August 1st, 2010
The National Coordinating Council of Career and Technical Student Organizations (NCC-CTSOs) met at the Office of Vocational and Adult Education in Washington, D.C. on the 21st. The early part of the meeting was a proposal by the National Research Center for CTE to conduct additional research on the CTSOs. Specifically, the research would be modeled on the math study done by the center a few years ago to demonstrate the value of CTE in teaching mathematics. This would focus on CTSOs as an intervention model and would include professional development for advisors as the math study did.
In our round table discussion, we heard that ACTE and the National Association of State Directors of CTE consortium (NASDCTEc) believe that Congress will go ahead with level funding for CTE next year. NASDCTEc is pushing to have CTE written into the Elementary and Secondary Education Act particularly in light of career clusters. And, speaking of career clusters, SkillsUSA also received congratulations for the great job SkillsUSA Kansas State Association Director Ann Wick did showing how CTSOs fit into the career cluster model during the NASDCTEc Career Clusters Institute in Denver last June. Representatives of ACTE and NASDCTEc were pleased with the opportunity to present during the Call to Action session at conference.
August 1st, 2010
SkillsUSA: Champions at Work
Respecting All Perspectives
The topic to be addressed by contestants in the Chapter Display, Prepared Speech and Promotional Bulletin Board contests is how our slogan, SkillsUSA: Champions at Work, relates to our national program of work in the area of Professional Development.
Within this topic, contestants might illustrate or discuss any of the following:
- How SkillsUSA’s professional development opportunities respect and value cultural differences to optimize personal and team success in the workplace.
- How members value different talents/skills to achieve common goals in competition and within the community.
- How students use collaboration and cooperation to achieve team success inside and outside the classroom.
- How SkillsUSA values inclusion and diversity in decision making and problem solving by teaching students to process all perspectives in a respectful and productive manner.
- How involvement in SkillsUSA creates a global awareness that broadens the horizons of students to foster an open-minded approach to learning.
- How SkillsUSA ideals support an understanding of generational differences in the workplace to merge existing practices with new technology and ideas.
- How SkillsUSA championships emphasize an appreciation of individual skills to strengthen team efforts and successes.
- How members build a respect for lifelong learning through quality education, competition, professional opportunities, and volunteerism.
- How SkillsUSA championships and activities promote innovative thinking to achieve personal and professional growth.
- How the dynamics of SkillsUSA programs and championships challenge individuals to adapt and achieve flexibility in various workplace situations.
- How SkillsUSA activities teach students the value of self-responsibility and the use of courage and candor to support team efforts in a helpful and productive way.
- How SkillsUSA creates an awareness of environmentally conscious industry practices that empower students to employ safe and sustainable work habits and ideals.
August 1st, 2010
The new national officers have been trained and are ready for assignments. If you are interested in having a national officer visit your state, please contact Deb Tripp at 703-737-0637 or Stephanie Bland at 703-737-0622. The newly elected officers for 2010-11 are:
High School Division
Katie Grimnes (Wash.) – President
Emily Combs (Ohio) – Vice President
Krista Williford (Va.) – Secretary
Ariel Padilla (Texas) – Treasurer
Andrea Arbogast (Mo.) – Parliamentarian
Ricky Jordan (Mass.) – Region 1 Vice President
Victoria Crespo (Va.) – Region 2 Vice President
Katie Rhodes (Ohio) – Region 3 Vice President
Janie Martinez (Texas) – Region 4 Vice President
Robin Cronbaugh (Ariz.) – Region 5 Vice President
Sam Soto (Tenn.) – President
Loree Hayden (Ill.) – Vice President
Kendra Lisec (N.C.) – Secretary
TraShawn Brooks (Okla.) – Treasurer
Vanessa Mendez (N.M.) – Parliamentarian