|Update from Tim Lawrence|
Always with teachers and students first and foremost in our minds, the entire national staff was involved January 7-11 during our 13th annual "week of excitement" strategic planning session. This year, we surveyed the field in advance on critical issues and cost cutting or revenue generation. We wrote objectives around what we see are some of the most important areas such as the move of the national conference to Louisville in 2015, infrastructure including staffing, communications planning to best employ both traditional and digital media and state association growth and development. We had a successful week and are well on our way toward development of the FY14-15 plan.
Just another reminder, too, that SkillsUSA is beginning 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 very important initiative leading up to our 50th anniversary.
CTE Month and SkillsUSA Week Events and Activities
On February 12th, at 1 p.m. EST, SkillsUSA will be holding a Web conference to kick off SkillsUSA's week of celebration. Hear from your national student leaders and SkillsUSA leaders on the state of the organization. You will also have the opportunity to ask questions. All instructors and members are welcome to participate. To participate, call 1-334-323-0270 or 1-888-537-7715 to hear the discussion and then go to this page to get the link to join. The meeting number is 46844558 and the participant passcode is 5892.
In a November 2012 email survey of SkillsUSA advisors, among 1,465 respondents,
Special Workshop During NLSC in Kansas City
Lowe's Grant Winners
Alabama - Cleburne County Career Technical School; Arkansas - Western Arkansas Technical Center; Arizona - Snowflake High School; California - Palmdale High School; Georgia - Cedartown High School and Putnam County High School; Illinois - Lake County High School; Kentucky - Iroquois High School, Kentucky Tech-Carroll County Area Technical Center and Kentucky Tech-Clay County Area Technical Center; Maine - Maine Region Ten Technical High School and Presque Isle Regional Career and Technology Center; Minnesota - Mounds View High School; Missouri - Lebanon Technology & Career Center; Mississippi - Wayne County Career and Technical Education Center; Nebraska - Arlington Public School; New Mexico - Loving High School; Ohio - Columbiana County Career and Technology Center; Pennsylvania - Dauphin County Technical School and Monroe Career & Technical Institute; Rhode Island - Regional Career and Technical Center at Coventry High School; South Carolina - Beaufort-Jasper Academy for Career Excellence; Tennessee - Tennessee Technology Center at Murfreesboro; Texas - Kermit ISD; Washington - Central Kitsap High School; West Virginia - Roane-Jackson Technology Center; and, Wyoming - Eastern Wyoming College.
New Partnership with Interstate BatteriesReminderSkillsUSA is excited to announce a new partnership with Interstate Batteries and a fundraising program for local chapters. This is a great opportunity for your chapters to raise funds in partnership with a company whose mission and product align very closely with SkillsUSA.
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.
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.
NEW! Teacher Preparation Guides:
NEW! PrintED Student Certification
Other Resource to Prepare for Testing:
Assessment test licenses expire on July 31, 2013. Test licenses not used are not refundable and cannot be transferred to the following school year. We suggest ordering only what you know you will use on the initial order because you can always add to the order later if needed.
To learn more about the implementation process of placing and administering the assessments, click the link "Creating Your Skill Connect Team" at this page and listen to our 30-minute webinar. Learn the responsibilities of the assessment coordinator, proctor and instructor and how each Skill Connect team member can ensure a successful testing experience for the students.
2013 SkillsUSA University
We ask state directors or instructors who would like to present to send emails with proposed topics to Nikole Clausen at email@example.com.
Possible topics: local chapter activities; fundraising; community service; SkillsUSA Program of Work success stories; business etiquette; communication skills for students; local industry partnerships, etc. These can be best practices (with a local advisor presenting) or an expert in the subject area. If you do not want to present, but you have suggestions for workshop topics, please feel free to forward them to us.
The deadline for proposals is February 28. For more information and a Request for Proposal (RFP), go to this link.
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