July 15th, 2009
The Washington Leadership Training Institute (WLTI), a five-day advanced leadership program for students and advisors, will be held September 19-23, 2009 at the Hilton Washington Dulles Airport near the SkillsUSA National Center and Washington, D.C. Students who are interested must apply and be accepted through their respective state director’s office and have state approval prior to registering. Student sessions focus on how an individual can affect change: The impact of the individual as a leader, citizen and employee; learning advocacy skills and strategies, and participation in Congressional visits “on the Hill” are the culminating activities of the Institute.
Advisors will have a separate training track centered on becoming an advocate for career and technical education. WLTI forms are available online at www.skillsusa.org/events/wlti.shtml. Please contact the national office (1-800-321-8422) if you wish to have WLTI forms mailed/faxed to you. Questions about the application process can be directed to Deborah Kenn Tripp at 1-800-321-8422, Ext. 637.
July 15th, 2009
On Tuesday, September 22, the students and advisors attending WLTI will have time to go to Capitol Hill and visit with their Senators and Representatives between 10:15 a.m. and 2:30 p.m. (The bus leaves at 3 p.m.) Appointments need to be set up ahead of time. A sample letter is available here
You are also welcome to use the SkillsUSA Champions Advocacy Site. You can download the sample letter – make your edits – and then you or your WLTI delegate can upload your letter to request appointments. You can access the site from the link above. From there, you plug in the zip codes and the rest is self-explanatory.
Note: letters sent by mail may take a month to reach Congressional offices because of security systems. We suggest those requesting appointments do so by e-mail or fax and then follow up with a phone call.
If you have questions, or need information about how to contact your representative, contact Jane Short at 703-737-0612 or by e-mail at email@example.com.
June 1st, 2009
The 2009 WLTI will be held at the September 19-23, 2009 at the Hilton Washington/Dulles Airport. State association directors-please read the following to help you with registration.
Application and Registration Process
The national office has outlined steps for this year’s WLTI registration process. Students who are interested in attending MUST apply to their state office, be accepted by their state office and meet state approval prior to being registered. Advisors and other participants do not need to apply through their state office and can follow the registration steps below. WLTI application, registration, and liability/medical forms are available online. Please contact the national office at 1-800-321-8422 if you wish to have WLTI forms mailed/faxed to you; ask for Susan Trent. Questions about the application process can be directed to Deborah Kenn Tripp at 1-800-321-8422, ext. 637 or firstname.lastname@example.org.