December 12th, 2013
Success with an Associate Degree Workforce experts, Carleen MacKay, and Cari Lyn Vinci are collaborating on a ‘Playbook’ to incorporate into a career and life planning program to help teenage girls. They want to interview successful young women (under 30) with an associate degree in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math) industries. They will then incorporate their stories and their advice to inform and motivate teenage girls.
If you were in a STEM program and were a member of SkillsUSA, or if you know of someone who was, contact Heidi Walsh no later than January 10, 2014, at email@example.com.
December 12th, 2013
Help your graduating students stay connected to valuable industry contacts and potential employment by having them register as SkillsUSA alumni. It’s free, easy and open to all high school and college/postsecondary members. Have students go to: www.skillsusa.org/supporters/alumni.shtml. By registering, alumni members are sent a link to our online SkillsUSA Champions magazine, a quarterly newsletter, as well as social networking that could lead to new opportunities and jobs. Please encourage your students to register now!
SkillsUSA sponsors an alumni pin design competition that is open to all SkillsUSA registered alumni. This year, the winning design will become the official 50th Conference Commemorative pin for the 2014 SkillsUSA National Leadership and Skills Conference. The pin will be produced by the SkillsUSA Store and sold at the alumni booth. If you have questions, please contact Heidi Walsh at firstname.lastname@example.org. For contest details and rules, go to: www.skillsusa.org/downloads/PDF/AlumniPinDesign.pdf
October 15th, 2013
Immediately following the closing ceremony of WLTI, on September 25th, I traveled to the headquarters of Deloitte Consulting in Arlington, Va., where I was invited by the STEM Council to participate in a panel discussion on best practices and STEM skills. Edie Fraser, CEO of STEMconnector and Julie Kantor, Chief Partnerships Officer, had attended our NLSC in June and their excitement about SkillsUSA’s work in STEM inspired them to invite us to be a part of the very important meeting. I served on the panel with representatives from Sally Ride Science, Accenture, Mind Research Institute, American Association for University Women and CIO Magazine. SkillsUSA was recognized for our best practices in engaging students in actual application of STEM skills. The response to my presentation was a bit overwhelming (in a very positive way) and I had keen interest from companies like Dow Chemical, CIO Magazine and Qualcomm.
A highlight for me was during the questions and answer session following the panel presentation. The first question came from an audience member from Wisconsin, who asked me if I knew how many SkillsUSA alumni were in the audience. When I asked for any alumni to respond, the same gentleman stood and stated that SkillsUSA had kept him from dropping out of high school in Wisconsin, inspired him to pursue a college degree and he now had a PhD in engineering serving as the chief academic officer for the STEM Academy. I could not have asked for a better testimony.
July 15th, 2013
Following the recent election, the 2013-14 SkillsUSA Alumni Coordinating Committee has been announced:
Executive Chair: Bryan Doxford, N.Y.
Region 1 Representative: Maria Bender, N.J.
Region 2 Representative: Joey Baker, Fla.
Region 3 Representative: Loree Hayden, Ill.
Region 4 Representative: Cody McPherson, Okla.
Region 5 Representative: Coleen Read, Nev.
Executive Secretary: Anne Dew, Ohio
State Association Director Liaison: Karen Ward, Mass.
Members are looking forward to working with their respective state association directors during the coming year. To contact your regional representative, go to: www.skillsusa.org/supporters/alumnicoord.shtml.
June 24th, 2013
Conference preparations continue today and our exhibitors are finishing up their booths in preparation for the opening of SkillsUSA TECHSPO tomorrow morning. Today is also the final day of Leverage/Activate/Engage training sessions.
New this year is the Alumni Roundtable training session. Those begin at 9 a.m. CDT this morning and last until noon. SkillsUSA Alumni will also hold a orientation today at 2 p.m. CDT.
April 30th, 2013
The SkillsUSA Alumni & Friends Association is proud to offer CPR certification during the SkillsUSA National Leadership and Skills Conference on Tuesday, June 25 from 9 a.m. to noon at the Kansas City Downtown Marriott, Truman Room B. Online preregistration is required of all participants at: www.surveymonkey.com/s/VZNYZKL.
Certification cost is $20.
April 15th, 2013
The Alumni & Friends Association is proud to offer CPR certification during the SkillsUSA National Leadership and Skills Conference on Tuesday, June 25 from 9 a.m. to noon at the Kansas City Downtown Marriott, Truman Room B. Online preregistration is required of all participants at: www.surveymonkey.com/s/VZNYZKL.
April 15th, 2013
Alumni Coordinating Committee
“Speed date” your National Alumni Coordinating Committee representatives on Monday, June 24 from 9 a.m. to noon. In this fun, fast-paced and exciting roundtable training session, you will gain knowledge in a variety of alumni topics from starting a state association to planning activities for alumni. Reserve your place at the table by June 1: www.skillsusa.org/supporters/alumni.shtml#RT
We are also seeking dedicated individuals to assist with the NLSC. Alumni who volunteer daily at the conference can have their conference registration fee waived. Alumni help is needed on the booth team, leadership team, Championships team and special services team. While at conference, alumni volunteers will also have the opportunity to network with partners, members, staff and other alumni, and will get to participate in conference events. This is a great way for alumni members to stay involved and continue the SkillsUSA journey. The registration deadline to be an alumni volunteer is also June 1.
An NLSC 2013 alumni registration form and the list of alumni activities are enclosed with the hard copy of this Executive Update for state association directors. Please pass it on to alumni from your states. For more information about the alumni training or being an alumni volunteer, please contact Heidi Walsh at email@example.com, or go to: www.skillsusa.org/supporters/alumninlsc.shtml.