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2013 SkillsUSA University Reminder

January 30th, 2013

We are currently accepting proposals from high-quality presenters of innovative, timely and dynamic educational topics to present at the 2013 SkillsUSA University. This year SkillsUSA University is sponsored by Universal Technical Institute. All sessions will take place at the Downtown Marriott Hotel or the Kansas City Convention Center on June 26, 27 and 28.

We ask state directors or instructors who would like to present to send emails with proposed topics to Nikole Clausen at nclausen@skillsusa.org.

Possible topics: local chapter activities; fundraising; community service; SkillsUSA Program of Work success stories; business etiquette; communication skills for students; local industry partnerships, etc. These can be best practices (with a local advisor presenting) or an expert in the subject area. If you do not want to present, but you have suggestions for workshop topics, please feel free to forward them to us.

The deadline for proposals is February 28. For more information and a Request for Proposal (RFP), go to: www.skillsusa.org/events/skillsuniv.shtml.

 

Regional PDP, CMI and CSEP Training Seminars

January 30th, 2013

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 Advisor’s Success Kit (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 to host a regional PDP, CMI or CSEP training seminar, please contact Stephanie Bland at 703-737-0622 or sbland@skillsusa.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.

Interstate Batteries Fundraiser Reminder

January 30th, 2013

Interstate Batteries logo

As you recall, SkillsUSA announced a new partnership with Interstate Batteries and a fundraising program for local chapters.

This is a great opportunity for your chapters to raise funds in partnership with a company whose mission and product align very closely with SkillsUSA. Through this partnership, local chapters can now sell Interstate Batteries’ products, and they will receive 50% of the sales.

Below is the link for your chapter to sign up today. This is a great program to participate in as you seek to raise funds for district and state events and for leadership development activities and materials. For more information, go to: www.Interstatebatteries.com/fundraising/SkillsUSA.

Work Force Ready System Updates

January 30th, 2013

Work Force Ready System

NEW! Teacher Preparation Guides:
Teacher Preparation Guides are now available to assist teachers in preparing students for the Skill Connect Assessments. The first six were released in January: Carpentry, Cosmetology, Criminal Justice/Crime Scene investigation, Television (Video) Production, Nurse Assisting and Welding. The guide will be included as part of the assessment purchase and will be accessible online in the test system to the instructor.

Additional guides will be available in the next school year.

Coming Soon! PrintED Student Certification
Coming soon for this spring testing, a student who achieves a passing score on any of the SkillsUSA/PrintED Co-branded assessments will be awarded a PrintED/SkillsUSA Student Certification in that subject area, valid for two years. The certification, which does not require work experience, is designed to be the initial step for students seeking to build a career in the graphic communications industry. Additionally, responding to the growing emphasis on accountability in education, this student credential provides a means for graphic communications courses of study to measure and demonstrate their success. The certificate can be printed online immediately after a student achieves a passing cut-score. Student Certifications are available for the following assessments – Advertising Design, Digital File Preparation & Digital File

For information on our assessments, visit our Work Force Ready System website at: www.workforcereadysystem.org, contact us at 703-737-0633, ext. 1 or email us at skillconnect@skillsusa.org.


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