|Update from Tim Lawrence|
Happy Holidays from all of us at SkillsUSA. We hope you have a wonderful Holiday Season and I want to personally thank you for the work you have done to lift up and inspire students this year. I've traveled to several state and district SkillsUSA leadership conferences this fall and I continue to be amazed at the power of our mission when it is manifested through your work with our members. I wish you and yours a safe, healthy and prosperous 2014. I look forward to working with you in the New Year.
Recent Reports about CTE and its Importance
The first report was written by Jean-Claude Brizard, a former high school administrator and CEO of Chicago Public Schools and now a senior advisor at The College Board.
The second report, co-authored by Harry J. Holzer of the Georgetown Public Policy Institute and the Georgetown Center on Poverty, Inequality, and Public Policy, Dane Linn of The Business Roundtable, and Wanda Monthey of The College Board, was released this past week. This report emerged from a convening of a large group of CTE researchers, practitioners and policymakers who met to identify what constitutes high-quality CTE. Holzer, Linn and Monthey examine the labor market environment confronting young people today and discuss what they believe to be the characteristics of CTE programs that address those challenges. The report illustrates the interest in CTE being expressed by influential voices outside the immediate field of CTE.
Winter Issue of SkillsUSA Champions magazine
Regarding the magazine, we are looking for photo submissions for our Image page. Students and advisors can submit photos that show SkillsUSA members in action. We currently do not have a photo selected for the next issue, so please consider entering this contest. The photographer's chapter will receive a $150 prize check and, of course, the thrill of seeing his or her work in print. For details, email Tom Hall at: firstname.lastname@example.org.
The program, Youth CareerConnect, will award 25 to 40 grants next year for high schools to team up with higher-education institutions and employers, creating innovative programs that give students industry-relevant education and job skills. Grants would range from $2 million to $7 million. Applicants will be required to pony up matching funds of at least 25 percent.
The closing date for applications is January 27, 2014. For more information, go to this link.
Call For SkillsUSA Talent Reminder
Send in all audition videotapes of the national anthem only on CD or DVD, postmarked by February 1, 2014 to: Heidi Walsh, SkillsUSA, 14001 SkillsUSA Way, Leesburg, VA 20176. Questions may be directed to Heidi at 703-737-0615 or email@example.com.
Current Listing of Scholarships Offered for 2013-14
We are accepting design submissions from members until December 13 for the following categories:
Winning entrants in each category will receive iPad mini tablets, and have their designs showcased on products or on the site!
Visit this link today to see contest details and entrance information.
Need an End-of-Year Charitable Deduction?
You may also want to consider a gift of appreciated stock. This offers several advantages.
Please contact SkillsUSA's Eric Gearhart at 703-737-0603, firstname.lastname@example.org if you desire to explore a donation of securities.
SkillsUSA is a IRS-designated 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization. All donations are tax deductible to the extent provided by law.
Resources to prepare students for testing
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Historical data from previous years has been rescheduled to deploy this December. Updates regarding when these reports will be available will be posted on the alert page when you log-on to the new Preceptor test platform.
Gene Haas Foundation
Graduating high school seniors, GED recipients and displaced workers (anyone unemployed or looking to change their career) who want to pursue an associate degree or technology certificate in machining, are eligible for the one-year scholarship. Award amounts will range from $1,000 to $2,500 for each scholarship, depending on the cost of the applicants program. Currently the scholarship is available to United States residents only.
The online application for the Gene Haas Machining Technology Scholarship for the 2013-2014 academic year is currently available and will remain open until funds are exhausted. Visit this link for instructions and access to the application. If your computer has spam ware, or a firewall that blocks bulk emails, please add email@example.com to your contacts or whitelist.
Verizon Innovative App Challenge
To begin, gather a team of five to seven students who wish to creatively solve a problem in your school or community by developing a mobile app that incorporates STEM principles and content. (Bonus points will be given for apps that address education, healthcare, or energy conservation.) More than one team is permitted from a school. Register by December 17 at this link.
Then prepare a three-minute video describing the app and how it will function. Submit an essay that demonstrates the team's understanding of the design process, the app's functionality, and its potential impact or outcome. And, submit a form signed by the school's principal or administrator agreeing to the Challenge's rules and use of the prize money.
Eight winning schools will receive a $20,000 cash grant. Plus, the students retain intellectual property rights to the app, which can be brought to the open market. And, each student on a winning team gets a Samsung Galaxy tablet and is invited to attend the 2014 National TSA Conference in Washington, D.C. in June to present their app to more than 5,000 attendees.
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