June 15th, 2013
As we prepare for the largest national conference in SkillsUSA’s history, we have a busy staff at headquarters focused on all the details that will make it a successful conference too. There are a myriad of projects being completed from the printed programs and other materials, to the scripts, agendas, VIP schedules, reviews of equipment and facilities, packing and arrangements for transportation. I could never draw up a complete list of the tasks that have to be done. This is a time of year when I reflect that SkillsUSA is fortunate to have a staff and volunteers who have everything covered. Conference registration is at a record high of 10,002 and SkillsUSA University will offer 69 sessions. The competitors number is nearly 6,000 … 5,927 to be exact.
“TAG Tuesday” (Train-Act-Grow), is a series of leadership activities to be held for delegates during national conference. In the morning, there will be workshops for high school chapter leaders and high school state officers and there will be separate workshops for college/postsecondary delegates on networking with business. The afternoon will offer experiential sessions for the high school delegates and one-on-one interviews with business representatives for the college/postsecondary delegates.
Following up on another introduction from Board member Russ Hoffbauer, Enterprise Holdings, Inc. — holding several car rental companies — is supporting national officer travel to the national conference this year with a $10,000 donation and is providing 11 vehicles for use during conference.
June 14th, 2013
The complete list of SkillsUSA Championships winners will be available online just after conference at: www.skillsusa.org/compete/results.shtml.
In addition, trade releases specific to each contest area are located at: www.skillsusa.org/about/mediakit.shtml. Please feel free to use the wording from these when publicizing students’ participation (e.g., as a delegate, Courtesy Corps member, competitor, etc.) in the NLSC.
And, a reminder that a sample press release template has also been added to SkillsUSA’s advocacy site. It’s another way to help get the word out to the media. This press release is editable by the sender and can be sent to five media outlets at a time. The site can be reached by going to: http://capwiz.com/skillsusa/home/
June 1st, 2013
On April 27-29, all members of the SkillsUSA WorldTeam (except one) were in Leesburg for training. That included the SkillsUSA 101 course so, they’re all on the same page when talking about the work of SkillsUSA. There was also scenario training based on the experiences of team members in prior competitions, including how to handle things under the contest rules, and time and stress management.
On Monday, we went to the German Embassy for an orientation conducted by the education director on the German education system and Germany’s Skills Initiative to promote preparation and training of a skilled workforce. Presenters also talked about German culture and food. The students asked mostly about what they’d see in and around Leipzig.
By invitation, we were joined during the meeting by Sam Morgante, legislative aide to Representative James Langevin of Rhode Island and co-chair of the House CTE Coalition. During the luncheon at the Cafe Berlin in Washington, Sam spoke to the team about the importance of CTE and the support of the Coalition.
I want to commend Heidi and Jerry Walsh and Dave Worden for their work with the team. They’re an incredible group of young people and Heidi, Jerry and Dave had a big part in their preparation. I’m glad to say I believe the team really bonded during this trip.
Oh, then there’s that one missing member of the team. He’s Alex Pazkowski, our Welding contestant. Alex was attending the 2013 Global Skills Challenge in Perth, Australia, an invitational event including 10 other countries including China, Canada, the UK and France. The Challenge was to help International Team Australia Skillaroos prepare for Leipzig. Dave Worden received word that Alex took the gold medallion.
May 31st, 2013
At the national conference, the staff of SkillsUSA Champions magazine will be on the lookout for interview subjects and cover models.
If you know of a SkillsUSA student, advisor, industry representative or alumnus who will be at conference and whose story would be motivating and inspirational, please email Tom Hall at firstname.lastname@example.org. He’ll then set up a specific time to meet with the magazine staff.
In addition, if you have a student who is going to the national conference and he or she could be a potential cover model, there will be designated “photo studio” hours. Please let Tom know, and he will contact you with the available times. Four students’ photos will be chosen to appear on SkillsUSA Champions covers next year. The remaining photos will appear in various materials, from the membership poster to other promotions. Our magazine staff looks forward to meeting your Champions at conference!
May 31st, 2013
A sample press release has been added to SkillsUSA’s advocacy site. It’s a template to be used by state association directors, instructors, parents and others to help get the word out to the media about the students who competed or participated in some other way (e.g., as a delegate, Courtesy Corps member, etc.) during the National Leadership and Skills Conference. The press release can be sent to five media outlets at a time. The site can be reached by going to: http://capwiz.com/skillsusa/home/.
We hope you take advantage of this valuable tool and spread the word!
May 31st, 2013
This year, Timberland PRO is again sponsoring SkillsUSA and the NLSC in multiple ways: by managing the Community Service competition; providing footwear to over 150 competition winners, including 20 members of the WorldTeam; hosting the mobile marketing booth at conference; hosting the 12th annual community service day on Friday, June 28th; and, sponsoring a virtual food drive in support of Harvester’s Community Food Network.
This year’s food drive has begun, and we encourage you to go to the Timberland/Harvesters virtual food drive and make a donation. Harvester’s is recognized for excellence in the use of donated resources, as they use less than 3 percent of monies donated towards administration and fundraising, with the bulk being spent on food acquisition, distribution and education. Timberland PRO hopes to raise a total of $1,000 to help Harvester’s reach their goal of distributing 66,000 meals every week. A donation of $1 can feed five people and Timberland PRO will match donations up to $1,000. Every person who donates will be entered into a raffle to win a $250 American Express gift card. The link to the virtual food drive is: www.timberland.harvesters.org. The drive is now open, and they will accept donations through Friday, June 28th. Please contact Christy Greco with questions at (603) 773-1720 or by email to email@example.com.
May 21st, 2013
Our thoughts and prayers are with the people of Oklahoma during this difficult time of tragedy.
The American Red Cross of Central and Western Oklahoma says the following about how to help:
“The best way for everyone to help the Red Cross is to make a monetary donation. Please call 1-800-RedCross, go to www.redcross.org/okc or text REDCROSS to 90999 to make a $10 donation from your mobile device. If you want to volunteer please call our chapter at 405-228-9500. Thank you!”
May 15th, 2013
On April 16-17, the SkillsUSA Youth Development Foundation (YDF) met at the National Leadership Center. The meeting was very well attended and was one of the most interactive on record. The meeting started with a review of the FY14 strategic plan. Chairman Dave Camden and our Business Partnerships and Development staff then led the Foundation through a series of exercises to help SkillsUSA with strategy to move our partnerships efforts forward. Specifically, the committee broke into three working groups to address the topics of events and point of entry for new partners; fundraising for the transition to Louisville; and, partner development. Each subcommittee will be chaired by a YDF Committee member with regular meetings and reports taking place throughout the year. Every YDF member was engaged, and I believe we have a great beginning with new ideas and strategies in place for the future. Dave Camden has now retired from Toyota and this was his final YDF meeting. We are pleased and excited that Laurie Hackett of Air Products will be assuming the position of YDF chair.