April 10, 2012
CTE UPDATE
A newsletter from Career and Technical Education - Washington
In This Issue
What Teens Think about Apprenticeships
Student Certifications
2012 ProStart Teacher of the Year
GAERF Launches 2012 Student Design Competition
SkillsUSA National Leadership & Skills Conference
WAAE Summer Conference
SkillsUSA Washington State Leadership & Skills Conference
Building Industry Association of Washington (BIAW) Scholarship
Hybrid Car Train-the-Trainer
Student Leadership Development
Skills Connect Assessments
4th Annual Try-A-Trade
Business Week Summer Programs
Absolutely Mobile: Developing Applications
Woodworking Inservice
Washington STEM Grant
Principles of Applied Technology Training
NAWI Conference
ASM Materials Teacher Training Camp
Career Specialist Professional Development
Additive Manufacturing Workshop
WAME Curriculum Workshop
Washington FBLA Pre-Game Workshop
Education Northwest Conference
Teachers and Technology Grants
Bioinformatics Advanced
The STEM Academy
What Teens Think about Apprenticeships: A New Report

This report was recently released by the Washington State Labor Council (WSLC) and the Apprenticeship & Non-Traditional Empowerment for Women (ANEW). Its purpose was to develop innovative marketing strategies, materials or initiatives to the "Millennial" generation (birth span 1978-2000). View the report here.

 

The information included may be of great value not only for apprenticeship marketing, but for all of us as we look at program development for our youth.

 

The report includes a link to the Pew Research Center  http://pewresearch.org/millennials/quiz/index.php. This link takes you to a very short self-evaluation of how you connect to the young people of today.

 

Take a few minutes to review this report and reflect upon its findings as they relate to the work we do with Career and Technical Education and Secondary Education.
 

If you have any questions, contact Kairie Pierce at (360) 943-0508 or email  kpierce@wslc.org.

Student Certifications
Tyler McLain-Watkins - OneNote Certified

Please congratulate Tyler McLain-Watkins, who earned a Microsoft certification in OneNote, a notebooking software. OneNote, along with Word and Excel, is offered in the Microsoft IT Academy students at R. A. Long High School in Longview, WA. He's Long's first Microsoft certified student.


 

2012 ProStart Teacher of the Year

Congratulate Rebecca Wilson of Lincoln High School, Tacoma, the Washington 2012 ProStart Teacher of the Year.

GAERF Launches 2012 Student Design Competition
The Graphic Arts Education and Research Foundation invites entries to their student design competition through June 15. 
 
First-place winners and their instructors will receive a two-day, all-inclusive paid trip to attend GRAPH EXPO in Chicago, IL. 
 
The winning students will receive an award of $2,000 presented during GRAPH EXPO 2012's Career Awareness Day, October 10.  Second-place winners will be awarded $1,500, and the third-place winners will receive $1,000. 
 
For complete information about the GAERF 2012 Student Design Competition visit:  www.graphicCOMMcentral.org.
SkillsUSA National Leadership & Skills Conference
Registration is due to national staff by May 3, necessitating an April 27 due date for state registrants. The conference is June 24 - 27 in Kansas City, MO.
 
Check the SkillUSA website for registration and invitation list updates: www.skillsusawashington.org.
WAAE Summer Conference

The 2012 Washington Association of Agriculture Educators (WAAE) Summer Conference is June 24-28 in Bellingham, WA. Register hereLearn more here.

 

Registration information can be obtained by emailing twhitcomb@mtbaker.wednet.edu or 

gparkert@comcast.net.

SkillsUSA Washington State Leadership & Skills Conference

The state SkillsUSA conference will be held April 12-14 in Renton. 

 

Lodging will be at the Holiday Inn Hotel - Renton. Overflow will be at the Hilton Garden Inn, located at 1801 East Valley Road in Renton. The invitation list was distributed and hosted on the SkillsUSA Washington website

 

Registration will be at Spruce Room at the Holiday Inn (this is a change from the State Registration packet information) on Thursday, April 12 from 12:00-3:00 pm and from 7:00-9:00 pm. Registration packets may be picked up by advisors only. 

 

Reminder: The SkillsUSA Professional Test is required and must be taken online at www.skillsusawashington.org and will be open April 2-6 and April 9-10.  Be sure that SLSC Forms, Advisor Acknowledgement, Participant Verification and Contestant Resumes have been submitted or bring them with you to registration.

Building Industry Association of Washington (BIAW) Scholarship

BIAW announces that the Mackenzie Cowell Memorial Scholarship is available to assist and encourage workforce training in the construction industry. The application is now available on BIAW's website at www.biaw.com or by calling Amanda Beth or Jan in the BIAW Education Program at (800) 228-4229 ext 114. Completed application must be postmarked by May 13.

Hybrid Car Train-the-Trainer

Peninsula College Hybrid Train-The-Trainer: NSF Grant provides a reduced costs for these In-service opportunities: Hybrid Train-The-Trainer , 5 days beginning July 9, 2012; Predictive Maintenance, 3 days beginning July 16, 2012 and Hybrid Battery Rebuild, 2 days beginning July 19, 3012. All will be held in Port Angeles. For more information or to register please contact  mhansen@pencol.edu.

Student Leadership Development

Announcing a $1,300 Scholarship for SkillsUSA Activate and Leverage Training (formerly known as State Officer 101/201 Training) Open to all students. The deadline is April 29. 

 

Go to  www.skillsusa.org/educators/101.shtml for more information on this training opportunity.


Also announcing an$800 Scholarship for Washington Leadership Training Institute. The deadline is July 22.  


Go to 
www.skillsusa.org/events/wlti.shtml for more information on this training opportunity.

All applications are sent to the Dennis Wallace, State SkillsUSA Washington Director. The state may only submit one application per year.
 
Skills Connect Assessments

47 industry-driven technical and employability assessments are available at www.workforcereadysystem.org. Updated assessment blueprints to help prepare students as well as tips for testing, accommodations and purchase information.

Register for the 4th Annual Try-A-Trade

The 4th annual Try-A-Trade is taking place on May 3, at the Regional Education and Training Center at Satsop.

 

Try-A-Trade is a full day event designed to give high school students hands on experience in the skilled trades. Through the different opportunities and demonstrations at Try-A-Trade, students can explore their interests and gather information about how to get start out on a variety of career paths after graduation.

 

This year also marks the return of the Washington State Labor Council's Counselor  Apprenticeship Workshop. 

 

The Apprenticeship Workshop is focused on expanding  counselor's knowledge of apprenticeship options and giving them the tools to assist their  students in finding and securing apprenticeships and training programs that suit their  particular interests. Space and bus scholarships are limited.

 

Student Registration:  Email Garrett.starks@retcs.org. Phone at (360) 482-1755. Counselor Registration: email Kairie Pierce at  kpierce@wslc.org.  Phone at (360) 943-0608.

Business Week Summer Programs

The Foundation For Private Enterprise Education (Washington Business Week) uses experiential learning to teach high school students about careers, business, leadership, and teamwork while they gain valuable life skills and college credit (optional) in a fun and exciting way. Students can choose programs in Business, Healthcare, Manufacturing, Energy and Agri-Business.  Students live on one of four university campuses (Gonzaga, CWU, WWU or PLU) for a full week and get a taste of college life, mentored by industry professionals.  

 

Registration is now open for all programs.  To learn more, watch this 9 minute documentary or download flyers for classroom distribution.  For more information go to www.wbw.org, or contact WBW at (253) 815-6900, or Herman Calzadillas, Pathways Manager, at herman@wbw.org; (253) 561-1840.

Absolutely Mobile: Developing Applications
Absolutely Mobile: Developing Applications is April 20-21, at Bellevue College. Register here.

Come join this day and one half tour though the mobile landscape and up into the clouds. Learn what mobile devices are available, what they can and can't do, and how you can harness their power. Includes Two-days of excellent instruction from Charlie Calvert, a CTC mobile applications instructor.
Woodworking Inservice

Saturday, May 5, travel to Ridgefield, WA and join others of your profession to study. Any teacher involved with teaching woodworking in middle or high schools can attend. No cost to attendees and lunch will be provided. 

 

The event is sponsored by WoodLINKS USA Educational and Research Foundation. Session topics include Small Format CNC, Shop Tool Maintenance, Wood Bending, Jobs for our Kids.

 

Contact Dave Anderson at a.d.workcrafting@gmail.com or call at (503) 508-3181 to reserve a seat. 

Washington STEM Grant

Washington STEM is now accepting applications for its next round of entrepreneur awards: awards are one year investments ranging from $2,000-$25,000 that support the exploration of breakthrough ideas and promising approaches in STEM education. Online applications are due May 3, 2012. Click here  to download the request for proposals.

 

Go to  www.washingtonstem.org to learn more and start your application.

Principles of Applied Technology Training
MatEd (National Resource Center for Material Technology Education), Edmonds Community College and OSPI will be offering a one-week workshop over the summer designed for secondary science teachers but open to all teachers: Principles of Applied Technology (PT). Dates are noted below. The PT workshop is 40 hours in length, eligible for clock hours and will be held at Edmonds Community College, Lynnwood, W A. Register early, as space is limited.

Register online at www.the-bct.com or call (425) 640-1840.
 
NAWI Conference Coming

47th Annual National Association for Workforce Improvement (NAWI) conference, Pathways to Prosperity: Innovation for the 21st Century Workforce in Boston, MA, May 23-25 This year's NAWI conference will focus on ways education stimulates creation and innovation. Keynote speakers and presenters will discuss how we strengthen workforce development to engage learners in the art of making things, utilizing academic and technical resources, and to instill the entrepreneurial spirit in everyone. Learn more here. 

ASM Materials Teacher Training Camp

Applications now open for summer Materials Camp opportunities. Here's your opportunity to participate in a week-long, hands-on lab experience that shows you how to use applied engineering techniques in the classroom. Camp is July 16-20 in Seattle. Apply here. Learn more here.

Career Specialist Professional Development

This will be the first in a professional development series for Career Specialists to be held at Edmonds Community College, Lynnwood, WA. Save space on your calendar for May 1. The format may include speakers, panels, and group work. Networking time will be provided. 

 

Contact Mia Murphy for more information: mia.murphy@edcc.edu or (425) 640-1961.

Additive Manufacturing Workshop
The National Center for Materials Technology Education (MatEd) located at Edmonds Community College and the National Center for Rapid Technologies (RapidTech) located in Irvine, CA, are proud to offer a two day workshop on the latest in additive manufacturing technology in Lynnwood, WA.

Using a hands-on format, this workshop will provide the attendee with the opportunity to bring individual creations to life, experience the use of the latest scanning technology, hydro printing and post processing of designs. If you would like  to experience these new technologies, are already teaching these technologies and looking to update your skills, or have equipment in your school that may or may not be in use, this is the workshop for you.

The workshop will be July 18-19, 8:30 am - 4:00 pm at Edmonds Community College.

WAME Curriculum Workshop
Register now for the May 14 WAME Curriculum Workshop, to be held at the ESD Black Hills Training Center in Renton, WA.

Register and learn more at http://wame.biz/. 
Washington FBLA Pre-Game Workshop
April 24, catch baseball in Tacoma. The Tacoma Rainiers to offer you an inside look into the sports industry. The Rainiers are one of the premier AAA teams in the country. There will be representatives from numerous departments to offer you insight into the day to day operations and the many possibilities in the world of sports. Be ready to learn and enjoy a game as the Tacoma Rainiers take on the Fresno Grizzlies.

For more information, contact Thomas Knowlton, Tacoma Rainiers' Sales Manager, at tknowlton@tacomarainiers.com or (253) 722-1046.
Education Northwest Conference

Registration is now open for the 5th annual conference From Structure to Instruction Institute on High School Design and Improvement, Friday, June 29 to Sunday, July 1 in Seattle, WA. 

 

For more information, visit http://educationnorthwest.org/event/sti12 or contact Suzanne Hay at (503) 275-9634, suzanne.hay@educationnorthwest.org.

Teachers and Technology Grants

A total of nine Washington state educators will each receive $10,000 technology grants, the Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction announced today.

 

The CenturyLink/OSPI Teachers & Technology grants are awarded to educators who design a learning project that will strengthen existing curricula and integrate technology. During the past five years, the program has given away $450,000 for classroom-based technology benefiting more than 6,550 students.

 

"Every year, we're excited to recognize a new group of outstanding teachers and teacher-librarians," said Randy Dorn, superintendent of public instruction. "Our partnership with CenturyLink makes it possible to spotlight educators who can show us the ways technology integration can make great teaching even better."

Winning projects come from across the state and include a competition-level robot, a documentary that investigates why populations migrate to specific area and the design and fabrication of 3D product models. 

 

The variety and scope of the nine 2012 learning projects touch all core subjects and integrate state learning standards with the most current Web technologies.


Read more here.
Bioinformatics Advanced Professional Development Workshop

The Northwest Association for Biomedical Research (NWABR) presents professional development and curriculum on bioinformatics (Bio-ITEST). High school teachers, particularly those with advanced biology or biotechnology courses are invited to apply. Prior bioinformatics experience is not required. 

 

The workshop will be held July 23-27, 9:00 am to 5:00 pm, at Shoreline Community College in Seattle, WA. Applications are due April 27. Visit http://www.nwabr.org/bioitest-adv-workshop to register.

The STEM Academy

Professional development services, geared to empower schools with the capacity to promote full STEM literacy. Visit www.stem101.org to learn more about professional development opportunities offered by the University of Wisconsin, La Crosse. View materials here:

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