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SkillsUSA at the ACTE Conference

December 15th, 2011

SkillsUSA had a productive ACTE (Association for Career and Technical Education) Conference in St. Louis, November 17-19. We had three national officers with us in the trade show booth – C.J. DeHart, Veronica Senkowski and Jeremy Ballentine – and each did a sensational job of visiting with people who stopped by. Actually, they were pulling people in to visit. The booth was always busy, and according to staff, the handout materials “disappeared.”

SkillsUSA conducted three presentations during the conference. SkillsUSA staff spoke on how to energize a chapter. Chip Harris from Tennessee State University did a workshop that was an introduction to the SkillsUSA Program of Work, and I did a well-attended presentation on the Skill Connect Assessments. We were pleased that the assessments were featured in an article on credentialing in the November/December issue of ACTE’s Techniques magazine. That probably helped build attendance. I also received some great reactions from teachers who are already using the assessments, and those were nice to hear.

Board Committee Meetings on the Ground and Online

December 15th, 2011

On November 16, we held our three board of director committee meetings on governance, finance and programs. The home base was Clyde Miller Academy, an inner-city charter school in St. Louis where they are doing a fantastic job for students. Two of Missouri’s SkillsUSA state officers this year are from the academy, and there were SkillsUSA materials in all the classrooms, in the entry way, everywhere. The culinary and food and beverage service students took care of our every need.

Highlights

December 15th, 2011
  • On November 11, I attended the NCCER (National Center for Construction Education and Research) board of trustees meeting in Phoenix. We have some great partners in the group, and they’re still talking about how much they enjoyed their board meeting during our national conference last June.
  • After NCCER, I was off to Chicago for the FABTECH show, November 14 and 15, sponsored by the American Welding Society, Precision Metalforming Association, Society of Manufacturing Engineers and the Fabricators and Manufacturers Association (AWS, PMA, SME and FMA). SkillsUSA WorldTeam medalists from 2009 Calgary and 2011 London, Joe Young and Brad Clink, were formally recognized during the conference with scholarships and awards. And, I was given the Plummer Memorial Education Lecture Award which was quite an honor. The annual award has been presented since 1986 and is in the name of the AWS president from ’52-’54 and later AWS executive director. The title of my presentation was “Welding Education: Changing Lives and Building the 21st Century Workforce.”
  • Staff reported during our recent staff meeting that Toyota was pleased with the Champion of the Year dinner. The event raised close to $300,000. Radiator Specialty Company has awarded $25,000 in scholarships to students from five SkillsUSA postsecondary chapters. During the same meeting that donations have come in from 45 companies since September, of which 19 are new or are doing more than in the past as a result of the dinner.
  • TECHSPO already has booked 58 indoor booths and 11 outdoor booths for next year’s conference.

 

Good Neighbor Scholarships

December 15th, 2011

Online applications are available  for the State Farm Good Neighbor Scholarships at: www.26seconds.com.

Interested students should take action as soon as possible, as there is a 360 application limit. High school seniors with a GPA of 2.5-3.2 can apply for the 26, two-year, $2,500 per year, scholarships to be used for higher education or technical school attendance. The scholarships are provided by the State Farm Companies Foundation.

American Airlines Group Travel Discounts

December 15th, 2011

SkillsUSA has partnered with American Airlines for five percent off published fares, even sale prices, to attend the following 2012 national conferences:

  • National Leadership and Skills Conference (NLSC) in Kansas City, Mo. (June 23-27)
  • Washington Leadership Training Institute in Herndon, Va. (September 14-18) (Information available on 2012 WLTI Web page.)

Procedures for booking airline tickets for the 2012 National Leadership & Skills Conference are as follows

  • 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 (field #9) will be promotion code. Enter this code: 6662DA followed by selecting Go. The next screen will contain all flight times for departure and return. Complete reservation as instructed.
  • Call American Airlines Meeting Services Desk at 800-433-1790 and provide agent with code: 6662DA, or purchase tickets through a travel agent and mention 6662DA

Terms and Conditions
Discount is valid June 10-30, 2012 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.


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