.” Lowe’s will be presenting Kobalt tools to 515 SkillsUSA building trades programs nationwide. The estimated value of the tools is $317,000. National officer Cameron Thomas of Texas was a great speaker at the event. He spoke of the value of his teachers, CTE and SkillsUSA. Wendy Venturini, an anchor for the Speed Channel was mistress of ceremonies for the event. The nice part? Wendy is from North Carolina and a former gold medalist in Prepared Speech at SkillsUSA. She told everyone that her career had been directly influenced by her participation in SkillsUSA. Here’s a link to an ESPN video and the Lowe’s event: www.youtube.com/watch?v=qY5Q89GObP4. A big thank you to Gayle Silvey, Georgia state association director for all her work in organizing the event at Lovejoy High School and getting the students and teachers prepared for the spotlight.
April 1st, 2009
On Wednesday, June 24 from 9:00 – 12:00 noon during national conference, SkillsUSA will introduce an exciting new program called “SkillsUSA Amazing Race.” This program will be similar to the TV show where participants are challenged to perform various tasks and move quickly through the TECHSPO territory in order to learn more about exhibitors and win prizes. In addition, SkillsUSA’s Amazing Race will provide interactive fun for students and adults. The “passport” will be distributed through the state delegation conference materials included at the registration appointment at the beginning of the week. Participants will be challenged to find different SkillsUSA products in exhibit booths throughout the show in designated TECHSPO booths. Once at the correct booth, participants must either perform a task or duty in order to qualify for a stamp on their passport cards. There are two roadblocks included in the race. Each roadblock will delay the participant and require a bit more effort to earn the stamp. After completing pit stops 1-11 (out of 12), the participant must report to the 12th and final destination and turn in the card at the final booth. The race will conclude at the SkillsUSA Alumni booth where membership will be encouraged. Prizes will be distributed at the alumni booth to participants who complete the race. There is a limited quantity of prizes, so it will be important to complete the race in a timely manner.
April 1st, 2009
The Association for Career and Technical Education (ACTE) announces the 2010 Career and Technical Education (CTE) Month theme – CTE: Invest in Your Future. ACTE is hosting its annual CTE Month Logo Design Contest and is looking for logo submissions that illustrate the importance of CTE in providing the skills necessary for students to be competitive in the work force. The contest is open to all CTE students. The designer of the winning CTE Month logo will receive a check for $250.
Submissions are due by Friday, May 8, 2009. The winner of the ACTE 2010 CTE Month Logo Design Contest will be contacted in May by ACTE. For more information, and specific details and instructions, please visit the CTE Month Web page at www.acteonline.org/ctemonth or contact Jon Miller at firstname.lastname@example.org. All entries become the property of ACTE, and the designer relinquishes any and all rights to compensation for use of the design.
ACTE prefers a two-color logo design submitted in EPS (Illustrator) format, with a printed proof of the logo submission included. Entries may be submitted by mail or e-mail. For mail entries, please send logo on a CD to: Marketing Department, ACTE, 1410 King Street, Alexandria, VA 22314. E-mail entries should be sent to email@example.com and must include the EPS file and a PDF of the logo.
April 1st, 2009
SkillsUSA will once again be raffling off a Dyna Super Glide Motorcycle at the 2009 National Conference Awards Ceremony, Friday, June 26 in Kansas City, Missouri. This event is made possible thanks to a generous donation by Harley-Davidson Motor Co., Inc. in cooperation with PPG Industries and Sharpe Manufacturing Company.
The SkillsUSA Alumni & Friends Association will be the beneficiary of this year’s raffle. State alumni groups have an opportunity to sell the raffle tickets and raise money for their own state group or to support the national alumni association. We anticipate this to be a lucrative fund-raising opportunity. Tickets are $5.00 each or five tickets for $20.00. For each ticket sold, the alumni group selling the ticket will receive $1.00.
Adding excitement to the raffle this year, Sharpe is offering a paint gun pack valued at $2,800 and Justin Barnes of American Chopper fame is planning to come to Kansas City again and custom paint the bike!
Please start promoting this raffle at your upcoming state conferences. Tickets can be sold anywhere. All state association ticket sales end on May 31. The winner does not need to be present for the drawing. The winner will be responsible for picking up the motorcycle at a local Harley-Davidson dealer in his or her community.
For more information about this fundraiser and to order raffle tickets to sell at your SkillsUSA state conference, please contact Danielle Rinker at 703-737-0636 or by e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org.
April 1st, 2009
SkillsUSA encourages all Spring 2009 high school or college graduates to join nearly ten million other former members in the SkillsUSA Alumni & Friends organization.
We’re extending our offer of a free alumni membership to all currently registered members. Members are sent a link to our online magazine, SkillsUSA Champions as well as the online alumni forum. SkillsUSA is working to provide more networking opportunities for alumni, and more opportunities for involvement at the local, state and national level.
SkillsUSA advisors who sign up 10 or more students for the SkillsUSA Alumni and Friends Association can enter a drawing to win a free trip!
Step 1: To have your students register, send them to the following link to sign up. It only takes a minute: www.skillsusa.org/supporters/alumnireg.shtml.
Step 2: Keep a list of the names of students who sign up for alumni. Send an email to email@example.com with your list of student names. You will then be entered into a drawing for two airline tickets anywhere in the continental United States. Drawing will take place May 1, 2009. Each 10 names counts for one chance to win the trip, and you may register as many alumni members as you like.
April 1st, 2009
SkillsUSA students and teachers nationwide are asked to lend their technical expertise and leadership skills to help others during the SkillsUSA National Week of Service, scheduled for May 3-9, 2009. The annual event is conducted in honor of the May 8 anniversary of the founding of SkillsUSA. The SkillsUSA National Week of Service shines a spotlight on our dedication to serving others while showcasing the skills of career and technical education students who are learning to become tomorrow’s leaders.
Many SkillsUSA chapters are already participating in local community service projects. What we ask is that you hold an event during the week of May 3-9. By coordinating hundreds of events to be held during the same week, SkillsUSA has the potential to command nationwide attention.
We’re offering a SkillsUSA gift item to all chapter advisors who send in a brief report on their community service activities held during May 3-9. They need to let us know in a paragraph or two about what their chapter did to help their community, and we’ll send them a gift to say thanks for keeping us informed. Reports are due by May 31. Digital photos are also encouraged with your report.
For planning materials, go to www.skillsusa.org/events/service.shtml
Please e-mail reports and photos of your community service efforts to Karen Perrino, SkillsUSA director of marketing, at firstname.lastname@example.org. Please be sure to include your full name, school name and address, a daytime telephone number and all of the project details.
April 1st, 2009
The Association for Career and Technical Education (ACTE) and Participant Media have joined forces to advocate for Perkins funds. You can help by signing the petition and asking your friends and colleagues to sign today!
Over the past few years, the primary federal funding stream for career and technical education, the Carl D. Perkins Career and Technical Education Act (Perkins), has been gradually decreased, despite increased student enrollments, equipment costs and need for skilled workers.
To sign the petition and pass the word to call upon Congress to fund the Carl D. Perkins Career and Technical Education Act at no less than $1.7 billion in Fiscal Year 2010, go to www.takepart.com/pressurecooker/petition2.php.