- With all of our activity during the past month or so, including the Washington Leadership Training Institute and WorldTeam, over 30 days we had an 87 percent increase of “likes” on the SkillsUSA Facebook page. What’s more, our active users are up 111 percent, the number of people looking at posts is up 383 percent and feedback is up 453 percent. Every time we posted new photos or videos, the site would get 4,500 impressions. During the first week of October, 67,246 people viewed posts on our news feed. A good comparison here is to the first week of September when we had only 12,680 people viewing the news feed. Good news and activity gets great attention.
- On September 29, I had a conference call with Larry Teverbaugh, CEO of K2Share. We will be signing a new memorandum of understanding to continue our CareerSafe agreement with K2Share, and Larry is projecting continuing growth of CareerSafe.
- While in London, I had meetings with three of our industry partners. Russ Hoffbauer, the four national officers attending WorldSkills and I met with FLUKE. Russ did a super job of talking about the business advantages of partnering with SkillsUSA and taking it to a higher level. I’m scheduled to meet with FLUKE in Seattle in early December. The four officers, Karen Ward, SkillsUSA Massachusetts state association director, and I met with Autodesk representatives in hopes Autodesk will become involved in the Youth Development Foundation. And, I met with Lincoln Electric CEO, John Stropki, Jr. Lincoln has been a SkillsUSA partner for over 30 years, and I’m looking forward to meeting with John in early December.
- The Alumni Coordinating Committee was in Leesburg for their fall meeting October 14-16, and they had good discussions.
- The SkillsUSA Champion of the Year event is coming ever closer. Here’s a nice development: Toyota has asked its government affairs staff to get letters of congratulations for Jim Lentz from governors all across the country. That’s another way of leveraging this event. We hope many of you will encourage your business partners to participate in the event on November 4. Broadening our partner network will allow for greater awareness of the need for a skilled American workforce and help show that SkillsUSA and CTE are part of the answer. If you would like additional information about this year’s event, don’t hesitate to reach out to me or Chris Powell of our staff.
Following the recent election, the 2011-12 Alumni Coordinating Committee has been announced:
Executive Chair: George Laubmeier, Wis.
Executive Secretary: Alicia Brown, Ark.
Region 1 Representative: Emily Hughes, Maine
Region 2 Representative: Steven Hawes, Ga.
Region 3 Representative: Anne Dew, Ohio
Region 4 Representative: Brice Harader-Pate, Okla.
Region 5 Representative: Colleen Read, Nev.
State Association Director Liaison: Hal Casey, Maine
The committee members look forward to working with their respective state association directors during the coming year. The group is working to coordinate their first conference call. To contact your regional representative, go to:
All registered alumni members are eligible to participate in the 2011 Alumni Coordinating Committee elections and voting on the proposed constitutional amendments. Representatives for Regions 1, 3 and 5, and on the proposed amendments, will be this ballot. Alumni members may vote only once online at www.skillsusa.org/supporters/alumniballot.shtml. Voting will be open from June 1-15, 2011.
Ballots will be counted at the 2011 SkillsUSA National Leadership and Skills Conference, and results will be announced on Friday, June 24, at the Annual Alumni Appreciation Luncheon at 2 p.m.
Please contact Niki Clausen at 703-737-0639 or email@example.com with questions.
SkillsUSA is seeking alumni leaders to serve on the national Alumni Coordinating Committee for the SkillsUSA Alumni and Friends Association.
Applications are now being accepted for the following positions: Regions 1, Region 3 and Region 5. These are two-year terms beginning July 1, 2011. We encourage you to nominate any former SkillsUSA member who is registered as an alumni member.
To complete an online nomination form or to download and print a form, go to:
The completed form is due to Niki Clausen in the national office by April 15, 2011. If you have any questions, please contact her at 703-737-0639 or by e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org.