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Taking the Long View in Nebraska

March 1st, 2013

I traveled to Lincoln for board training and strategic planning on February 8. Nebraska’s board comprises both business executives and educators. The meeting was hosted by Design Data Corp., which has a representative on the board. I sent the completed draft of the strategic plan to them the following week.

That evening, the association held a student leadership dinner followed by a SkillsUSA Nebraska Foundation fundraiser. More than 400 people attended the event held at a private car collection museum valued in the millions of dollars and owned by a local entrepreneur. Sales of tickets, a silent auction, and a donation of $10,000 from Nebraska Machinery – the local Caterpillar dealer group – netted the foundation approximately $24,000 for the evening. A real highlight was the endorsement of SkillsUSA by Kelly Beach, an executive from Nebraska Machinery. In her remarks, she spoke of the strong network of SkillsUSA, how students benefit and the fact that the dealership uses SkillsUSA to recruit employees.

Congratulations and thanks go to Greg Stahr, state association director and former SkillsUSA board member, Tony Glenn, for the great work they’re doing.

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