|Update from Tim Lawrence|
Spring is back and it brings state conferences, competitions and other SkillsUSA activities to the peak season. I hope your chapters' participation has been exciting and rewarding. As you are beginning to wind up your school year, I hope to see many of you at the 2013 National Leadership and Skills Conference in Kansas City.
And, again, as a reminder - SkillsUSA has begun the "Skills Build America" Campaign. For more information, please go to: www.skillsusa.org/supporters/supportnew.shtml. I hope you will take time to review the material and consider participating in this important initiative leading up to our 50th anniversary.
Pin and T-shirt Design Winners
Congratulations also to Adam Stevens, the 2013 winner of the SkillsUSA National T-shirt Competition. He is a Digital Art & Design Student at Lexington Technology Center in Lexington, S.C. His advisor is Anna Reeside.
Both students will be recognized along with their advisors at the Opening Ceremony of the National Leadership and Skills Conference in Kansas City this June. Each of their high schools will receive $5,000 from Lowe's Charitable and Educational Foundation for classroom and equipment improvements. Each participant at NLSC will receive a conference T-shirt and pin showcasing the design through the Lowe's sponsorship.
SkillsUSA Official Graduation Regalia
Be sure to recognize the hard work and achievements of your graduates with the gift of official SkillsUSA graduation regalia. SkillsUSA stoles, tassels and honor cords can be purchased now before the rush of graduation season sets in. Just go to: www.skillsusastore.org to order.
GAERF Student Design Competition
First-place winners and their instructors will receive a two-day trip, all expenses paid, to attend PRINT 13 in Chicago, Ill. The winning students will receive an award of $2,000 presented at PRINT 13 during Career Awareness Day on September 12, 2013. Second-place winners will be awarded $1,500, and the third-place winners will receive $1,000 and will receive their awards via USPS delivery by September 30, 2013. All student entries will be showcased online here, and also in PRINT 13's Education Main Street pavilion.
State Farm Grants
Service Learning Grants
FY12 Annual Report
Partnership with Gates Corporation - Education SkillsUSA is pleased to announce a new partnership with Gates Corporation - Education. Their "Tools for Schools" program is a great opportunity for SkillsUSA's automotive teachers.
The purpose of the "Tools for Schools" program is to provide educators with supplemental educational materials from a global company. Gates assists many of the Original Equipment Manufacturers (OEMs) with their research and development. Through this program new products and systems are designed and problems solved. Technology is changing so quickly that it can take years for the latest information to reach you and your students. The "Tools for Schools" program is one way Gates can ensure the latest technology and information are available to you 24/7 simply by accessing their website. Gates hopes you make their site a daily part of your learning curriculum and that you will visit often.
The "Tools for Schools" program is made up of three components: (1) "Tools for Schools" website where all elements of the program can be found; (2) "Tools for Schools" Performance Center eLearning for your students contains a wealth of informative content and tests each student's ability to retain and understand via an exclusive training quiz found at the end of each segment; and, (3) "Tools for Schools" "Free" tool program. A program designed to reward the school for using the eLearning tool and using Gates products. Schools can earn Gates diagnostic and installation tools by accumulating points based on program participation.
CPR Certification During NLSC 2013
The Alumni & Friends Association is proud to offer CPR certification during the SkillsUSA National Leadership and Skills Conference on Tuesday, June 25, 2013, from 9 a.m. to noon at the Downtown Marriott, Truman B.
The American Heart Association (AHA) now offers a hands-on approach to ensure victims receive immediate care by non-medical personnel. This session will provide the basic knowledge to save a life in the event of such emergencies. In order to provide AHA certification, there will be a $20 charge collected onsite. Presenter: Brice Harader-Pate, RN, BSN and alumna, and Emily Hughes, alumna.
Online preregistration is required of all participants at: www.surveymonkey.com/s/VZNYZKL.
The Skill Connect Assessments are perfect for end-of-year testing. SkillsUSA offers 47 technical and employability assessments in 11 cluster areas including four co-branded assessments with ASE/AYES and five co-branded assessments with PrintED/GAERF.
Student Reset Password Report
Please encourage students to enroll into the test system only once. Each enrollment will decrease the number of tests your school has available to use. A duplicate enrollment of one student uses up another student's test and will delay testing.
Test license expiration date: Assessment tests may be administered anytime after purchase up until July 31. Unused test licenses are not refundable and cannot be carried over to the following school year or transferred to another assessment area.
Online grade report access expires on July 31st. Grade reports can be downloaded into Excel and saved to your hard drive for future use by clicking the export button in the grade report.
U.S. Department of Labor Announces New Online Resources to Help Businesses Recruit, Train and Retain a Skilled Workforce
The site includes tips about how to recruit qualified candidates through local American Job Centers and provides employment projections. Additionally, the site offers access to local training and educational institutions, a catalog of occupational certifications and a tool to help employers translate the military training and skills of returning service members into specific civilian occupations. The CareerOneStop Business Center is available online at: www.careeronestop.org/business.
Save Money on Learning Materials
The University of Phoenix and the Manufacturing Institute Scholarship Opportunity
New Partnership with Interstate BatteriesReminder
Through this partnership, local chapters can now sell Interstate Batteries products and they will receive 50 percent of the sales. Below is the link for your chapter to sign up today. This is a great program to participate in as you seek to raise funds for district and state events and for leadership development activities and materials. For more information, go to this link.
Engage for Teachers
Engage will focus on new educational resources being launched by SkillsUSA at the National Leadership and Skills Conference. New products will be unveiled during the training and each workshop will be led by the author of that product. Participants will unpack the new resources and share best practices on how to implement these tools for the greatest impact in their chapters. Teachers participating in Engage will receive a set of all the new resources as a part of the training.
Activate for Students
This three-day leadership conference will help SkillsUSA members find their "start button" through action-oriented, high-energy and motivational programming. Activate is open to all SkillsUSA members.
Participants will be led through a series of self-discovery, hands-on training which will include the following topics: values and character; maximizing strengths and talents; goal-setting; time management; responsibility and self-discipline; image projection; leadership characteristics; leading without a title; teamwork; building trust; conflict resolution; respecting others; communication; serving others and planning a service project. Students will complete the course feeling empowered with the necessary tools for success.
Both trainings will be held June 22-24 in Bartle Hall in Kansas City, Missouri and the cost is $135 per participant. Visit: www.skillsusa.org/events/engage.shtml and/or www.skillsusa.org/events/activate.shtml for full details.
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