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The ACTE CareerTech Vision 2013 Conference

November 29th, 2013

SkillsUSA will be participating at ACTE’s CareerTech Vision 2013 Conference at the Las Vegas Convention Center in Las Vegas, Nevada and the booth (#319) will be open on December 5 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and on December 6 from 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. In addition, we have three sessions scheduled, and we hope if you’re there, you’ll stop by. Here they are — Enhance Your SkillsUSA Chapter on December 6 from 1-2:30 p.m. in Room N229 and Why SkillsUSA? from 2:45-4:15 p.m. in Room N224. And, Your “Easy Button” Teaching and Assessing Workforce Ready Skills and Career-ready Practices in the CCTC Standards on December 7 from 8:30-10:00 a.m. in Room N224.

Jen Polz, our State Association Director Chairperson and Minnesota director, has been named as a finalist for the Association for Career and Technical Education (ACTE) National Outstanding Educator Award. Our congratulations go to Jen, and we look forward to seeing her on the stage in Las Vegas during the ACTE CareerTech Vision 2013 Convention.

This year’s ACTE CareerTech Vision 2013 awards banquet will feature U.S. Secretary of Education, Arne Duncan. Also scheduled to be in attendance is the Assistant Secretary of Education from the Office of Vocational and Adult Education, Brenda Dann Messier. More information can be found on their webpage at:

Million Women Mentors Initiative

November 29th, 2013

SkillsUSA has signed on as a partner to the “Million Women Mentors” initiative co-sponsored by STEMconnector and the National Girls Collaborative Project. The goal is to engage one million male and female Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics mentors from business, academe, government and non-profit sectors to increase the interest and confidence of girls and young women to persist and succeed in STEM programs, coursework, degrees and careers.

Other partners include Google, Accenture, Cisco, Walmart and 4-H. There are no financial obligations involved in the partnership. At some point, SkillsUSA will be counting and reporting on our female students in STEM-related curricula, national contests and the teachers and business partners that work with them. I will be attending the announcement of this initiative at an event at the National Press Club on December 8.


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