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Conference Countdown

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.

Got Champions?

May 31st, 2013

SkillsUSA Champions magazineAt 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 thall@skillsusa.org. 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!

Sample Press Release for NLSC Competitors and participants

May 31st, 2013

NLSC press releasesA 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!

Timberland PRO and Harvester’s Community Food Network Food Drive

May 31st, 2013

HarvestersThis 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 christy_greco@vfc.com.

SkillsUSA Championships Contest Updates

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.

National Courtesy Corps Needs You!

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 jkregiel@skillsusa.org or by phone to 703-737-0634.

Motorized Scooters Available in Kansas City

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.

Blood Drive at NLSC reminder

May 15th, 2013

Once again, there will be a blood drive as part of the SkillsUSA National Leadership and Skills Conference. The drive will be sponsored by the Kansas City Community Blood Center and will be held on Friday, June 28, Bartle Hall, Room 2105 from 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

Blood collected will be used in the Kansas City community, and they are very much in need of donations. At last year’s blood drive, the center registered 49 volunteers, collected 46 units and had 42 first-time donors.

Please try to take the time to stop by and participate in this worthy cause and help save a life. You may also register for an appointment ahead of time at: www.esavealifenow.org and enter the sponsor code “SkillsUSA.”

Note: Donors must weigh no less than 115 lbs and must be at least 17 years of age (or a donor can be 16 years of age with written parental permission).

National Young Worker Safety Day

April 30th, 2013

CareerSafe logoNational Young Worker Safety Day (NYWSD) kicks off Tuesday, June 25, 2013, at 9 a.m. at the SkillsUSA National Leadership and Skills Conference in Kansas City. As part of the larger campaign, “A Million Safer,” led by CareerSafe, NYWSD is targeted at making a significant and critical impact on decreasing the number of young worker injuries and fatalities in the United States. At the CareerSafe  booth (booth C) at SkillsUSA TECHSPO, students and teachers will sign the pledge to “StartSafe. StaySafe” just like more than 4,000 others who made the same pledge on NWYSD in 2012.

Students will also have an opportunity to participate in interactive safety games and win great prizes that will further teach the importance of young worker safety training. In addition, students and teachers will have the opportunity to gather valuable safety materials and ask experienced CareerSafe staff about safety-related questions and concerns.

SkillsUSA’s Amazing Race

April 30th, 2013

SkillsUSA's Amazing RaceSkillsUSA’s Amazing Race will take place on Wednesday, June 26, 10:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. in connection with SkillsUSA TECHSPO during the NLSC in Kansas City. This program will be similar to the TV show where participants are challenged to perform various tasks and move quickly through the SkillsUSA TECHSPO territory in order to learn more about exhibitors and win prizes. In addition, SkillsUSA’s Amazing Race will provide interactive fun for students and adults. The passport will be distributed through the state delegation conference materials included at the registration appointments at the beginning of the week.


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