December 5, 2011
A newsletter from Career and Technical Education - Washington
New national CTE video available
If you haven't seen it yet, head on over to our blog and watch the new National Association of State Directors of Career and Technical Education Consortium video, produced as part of the CTE: Learning that works for America campaign. Check it out.
Insurance curriculum online, free
Insurance Curriculum Online is a free web-based compilation of lesson plans, activities and resources that gives educators an opportunity to teach students the value of insurance and how it works. The curriculum was developed by the Griffith Insurance Educaton Institute and is endorsed by the NW Insurance Council. 
Their goal is to give teachers (social studies, business, economics, etc.) easy and free access to the curriculum if they choose to use it. Here's the link:


If you have any questions, contact Sandi Henke, education director for the Council, at (800) 664-4942.

Fluid Power Challenge grants

The NFPA Education and Technology Foundation is now offering grants to schools to help defray the cost of Fluid Power Challenge Classroom Exercise Kits and materials. If you are planning to teach fluid power in your classroom, or even hold a Fluid Power Challenge competition at your school, you may want to consider applying for a grant.


Further information on the Challenge grants.


Further information on the Challenge Classroom Exercise Kits that are currently available.

Imagine Tomorrow competition coming

The Imagine Tomorrow competition at Washington State University engages students in grades 9 - 12 in forging creative, carefully researched solutions to the world's energy challenges.This year, the competition will take place May 18-20, 2012.


Over $100,000 in cash awards will be awarded to student competitors and their schools, including up to 17 awards to newly participating schools. In all, more than 65 cash awards will be presented to student teams and their schools. Imagine Tomorrow is adding Biofuels to the menu of challenges that contestants may address. Other challenges--Behavior, Design, and Technology--ask students to consider energy problems from the perspective of different disciplines.


Registration will open March 1, 2012, and close April 2, 2012.  Only 175 teams may compete. The time for students to begin working on their projects is now. There is no entry fee and housing and dining expenses on campus are covered for student team members, their advisors and chaperones.


For full details, go to or contact Tena Old at or (509) 335-1467.

Registration open for WITEA spring conference
The conference will be March 15-17, 2012, at the Coast Wenatchee Center Hotel.

Click here for the flyer and registration form and to learn more about the conference.
Students at Kittitas win financial education video contest

Out of 123 video proposals received nationwide, students from Kittitas Secondary School, mentored by Cheryl Uceny, were selected as a top five finalist for the Give Yourself Some Credit video contest, winning a Flip video camera and $500 to help support the creation of their credit video. The videos of all top five finalists were viewed and voted on for 2 weeks by the public on the new website,


Visit the CTE blog to learn more about the contest and the winners from Kittitas.

Auburn High School DECA Place Second in Entrepreneur and Innovations Conference Competition

A team of Auburn High School DECA Students finished in second in a business pitch competition held in Chicago, Illinois. Students attended the conference to increase awareness of entrepreneurship and celebrate Global Entrepreneurship Week.


The Innovations and Entrepreneurship Conference was November 3-5, 2011 in Chicago, IL.  150 students from across the United States participated. This conference reinforces entrepreneurial concepts taught in marketing and business classes helping students understand the concepts, processes and skills associated with identifying new ideas, opportunities, and methods and with creating or starting a new project or venture. 


During the conference, a variety of industry experts shared innovative knowledge on product ideation, financing, marketing, social entrepreneurship, sustainable entrepreneurship and more. DECA After preliminary competition, finalist teams presented their plan to the entire group and a panel of business executives. 
For more information on Auburn High School DECA or Global Entrepreneurship Week, contact Lori Jacobs, advisor of Auburn High School DECA at or (253) 931-4880 ext. 3707.

Positioning MBA for the 21st Century Workshop:Meeting the Needs of Post-Millennial Students

On February 16 and 17, 2012, come to the Heathman Lodge in Vancouver, WA, to participate in a workshop designed for high school business and marketing teachers, except those focused solely on computer apps or technology. Attendance at most workshops has been approximately 50/50 business education and marketing education. Supervisors of local programs are welcome to attend. 

This highly interactive workshop will provide participants with specific, useable strategies and tactics for strengthening the overall business and marketing program. Leave with specific ideas that can be implemented immediately, and share ideas based on specific projects developed as part of the workshop. 


The workshop is limited to 25 participants. View the complete details and register here

Fashion Industry Conference
You are invited to attend the Fashion Industry Conference at the Seattle Art Institute, to be held Saturday, February 4, 2012, from 8:30am to 4:00pm. 

To register, contact Mary Nagel at to receive the event password and then sign up here


  • Stephen Cirona, Senior Vice President for Women's Sportswear from Tommy Bahama.
  • Nine (9) different hands-on interactive workshops with professionals from the fashion industry.

Compete for prizes:

  • Show off what you have been doing in your classroom.                                                                              
  • Enter our Construction, Recycle and Redesign, or Fashion Writing contests. See the details here 

The American Sewing Guild has funded scholarships for 25 students to attend the Fashion Industry Conference at a discounted rate.  Apply here.

"Be the change" Global Health Nexus student competition deadline extended
"Be the change" is a contest for high school, community college and undergraduate university students in Washington, the purpose of which is to advance solutions, awareness and innovation in global health. 

Choose a project that develops a global health solution or engages and motivates communities in support of global health. Build a team of students and get creative with your ideas using technology, social media, the arts, education and more. Win cash prizes, VIP visits and recognition.

The deadline for the initial two-page proposals is now January 13, 2012. Learn more about the competition and submit proposals here.
Project Splash

A new opportunity to engage girls 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, from 8:00am-5:00pm each day. For more information on educator requirements and to access the application, visit:   If you have questions, please contact Laura Enman, Project Manager, at

SkillsUSA professional development, promotional week and call for officers
WASTS Tri-Cities Mini Conference
Arts, A/V Technology & Communications Cluster targeted mini-conference, Saturday, February 29.

Open to all teacher who may benefit form workshops including: Adobe Lightroom, Anyone Can Draw, Social Networking and Mimeo Pads. Registration $99 includes clock hours, lunch and single day training. Go to for more information and registration.
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. Questions may be directed to Heidi Ambrose at (703) 737-0615 or to

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

Every 26 seconds a young person in the United States drops out of high school. Participate in the 26 Seconds Campaign and by doing so you can win prizes, scholarships and help SkillsUSA and the student drop-out crisis in the process. Visit the BMOR Project to learn more. When you pledge, select SkillsUSA as your affiliation.

CTE Strategic Planning Committee hits first milestone
On December 1, 2011, OSPI and the CTE Strategic Planning Committee submitted our initial report to the Legislature, outlining work done thus far by the committee and a tentative plan of work for the year to come.

In 2011, the Legislature directed OSPI to create a statewide strategic plan for Career and Technical Education (CTE).  In response to the legislation, OSPI formed a strategic planning committee. This report provides the current progress of the committee and four subcommittees that have been established, and discusses the areas that are being considered as the committee develops the strategic plan. A final report is due December 1, 2012. Read the report here. 
Program reapprovals due January 31, 2012
Don't forget, program reapprovals are due January 31, 2012 for all courses in the current approval cycle. Visit our Course Approval page to see if your courses are up for reapproval and to complete the reapproval process.
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In This Issue
New national CTE video available
Insurance curriculum online
Fluid Power Challenge grants
Imagine Tomorrow competition coming
Registration open for WITEA spring conference
Students at Kittitas win financial education video contest
Auburn High School DECA Place Second
Positioning MBA for the 21st Century Workshop
Fashion Industry Conference
"Be the change" Global Health Nexus student competition
Project Splash
SkillsUSA professional development
WASTS Tri-Cities Mini Conference
SkillsUSA National Conference Pin and T-Shirt Contest
26 Seconds Campaign
CTE Strategic Planning Committee hits first milestone
Program reapprovals due January 31, 2012
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