June 23rd, 2010
Today’s a big day. The Call to Action Session begins this morning at 8:30 and is the only place during NLSC where ALL instructors/advisors gather in a meeting specifically for teachers and administrators. There will be a thank-you gift for every person attending, and it’s a great time to hear about the latest SkillsUSA happenings and from our partners in Washington, D.C.
SkillsUSA University begins today at 10 a.m. See: www.skillsusa.org/events/skillsuniv.shtml for details. Also, be sure and check out SkillsUSA’s Amazing Race. It’s part of SkillsUSA TECHSPO and begins today at 10:30 a.m. You can find all the details on Page 18 of the conference program: http://www.skillsusa.org/downloads/PDF/NLSC/program.pdf.
The SkillsUSA Delegates continue their important work today with a Meet the Candidates session at 1 p.m., the first delegate business meeting at 2 p.m. and another joint session of the high school and college/postsecondary houses at 3 p.m. John McGlade, CEO of Air Products and SkillsUSA’s CEO Champion of the Year is the special guest speaker for the joint session.
This evening at 7 p.m., the conference officially begins with our Opening Ceremony at Kemper Arena, sponsored by Bosch and Georgia-Pacific. Our keynote speaker is Mike Holmes from the HGTV program, “Holmes on Homes.” New this year, the ceremony closes with the ribbon cutting for the SkillsUSA Championships. Everything will be broadcast live via Internet. Log on at www.skillsusa.org/events/nlscvideo.shtml.
June 22nd, 2010
Things are really kicking off today at conference. SkillsUSA TECHSPO exhibits open at 9 a.m. (all times are CDT). Be sure to stop by Municipal Auditorium’s Music Hall Foyer for your FREE conference souvenir T-shirt, pin and backpack, all compliments of Lowe’s.
Starting today, we will be broadcasting twice daily from Bartle Hall, streaming live on the Internet. Look for updates at 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. Watch for interviews with students, delegates and sponsors, keynote speakers, highlights from the competition floor, coverage of SkillsUSA TECHSPO and other outdoor activities. Visit: www.skillsusa.org/events/nlscvideo.shtml to watch.
The SkillsUSA Delegate meetings kick off today with a joint session beginning at 2 p.m. at the Muehlebach Tower in the Marriott downtown.
The Health Occupations Advisors Luncheon is today at noon in Bartle Hall Room 2206. This is SkillsUSA’s time to extend a special thanks to our health science educators. A great lunch will be served, and the keynote speaker will be from the U.S. Army Medical Corps.
Don’t forget that this year, our Opening Ceremony has moved to Wednesday night. So the Champions Festival has been moved to tonight. This is the first official event for NLSC participants. It begins at 7 p.m. at the Kansas City Power and Light District’s “Living Room.” All participants must wear a SkillsUSA logo shirt, appropriate attire and the official conference badge for admittance to this private, SkillsUSA-only event. It’s sponsored by Carhartt, Pepsi and the Kansas City Convention and Visitors Association.
The 100-Percent Advisors Reception will honor our very best instructors: those who involve ALL their students in a quality SkillsUSA leadership and skills development program. There will be two MEGA prizes awarded to teachers at this reception, sponsored by Irwin Industrial Tools. The prizes will be all-expense-paid trips for two to major national sporting events. The reception is being held at the College Basketball Experience, also in the Kansas City Power and Light District.
June 1st, 2010
Have you heard about the Skill Connect Assessments, but you haven’t yet had the chance to try them? The Skill Connect Assessment Team will be hosting a demonstration center in Booth M (in the corner of Lobby 2500 near the Ballroom) of the SkillsUSA TECHSPO in Kansas City, June 22-24.
Advisors/teachers/administrators are welcome to stop by for a hands-on demonstration. Over 40 career and technical education assessments areas will be demonstrated.
January 15th, 2010
SkillsUSA is joining many other organizations by “going green,” and we’ve now had our own national Green Team for two years. Surveys of our members indicate that students are environmentally conscious and committed to the principles of environmental stewardship. SkillsUSA is working to create a greener national conference, asking TECHSPO exhibitors to consider eco-friendly booth exhibits and giveaways, offering recycling throughout the convention center and striving to appropriately recycle/donate leftover contest materials and food to reduce waste. We’d like to learn what state associations are doing to go green. We’d also like to hear about local chapter service projects based on eco-friendly procedures, environmental education or sustainability. We are encouraging eco-friendly projects be conducted during the SkillsUSA National Week of Service and these will be showcased in the future. Please send information on your green initiatives to us, and please forward this information to local chapters. Send information to email@example.com.
June 15th, 2009
Meet rising NASCAR driver Peyton Sellers and support SkillsUSA
Through our partnership with Jig-A-Loo USA, NASCAR Nationwide Series driver Peyton Sellers will be attending our national conference this month. He will be present at the Jig-A-Loo TECHSPO exhibit where autographed limited edition die cast replicas of the car Peyton drove in Daytona with the SkillsUSA logo on it will be available for purchase.
Not able to attend conference? You can still support SkillsUSA and Peyton by purchasing a die cast car online here: www.skillsusa.org/students/peytonsellers.shtml.
Proceeds directly benefit SkillsUSA and our partnership with Peyton Sellers.
April 1st, 2009
On Wednesday, June 24 from 9:00 – 12:00 noon during national conference, SkillsUSA will introduce an exciting new program called “SkillsUSA Amazing Race.” This program will be similar to the TV show where participants are challenged to perform various tasks and move quickly through the 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 appointment at the beginning of the week. Participants will be challenged to find different SkillsUSA products in exhibit booths throughout the show in designated TECHSPO booths. Once at the correct booth, participants must either perform a task or duty in order to qualify for a stamp on their passport cards. There are two roadblocks included in the race. Each roadblock will delay the participant and require a bit more effort to earn the stamp. After completing pit stops 1-11 (out of 12), the participant must report to the 12th and final destination and turn in the card at the final booth. The race will conclude at the SkillsUSA Alumni booth where membership will be encouraged. Prizes will be distributed at the alumni booth to participants who complete the race. There is a limited quantity of prizes, so it will be important to complete the race in a timely manner.