There will again be a blood drive this year as part of the NLSC. The drive will be sponsored by the Kansas City Community Blood Center and held from 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. in Bartle Hall, Room 2105 on Friday, June 26. A donor must weigh no less than 110 lbs and must be at least 17 years of age (or a donor can be 16 years of age with written parental permission). If you would like to make an appointment ahead of time, visit http://www.safealifenow.org and enter the sponsor code: skillsusa and then select your appointment time. At last year’s blood drive, 38 people participated and the center collected 35 units of blood. There were 32 first-time donors.
SkillsUSA will be holding the second annual twilight 5K Champions Run on June 24 in Kansas City during national conference. Managed by the Kansas City Track Club, the run takes place on Wednesday, June 24, 2009 at 7 p.m. at Liberty Memorial Park, across from Union Station and the Westin Hotel. (Runners can then proceed right across the street to the Champions Festival, but they should be sure to take a change of clothes. The conference t-shirt is required for admission to the festival.)
Registration is $15 per person and includes a t-shirt and a medallion for the first 300 finishers. Runners, joggers, walkers or groups are all welcome. No headphones, strollers, animals, skates or skateboards will be allowed on the racecourse. We encourage school groups or instructors to run with their students. State officer teams or other state groups are encouraged, and we can invoice for state groups. Send registration forms to: Karen Perrino, SkillsUSA 5K Race, 14001 SkillsUSA Way, Leesburg, VA 20176. For questions, contact Karen at email@example.com or 703-737-0610. Space is limited so register early! To download a race form, go to: www.skillsusa.org/supporters/alumni5k.shtml.
SkillsUSA has begun revising the PDPOnline to match the newly revised paper version. In addition, we are using a new learning management system (LMS) that is user-friendly and will allow for a much more media-rich online program than our previous version. The new online version will have animations, video clips and more interactive lessons. The look will also be new, fresh and more appealing to students.
PDPOnline levels will be sold separately. In addition, instructors can now purchase the SkillsUSA portion online. Student licenses are $5 each per level. The LMS and advisor guide are free.
The current PDPOnline will be taken offline by August 1. Because of the new LMS, student information will not transfer. The revised PDPOnline will be available September 1.
Despite trying economic times, the shortage of skilled workers is more acute than ever, and we are seeking help to influence young people and their parents by encouraging your advisor’s students to post videos of their own real-world experiences with SkillsUSA on SkillsUSA’s Facebook site. We would like to gather testimonial videos from students and parents alike in an effort to use peer-to-peer marketing to make a real difference in the lives of young people across the country.
Ask them to interview one another about how they became involved in the SkillsUSA program, what they’re learning through career and technical education programs, and how they’re preparing themselves for the world of work. Encourage them to interview their parents, as well. Ask them to post their videos through SkillsUSA’s online networks at SkillsUSA’s Facebook page www.facebook.com/home.php#/pages/Leesburg-VA/SkillsUSA/22208255590.
Program Director, SkillsUSA Championships, Office of Business & Industry Partnerships
The national headquarters for SkillsUSA in Leesburg, Virginia is seeking to fill the position of Program Director of its competitive events program, known as the SkillsUSA Championships, effective January 1, 2010.
SkillsUSA has sent out a mass e-mail as a part of a new campaign to raise awareness for our World Team. If you haven’t already, please open your e-mail and take a moment to review this important message.
We ask that you help spread the word in a number of ways. Please forward the message to anyone who may be in a position to support SkillsUSA WorldTeam, post the contained video to your Facebook page or on other social networking sites you may use, and provide a link to the message on your company’s Web site.
By helping us go viral and broaden the reach of this critical campaign to your circle of influence, we all have the opportunity to make a difference in the lives of the young people who represent America’s hope and our future. The Web site link is www.everydayrealheroes.org. For campaign questions, please contact Chris Powell at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Shine the light on real heroes. They’re counting on you.
Don’t forget to register for Officer 101/201 and Advisor Training by the June 1 deadline. The 101 training is designated for high school students who are officers of their state associations and for students who are interested in becoming state officers. The 201 training is designated for college/postsecondary students who are officers of their state associations and for high school officers who have already attended 101 training. Advisors can also benefit from training that addresses the challenges of advising student leaders.
The training will be held June 20-22 at the Kansas City Marriott, Hyatt Regency Crown Center. Registration is available at www.skillsusa.org/educators/101reg.shtml. If you have questions about the training, please contact Deborah Kenn Tripp at email@example.com.
State Farm Insurance is sponsoring regional Professional Development Program (PDP), Chapter Management Institute (CMI) seminars and Career Skills Education Program (CSEP) seminars. All materials and training will be free to participants. The only cost is $30 for lunch and breaks. PDP participants will receive a complete set of PDP materials and free licenses for each level. CMI participants will receive an ASK CD, a SkillsUSA Leadership Handbook and the SkillsUSA Championships Technical Standards CD package. CSEP participants will receive one free CSEP license.
If you would like to sign-up for or host a regional PDP training seminar, CMI training seminar or CSEP training seminar, please contact Stephanie Bland at 703-737-0622 or firstname.lastname@example.org. A minimum of 25 participants is needed to conduct the training. The latest seminar information is available at: www.skillsusa.org/educators/training.shtml.
Chapter Management Institute (CMI)
July 14, 2009
TIVA 2009 Summer Trade & Industrial Education Professional Conference
Omni Houston Hotel
Houston, TX 77056
Registration Deadline: June 30, 2009
Contact: Jennifer Davis 512-478-0761 or Jennifer@tiva.org
Region 3 State Farm-funded
Chapter Management Institute (CMI)
July 29, 2009
Eastern Michigan University
Registration Deadline: July 15, 2009
Contact: Tammy Brown at 734-487-3888 or email@example.com