It’s summer in-service time out in the states as teachers and administrators are gearing up for the new school year. This past Wednesday, I attended the Virginia Association for Trade and Industrial Education Summer Conference in Richmond. There were over 400 Virginia instructors and administrators in attendance. The SkillsUSA Virginia student officers worked at the conference all week and did a great job opening the closing banquet for teachers and administrators.
I was proud to be a keynote speaker at the banquet alongside Virginia Lieutenant Governor Bill Bolling. My presentation addressed CTE and SkillsUSA’s role in the current economy and the work force needs to rebuild America. I was also asked to give a live online demonstration of our Skill Connect Assessments, and they were well received by the group.
It was great to meet our new corporate member Ed Sullivan from the Virginia Department of Education. It was also great to speak with the CTE Director for Virginia’s largest school district, Fairfax County Public Schools, Chad Maclin, who told me ALL Fairfax CTE programs will have 100% SkillsUSA membership in 2010. Thanks to SkillsUSA Virginia and State Association Director, David Rathbone, and the VATIE organization for this great opportunity.
- The 2009-10 new national officers excelled in training and have selected their officers. The presidents are Andrew Zigler from Texas (high school) and Annalee Santos from Florida (college/postsecondary). Brandon Mullings from Florida is the college/postsecondary vice president and JEC (junior executive council) chair. The entire 2009-10 national officer listing can be found here.
- Plans are underway for this year’s Washington Leadership Training Institute, and we are delighted to announce that Deputy Assistant Secretary Glen Cummings from the U.S. Department of Education has accepted our invitation to be the luncheon speaker on Monday, September 21. We’ve also invited Jane Oates, the new Assistant Secretary for Labor, to be our opening speaker and Dane Linn, Director of Education for the National Governors Association, to be with us as part of a panel presentation for advisors.
- SkillsUSA’s WorldTeam will be coming to town on August 27 for a final team gathering before leaving for Calgary. We have requested and are hopeful that Vice President Joe Biden and Dr. Jill Biden will host a recognition event for them.
- Levels 1 and 2 of the new PDP online will be beta tested by about 30 teachers in August with plans to have these levels finished and ready for purchase by September 2.
- The Engineering Alliance initiative is moving forward. The Web site will be up this fall, and online leadership modules and contests are scheduled to be completed and ready for teachers in January.
SkillsUSA is proud to formally announce our new partnership with E Group as the official SkillsUSA supply partner for official attire and emblematic merchandise.
SkillsUSA’s students, instructors, state directors, and business and industry partners will be able to purchase official attire, contest clothing, chapter supplies, casual clothing, pins and awards, promotional and gift items from this new source. Our goal is an enhanced product line that aligns with SkillsUSA brand, along with superior customer service.
The new partnership goes in to effect on September 1.
Please make note of the following new contact information:
The 2009-10 SkillsUSA membership kits have mailed to all chapters that affiliated with SkillsUSA last year. Extra kits will be mailed to all state offices soon.
The kit includes enrollment instructions, programs, scholarship and recognition opportunities (all on DVD), membership cards, a poster and a flier on the revised PDP program, a DVD on What is SkillsUSA?, as well as a brochure on the new Work Force Ready System. The kit also includes the 2010 SkillsUSA Championships overview flier. This year’s membership incentive is a SkillsUSA DVD plus an 8.5″ x 11″ SkillsUSA logo podium sign for all chapters that register 20 or more students plus one professional, by the November 16 full services deadline.
There is a full-time position opening at the national headquarters for SkillsUSA for a Coordinator, Alumni Development. The closing date for applications is August 31 and the start date will be October 15.
Trade and Industrial Educators and Administrators are invited to submit nominations for the ACTE National Trade and Industrial Education Division Awards. Qualified people may be nominated by individuals or groups. You may also nominate yourself. Please inform the person you are nominating.
See www.skillsusa.org/educators/acte.shtml for more information.
Safety is always a concern for our student members and in our classrooms. Contact your local OSHA offices to help you promote safety and related issues. They can attend your upcoming conferences or visit classrooms to present workshops and informational sessions. If you would like more information or to set up a visit, contact Sandra Khan at OSHA: Khan.Sandra@dol.gov.
SkillsUSA is closing out the FY09 fiscal year and one of our important goals this year has been to grow our Alumni membership. SkillsUSA Alumni membership is free and it is open to anyone. Registered members get electronic newsletters, the online version of the magazine and other communications on a regular basis. Alumni membership is also open to your business partners, to your contest committees, judges or anyone else within your state organization. We do not sell our list or use it for any other purpose.
Please help us by forwarding this message, by asking your graduating students to become SkillsUSA Alumni members, or by posting a link to the alumni join page on your state Web site.
To join Alumni, go to: www.skillsusa.org/supporters/alumnireg.shtml.