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Highlights

August 14th, 2013
  • Jonathan Irizarry , past national secretary and I met with other career and technical student organizations (CTSOs) on July 25 during the National FFA Washington Leadership Institute (WLI). FFA pulls together all of its state presidents for training and Hill visits during its WLI. SkillsUSA was invited to participate in student and educator panels with other organizations to discuss opportunities and concerns of CTSOs. In all, four student organizations participated and representatives from the Association for Career and Technical Education. Among the top concerns of the adults were engaging students, alumni, membership growth and finding ways to honor instructors. I talked about engagement in our strategic plan and Vision 2020. Jonathan did very well talking about leadership training at WLTI, state certified trainers, and training at national conference. He also talked about a day-long symposium he’d put together in Puerto Rico where he used the WLTI experience as a model and brought in local businesses to do the training. Students were engaged and networking too.
  • The National Coordinating Council of the CTSOs (NCC-CTSO) met on July 30. Among the topics of conversation were high school redesign and higher education initiatives at the Office of Vocational and Adult Education; prospects for education legislation in Washington (parties are very far apart and likely there will have to be a continuing resolution to keep funding at current levels); and, creation of a NCC-CTSO website. The website project is being led by a SkillsUSA staffer. Also of interest, the CTSOs have compiled their membership numbers by state and by congressional district and produced state profile fliers to be used with their elected representatives. When we add up the members of all the organizations, it’s more than two million people. The fliers will be released later in the year.
  • Videos of the speeches and presentations made during the Creating Pathways to Prosperity Conference at the Harvard Graduate School of Education in March 2013 are now available online at: http://tinyurl.com/l9oqaex. The video of remarks by Nick Pinchuk, chairman and CEO of Snap-on can be seen at: http://tinyurl.com/mwjxy9l. Remarks by a former Massachusetts student state officer from Blackstone Valley Vocational Regional High School speaking as part of a student panel appear at the 44:29 mark at: http://tinyurl.com/mwjxy9l.
  • Former Collision Repair Technology contest technical committee member, Bob Medved, interviewed Mike Rowe about the skills gap on Collision Hub during the national conference. A copy of the video appears on the mikeroweWORKS website at: www.mikeroweworks.com/2013/07/mike-rowe-explains-the-skills-gap-at-skillsusa-2013/.

New National Awards for Our Materials

August 14th, 2013

APEX Awards logoFour SkillsUSA projects have earned Awards of Excellence in the annual APEX (Awards for Publication Excellence) program:

  • Annual Reports, Electronic and Web: SkillsUSA 2012 Annual Report
  • Magazines and Journals, Print: SkillsUSA Champions
  • Member and Customer Communications: 2012-2013 SkillsUSA Membership Kit
  • Social Media: SkillsUSA’s Twitter Page

APEX awards are based on excellence in graphic design, editorial content and overall communications excellence. For 25 years, APEX has judged and presented these awards to professional communicators. Out of about 2,400 total entries this year, only 971 were recognized for outstanding work. Other winners included familiar names such as AARP; The Wall Street Journal; Walt Disney Co.; and Toyota Motor Sales, USA, Inc.

E-learning Opportunities

August 14th, 2013

There are twelve e-learning opportunities scheduled this fall. Please encourage teachers, administrators, students and anyone else who is interested in learning more about how to create a successful chapter to attend.

Starting a New Chapter is scheduled for Tuesday, August 27. Participants can join the webinar either at 3:30 p.m. or 6:30 p.m. (EDT). Each session will last 45 minutes and will consist of practical answers and useful solutions that can be implemented the next day to improve their chapters.

Please register for the time that works best for you at the following link:

https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/rt/2148046949449519104

Tools for Managing Your Chapter is scheduled for Tuesday, September 3. Participants can join the webinar either at 3:30 p.m. or 6:30 p.m. (EDT). Go to https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/rt/781316612728624640

Lesson Plans to Illustrate Why CTE and SkillsUSA? is scheduled for Thursday, September 5. Participants can join the webinar either at 3:30 p.m. or 6:30 p.m. (EDT). Go to https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/rt/988820845169056768

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.


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