March 1st, 2011
SkillsUSA is very big on communications, and the national office has been “webinar central” the past month. We’ve held four online conferences: two for state association directors; another for alumni; and, the webinar for SkillsUSA members during SkillsUSA Week.
On February 8, students and teachers from 18 schools nationwide tuned into the SkillsUSA Week inclusion and diversity webinar on “Respecting All Perspectives.” Board President Russ Hoffbauer addressed the group saying how pleased he is that SkillsUSA is discussing inclusion and diversity because this is also an important issue to business.
The February 4 webinar with 16 state association directors was a discussion on SkillsUSA’s online conference registration system. During their August meeting, the state directors asked us to make our registration system more user-friendly, and our consultant, Mark Williams, has been doing just that. He’s even created a series of online training modules to walk users through the process. Reactions from the participants were extremely positive including posted notes that said: “Love the changes.”
On February 17, the state association directors’ executive committee conducted an hour-long webinar for the 18 directors who signed in. This was a follow-up report on their meeting in January including: minutes; proposed Constitutional amendments; the improvement of services to states by the SkillsUSA Store and stock of core products; and, the August Professional Development Conference. There were also updates from national staff on Vision 2020, state association insurance, national conference updates, membership mega prizes and an April membership registration task force to include some non-SkillsUSA instructors to help us improve online registration by next school year.
And, on February 15, the SkillsUSA Alumni & Friends Association held its first membership service webinar on enhanced communications. Three of our alumni members served as the expert speakers on topics including job interview techniques, communication and asking questions and serving as a mentor. There were 18 participants, and it seemed a propitious start to this kind of membership service.
All the webinars have been archived, so we strongly encourage those who could not participate “live” to go to our website to view them.
June 15th, 2010
Once again, SkillsUSA, in collaboration with School Video News will broadcast the pre-event activities and the entire opening and awards ceremonies online. This live streaming will capture the exciting on-the-floor activities, and give family, friends and sponsors the opportunity to watch students as they receive their awards. Don’t miss this opportunity to be part of the action.
- Watch daily newscasts, at 10 a.m. and 4 p.m., Central Daylight Time, beginning Tuesday, June 22.
- The Opening Ceremony, Wednesday, June 23, with live coverage beginning at 6 p.m. (one hour before the event)
- The Awards Ceremony, Friday, June 25, with live coverage beginning at 5 p.m. (one hour before the event).
All broadcasts can be viewed by going to this link: http://tinyurl.com/skillsusa2010
For more information, visit the SkillsUSA Web site at www.skillsusa.org, or School Video News at http://www.school-video-news.com. Can’t watch at these times? All live streamed events will be available after the conference by visiting the SkillsUSA Web site.
February 15th, 2010
Because of severe weather during the week of Feb. 8-12, SkillsUSA cancelled the SkillsUSA Week Teacher and State Director Event and Web conference, but both have now been rescheduled.
SkillsUSA will be holding the Web conference on Feb. 25th at 11:00 a.m. and the live teacher event at the SkillsUSA National Leadership Center will now be held on March 10 at 3 p.m.
Both the event and the Web conference will be held to announce the release of the new ASK: Advisor’s Success Kit and the newly updated PDP Online. Attendees at the teacher meeting at the National Leadership Center and those who register in advance for the Web conference will receive a free copy of the new ASK: Advisor’s Success Kit and other SkillsUSA materials (total value of $50 or more). I will give a SkillsUSA organization update, and members of the SkillsUSA training team will also update teachers on various SkillsUSA resources.
All state directors and instructors are welcome to attend the teacher meeting and/or participate in the Web conference. To attend the teacher meeting, please RSVP to Niki Clausen at email@example.com. To participate in the Web conference, go to the following link on Feb. 25 at 11:00 EST: http://web.ganconference.com/?meeting=3663486. To dial in for an audio, call 888-222-0475, Attendee code: 6837807
October 15th, 2009
SkillsUSA held a national Web Conference to demonstrate the all new PDP Online on October 14, 2009. Here is the link for the Web conference archive. Go to www.skillsusa.org/educators/index.shtml#pdp.
March 15th, 2009
On March 2, we had 51 of our best supporters – members of the SkillsUSA Championships technical committees here at the national center for their annual meeting. They were getting ready for conference, but while we had them here we took advantage of their expertise by holding a Web conference on preparing for participation in competitions. It was a very interactive session with lots of questions and sharing with teachers and students. Six of our technical committee chairs spoke including: Bill Chenaille, Photography; Greg Doster, Major Appliance Technology; Wayne Hawley, Electronics Technology; Scott Norman, Automotive Service Technology; Sharon Schaub, Executive Committee; and Jim Wall, Precision Machining Technology. Board President Cameron Ferguson called the event to order. The Web cast is archived at http://www.skillsusa.org/compete/webconf09.shtml.