June 26th, 2013
I hope all chapter advisors will attend the special events today beginning at 7:45 a.m. CDT in the Count Basie Ballroom at the Marriott Downtown in Kansas City. There will be a continental breakfast followed by the Call to Action session where I’ll present SkillsUSA’s priorities for the coming year as well as national trends for career and technical education. Each attendee will receive a gift of appreciation and a chance to win other fabulous prizes. It’s all sponsored by 3M.
Afterwards, be sure and visit the SkillsUSA University session of your choice. A complete listing of sessions can be found here. SkillsUSA TECHSPO exhibits also continue today.
There are also many contests beginning today. SkillsUSA Championships contests are free and open to the public and can be found at Bartle Hall, Municipal Auditorium, American Royal, the Kansas City Firefighting Academy and Penn Valley Health Science Institute.
Tonight, the conference opens officially with the Opening Ceremony and Ribbon Cutting Ceremony at Kemper Arena. Seating begins at 5:45 p.m. and all participants should arrive at least 45 minutes in advance. The ceremony itself begins at 7 p.m. CDT.
Mike Rowe will be the keynote speaker for the Opening Ceremony at this year’s National Leadership and Skills Conference. Thanks Caterpillar Inc. for sponsoring the Opening Ceremony and making it possible to have Mike Rowe at our conference.
Remember that the Opening Ceremony will be broadcast via the internet here. Thanks to Lowe’s for sponsoring our live web coverage.
June 25th, 2013
SkillsUSA TECHSPO opens this morning at 8 a.m. It is the largest trade show for technical education. You can find booths outside on 13th Street and North Central between Municipal Auditorium and Bartle Hall. There are also a few special SkillsUSA University sessions beginning this morning.
New this year is TAG Tuesday (Train-Act-Grow). TAG Tuesday is a series of leadership activities to be held for delegates during national conference. In the morning, there will be workshops for high school chapter leaders and high school state officers and there will be separate workshops for college/postsecondary delegates on networking with business. The afternoon will offer experiential sessions for the high school delegates and one-on-one interviews with business representatives for the college/postsecondary delegates. TAG Tuesday is sponsored by Insurance Auto Auctions and Adesa.
Tonight at the Kansas City Power and Light District will be the Champions Night activity. Note: a state/national SkillsUSA shirt is required for entry. Champions Night is sponsored by Carhartt. Also at 7 p.m. is the 100-Percent Advisors Reception at the College Basketball Experience. Sponsored by Air Products, the event is for 100-percent chapter advisors only.
June 15th, 2013
As we prepare for the largest national conference in SkillsUSA’s history, we have a busy staff at headquarters focused on all the details that will make it a successful conference too. There are a myriad of projects being completed from the printed programs and other materials, to the scripts, agendas, VIP schedules, reviews of equipment and facilities, packing and arrangements for transportation. I could never draw up a complete list of the tasks that have to be done. This is a time of year when I reflect that SkillsUSA is fortunate to have a staff and volunteers who have everything covered. Conference registration is at a record high of 10,002 and SkillsUSA University will offer 69 sessions. The competitors number is nearly 6,000 … 5,927 to be exact.
“TAG Tuesday” (Train-Act-Grow), is a series of leadership activities to be held for delegates during national conference. In the morning, there will be workshops for high school chapter leaders and high school state officers and there will be separate workshops for college/postsecondary delegates on networking with business. The afternoon will offer experiential sessions for the high school delegates and one-on-one interviews with business representatives for the college/postsecondary delegates.
Following up on another introduction from Board member Russ Hoffbauer, Enterprise Holdings, Inc. — holding several car rental companies — is supporting national officer travel to the national conference this year with a $10,000 donation and is providing 11 vehicles for use during conference.
May 31st, 2013
At the national conference, the staff of SkillsUSA Champions magazine will be on the lookout for interview subjects and cover models.
If you know of a SkillsUSA student, advisor, industry representative or alumnus who will be at conference and whose story would be motivating and inspirational, please email Tom Hall at email@example.com. He’ll then set up a specific time to meet with the magazine staff.
In addition, if you have a student who is going to the national conference and he or she could be a potential cover model, there will be designated “photo studio” hours. Please let Tom know, and he will contact you with the available times. Four students’ photos will be chosen to appear on SkillsUSA Champions covers next year. The remaining photos will appear in various materials, from the membership poster to other promotions. Our magazine staff looks forward to meeting your Champions at conference!
May 31st, 2013
A sample press release has been added to SkillsUSA’s advocacy site. It’s a template to be used by state association directors, instructors, parents and others to help get the word out to the media about the students who competed or participated in some other way (e.g., as a delegate, Courtesy Corps member, etc.) during the National Leadership and Skills Conference. The press release can be sent to five media outlets at a time. The site can be reached by going to: http://capwiz.com/skillsusa/home/.
We hope you take advantage of this valuable tool and spread the word!
May 31st, 2013
This year, Timberland PRO is again sponsoring SkillsUSA and the NLSC in multiple ways: by managing the Community Service competition; providing footwear to over 150 competition winners, including 20 members of the WorldTeam; hosting the mobile marketing booth at conference; hosting the 12th annual community service day on Friday, June 28th; and, sponsoring a virtual food drive in support of Harvester’s Community Food Network.
This year’s food drive has begun, and we encourage you to go to the Timberland/Harvesters virtual food drive and make a donation. Harvester’s is recognized for excellence in the use of donated resources, as they use less than 3 percent of monies donated towards administration and fundraising, with the bulk being spent on food acquisition, distribution and education. Timberland PRO hopes to raise a total of $1,000 to help Harvester’s reach their goal of distributing 66,000 meals every week. A donation of $1 can feed five people and Timberland PRO will match donations up to $1,000. Every person who donates will be entered into a raffle to win a $250 American Express gift card. The link to the virtual food drive is: www.timberland.harvesters.org. The drive is now open, and they will accept donations through Friday, June 28th. Please contact Christy Greco with questions at (603) 773-1720 or by email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
May 15th, 2013
We have posted all SkillsUSA Championships contest updates we’ve received on our website. To view them, please visit: www.skillsusa.org/compete/updates.shtml and make sure the information gets to all national competitors. There aren’t updates in every contest. If new information is presented about a contest, the information can be critical to a student’s competition.
We’ve requested technical committee chairs complete contest updates by June 1st so the students can prepare. If they do add or change anything after June 1, we have to mail (by first-class mail) the information directly to the competitors.
May 15th, 2013
We encourage advisors and students to sign up to come to the NLSC as National Courtesy Corps members. There, they will be assisting in the setup and take-down – and everything in between – at the NLSC.
We request members arrive on Friday (6/21/13), by 5:00 p.m. so they can start to work on the contest areas on Saturday (6/22/13). They will depart from conference on Saturday (6/29/13).
All NCC participants will be housed at Park University Campus in Parkville, Mo. This campus is about 12-15 minutes away from Bartle Hall.
The advisors must supervise the students. SkillsUSA will develop an individual schedule for each student and advisor listing work assignments, breaks, free time, etc., and there will be a separate advisor session to review their duties and responsibilities.
For more information, contact Jim Kregiel at email@example.com or by phone to 703-737-0634.
May 15th, 2013
For our guests who may need special assistance, Chuck’s Mobility Center in Kansas City, Mo., has available for rent wheelchairs and motorized scooters during the conference. To receive more information, or to make a reservation, contact Chuck at 877-788-5275, or 913-859-0290 or: www.chucksmobility.com.
Weekly rental cost for scooters is $160 that includes delivery and pick up. Make sure to mention SkillsUSA for special pricing. Scooters will be delivered to SkillsUSA registration office in Room 2103A on Saturday, June 22, and picked up on Saturday, June 29. Scooters will not be allowed out of the Bartle Hall facility unless advance arrangements are made with the mobility company.