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Executive Director’s Report: March 1, 2014

March 1st, 2014

SkillsUSA Week and CTE Month
During SkillsUSA Week 2014 and National CTE Month, we received several uplifting stories from our chapters about activities they were conducting as a part of the celebration. The following link shows a great tweet from our Cypress Bay Chapter in Florida and how they decorated their school for SkillsUSA Week: http://bit.ly/1cwcz9U. This link shows the state association’s visit with Florida Governor Rick Scott for a proclamation signing: http://on.fb.me/1eQcsMg. And, Ohio’s students met with the Governor and the Superintendent of Education to highlight SkillsUSA week. Our chapters do a great job of spreading the good word about SkillsUSA in their states and local communities, and we are very proud to see the great student-driven activities nationwide.

New CTSO Website
As we celebrate the final week of CTE Month across the nation, we are pleased to announce the rollout of an exciting new website.  This site was created in cooperation with all the national Career and Technical Student Organizations (CTSOs) through the National Coordinating Council for Career and Technical Student Organizations (NCC-CTSO) and our affiliate organizations: The Association for Career and Technical Education (ACTE), National Association of State Directors of Career and Technical Education Consortium (NASDCTEc), the National Association of Secondary School Principals (NASSP) and the Office of Career, Technical and Adult Education (OCTAE) at the U.S. Department of Education.

The website links to all CTSOs and affiliate organizations, provides the latest CTE news feed, links to our social networks and provides several data points that support the case for CTSOs as a key component of high quality Career and Technical Education.  One of the most dynamic features of the website appears under the “Advocate” header. This link provides CTSO profiles for every state and shows the number of CTSO members in each legislative district for every state.  This is a great tool for state legislative visits and for making the case for CTE at the local, state and federal levels.

We hope you will find this site useful not only an advocacy tool, but also as a marketing and branding tool. The process to develop this website was done with an incredible cooperative spirit amongst all the CTSOs and affiliate organizations.  It offers another way to celebrate the goodness of CTE!  Visit the site at: www.ctsos.org.

U.S. Department of Education Discussions

Daria Ferdine, national high school treasurer from New Jersey, participated in a CTSO Student Voices discussion with the U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan and Assistant Secretary for Office of Career, Technical and Adult Education (formerly the Office of Vocational and Adult Education) and Brenda Dann-Messier on Tuesday afternoon, February 18th. And, she was also one of four students who made a presentation during a U.S. Department of Education internal briefing entitled “Reflect, Transform, Lead: Preparing Students for College, Career and Citizenship.” Here is a photo taken with Secretary Duncan:

Sec. of Ed. Arne Duncan and Daria Ferdine
Sec. of Ed. Arne Duncan and Daria Ferdine.


U.S. News and World Report

A great Op-Ed article was picked up by U.S. News and World Report, written by our great friend and former board member from Caterpillar, Mary Bell. Mary also was just named as one of the top women in manufacturing, receiving a STEP award (Science, Technology, Engineering and Production) from NAM/The Manufacturing Institute. The article entitled, “To Close the Skills Gap in Manufacturing, Close the Gender Gap,” can be seen here.

Educated and Skilled to Lead America Video Competition Winner Announcement
This past fall, chapters from around the country submitted their entries for the Educated and Skilled to Lead America Video Competition (based on this year’s SkillsUSA theme). Chapters were challenged to create a video that showcased how they are becoming educated (what does their classroom or lab look like/what are they learning?) and skilled (what are their skills and how do they apply them). More than 25 entries were received and congratulations go to the winners — Sydney Martin and Krystal Smoger of St. Clair TEC in Marysville, Mich. where Ms. Keely Baribeau serves as the advisor. The honorable mention was submitted by Alexia Tignor of Franklin Technology Center in Joplin, Mo. where Ms. Deonna Anderson serves as the advisor.

You can watch both in the playlist below:

WorldSkills Americas Competition

SkillsUSA is sending two students to compete in the WorldSkills Americas Competition in Bogota Columbia, April 1-6, 2014. The students are Jacob Wozniak, Cabinetmaking, from Springville, N.Y. and Michael Mullen, Auto Service Technology, from San Luis Obispo, Calif. The WorldSkills Americas competition serves as a good benchmark for the next WorldSkills Competition to be held in Sao Paulo, Brazil in August, 2015.



2014 Regional Advisors of the Year
The regional Advisors of the Year have been chosen. Congratulations go to:

  • Ellen Coughlin, DCMO BOCES — Chenango Area Campus, New York, Region 1;
  • James Dinsmoor, Rockdale Career Academy, Georgia, Region 2;
  • Tobin Prinsen, Apollo Career Center, Ohio, Region 3;
  • Mark Sponaugle, Carthage Technical Center, Missouri, Region 4;
  • James Adamson, Central Kitsap High School, Washington, Region 5.

Highlights

  • Niki Clausen conducted a Chapter Management Institute (CMI) for 30 teacher advisors in New York City on February 3. The CMI was held in conjunction with their Career and Technical Education Summit. In addition to the CMI training, they also participated in a CTE Policy Panel discussion which included Brenda Dann-Messier, the assistant secretary of education for career, technical and adult education.
  • The national officer planning meeting in Kansas City will be held the last weekend of March.
  • Work is moving forward on the FY15 membership kit to contain a separate resource tailored specifically for college/postsecondary membership.
  • Kelly Horton is working with Ohio state association director, Mike Cowles, on a contract to serve youth in alternative education pathways who are required to be in a CTSO.
  • I’m very happy to announce that our great long-time friend, Snap-on Incorporated, has committed to a $100,000 grant for SkillsUSA in 2014. Alicia Smales, member of the SkillsUSA Foundation, contacted us on Monday with the great news. A BIG thank you to Alicia and the entire Snap-on team for their continued support. Snap-on Incorporated has been a national partner for nearly three decades. We are also very appreciative of the support they provide to our regional and state winners in a variety of competitions. Snap-on provides nearly $300,000 in donations of tools and equipment to our students and teachers annually.
  • I’m also happy to announce that another great friend, Air Products, recently contributed $52,500, giving them a total of $102,500 contributed to SkillsUSA so far this year!
  • SkillsUSA will be raffling off a Dyna Street Bob Motorcycle at the 2014 National Conference Awards Ceremony, Friday, June 27, in Kansas City. This motorcycle is made possible thanks to a generous donation by Harley-Davidson Motor Co., Inc.
  • We’re seeing some exciting new designs for the SkillsUSA website. The home page looks great, and work continues on interior pages. Web manager, Craig Moore, says technical implementation of www.skillsusa.org begins February 25.
  • Tom Kercheval, our audiovisual technology manager, just put the finishing touches on an updated “What is SkillsUSA?” video, reflecting input from the recent meeting of state association director officers.
  • The Spring issue of SkillsUSA Champions has been mailed, and the digital publication is online at: www.skillsusa.org/champions/spring14.shtml. Focus is on our student leaders, new training events, and successful alumni and SkillsUSA student competitors involved in STEM education.
  • Stratton Publishing & Marketing Inc./Stratton Research in Alexandria, Va., will be sending a questionnaire to a random sampling of approximately 1,500 advisors and students as part of a SkillsUSA’s strategic communications audit. The end goal: timely, high-quality and valuable content that better aligns with student and advisor needs. Those who participate will have the opportunity to win an iPad mini.
  • The following video was produced by Jefferson County (Ky.) Public Schools showing highlights of the January 16th Breakfast of Champions kick-off event in Louisville:

 

  • And, as you know, SkillsUSA turns 50 in 2015. The upcoming 50th conference in Kansas City marks the beginning of a year-long celebration, culminating with the 51st National Leadership and Skills Conference in Louisville, Ky. Plans are underway for the celebration to include the development of 50th anniversary logos; a 50th anniversary pin and T-shirt; a special celebration at the National Leadership Center and more. 

That’s it for now. Thanks for all you do for the great students and teachers we serve.

Winner of the 2013 Dyna Super Glide in Custom Color Donated by Harley-Davidson

July 15th, 2013

Thanks to a generous donation by our friends at Harley-Davidson Motor Co., SkillsUSA hosted a drawing for a 2013 Dyna Super Glide® Motorcycle at the 2013 NLSC Awards Ceremony, Friday, June 28, in Kansas City, Mo. As a special addition to the raffle, Harley-Davidson teamed up with Justin Barnes to custom paint the bike. You may know Justin of JB Grafix from his appearances on the Discovery Channel program, “American Chopper.”

The winner of the custom-painted 2013 Dyna Super Glide was Brandon Hall from Pickens County Career & Technology Center in Liberty, S.C. Congratulations to Brandon and a special thank you to Harley-Davidson and JB Grafix.

 

Harley-Davidson Raffle

February 27th, 2013

Harley Raffle

SkillsUSA will, once again, be raffling off a Dyna Super Glide Motorcycle at the 2013 National Conference Awards Ceremony, Friday, June 28, in Kansas City. This event is made possible thanks to a generous donation by Harley-Davidson Motor Co., Inc.

The SkillsUSA Alumni & Friends Association will be the beneficiary of this year’s raffle. Tickets are $5 each or five tickets for $20.

Tickets can be purchase online at this link.

Harley-Davidson Motorcycle Raffle at SkillsUSA National Conference

January 31st, 2013

SkillsUSA will, once again, be raffling off a Dyna Super Glide Motorcycle at the 2013 National Conference Awards Ceremony, Friday, June 28, in Kansas City. This event is made possible thanks to a generous donation by Harley-Davidson Motor Co., Inc.

The SkillsUSA Alumni & Friends Association will be the beneficiary of this year’s raffle. State alumni groups have an opportunity to sell the raffle tickets and raise money for their own state group or to support the national alumni association. We anticipate this to be a lucrative fundraising opportunity. Tickets are $5 each or five tickets for $20. For each ticket sold, the state alumni group selling the ticket will receive $2.

2012 Harley Painted

The lucky winner of the 2012 Harley-Davidson Dyna Super Glide Custom, painted by Justin Barnes, was Jacob Fulford of Florida.

Please start promoting this raffle at your upcoming state conferences. Tickets can be sold anywhere. All state association ticket sales end on May 31. Ticket stubs, unsold tickets and sales check ($3 per ticket sold) need to be sent to Heidi Walsh by June 1. The winner does not need to be present for the drawing. The winner will be responsible for picking up the motorcycle at a local Harley-Davidson dealer in his or her community.

For more information about this fundraiser and to order raffle tickets to sell at your SkillsUSA state events, please contact Heidi Walsh at 703-737-0615 or by email to hwalsh@skillsusa.org.

 

Harley-Davidson Raffle Winner

July 12th, 2012

Thanks to a generous donation by our friends at Harley-Davidson Motor Co., SkillsUSA hosted a drawing for a 2012 Dyna® Super Glide® Motorcycle at the 2012 NLSC Awards Ceremony, Wednesday, June 27, in Kansas City, Mo.

As a special addition to the raffle, Harley-Davidson teamed up with Justin Barnes to custom paint the bike. You may know Justin of JB Grafix from his appearances on the Discovery Channel program, “American Chopper.”

The winner of the custom-painted 2012 Dyna Super Glide was Jacob Fulferd from St. Augustine, Fla. Congratulations to Jacob and a special thank you to Harley-Davidson and JB Grafix.

Pre-conference Hyper-Drive

June 15th, 2012

We’re on the road toward another great conference. On June 6, the Teamsters started moving equipment for the Championships out of storage. The postal carts we use to load supplies for the national office are in our office hallways, and the truck will be leaving for Kansas City on Monday, June 18.

Here are some of the numbers:

  • 9,905 paid registration. A record
  • 5,948 contestants. Another record
  • More than 350 industry and education guests
  • 1,414 volunteers including 163 in the Courtesy Corps
  • 35 high school and college/postsecondary national officer candidates
  • 125 alumni will be attending including 39 former national officers. The most ever to pre-register
  • 100 more people are registered for Leverage, Activate and Engage over last year’s Officer 101/201 and advisors’ conference, a new record and,
  • 300 more tickets have been sold for the Harley-Davidson motorcycle raffle than last year

Special Guests attending conference include Brenda Dann-Messier, assistant secretary of Education (OVAE), Sharon Miller, OVAE, Jane Oates, assistant secretary of Labor (ETA), Simon Bartley, president of WorldSkills International, and Bill Symonds, director of Harvard’s Pathways to Prosperity Project. We will also have 17 Harley-Davidson executives joining us, large groups from State Farm, Caterpillar, IRWIN, NCCER, Snap-on and others.

We will have two ads in the Kansas City Star – one on Thursday, June 21 and a half page on Sunday, June 24, saying thanks for moving the conference to accommodate the All-Star Game.

 

Harley-Davidson Motorcycle Raffle at NLSC Reminder

March 29th, 2012

SkillsUSA will be conducting a drawing for a Dyna Super Glide Motorcycle at the 2012 National Conference Awards Ceremony, Wednesday, June 27, in Kansas City, Mo. This event is made possible thanks to a generous donation by Harley-Davidson Motor Co., Inc. All proceeds benefit the SkillsUSA Alumni & Friends organization.

Get the details and see photos of this year’s bike and a photo of last year’s painted motorcycle here: www.skillsusa.org/events/harley.shtml.

2011 Harley Raffle Winner

July 14th, 2011

Thanks to a generous donation by our friends at Harley-Davidson Motor Co., SkillsUSA hosted a drawing a 2011 Dyna® Super Glide® Motorcycle at the 2011 NLSC Awards Ceremony, Friday, June 24, in Kansas City, Mo. As a special addition to the raffle, Harley-Davidson teamed up with Justin Barnes to custom-paint the bike. You may know Justin of JB Grafix from his appearances on The Discovery Channel program, “American
Chopper.”

Franklin Canales

From L to R: Cheri Judkins of Harley Davidson, winner Franklin Canales and Justin Barnes of JB Grafix

The winner of the custom-painted 2011 Dyna Super Glide was Franklin Canales of Meriden, Conn.

Congratulations to Franklin. And a special thank you to Harley-Davidson and JB Grafix.

Franklin Canales with Tim Lawrence

Franklin Canales with Tim Lawrence and his custom-painted Harley

Harley-Davidson Raffle at SkillsUSA National Conference

April 1st, 2011

SkillsUSA will be raffling off a Dyna Super Glide Motorcycle at the 2011 National Conference Awards Ceremony, Friday, June 24 in Kansas City, Missouri. This event is made possible thanks to a generous donation by Harley-Davidson Motor Co., Inc.

SkillsUSA programs and the Alumni & Friends Association will be the beneficiaries of this year’s raffle. State alumni groups have an opportunity to sell the raffle tickets and raise money for their own state group or to support the national alumni association. Tickets are $5 each or five tickets for $20.

Adding excitement to the raffle again this year, Justin Barnes of American Chopper fame, will come to Kansas City and custom paint the bike. Justin will also be doing a paint demonstration this year at the National Conference.

The winner does not need to be present for the drawing. However, the winner will be responsible for picking up the motorcycle at a local Harley-Davidson dealer in his or her community. Visit this link to order your tickets.


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