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Conference Registration Requirements

April 30th, 2011

To participate in official conference meetings and events, all attendees (advisors included) must register for the conference. A registration fee ($125) is required in order to obtain the official conference badge that allows access to SkillsUSA conference opening and awards ceremonies, contestant meetings and debriefings, seminars, delegate sessions and planned entertainment.

Discount Airlines-NLSC Travel

April 30th, 2011

When making travel arrangements to Kansas City, there is another discount option that benefits SkillsUSA. Both American and Frontier airlines have signed on with SkillsUSA offering discount travel options. Here are instructions for both:

1. American Airlines
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 this code: 2861DH followed by selecting Go. The next screen will contain all flight times for departure and return. Complete reservation as instructed, OR,

Call American Airlines Meeting Services Desk at 800-433-1790 and provide agent with code: 2861DH, OR,

Purchase tickets through a travel agent and mention 2861DH

Terms and Conditions
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. Save a booking fee by using www.aa.com; Name change is allowed with 15OUSD/CAD GMT ticketing change charge. Name must be changed and re-ticketed prior to arrival at the airport. Allowed only on flights operated by American Airlines. All travelers are eligible for accrued flight miles.

2. Frontier Airlines discount program to SkillsUSA–Best Care Business (BCB) ID: B1529
To ensure the customer receives the best price and SkillsUSA receives credit for the purchase, make sure the Best Care Business (BCB) identification number is provided during the reservation process. Online is only available at www.frontierairlines.com. It’s very easy to book flights using the two options listed below.

Option 1:

  • Go to www.frontierairlines.com and enter your desired itinerary
  • Choose the desired flights and AirFair Type
  • When you reach the passenger information page, there is a box to enter your Best Care Business ID (Be careful when entering the code)

Option 2: Travel Agency

Simply instruct the travel agent to enter the BCB ID into the IT/Tour Code Box before ticketing.

Dunk Tank

April 30th, 2011

Bosch Power Tools will, once again, help raise money for the Alumni Fund by hosting a dunk tank during the 2011 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 over $800 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 in 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 email 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 email to nclausen@skillsusa.org.

State Officer and Advisor 101/201 Training Reminder

April 29th, 2011

Please don’t forget to register for State Officer and Advisor 101/201 Training by the June 1 deadline. The 101 training is designed for high school students who are officers of their state associations and for students who are interested in becoming state officers. The 201 training is designated for college/postsecondary students who are officers of their state associations and for high school officers who have already attended 101 training. Advisors can also benefit from new advisor training that addresses the challenges of advising student leaders and how to effectively run your chapter. The link to register online is www.skillsusa.org/educators/101reg.shtml.

NLSC Entertainment Reminders

April 29th, 2011

This year’s NLSC entertainment activities/locations have been posted on our web page. To view the options, schedules and prices, please go to: www.skillsusa.org/events/entertainment.shtml.

Alumni & Friends Scholarship Reminder

April 29th, 2011

The SkillsUSA Alumni & Friends Association is offering two annual merit-based $500 scholarships to qualifying students. The scholarships will recognize the qualities in SkillsUSA students the SkillsUSA Alumni & Friends Association support, including leadership, commitment to community service, advocacy for career and technical education and his/her chosen career area. The deadline to apply is May 15, 2011. If you have questions, please contact Niki Clausen at nclausen@skillsusa.org or call 703-737-0639. For an application, go to this page.

Tornado Disaster Relief

April 29th, 2011

SkillsUSA is joining the rest of the country in seeking to alleviate the suffering from the tornadoes in the southern United States. Deadly tornadoes and thunderstorms ripped through the South Wednesday, devastating dozens of cities and killing more than 300 people across five states.

The majority of the deaths have been reported in Alabama with 195 people killed, including 15 in the city of Tuscaloosa alone, where 200-mph winds swept homes off their foundations. President Obama declared a state of emergency for the search-and-rescue response in Alabama and said federal officials had their eye on the storms and would offer help as needed.

We encourage those that are able to donate to the American Red Cross. You can also call 1-800-RED-CROSS or text “REDCROSS” to 90999 to make a $10 donation.

Of course local chapters will (and should) have student-led efforts to help the victims of this disaster. We are asking for reports from our chapters and state associations on these efforts and will publish these as best practice ideas for other schools to follow.

Send your stories by clicking the “Contact Us” link at the top of this page.

Thank you for your support. I know our members will step up, as always, to provide service and support to those in need.

Job Opportunities in Dubai

April 29th, 2011

The WorldSkills Official Technical Delegate for the United Arab Emirates (UAE) has asked our assistance in recruiting educators/administrators for their technical training institutes. Specifically, they need instructors in most technical areas and English, Math and Science and principals and vice principals. In addition to having the appropriate education/experience, the only other requirement is that applicants must speak English as their first language. Jobs are in and around Dubai in all new facilities with the latest, state-of-the art equipment. Preferred start date is mid-August.

The UAE will pay air travel costs (business class for principals and directors and economy class for instructors and vice principals) and one paid trip home each year.

Positions are one-year and up contracts. Monthly salaries in USD for technical/academic instructors start at around $7,500, for vice principals $10,000, for principals $13,500 and directors $18,500 with a bonus of one month’s salary at the end of the contract term. All medical and dental is included. There are no government income taxes.

Seriously interested individuals should contact Ms. Rawan Mobaslat at rawan.mobaslat@actvet.ac.ae.

The Money Pit

April 26th, 2011

I recently had the opportunity to appear on the radio program The Money Pit. It is a nationally syndicated, call-in radio show that helps listeners with their home repair and improvement problems.

The interview can be heard here: The Money Pit interview with Tim Lawrence

The Money Pit has consistently been named among “America’s 100 Most Important Radio Shows” by Talkers magazine. It’s been on the air for over ten years, and is now carried on over 260 radio affiliates across the nation, as well as on XM satellite radio. Each week, Tom Kraeutler and Leslie Segrete take dozens of calls from listeners who ask about everything from pest problems to deck dilemmas. Their combined experience and expertise allow them to offer solutions to a wide range of problems immediately. If they aren’t sure how to help, which is rare, they can always point callers in the right direction.

It’s Spring State Conference Season

April 15th, 2011

If SkillsUSA is all about the students – and a good deal of it is – then there’s almost no better time to see and hear them than going to state spring conferences. Each conference is different, but they’re all fun. I’ll be attending nine this year, so I’ll be having lots of fun.

On March 23 – 25, I was in San Antonio for the SkillsUSA Texas College/Postsecondary Conference. The keynote speaker was U.S. Representative Francisco Canseco, and he spoke highly and favorably of the Perkins Act and SkillsUSA and he stressed the importance of skilled workers to rebuilding the nation’s economy. Richard Chappel of Snap-on Industrial was the industry conference chairman, and I spoke to the group as well. Texas has a strong group of state officers and 375 great students attended. Congratulations to Stacy Scott, state association director, and to Larry Haefling and Dr. Federico Zaragoza.

On March 26, I went to the West Virginia State Leadership and Skills Conference in Martinsburg. The keynote speaker there was Larry Faircloth, owner and president of a realty company, but also a candidate for governor. He talked about creating jobs in West Virginia and how he sees SkillsUSA and CTE as parts of the answer. I was there for the second day of competition and spoke to the teachers and during the awards ceremony. It was great to spend time with Paul Lovett, the energetic new state association director, and with corporate member, Rick Gillman.


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