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WIN Scholarship Program for Collision Repair/Refinishing Students Reminder

November 26th, 2013

The Women’s Industry Network (WIN) offers scholarships that will provide tuition assistance as well as educational opportunities and enrichment events to qualified applicants.

The College Student Tuition and Conference Scholarship Award is presented to students (male or female) enrolled in a college/postsecondary collision repair/refinishing technology program. Each scholarship recipient will receive a $1,000 scholarship to continue their postsecondary education in collision repair, a one-year WIN membership, plus the registration fee and travel expenses to attend the 2014 Education Conference.

The High School Tuition Scholarship Award is presented to students (male or female) enrolled in a secondary collision repair/refinishing technology program who plan to continue their studies at a technical school or college. Each scholarship winner will receive a $1,000 scholarship to continue their postsecondary education in collision repair and a one-year WIN membership.

The deadline for applications is January 15, 2014. For scholarship requirement details and submission instructions, go to: www.thewomensindustrynetwork.ning.com and click on scholarships.

WIN Scholarship Program for Collision Repair/Refinishing Students

October 30th, 2013

The Women’s Industry Network (WIN) offers scholarships that will provide tuition assistance as well as educational opportunities and enrichment events to qualified applicants.

The College Student Tuition and Conference Scholarship Award is presented to students (male or female) enrolled in a postsecondary/college collision repair/refinishing technology program. Each scholarship recipient will receive a $1,000 scholarship to continue their postsecondary education in collision repair, a one-year WIN membership, plus the registration fee and travel expenses to attend the 2014 Education Conference.

The High School Tuition Scholarship Award is presented to students (male or female) enrolled in a secondary collision repair/refinishing technology program who plan to continue their studies at a technical school or college. Each scholarship winner will receive a $1,000 scholarship to continue their postsecondary education in collision repair and a one-year WIN membership.

The deadline for applications is January 15, 2014. For scholarship requirement details and submission instructions, go to: www.thewomensindustrynetwork.ning.com/ and click on scholarships.

 

Scholarship Opportunities

October 29th, 2013

There are several scholarships opportunities available for students on the SkillsUSA website. Please pass the word.

 

NTHS Scholarship winners announced

April 30th, 2013

NTHS logoWinners of the 2013 National Technical Honor Society scholarships have been announced. Each will receive a $1,000 scholarship from NTHS.

They are:

  • Steven Rickards, (Electronics Systems Technology) Technical College High School, Brandywine, Pa.
  • Amanda Stevenson (Cosmetology), Lebanon (Pa.) County Career and Technology Center
  • Timara Talley, (Entrepreneurship) Richmond (Va.) Technical Center, Richmond
  • John Wagner, (Management Information Systems) Watertown (Wis.) High School

The National Technical Honor Society (NTHS) scholarship presentation will take place on Tuesday, June 25 , at 2 p.m. during the joint delegate session in the Imperial Ballroom of the Marriott Downtown Hotel, 200 W. 12th Street, Kansas City, Mo.

SkillsUSA has teamed up with the National Technical Honor Society (NTHS) to promote outstanding student achievement within career and technical education. SkillsUSA is encouraging chapters to consider participation in the honor society as part of their annual program of work. For more information about NTHS, visit this link.

Creative Craftsmanship Challenge, by LIQUID NAILS Adhesive

April 25th, 2013

Liquid Nails logoCalling the construction pros of tomorrow:  Put the tips and tricks you’ve learned to work for you today. Tell us your best and most creative uses for LIQUID NAILS Brand adhesives in a brief essay containing no more than 200 words. Eight qualifying entrants will each receive a $400 travel scholarship to help them attend the SkillsUSA National Leadership and Skills Conference in Kansas City, Missouri, June 25 to 27. Entries must be received via email by May 10, 2013.

Get rules and entry details here.

The University of Phoenix and the Manufacturing Institute Scholarship Opportunity

April 15th, 2013

The University of Phoenix and The Manufacturing Institute are offering ten full-tuition scholarships toward a bachelor’s or master’s degree in a manufacturing-related degree program at University of Phoenix. Aimed at developing a new generation of skilled and competitive manufacturing workers, the scholarships will allow recipients to choose online or ground classes so they can continue their career while earning their degrees. Eligible candidates must be currently employed by a manufacturer or interested in pursuing a manufacturing career; not be currently enrolled at University of Phoenix; and apply between March 5, 2013 and April 30, 2013.

Visit: www.phoenix.edu/tuition_and_financial_options/scholarships/manufacturing-institute-scholarship.html for details, including complete eligibility and application information.

Making the Case for Manufacturing Careers

February 15th, 2013

Mike Rowe and Tim Lawrence

Three corporate representatives from Caterpillar – including Youth Development Foundation (YDF) member, Cameron Ferguson – met on January 28 at National Association of Manufacturing (NAM) headquarters with YDF member, Jennifer McNelly, president of The Manufacturing Institute and her communications team, Mike Rowe of mikeroweWORKS, another SkillsUSA staff member and me. The overarching topic was the public image of manufacturing and how to engage all four organizations in a national movement to educate youth about the benefits and opportunities of careers in manufacturing. Jennifer and her team are working on an action plan including media outreach featuring Mike Rowe.

The following day, Mike Rowe and his team met with Cameron and his team and me in Washington, D.C. Mike is a corporate spokesman for Caterpillar as well as a scholarship underwriter for SkillsUSA. We spoke with him about participation in the national conference, doing some promotion for SkillsUSA including the WorldTeam and promotion to recruit students into technical pathways. He’s interested! He loves the SkillsUSA Creed and was happy to hear that of the 50 students who received mikeroweWORKS travel scholarships to conference last year, four took medals and 13 finished in the top ten of their contests. He also enjoyed hearing from Cameron and friends about the students they’d met that morning from Washington County Technical High School in Hagerstown, Md. The students said what they believe is important is to do something for others and leave the world a better place. I believe Mike Rowe liked that as much as he liked the SkillsUSA Creed.

Scholarship Opportunities

December 13th, 2012

There are several scholarships opportunities available for students on the SkillsUSA website.Scholarships

National Conference Still Changing Lives

July 15th, 2012

The National Leadership and Skills Conference is always an exciting—transforming—experience involving 15,000 of our closest friends. It’s also humbling to realize how much our collective work affects lives. Many teachers said to me and to staff: “Thank you for what you do for our students.”

Of course, that includes you. By way of example, board member Greg Rintala forwarded an email he received from Tina Oswald-White of mikeroweWORKS Foundation with an attached thank-you note from a student who received a mikeroweWORKS travel scholarship. The email commended the board members “who work so hard behind the scenes . . . and do so much not only for the organization but for the students and our future workforce.” The student’s note said in part “[This experience] opened my eyes to how much potential I have in the world, something I have never seen before.”

I wish everyone could have heard the Assistant Secretary of Labor Jane Oates say during the Special Guest Breakfast on Tuesday, “Scholarships and internships are wonderful for individuals. Support for SkillsUSA is an investment in capacity building for the American workforce.”

All of our special guests including Jane Oates, Assistant Secretary of Education Brenda Dann-Messier, Bill Symonds of the Harvard Pathways to Prosperity Project and many more were all amazed by the conference. As one of our first-time guests said to me, “If Secretary of Education Arne Duncan could see this, he’d stop talking about ‘islands of excellence’ in CTE.”

I’m not even going to start recounting all of the corporate executives in attendance, but it was delightful to have the top executives from two of our best sponsors attending the conference together, Jim Lentz of Toyota and Nick Pinchuk of Snap-on. I understand each had a marvelous time and I know Jim was in the news more than once. Here’s one TV clip including Jim – http://fox4kc.com/2012/06/26/students-showing-off-talents-at-skillsusa-competition/.

Speaking of news, the early report on coverage in the Kansas City area media includes 79 separate stories and that doesn’t even include stories that are coming in on area winners. For the first time ever this year, we had three of the four TV networks covering the Championships live simultaneously and multiple times on Tuesday morning. There were 24 stories on Tuesday alone. Several years ago, we asked the Convention and Visitors Association what other Kansas City convention SkillsUSA should use as a benchmark for news coverage. The answer was “SkillsUSA is the benchmark. No organization gets the coverage you get.” We’re also picking up national coverage.

Scholarship winners announced

May 16th, 2012

We are pleased to announce the winners of the Student Leadership Development and the Sharon Melton Meyers Memorial scholarships. The winners of the Student Leadership Development Scholarship will each receive $1300 to attend Leverage and Activate training in Kansas City. The Sharon Melton Myers Memorial SkillsUSA Scholarship fund provides $500 to graduating SkillsUSA members the opportunity to continue their education in college or technical school.

2012 Student Leadership Development Scholarship

  • Stephen DeVito, Sussex County Technical School, Sparta, N.J. (Activate)
  • Anthony Hamblin, Tennessee Technology Center – Oneida/Huntsville (Leverage)
  • Connor Johnson, Eaton ISD Career Preparation Center, Charlotte, Mich. (Leverage)
  • Ruby Ramirez, Cibola High School, Yuma, Ariz. (Leverage)

2012 Sharon Melton Myers Memorial Scholarship

  • Andrew Jones, Area 31 Career Center/Ben Davis High School, Indianapolis, Ind.
  • Jessica Pilkey, McMinn Career Technical Center, Athens, Tenn.

These and other scholarship opportunities can be found on our website: www.skillsusa.org/students/scholarships.shtml

Congratulations to our winners!


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