On July 29, I attended the National Coordinating Council of the Career and Technical Student Organizations (NCC-CTSO) meeting. The meeting went well, and the majority of our other organizations reported good national conferences and membership counts. The challenges of the economy seem to have impacted us all in similar ways. We received reports on new community college initiatives from the U.S. Department of Education, and we’re seeing CTSO interest in how we’re cross-walking academic standards to our competitions and other student activities – especially in the STEM areas. The other student organizations were very interested in some of SkillsUSA’s newly introduced advancements, including our video broadcasts and text messaging alerts at NLSC and how we have used Web technology for recent board meetings. The new Assistant Secretary of Education for the Office of Vocational and Adult Education has not received Congressional confirmation, but we were told we’d likely get to meet with her at our September meeting.