- On Wednesday, January 9, I traveled with executives from Automotive Service Excellence (ASE) into Washington to visit with Assistant Secretary of Labor, Jane Oates, and her chief of staff to discuss a Department of Labor grant for an automotive employability curriculum.
- Also on January 9, we had a conference call with the Society of Manufacturing Engineers (SME), its foundation, the National Institute for Metalworking Skills (NIMS) and Haas Automation, Inc. to discuss increasing support from SME for this year’s national conference. Several items are under consideration including supporting more contests and complimentary workshops.
- I’ve written previously about Rebuilding Together and its Kickoff to Rebuild, an annual NFL-sanctioned event to rebuild houses and bring together communities in Super Bowl cities. This year, the SkillsUSA chapter at Bonnabel High School in Louisiana will participate as volunteers.
SkillsUSA recently signed a non-binding partnership agreement with Rebuilding Together. RT’s mission is to preserve and revitalize houses and communities assuring that low-income homeowners–particularly the elderly, the disabled and families with children–live in warmth, safety and independence. Rebuilding Together aspires to make a sustainable impact on the community.
More than 200,000 skilled and unskilled volunteers from all ages, faiths and walks of life come together to paint, clean, weatherize and generally repair the homes of those in need. Volunteers are mobilized each year by 200 local RT affiliates to complete 10,000 projects. Rebuilding Together chapters will be reaching out to SkillsUSA chapters seeking volunteers and team leaders. These will be optional opportunities to engage your chapter in a worthwhile community service project.
The two organizations have agreed to promote each other to our respective constituencies, to encourage volunteer engagement in each other’s projects and missions, and to mutually publicize partnership activities. Contact Eric Gearhart (firstname.lastname@example.org) if you have any questions about this partnership.