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President’s Volunteer Service Award Reminder

November 26th, 2013

Because SkillsUSA is a certifying organization of the President’s Volunteer Service Award, advisors, student members and registered alumni can earn recognition for community service activities and time spent as a volunteer.

This award is a presidential honor that recognizes the valuable contributions of volunteers nationwide who are answering a national call to serve others through their current volunteer activities or lifetime service. As a certifying organization, SkillsUSA can identify eligible recipients, verify their service hours and distribute the award to outstanding volunteers.

Given participation in ongoing service activities, advisors and students may already meet the requirements to receive the award. To qualify, SkillsUSA members, advisors or alumni can submit a record of their service hours. State directors are also encouraged to document service hours and apply for the award.

For details on qualifying hours and requirements for submission, visit: www.skillsusa.org/students/volsvc.shtml. Applications must be received (not postmarked) by April 1, 2014.

President’s Volunteer Service Award

October 31st, 2013

Because SkillsUSA is a certifying organization of the President’s Volunteer Service Award, advisors, student members and registered alumni can earn recognition for community service activities and time spent as a volunteer.

This award is a presidential honor that recognizes the valuable contributions of volunteers nationwide who are answering a national call to serve others through their current volunteer activities or lifetime service. As a certifying organization, SkillsUSA can identify eligible recipients, verify their service hours and distribute the award to outstanding volunteers.

Given participation in ongoing service activities, advisors and students may already meet the requirements to receive the award. To qualify, SkillsUSA members, advisors or alumni can submit a record of their service hours. State directors are also encouraged to document service hours and apply for the award.

For details on qualifying hours and requirements for submission, visit: www.skillsusa.org/students/volsvc.shtml. Applications must be received (not postmarked) by April 1, 2014.

January is National Mentoring Month

December 31st, 2012
Mentoring

Mentoring project from Kendrick (Ga.) High School.

Students are encouraged to get involved in SkillsUSA’s Student2Student Mentoring Program. Chapters can submit their projects for a chance to win an opportunity to attend the National Leadership and Skills Conference in Kansas City this summer. In addition, these volunteer hours apply to the President’s Volunteer Service Award.

See our website for materials and information on both programs: www.skillsusa.org/educators/programs.shtml.

Highlights

May 1st, 2012

On April 2, SkillsUSA briefed staff of a U.S. Senate Commerce Committee subcommittee preparing for hearings to discuss ways to address the skills gap. Staff was particularly interested in things done by and with our partners, such as the CAT ThinkBig program. The staff also appreciated our helping them to secure potential witnesses from among our sponsors. One of the witnesses on April 17 was from the American Welding Society.

More in the “it’s nice to be asked”category. Staff and I had a conference call with the Boston Consulting Group on Monday. The Group is working with Harvard Business School on the topic of U.S. competitiveness. The goal of the project is to identify a set of actions that companies can take to improve competitiveness, and they thought SkillsUSA would be a good source. We were also called for an interview on the increasing popularity of “trade schools” by “Fox Business.” (We can’t correct everything in the news.) Here is the link to the story: www.foxbusiness.com/personal-finance/2012/04/06/going-to-trade-school-should-do-it. And, staff member Eric Gearhart and Bob Skodzinsky of Haas Technical Education Center Network were the primary sources for a tremendous three-page feature article entitled “Student Journey: From SkillsUSA to WorldSkills”printed in the March 2012 edition of Manufacturing Engineering published by the Society of Manufacturing Engineers. The article really ties together the need for skilled workers, SkillsUSA, the Championships and the WorldTeam.

During the first week of April, we signed an agreement to coordinate where we can with Rebuilding Together (formerly known as “Christmas in April”), an organization dedicated to renovating homes owned by the poor and elderly. They do 10,000 projects every year. We’ll encourage our members and partners to work with Rebuilding Together and serve on their local affiliate boards. For their part, they have several major partners and several excellent visibility opportunities every year, including the Super Bowl.

Skill Connect assessment sales are brisk. SkillsUSA University has 75 classes confirmed and eight more pending. We have a record number of President’s Volunteer Service Award winners with 122 individual awards representing 34,251 hours of service and 11 team awards totaling 19,097 service hours.

2012 President’s Volunteer Service Award Recipients

April 10th, 2012

President's Volunteer Service AwardWe want to congratulate the 2012 recipients of the President’s Volunteer Service Award. You can apply too. Just keep track of your service hours between Jan. 1, 2012 and March 31, 2013 and you could get the award at next year’s National Leadership and Skills Conference. See: www.skillsusa.org/students/volsvc.shtml for details.

The 2012 honorees are:

Arizona
Marisa Halfmann (Gold)
Sahuaro High School
Tucson, Ariz.

California
Dara Dubois (Lifetime)
American River College
Sacramento, Calif.

Brianna Abbott (Silver)
Cynthia Avila (Gold)
Aarica Barker (Silver)
Kimberly Beltrami (Bronze)
Enrique Carrazco (Silver)
Angel Carrillo (Bronze)
Rebecca Chavez (Bronze)
Rosa Davalos (Bronze)
Sarah De Lira (Gold)
Lenin Dolmos (Gold)
Isaiah Eppinger (Bronze)
Nicole Gallo (Gold)
Cinthya Garcia (Gold)
Andrew Gutierrez (Gold)
Marilyn Gutierrez (Gold)
Avril Alejandra Castillo Hernandez (Gold)
David Hernandez (Bronze)
Laura Hernandez (Gold)
Ruth Jaime (Silver)
Janis Jimenez (Gold)
Regina King (Gold)
Desiree Loera (Silver)
Denise Rose Lopez (Gold)
Gabriela Lopez (Gold)
Andrea Madrigal (Silver)
Jenifer Melendez (Gold)
Adriana Mendoza (Gold)
Meztly Milian (Gold)
Marissa Morales (Gold)
Alexandra Rose Nava (Gold)
Jasmine Oros (Gold)
Kiara Ortega (Bronze)
Jessica Noel Peck (Gold)
Arlyn Perez (Silver)
Matthew Quinonez (Silver)
Alejandra Ramirez (Gold)
Berlyn Ramirez (Gold)
Yadira Rodriguez (Gold)
Danielle Schlegel (Bronze)
Karina Soria (Gold)
Marielena Tejeda (Gold)
Victoria Vaca (Gold)
Mark Vargas (Bronze)
Daisy Vasquez (Gold)
Kristina Ybarra (Gold)
Downey (Calif.) High School

Divya Raman (Gold)
Westlake High School
Westlake Village, Calif.

Connecticut
Amanda Balch (Silver)
Vinal Technical High School
Middletown, Conn.

 Delaware
Jenifer Ceja (Bronze)
Christina Dale (Gold)
Alexa Dunkle (Bronze)
Jaymar Harrison (Bronze)
Gena Marra (Bronze)
Beatriz Rosales (Bronze)
Amber Snipes (Bronze)
Aziza Taylor (Bronze)
Delcastle Technical High School
Wilmington, Del.

Florida
Anthony Wade Beczo (Silver)
Belleview (Fla.) High School

Georgia
Zachery Bruner (Gold)
Jamar Feggins (Bronze)
Raven Henry (Bronze)
Jordan Vocational High School
Columbus, Ga.

Craig Swanson (Bronze)
Oconee Fall Line Technical College
Dublin, Ga.

Hawaii
Rachel Abellera (Gold)
Christian DelaCreuz (Bronze)
Megan Dolores (Gold)
Danny Nguyen (Silver)
Ceasar Paguirigan (Bronze)
Tyler Yokoyama (Bronze)
Lane Yokoyama (Gold)
Admiral Arthur Radford High School
Honolulu, Hawaii

Massachusetts
Gabrielle Bailey (Gold)
Jaime Paniagua (Gold)
Bay Path Regional Vocational Technical High School
Charlton, Mass.

Torey Johnson (Silver)
Blue Hills Regional Technical High School
Canton, Mass.

Jonathan Cooper (Gold)
Bristol Plymouth Regional Tech. School
Taunton, Mass.

Katelyn Fitzsimmons (Bronze)
Elizabeth Irwin (Bronze)
Greater New Bedford Regional Vocational Technical High School
New Bedford, Mass.

Anthony Senesi (Silver)
Minuteman Career and Technical High School
Lexington, Mass.

Victoria Holbert (Bronze)
Jessica Shattuck (Bronze)
Montachusett Regional Technical High School
Fitchburg, Mass.

Kaila O’Farrell (Bronze)
Plymouth South High School
Plymouth, Mass.

Carly Lynn Ward (Gold)
Sacred Heart High School
Kingston, Mass.

New Jersey
Andrew Wang (Gold)
Bergen County Academies
Hackensack, N.J.

Ohio
Daniel Berhent (Gold)
James Blankenship (Gold)
Kyle Bush (Gold)
William Clapacs (Gold)
Ian Fellows (Gold)
Perry Gabriel (Gold)
Mike Gattarello (Gold)
Thomas Hamilton (Gold)
James Haynes (Gold)
Jesse Kesman (Gold)
David Kobsted (Gold)
Joseph Lucas (Gold)
Brett Miklos (Gold)
Tyler Myers (Gold)
Jacob Pell (Gold)
Andrew Quade (Gold)
Tyler Schmidt (Gold)
Ian Troeter (Gold)
Austin Weber (Gold)
Willoughby (Ohio) Tech Center

Rhode Island
Brendan Cody (Bronze)
Michael Ferranti (Bronze)
Victoria Johnston (Bronze)
Kayla Levasseur (Gold)
Benjamin Marcotte (Bronze)
Frank Marzano (Gold)
Sonia Sanchez (Bronze)
Hannah Schram (Bronze)
Gianna Velino (Silver)
Lori Velino (Bronze)
Cranston (R.I.) Area Career & Technical Center

Tennessee
Robert Anderson II (Bronze)
John Franklin Dunagan (Silver)
Garvin Matthew Ferguson (Silver)
Tonya Eve Goodman (Gold)
Lisa Jeanette Hutchins (Gold)
Clayton Kissell (Gold)
Timothy Littles (Gold)
Joshua Mcbroom (Gold)
Kayla Newman (Bronze)
Tennessee Technology Center at Ripley

Patricia Henderson (Gold)
Mark Christopher Roark (Gold)
Tennessee Technology Center at Elizabethton

Jeremy Ballentine (Silver)
Tennessee Technology Center at Pulaski

 Team Awards

 Connecticut
Wilcox Indians (Gold)
H.C. Wilcox Technical High School
Meridian, Conn.

Florida
Cosmetology Department (Gold)
Manatee Technical Institute
Bradenton, Fla.

Florida State Officer Team 2012 (Silver)

Georgia
RHS SkillsUSA (Silver)
Ringgold (Ga.) High School

Illinois
Thomas Kelly Co-op Work-Study Program (Gold)
Thomas Kelly High School
Chicago, Ill.

Illinois State Officer Team 2012 (Gold)

New Mexico
SkillsUSA Hobbs High School (Gold)
Hobbs (N.M.) High School

Ohio
Penta Public Safety Academy (Gold)
Class of 2012
Penta Career Center
Perrysburg, Ohio

Vanguard Career and Tech Center (Gold)
Fremont, Ohio

Tennessee
Medical Assistant Class 2012 (Gold)
Tennessee Technology Center at McMinnville

Virginia
High School National Officer Team (Gold)
SkillsUSA
Leesburg, Va.

Congratulations to our 2012 recipients!


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