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March 14th, 2012
  • On February 28, SkillsUSA appeared on Capitol Hill for a congressional event entitled “Beyond the Farm: Integrating Agriculture, STEM and CTE in the 21st Century.” The event was hosted by the Congressional CTE Caucus, ACTE, NASDCTEc and the Career and Technical Student Organizations (CTSOs). SkillsUSA was represented by landscaping student, Elizabeth Shrive, and advisor, Diane Ogg Herndon, from Frederick, Md. Liz’s presentation was on testing soil pH levels and she spoke a lot to the congressional aides about what CTE means to her. Four other CTSOs exhibited as well.
  • Planning is underway for the Youth Development Foundation Committee’s Washington, D.C. visits in April. Our YDF delegates will have some attention-getting statistics to put before the congressional offices, thanks to some research recently done here at the office.

Regional Winners for Advisor of the Year

March 14th, 2012

Congratulations to the advisor of the year regional winners. They are as follows:

Region I – James Berman, Culinary Arts Instructor from Delcastle Technical High School in Wilmington, Del.

Region II – Debra Peabody, Architectural/Engineering Drawing instructor from Union Grove High School in McDonough, Ga.

Region III – Angela Haley, Human Services/Cosmetology Instructor from Oakland Technical Campus Northeast in Pontiac, Mich.

Region IV – Larry Batson, Electrical Technologies Instructor from Tulsa Tech, Tulsa, Okla.

Region V –  Donald Runyan, Drafting/Architecture Instructor from Cleveland High School in Reseda, Calif.

The national Advisor of the Year will be announced at the National Leadership and Skills Conference this June.

New and Updated for Skill Connect Assessments

March 14th, 2012

Assessment season is drawing near, and we’re excited to offer 47 industry-driven technical and employability assessments, which include 44 Skill Connect assessments and four automotive assessments offered by our co-vender Automotive Service Excellence (ASE). Information on our assessments and a complete list of the assessment areas available can be found at: At the site, there are also instructor and administrator resources to help prepare students for testing, a free 10-question demonstration of each Skill Connect Assessment, an option to purchase a 50-question sample test for $10 per assessment area and links to purchase a Skill Connect Assessment for student testing or for instructor or administrator preview.

NEW Assessment Webinars in March! Topics include “Instructor Tips for Student Success” and “Meeting Industry Demands.” For Webinar dates and times go to:

UPDATED Assessment Blueprints! The Assessment blueprints have been updated with the weighted percent of standards and competencies to help prepare the students for the assessment. Go to: and click on the assessment area to see the blueprint.

 Tips for student testing. As you begin preparing your site for student testing please refer to the website to review testing instructions at: prior to administering the assessment and ensure your hardware and software are test-ready by reviewing the requirements before beginning testing.

If you are using Internet Explorer as your browser, the requirement is Version #8. You will need to upgrade to V8 if you are running at a lower version in order for the graphics to appear correctly. If you are running V9, you must turn on compatibility mode before beginning the assessment. We suggest you test your equipment by taking the Television (Video) Production 10-question demo because it tests all question types and sound.

Accommodations are available for students with special needs. It is possible to configure your computer from text to speech and an animated voice will read the test to the student. See the Skill Connect Getting Started Guide at: for technical assistance to configure your computer.

To purchase a Skill Connect Assessment for student testing, go to:

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