January 1st, 2011
SkillsUSA had a good ACTE conference overall. There was a lot of traffic at our booth and a great deal of interest in the Skill Connect Assessments. SkillsUSA staff did five presentations during the conference – including two on the assessments – and national officers Loree Hayden and Vanessa Mendez took greetings to many of the meetings.
We continued a SkillsUSA annual holiday tradition on December 1. The first stakeholder appreciation dinner was held at the ACTE convention in 2001, and it has become an event to look forward to. We had 29 individuals attend this year’s dinner. As always, we had a diverse group of stakeholders around the table including student officers, teachers, school administrators, state association directors, corporate members, business partners and staff. A decade later, I’m still honored to be surrounded by this group of work force and education champions.
I had a great meeting with the Chicago Public Schools CTE Director Aarti Dhuypelia regarding the establishment of SkillsUSA chapters in the newly restructured CTE system in Chicago. She is also interested in advisor training for chapter management and in the Skill Connect assessments. Sarah Morton will schedule a demonstration of assessments and teacher training in the spring.
The Association for Skilled and Technical Sciences (ASTS) had a successful pre-convention training series that included a “mini Chapter Management Institute” for SkillsUSA instructors taught by Dr. Chip Harris. Two technical training seminars were also held, and ASTS rolled out the “Certified Career and Technical Educator” recognition program and announced the first two honorees. Board member Dr. John Gaal was one of the two inaugural recipients.
I participated in the well-attended Trade and Industrial Policy and Planning meetings. Here, John Gaal started to transition next year’s responsibilities to incoming VP Jeff Johnson. Jeff also participated in the board of directors meeting.
October 15th, 2010
The Association for Career and Technical Education (ACTE) wants to mount an effective image campaign for career and technical education and is competing for a grant award of $250,000 in the Pepsi Refresh Program in October 2010.
Grants are awarded by popular vote and ACTE has asked for SkillsUSA member and stakeholder support. You can vote up to once each day from a specific e-mail address and can vote online or via text. To vote, go to ACTE’s Web site at www.acteonline.org or go to the link below and once you are in, click “Vote for this idea.” A further description of the project is available on the Pepsi Refresh site.
We strongly support ACTE’s efforts to create a positive image campaign for CTE. Please spread the word to your members, clients and constituents and urge them to vote every day. Please also promote this opportunity at any and all in-person events or conferences you have during the month of October. We know the CTE community is passionate about what they do and we want to make sure everyone gets the message.
To help you accomplish this, here is the vital information you need:
Text* 103403 to Pepsi (73774)
September 15th, 2010
Foster Future Filmmakers: Encourage your CTE students to submit to ACTE’s video PSA contest. Videos should be 29 seconds in length, promote CTE and include the 2011 CTE Month logo. Get all the rules and details on the submission process, including how to upload PSAs to ACTE’s Facebook page at www.facebook.com/actecareertech and where to mail a hard copy and required forms, at www.acteonline.org/psacontest.aspx.
PSAs must be uploaded to ACTE’s Facebook page by October 27, 2010 at 11:59 p.m. EST A broadcast-quality hard copy on DVD and required forms must be mailed to ACTE with a postmark date of October 27, 2010.
September 15th, 2010
Trade and industrial educators and administrators are invited to submit nominations for the ACTE National Trade and Industrial Education Division Awards. Individuals or groups may nominate qualified people. You may also nominate yourself. Please inform the person you are nominating.
Nominees will be contacted by the Trade and Industrial Education Division Awards Committee chairperson regarding the additional information required and the format to be followed. Materials to be submitted will include letters of recommendation, a statement of personal philosophy, photos and supporting evidence such as newspaper clippings, certificates, etc.
Awards will be presented at the Association for Career and Technical Education (ACTE) Convention.
The deadline for nominations is September 30, 2010.
For more information and to submit your nomination, visit www.skillsusa.org/educators/acte.shtml
August 1st, 2010
The National Coordinating Council of Career and Technical Student Organizations (NCC-CTSOs) met at the Office of Vocational and Adult Education in Washington, D.C. on the 21st. The early part of the meeting was a proposal by the National Research Center for CTE to conduct additional research on the CTSOs. Specifically, the research would be modeled on the math study done by the center a few years ago to demonstrate the value of CTE in teaching mathematics. This would focus on CTSOs as an intervention model and would include professional development for advisors as the math study did.
In our round table discussion, we heard that ACTE and the National Association of State Directors of CTE consortium (NASDCTEc) believe that Congress will go ahead with level funding for CTE next year. NASDCTEc is pushing to have CTE written into the Elementary and Secondary Education Act particularly in light of career clusters. And, speaking of career clusters, SkillsUSA also received congratulations for the great job SkillsUSA Kansas State Association Director Ann Wick did showing how CTSOs fit into the career cluster model during the NASDCTEc Career Clusters Institute in Denver last June. Representatives of ACTE and NASDCTEc were pleased with the opportunity to present during the Call to Action session at conference.
January 15th, 2010
February is Career and Technical Education Month and February 7-13 is SkillsUSA Week. SkillsUSA Week activities are a great way to highlight the good work your state association and local chapters are doing. For SkillsUSA Week ideas, see the Chapter Management section on the SkillsUSA Web site. SkillsUSA offers downloadable public service announcements at: www.skillsusa.org/educators/skillsusaweek.shtml.
For SkillsUSA clothing or gifts go to www.skillsusastore.org. Our supply service can also help you with custom items for your state conference or other events. Call Steve Korker at 703-716-3330, Ext. 137 or e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org.
On February 10 at 3:00 p.m., SkillsUSA will be holding a live teacher event at the SkillsUSA National Leadership Center. On February 11th at 11:30 a.m., SkillsUSA will be holding a Web conference. Both the event and the Web conference will be held to announce the release of the new ASK: Advisor ‘s Success Kit and the newly updated PDP Online. Attendees at the teacher meeting at the National Leadership Center and those who register in advance for the Web conference will receive a free copy of the new ASK: Advisor’s Success kit and other SkillsUSA materials (total value of $50 or more). I will give a SkillsUSA organization update, and members of the SkillsUSA training team will also update teachers on various SkillsUSA resources.
All state directors and instructors are welcome to attend the teacher meeting and/or participate in the Web conference. To attend the teacher meeting, please RSVP to Niki Clausen at email@example.com. To participate in the Web conference, go to the following link on February 11 at 11:30 a.m. EST: http://web.ganconference.com/?meeting=3663486 To dial in for audio, call: 888-222-0475 Attendee Code: 6837807.
ACTE also offers excellent resources related to Career and Technical Education Month, which is celebrated the entire month of February. Go to: www.acteonline.org for more information.
January 15th, 2010
CTSOs are great advocates for career and technical education throughout the year. It is a student’s experience in career and technical education programs that bring to life the decisions legislators make regarding CTE.
The Association for Career and Technical Education (ACTE) wants to be sure federal legislators make those connections between their decisions and student experiences. ACTE invites students to attend the National Policy Seminar, March 8-10, at the Crystal Gateway Marriott in Arlington, Va. A special student rate and specific student content will make this a worthwhile event for students to learn how they can better participate in advocacy efforts.
For more information and to register go to: www.acteonline.org.