September 1st, 2010
Symone Gyles, an Animal Sciences student at Edison Academy and this year’s Virginia state president, put the work of our state association directors into perspective with her opening remarks during the dinner that began the State Director Association Annual Professional Development and Training Conference on August 11 in Herndon, Va. She spoke eloquently about the difference SkillsUSA has made in her life. Then her parents rose to say the same thing and Symone’s instructor was there too. SkillsUSA is known for changing lives. That’s made possible by many people, especially by our state association directors.
Also recognized during the dinner: Karen Ward, state association director for Massachusetts and Ann Wick, state association director for Kansas were both honored for their recertification as Certified State Directors. And, Best of Brand awards were presented to Massachusetts (who won two), Georgia, Ohio and Arizona.
Kim Green, executive director of the National Association of State Directors of Career and Technical Education consortium (NASDCTEc) was our keynote speaker during the dinner. Kim and NASDCTEc believe that several factors in the domestic and global economy – in addition to trends in education – will come to favor unprecedented growth and support of career and technical education. Making that case – and covered in an earlier Executive Update – NASDCTEc has released a document called “Reflect, Transform, Lead: A New Vision for Career Technical Education.” See the document at http://careertech.org/show/new_vision. Kim discussed the paper’s recommendations and ways in which SkillsUSA could use the vision in its own work. There are some elements that are somewhat controversial, but that’s often the case in any vision.
The conference was held from August 10-15. There were 36 state associations represented in all with 45 directors and assistant directors attending. Eight of the directors are new and attended the new director training sessions on August 10 and 11. The August 12 and 13 meetings featured 19 best practice sessions including conducting state legislative days, strategies to grow state conferences, and social media/online monitoring for non-profits taught by an outside expert from Vocus. The state directors’ business meeting and regional meetings took up most of Saturday, August 14.
September 1st, 2010
The state directors meeting blended right into the board meeting on the evening of August 14 with a dinner cruise on the Potomac. We got down to business at 8 a.m. the following morning. With eight new members on the board of 15 – and three officers new to their positions – it was a great idea to start the meeting with a one-hour refresher course on parliamentary procedure taught by long-time SkillsUSA state director and registered parliamentarian, Dr. Chip Harris. We clearly have perceptive and knowledgeable board members, all of whom take a wealth of experience and ideas to our governance. A report on the board meeting itself will be made when the minutes are complete.
September 1st, 2010
With an exciting new school year now underway, we’re pleased to invite you to visit the SkillsUSA Web store www.skillsusastore.org – your one-stop resource for all things SkillsUSA. From uniform products and core items, stylish apparel to cool accessories, our online store is available 24/7 to serve you.
Also, coming to your inbox this fall is our new 2010 – 2011 catalog, which previews more than twenty new apparel and product offerings. Redesigned to honor our collective commitment to sustainability, this catalog will become a handy companion to our online store. We encourage you to share the catalog with your SkillsUSA students as well, as our full product line truly has something for everyone.
In addition to new offerings spotlighted in the catalog, our product line is updated throughout the year. Be sure to visit www.skillsusastore.org often to see what’s new.
Remember, SkillsUSA Store is your one-stop outfitter for all Official SkillsUSA products including:
- SkillsUSA Blazers, Wind Jackets and Ties
- Competition Work Uniforms for all events
- Chapter Supplies, Banners and Table Drapes
- SkillsUSA Pins, Patches and Medallions
- Fun and Stylish Fashion Apparel
- SkillsUSA branded Gifts and Accessories
- Customizable Awards
- And much more!
We are also pleased to be your resource for all your custom branded SkillsUSA product and apparel needs. Our merchandising team can provide you with the latest products at competitive prices. From funky T-shirts to cool pins, from decals to flash drives, we have access to more than a million products at every price point. Just call (703-674-5454) or send an e-mail to Steve Korker at email@example.com, and his team will be happy to help you with concepts and ideas.
Thank you for shopping the SkillsUSA Store and your continued support of our organization.