November 1, 2011
A newsletter from Career and Technical Education - Washington
CTE High-Demand Grants Open

The Career and Technical Education State Competitive Grant for 2011-2012 school year is now posted on iGrants as Form Package 414.



  • Increase the quality and rigor of secondary Career and Technical Education in support of high demand occupational areas,
  • Improve links to postsecondary education, encourage and facilitate academic instruction through Career and Technical Education courses, and
  • Expand the access to and awareness of the opportunities offered by high quality career and Technical Education.

Priority considerations:

  • Programs in the following areas:

o   Manufacturing: Aerospace, Marine Technology, etc.

o   Biomedical

o   Health Sciences

o   Engineering

  • Programs considered being in highest demand in the state or applicable region.
  • Programs that lead to occupational credentials and/or post-secondary articulation.
  • Districts participating in developing and adopting course equivalencies in math and/or science.

Due Date: Thursday, November 10, 2011.

WASTS Tri-Cities Mini-Conference

Mark your calendars for February 25, 2012, for an Arts, A/V Technology and Communications Cluster targeted mini-conference,open to all teacher who may benefit form workshops including: Adobe Lightroom, Anyone Can Draw, Social Networking and Mimeo Pads. The conference will be held in Kennewick. Registration $99 includes clock hours, lunch and single day training. Go to for more information and registration.

26 Seconds Campaign, Be Heard, Be Seen, Be You and Be More (BMOR)

Did you know that every 26 seconds a young person in the United States drops out of high school? You can help turn that statistic around by participating with SkillsUSA in the 26 Seconds Campaign. By doing so, you can win prizes, scholarships and help SkillsUSA and the student drop-out crisis in the process. 


Help take back the stat by taking the pledge to graduate via the BMOR Project


If you wish to participate, when you pledge, select SkillsUSA as your affiliation. Then, return to the BMOR Project regularly to participate in the new activities that launch on the 26th of each month. Right now, in addition to a chance to win monthly prizes when you participate, you'll also receive a 26 Seconds T-shirt just for pledging. Plus, you can share videos, photos, projects (like SkillsUSA's Student2Student Program), artwork and creative writings on the Facebook page. By doing so, your creativity may also be chosen to be featured on Shine a light on yourself, your school and the importance of high school graduation.

SkillsUSA National Conference Pin and T-Shirt Contest

February 1, 2012, is the deadline for the entries to the SkillsUSA National Conference Pin and T-shirt design competition. This event is open to all paid student members of SkillsUSA and it's a great way to have a student and advisor from your state recognized in front of a national audience. A plaque for the teacher and student, plus a school grant to the advisor of the winning student, will be awarded. Rules are in the membership kit and are also posted on the SkillsUSA website at Questions may be directed to Heidi Ambrose at 703-737-0615 or to

Project Splash

Here is an exciting new opportunity to engage girls of the Pacific Northwest in robotics. As partners in a National Science Foundation grant, the Pacific Northwest Girls Collaborative Project will host a one-week educator training for regional organizations to learn to use the WaterBotics™ curriculum. Potential participants must apply to receive the training at no-cost. 


The training will be held in the Seattle area, January 23-27, 2012, each day from 8:00am-5:00pm.  For more information on educator requirements and to access the application, visit:   If you have questions, please contact Laura Enman, Project Manager, at

2012 Ford/AAA Student Auto Skills Contest

Registrations deadline is December 1, 2011. For more information go to Last year, the competition offered nearly $12 million in scholarships, with teams in the top 10 earning tuition to some of the nation's top automotive technology schools. They also receive a Ford engine for their schools' automotive technology programs to use for training purposes.

Teaching STEM with Robotics

Are you a middle school or high school teacher interested in learning how to successfully engage students in science, technology, engineering, and math concepts by using robotics? If so, LEGOŽ Education and National Instruments (NI) would like to invite you to a FREE robotics symposium where you will experience the benefits of robotics and learn how to get started using our hands-on STEM solution in your classroom.


Saturday, November 12        

8:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m.

University of Washington, Haggett Hall, Cascade Room (Seattle, Washington)     

Lunch will be provided.  

Seating limited to 70 participants.  

Reservations required. Registration due by Friday, November 4, 2011.

FASCE and FCCLA Awards

The Washington FCCLA Advisor of the year award was presented to Debbie Romesburg of Clarkston Washington at the WA ACTE Summer Conference. This award  goes to an advisor  who has significantly contributed to leadership development and growth of their students at local, state and national levels. Debbie has taught for 19 years and always inspires her students to create positive change in their community with FCCLA projects. She has taken many students all the way to Gold level recognition at the national level, served on the advisory board and helped many a student officer grow through the experience of serving at the state level.


Susan Wolf from Ferris High School and Susan Heyer from Sequim High School. Received Scholarships to attend the WA-FACSE and AAFCS fall conference The Exec Committee decided to give them to two members at large. Check out Susan's presentation on the new costuming class at the conference. Be sure to apply next year.

Jump$tart National Educator Conference

Hyatt Regency Washington on Capitol Hill.

November 4-6, 2011


$ 350.00 Registration includes two nights' lodging, meal events, and full participation in the conference this conference helps prepare classroom educators to be more effective teachers of personal finance at any grade level Pre-K through 12; and in any subject matter-including social studies, math, business, consumer finance, economics, and language arts. To learn more, visit

Samsung "Solve for Tomorrow" Contest

Samsung has launched its unique education initiative, Samsung Solve for Tomorrow for the 2011/2012 school year. This exciting contest has a special focus on supporting math and science learning in middle and high schools across the country. , your school will have a chance to win a piece of $1,000,000 in technology.


Twenty-five classrooms will be selected and equipped with a camcorder, laptop, and video editing software to create videos addressing the challenge, "Show how STEM can help the environment in your community.


Apply or get more information at to apply or visit on Facebook at

Eastside 5th Annual Business in Fashion Conference

This conference is a joint venture presented by Spokane Public Schools, Spokane Falls Community College, Washington State University and Gonzaga University and is designed to create sustainable careers in the business of fashion by connecting high school students to university faculties and settings.

 Some of the highlights for this year are:

  • Fashion Forecasting by WSU's Bailey Stokes;
  • Sketching Fashions by Tom Pettolello;
  • Fashion show by Gonzaga students;
  • Hands-on fashion designing by student participants and more.

Please reply to Marianne Dunn at if you are interested in attending, and indicate the number of students that you plan to bring.


Conference at Gonzaga University, November 16, 2011.

Building your Web 2.0 Website with WordPress

The top five reasons, why as an educator, you want to create a website as an educator at a community or technical college, or for your secondary classes:

  • It creates awareness and interest about your program, your class; students today won't be reaching for the yellow pages to search for the best course in Java programming, or digital media programs.
  • Students often ask their instructors how they can get started in creating their own webpage, wiki, or blog.  This gives you an opportunity to answer their questions with confidence (since after this training session will be able to create your own website).
  • As social media and Web 2.0 (evolving into Web 3.0) become even more pervasive as a tool for communicating and "showing" via visual images, students are used to the kind of access to information and exchanges that a website can offer.
  • If you already tweet, post video, use Facebook, WordPress is your one-stop website platform that integrates many of the social media technologies out there and is always developing new ways to accommodate new social media technologies.
  • $100 is a great price for a great hands-on learning experience. 

When:  Friday/Saturday, November 4/5, 2011, 9:00 a.m.-3:30 p.m. (Friday) & 8:30 a.m.-1:00 p.m.  (Saturday)

Where:  N209, the N-Building, Bellevue College,

What is the registration fee?  $100


What do you get for the $100 registration fee?

  • Two-days of excellent instruction from Juan Ulloa
  • Breakfast, lunch, and a p.m. snack
  • Curricular materials as well as textbook(s)
  • An exciting give-away opportunity

Faculty Audience: All disciplines

  • Prerequisites: 1) Ability to create and organize files and folders using Windows is essential; and, 2) Web Savvy: comfort with browsing the web and using web-based resources.
  • Course Description:  Do you want to build a Website using Web 2.0 tools and technologies to better talk about the work you do and classes you teach?  This workshop will teach how to quickly build a website that utilizes blogging and uses web-based video (YouTube/Vimeo), RSS feeds and integrates with your communications in Twitter, Facebook and Flickr.  You'll also learn the basics of tracking the usage of your website to measure how your website is being used.

You will learn how to do this using WordPress, the most popular open source content management system.  You will also learn how to tap into the WordPress community so you can do all of this with minimal knowledge of web development.


  • Learn and build a website with WordPress
  • Learn to use themes and plugins on your WordPress website to get your site to look and behave the way you need it to
  • Understand and apply the aesthetic elements of user interface (UI) that create an appealing website.
  • Understand and apply Web 2.0 tools to enhance a website
  • Understand and apply Google Analytics to track and monitor your website's traffic and why people visit your website

Register here. 

PLTW Engineering Counselor Conference
Monday, December 5, 2011
Seattle University-Casey Building
8:00am to 3:00pm
Contact Seattle University at


Orcas of Puget Sound, Free Teacher Workshop
Join KCTS 9 QUEST Northwest and Seattle Aquarium for a free teacher workshop that will examine the relationship between Puget Sound orcas and human actions.

Topics will include:
  • Basic orca biology
  • Orca food webs and chains
  • The status of orcas in Puget Sound
  • Conservation issues
In addition, KCTS 9 will introduce the robust QUEST website as a multimedia resource for science educators.

To register, please visit:
IT Academy Quick Facts

Through the IT Academy partnership, Microsoft and state officials partner to make technology training and industry-recognized certification available to every high school, skills center, ESD and tribal school in the state, regardless of location, size or economic status. 


Online and in person trainings throughout the fall have reached staff representing over 400 sites in Washington, and over 225 Microsoft Office Specialist Centers have been registered in WA.   Thank you to all the staff in the districts working to rollout ITA in schools. 


If you would like to integrate IT skills into your course, or have questions about IT Academy, please contact or


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CTE High-Demand Grants Open
WASTS Tri-Cities Mini-Conference
26 Seconds Campaign, Be Heard, Be Seen, Be You and Be More (BMOR)
SkillsUSA National Conference Pin and T-Shirt Contest
Project Splash
2012 Ford/AAA Student Auto Skills Contest
Teaching STEM with Robotics
FASCE and FCCLA Awards
Jump$tart National Educator Conference
Samsung "Solve for Tomorrow" Contest
Eastside 5th Annual Business in Fashion Conference
Building your Web 2.0 Website with WordPress
PLTW Engineering Counselor Conference
Orcas of Puget Sound
IT Academy Quick Facts
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