Please take time in Kansas City on Friday, June 25 to donate blood. 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. Blood collected will be used in the Kansas City community, and they are very much in need of donations. Appointments can be made ahead of time at www.esavealifenow.org. Note: Donors must weigh no less than 115 lbs and must be at least 17 years of age (or a donor can be 16 years of age with written parental permission).
A sample press release has been added to SkillsUSA’s advocacy site. It’s a template to be used by state association directors, instructors, parents and others to help get the word out to the media when they return from conference about the students who competed or participated in some other way (i.e., as a delegate, courtesy corps member, etc.) during the National Leadership and Skills Conference. The letter can be sent to five media outlets at a time. The site can be reached by going to www.skillsusa.org/about/policy.shtml and clicking on “advocacy site.” Please encourage your teachers to use and spread the word about this valuable tool.
Following his appearance at the SkillsUSA National Leadership and Skills Conference, Peyton Sellers will be behind the wheel of a Nationwide Series car again in the upcoming New England 200 at New Hampshire Motor Speedway on June 26.
Watch Peyton practice Friday, June 25th starting at 10:30 a.m. on the SPEED channel. Peyton will qualify Saturday morning at 10:30, also on the SPEED channel, for a spot in the New England 200 to be broadcast on ESPN Saturday at 2:30 p.m. EDT.
Sellers will drive the #25 Sellers Racing Chevrolet carrying a SkillsUSA paint scheme. Help us wish Peyton good luck!
Craig Reilly, the Webmaster for SkillsUSA Rhode Island put together a handy site, designed for viewing on mobile phones, containing national conference information.
The mobile site is not intended to replace the printed program or our regular Web site, but rather is a supplement with general information about NLSC. Please take a look at it and if it’s useful, we may expand it further next year. Feel free to share it with others in your state if you want. Just keep in mind that it is not a comprehensive conference site.
The address is www.skillsusa.org/mobilenlsc/
Bosch Power Tools will, once again, help raise money for the Alumni Fund by hosting a dunk tank during the 2010 SkillsUSA National Conference.
The dunk tank will operate Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday in the Bosch outdoor exhibit area. All proceeds raised by the dunk tank will benefit the Alumni Fund. Chances cost $1 a ball or 6 balls for $5. Last year, the effort raised $1,600 for the SkillsUSA Alumni and Friends Association.
All proceeds will be tracked by state. The state raising the most funds for the alumni will be recognized by SkillsUSA and Bosch at the August state director meeting.
We seek state directors, state officers, state trainers, national officers or others who are well known in the SkillsUSA family who can bring out a crowd to dunk them! “Dunkees” must be willing to spend an hour at the tank. All proceeds from that hour will be tracked by the dunkee’s state. Tank shifts are first-come, first-served from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Tuesday and Wednesday and from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Thursday. Dunkees should wear an appropriate swimsuit or clothes they do not mind getting wet. Towels will be available.
To schedule your state representative in the dunk tank, call Rebecca Langguth at Bosch at 224-232-2736 or e-mail her at Rebecca.Langguth@us.bosch.com. If you have questions for SkillsUSA on this effort, please contact Niki Clausen at 703-737-0639 or by e-mail to email@example.com.
Parking passes for Municipal Auditorium Garage and Cathedral Parking Garage for conference week will be sold on-site only. The cost will be $50 for Municipal and $40 for Cathedral. Passes will be on sale in Lobby 2100 (north side of 13th Street), just outside the SkillsUSA Conference offices the following days and times:
Sunday, June 20 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Monday, June 21 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Cash, checks, VISA, MasterCard and AMEX are accepted. A map of the immediate downtown area with other parking options will be provided there. State association directors will receive one complimentary parking pass in their packets. Please refer to the following link for more information: www.skillsusa.org/events/nlscparking.shtml.
All registered alumni members are eligible to participate in the 2010 Alumni Coordinating Committee elections. Representatives for Regions 2, 4 and Executive Chair will be elected on this ballot. Alumni members may vote for all positions online at www.skillsusa.org/supporters/alumniballot.shtml. Alumni members may vote only once. Voting will be open from June 1-18, 2010.
Ballots will be counted at the 2010 SkillsUSA National Leadership and Skills Conference, and results will be announced on Friday, June 25, at the Annual Alumni Appreciation Luncheon at 2 p.m.
Please contact Niki Clausen at 703-737-0639 or firstname.lastname@example.org with questions.
Friday, May 7, was SkillsUSA’s 45th birthday. We held a Founders’ Day Celebration here at the National Leadership Center. For me, it was more than a celebration of a milestone; it was the celebration of our vision fulfilled that “every life we touch is improved.” SkillsUSA’s founders had the vision to establish an organization dedicated to mentoring successive generations of young people. In 45 years, those young people have grown and aged themselves, and they’ve come back to be mentors to successive generations. As Kelly Persons said in her remarks upon receiving the Pat Dalton Outstanding Achievement Award last year: “SkillsUSA is the place where you can pay it forward.” What SkillsUSA is and does will always be needed because there will always be young people. And, all people involved – no matter what their age or role – benefits from their involvement.
Founders who attended: Byrl Shoemaker, 91, the former Ohio state CTE director and founder of the first Ohio youth club for T&I students back in 1946; Johnny Browne, 90, of the U.S. Office of Education (as it was called at that time) joined by phone; and, Larry Johnson, assistant supervisor of T&I education in North Carolina and executive director from 1965 until 1987. Johnny spoke of the days when VICA (Vocational Industrial Clubs of America) was formed leading up to 1965, and Larry Johnson spoke of the early days of VICA and the challenges of getting a new organization underway.
Byrl Shoemaker spoke passionately (occasionally tapping his cane on the stage for emphasis) about the essential role of vocational education in preparing young people for their futures. He said his epiphany came during the Great Depression when – as a classically educated graduate – employers didn’t ask what he knew, but “They asked what can you do?” He also stressed the importance of student organizations particularly in teaching employability and leadership skills.
Over 70 guests joined us for the celebration. Board President Julie Yeater presided over the ceremonies. Grover Bledsoe, a retired advisor from Pennsylvania and Jim Kregiel a past national officer, as well as current SkillsUSA staff member, were also featured speakers. Among the long list of guests: Ohio State Association Director Mike Cowles who traveled with Byrl’s son Gary to the celebration; Chuck Wallace, Maryland state association director; and representing industry, our long-serving chairman of the Welding contest, Gene Hornberger, and his wife, Millie.
Students were in the fore with the flag raising and tribute by the Honor Guard of the Criminal Justice Program and performance of the opening ceremony by the student officers from Frederick County Career Center of Frederick, Maryland. The ‘60s-themed luncheon was prepared and served by culinary students from C.S. Monroe Technology Center of Leesburg, Virginia and featured Tang (the orange-flavored beverage invented during the early days of the manned space flight we were told), Swedish meatballs and there were even TV dinner-style aluminum trays. (I’m thankful the shag carpet didn’t arrive.)
To see photos and video, go to www.skillsusa.org/events/foundersday.shtml. I’m already looking forward to the 50th.
- We held our second-to-last National Leadership and Skills Conference staff meeting on May 11. Registration is up over last year in many of the states. We have 16 new exhibitors and the outdoor booth space for TECHSPO is sold out. SkillsUSA University boasts 74 sessions, and the alumni association is counting on 41 volunteers and 21 alumni attending conference for training. All in all, it appears this is shaping up to be a great national conference.
- The meeting with the NCCER Board of Trustees mentioned in a prior post went very well. I was pleased to meet with many of the nation’s largest contractors. NCCER will be chairing our Carpentry contest.
- On May 13 and 14, we had representatives from the U.S. Department of Agriculture here. They were conducting an assessment of the USDA grant SkillsUSA received from the Rural Development Office to provide PDP Online to select rural communities. The program is complete and the USDA representatives said they liked what we’d done.
- The Skill Connect Assessments continue to generate interest in industry and elsewhere. They were the subject of a conference call with Job Corps representatives yesterday. Also, during the week of May 10th, we had a visit with NIMS (National Institute of Metalworking Skills) which has an interest in co-branding, and the chairman of Adayana visited on May 13 to express his interest in using the assessments abroad.
- We’re getting ready for a large number of VIP visits to national conference by both public- and private sector guests. We’ve been preparing itineraries to make sure our guests see and hear everything possible during their times with us.
SkillsUSA has received confirmation from Kansas City that the 12th Street bridge, which leads to Kemper Arena, is open. However, there is just one lane available, and it is strongly recommended that if you plan to drive to the general sessions on Wednesday and Friday nights, that the route using the Cesar Chavez bridge should be used. Directions are as follows:
The directions and a map can also be found at www.skillsusa.org/events/nlscdir.shtml and will be included in the conference program.
South on Interstate 35 to 20th St.
West on 20th to Summit St.
South on Summit to Cesar E Chavez Avenida (23rd St. Trafficway)
West on Cesar E. Chavez to American Royal Dr.
American Royal Drive to Wyoming St.
North on Wyoming to 12th St.
South on Genessee St. to 17th St.
East on 17th to American Royal Dr.
South on American Royal Dr. to Cesar E Chavez
East on Cesar E Chavez to Southwest Blvd.
Northeast on Southwest Blvd. to Broadway Blvd.
North on Broadway to 12th St.