December 30th, 2010
SkillsUSA has partnered with American Airlines for five percent off published fares, even sale prices, to attend the following 2011 national conferences:
- National Leadership and Skills Conference (NLSC) in Kansas City, Mo. (June 19-25). Discount is valid June 9-29, 2011 from any destination served by American Airlines to Kansas City (MCI). Discount is available to anyone attending the event. See: www.skillsusa.org/events/nlscair.shtml
- State Directors Annual Professional Development Conference in Louisville, Ky. (August 15-20). Discount is valid August 11-23, 2011 from any destination served by American Airlines to Louisville, Ky. Discount is available to anyone attending the event). See the state directors’ section of the website for more information.
- Washington Leadership Training Institute (WLTI) in Herndon, Va. (September 17-21). Discount is valid September 11-24, 2011 from any destination served by American Airlines to Baltimore (BWI, Reagan National (DCI) and Washington Dulles (IAD). Discount is available to anyone attending the event). See: www.skillsusa.org/events/wltiair.shtml
Procedures to find airline tickets for each conference are the same, but the codes differ. Here are the general instructions.
Visit www.aa.com. From top menu bar, choose reservations followed by select flight; complete appropriate fields (i.e., travel dates, number of passengers departure and destination city). At bottom of select flight screen, the last field will be promotion code. Enter the code for the event and select Go. The next screen will contain all flight times for departure and return. Complete reservations as instructed, or call American Airlines Meeting Services Desk at 800-433-1790 and provide agent with the code, or purchase tickets through a travel agent and mention the code.
December 15th, 2010
Like the number of apples contained within a single apple seed, each opportunity we seize contains an untold number of benefits. Like the apple seed, your work spreads across your community and therefore, across the nation. Your work impacts thousands of lives! Thank you for making SkillsUSA part of your life and the lives of others.
December 14th, 2010
On November 12, I had a conference call with Air Products’ CEO, Chairman and President John McGlade, Laurie Gostley-Hackett and SkillsUSA Board Member Joe Pietrantonio to discuss their recommendations for ways to build upon the success of the CEO Champion of the Year award process and the dinner for next year. In addition to suggestions for expanding media coverage and government relations opportunities, John said he would like to be personally involved in recruiting and preparing the next CEO nominee. That’s a generous offer to SkillsUSA’s future success, and one I certainly plan to accept.
As I’ve previously mentioned, staff has edited the video footage of the entire CEO Champion of the Year event at the Waldorf=Astoria to a nice summary of the evening and it’s all done in 10 minutes. To watch the video, please visit: www.skillsusa.org/supporters/ceochampion.shtml and scroll down. The video is well worth seeing.
December 13th, 2010
The National Association of Career and Technical Education consortium (NASDCTEc), as part of its increasingly wide-reaching public relations campaign for career and technical education, has released online what it calls the Vision Toolkit. Included in the kit is a two-minute video that does a good job of making a case to support CTE using both facts and a bit of emotional appeal as well. There are also talking points, a fact sheet and PowerPoint presentations. Everything is available for download, and all of the pieces fit with NASDCTEc’s Reflect, Transform, Lead: A New Vision for Career Technical Education. Go to www.careertech.org/makingthedifference.
December 10th, 2010
Kobalt Tools will, once again, sponsor tool gift packages to chapters with 100 percent membership in various trade areas. Selection of the winning schools will be based on final 2011 membership numbers.
December 10th, 2010
State Farm Insurance is, once again, generously sponsoring regional Professional Development Program (PDP), Chapter Management Institute (CMI) seminars and Career Skills Education Program (CSEP) seminars. There will be one training session (CMI, PDP or CSEP) per region. All materials and training will be free to participants. The only cost is $30 for lunch and breaks. PDP participants will receive a complete set of PDP materials and free licenses for each level. CMI participants will receive an ASK CD, a SkillsUSA Leadership Handbook and the SkillsUSA Championships Technical Standards CD package. CSEP participants will receive one free CSEP license.
If you would like to sign-up for or host a regional PDP, CMI or CSEP training seminar, please contact Stephanie Bland at 703-737-0622 or firstname.lastname@example.org. A minimum of 25 participants is needed to conduct the training.
For the latest seminar information go to: www.skillsusa.org/educators/training.shtml.
Advanced Chapter Management Institute (CMI)
January 28, 2011
Registration Deadline: January 14, 2011
December 9th, 2010
According to just-released student survey data from the National Center for Education Statistics, just under half of all students who entered college for the first time in the 2003-04 academic year had earned a degree or certificate from some postsecondary institution within six years, by the end of the 2008-09 academic year, 30.7 percent had earned a bachelor’s degree (either from their original institution or from another), while 9.3 percent had earned an associate degree and 9.4 percent a certificate. Another 15 percent were still enrolled in either a two- or a four-year institution.
Students who started at two-year colleges in 2003-04 were far less likely to have earned degrees of any type within six years than were those who started at four-year institutions: 34% attained formal credentials from two-year institutions versus 65% at four-year institutions.
Men and women graduated at roughly comparable rates, but there were significant differences by race: 45.5 percent of Asian students had earned bachelor’s degrees in six years, compared to 36.4 percent of white students, 16.9 percent of Hispanic, 16.7 percent of black, and 27.3 percent of mixed-race students.
The bachelor’s degree attainment is slightly better than it was for the previous 1995-06 cohort of students surveyed, but the overall persistence and completion rate is marginally lower.
–”New Data, No Better Results”. Inside Higher Ed, December 2, 2010
December 8th, 2010
The SkillsUSA Alumni and Friends Association is sponsoring an Alumni Pin Design Contest again this year. The winning design will become the official Alumni Pin for the 2011 National Leadership and Skills Conference. The deadline for the pin designs to be received by the National Office is March 1, 2011. Participants must be registered alumni members. If you have any questions, please contact Niki Clausen at email@example.com or call 703-737-0639.
For more information and contest guidelines, go to: www.skillsusa.org/supporters/alumni.shtml
December 7th, 2010
Washington Campus Compact has partnered with Inspireum, a technology company, to celebrate service work of outstanding college students. The Students in Service Awards include scholarships and grants.
Students who apply for this award will have their projects posted on the Students in Service Awards website. Students, educators, family members and other community members will be invited to vote for their favorite student/service project. Fan votes and the Washington Campus Compact staff will select the top 50 inspirational semifinalists. A national selection committee of civic leaders, along with a fan vote, chooses the final Students In Service Award™ winner and scholarship recipients.
An interim website has been developed with additional details on eligibility and the nominations process at: www.serviceawards.org. A more comprehensive website will be open for nominations December 15, 2010 through January 28, 2011. For more information, go to: www.wacampuscompact.org/programs/sisawards/award%20overview.pdf.