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CTE Month and SkillsUSA Week Events and Activities

January 31st, 2011

February is Career and Technical Education Month and February 7-11 is SkillsUSA Week. SkillsUSA Week activities are a great way to highlight the good work your state association and local chapters are doing. For SkillsUSA Week ideas, see the Chapter Management section on the SkillsUSA website. SkillsUSA offers downloadable public service announcements at:

For SkillsUSA clothing or gifts, go to: Our supply service can also help you with custom items for your state conference or other events. Call Steve Korker at 703-716-3330, Ext. 137 or e-mail:

On February 8th, at 1 p.m. EST, SkillsUSA will be holding a Web conference. The theme will be based on this year’s national theme “Respecting all Perspectives” and will include a SkillsUSA update. All state directors, instructors and members are welcome to participate in the Web conference.

To participate in the Web conference, go to the following link on February 8 at 1 p.m. EST:
Web address at To dial in for audio, call: 888-222-0475. Attendee Code: 6837807

ACTE to Host Social Media Day on February 17

January 31st, 2011

ACTE is launching its first Social Media Advocacy day on February 17. ACTE is encouraging members and CTE students to write blogs about the importance of CTE in their community and send a copy of the blog to your policymakers at both the state and federal level as well as ACTE. ACTE will develop messages for members to post on Members of Congress Facebook pages as well as status messages for Facebook, LinkedIn and other social networks. For ACTE Social Media Day, please use the hashtag #careerteched. Additional information will be posted on the ACTE website at Please save the date and encourage CTE educators and students to participate. For more information, contact Sabrina Kidwai at or 703-683-9312.

Broadway Bridge Closure During NLSC 2011

January 31st, 2011

The Missouri Department of Transportation (MoDOT) will remove and replace the Broadway Bridge over I-670 in the southwest corner of the Downtown Loop late this spring and the new bridge won’t be complete until mid-September. Alternate routes into Kansas City from the airport will be posted. Signs will be posted to alert motorists on Broadway and on I-670 regarding ramp closures and their duration. Updated information will be provided through the media, and also available at MoDOT’s Kansas City website, SkillsUSA will provide construction updates and other alternative routes as they become available.

Graduation Regalia

January 31st, 2011

Before graduation season gets into full swing, you might want to purchase official SkillsUSA graduation regalia products. Official SkillsUSA stoles, tassels and honor cords make wonderful gifts to recognize the hard work and achievements of graduates.

Order yours today, and encourage your students to do so as well at

SkillsUSA Alumni-Continue the Journey

January 31st, 2011

SkillsUSA membership is an exciting part of the technical program for many students, and we want to help all program graduates to continue their SkillsUSA experience. SkillsUSA encourages all spring 2011 high school or college graduates to join the SkillsUSA Alumni & Friends Association. We’re extending our offer of free alumni membership to all currently registered members. Alumni Members are sent a membership card, a link to our online magazine, SkillsUSA Champions, a quarterly newsletter, as well as the online Alumni forum. SkillsUSA is working to provide more networking opportunities for alumni and more opportunities for involvement at the local, state and national levels. To register, go to:

Alumni Conference Call

January 31st, 2011

The SkillsUSA Alumni & Friends Association will be offering a one-hour webinar on employability skills, enhanced communication and professional development for alumni members. It’s free and no registration is required, just call and log in at: Telephone – 888-222-0475, Attendee code – 6837807, URL Date: Tuesday February 15, 2011 1 p.m. EST.

Honoring National Staff with Seafood and Dr. Seuss

January 15th, 2011

On December 17, we held our annual Holiday Celebration with a bus tour to Washington, D.C. and our Annual Employee Years of Service Recognition Luncheon. Staff and family members boarded the magic bus at 8:30 a.m., and after playing some seasonal trivia games and watching “How the Grinch Stole Christmas,” arrived at the Gaylord Hotel for a quick tour. Then, we walked across the street to the ICE! Experience, a 15,000-square-foot attraction under a huge tent featuring 10 scenes from “How the Grinch Stole Christmas.” It’s big, impressive, colorful and carved out of two million pounds of ice. It’s also cold. The exhibit space is kept at a constant nine degrees. No wonder the staff reminds visitors as they enter the exhibit: “Don’t touch or lick the ice.” After we returned the arctic parkas and walked outside, one staff member said: “Wow, even though it’s below freezing out here, it feels like a spring day after being in there.”

Then, it was back on the bus for the drive to Georgetown Harbor for lunch at Tony and Joe’s Seafood and staff recognition. Of course, one of the things SkillsUSA is well known for is the dedication of its staff and that shows up not only in the quality of their work, but in their tenure as well. This year, we recognized 12 employees with a combined time on staff of 132 years. Four of them – Tom Hall and Ann Schreiber at 25 years each and Keith Ashby and Shelly Coates at 30 years each – accounted for 110 years by themselves. It must be the SkillsUSA mission keeps them all looking so young. It was a wonderful day of celebrating a great national staff.

Meeting of the Student Organizations

January 15th, 2011

On December 13, the National Coordinating Council of Career and Technical Student Organizations (NCC-CTSO) met in Washington to catch up on progress thus far this school year. All but one of the organizations reported that membership and conference attendance are holding their own or are on the rise.

We talked about the generational transfer among teachers. The Baby Boomers are leaving and we now have Gen-X and Millennials to serve. That’s a much different population. There was also a lot of discussion of the CEO Champion of the Year dinner by the other associations. The Association for Career and Technical Education (ACTE) announced that attendance at the ACTE conference in Las Vegas was up over the previous year.


January 15th, 2011
  • Membership as of January 13th stands at more than 202,944 or more than 13,268 over our membership on this date last year.
  • Speaking of membership, the Membership Mega Prize program is gaining sponsorships including the Louisville Convention and Visitors Bureau, N.E.W. Customer Service, Klein Tools, Kobalt Tools and IRWIN tools. For information on the drive to increase our membership through incentives, please go to
  • The report on the State Farm grant is complete, and staff did an extensive job recently reviewing Lowe’s applications for campus improvement and community service grants. To view it online, go to
  • This year’s national staff charitable donation was to benefit the 27-year old son of a cosmetology teacher at C.S. Monroe Technology Center in Leesburg. The young man has a family, lost his job and his health benefits and is being treated for cancer. The national staff was extremely generous and the donation was genuinely appreciated. A lot of students at the school are also working to raise money for the same cause.
  • Bruce Potter’s official last day with the national staff was Tuesday, December 28 and he has moved on to begin his new job as high school state association director for New York state. We wish him all the best.
  • National staff worked through strategic planning this week. It was our 11th Week of Excitement. We took some different approaches this year, beginning with Vision 2020 and the big picture, and then wrote some macro objectives to which we wrote department strategies, tactics and business plans. It was very exciting. We’ll be making our first report on new objectives to the state association director association officers at the end

The Green Destination: Video Contest

January 14th, 2011

Are you looking for a creative way to help make our society a GREENER place? If so, we’ve got the contest for you. The Delmar, Cengage Learning Corporation wants to make the green destination for the building trades industry and they need your help.

Students will create and submit a video showing how they would promote this new green website to their potential customers. For complete details, visit:

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