November 1, 2012
A newsletter from Career and Technical Education - Washington
One More Staffing Change in CTE
OSPI welcomes Lance Wrzesinski as the new program supervisor for Business and Marketing. Wrzesinski will be joining the CTE team mid-December. Most recently, he taught business, marketing, management and finance at Centralia College and Saint Martin's University. Recently, he received the Washington ACTE Outstanding Career and Technical Educator award for 2012. He is also the current president of WA-ACTE. We look forward to working with him soon.
2012 High-Demand Grants Awarded
This past month awards were given to 29 school districts and skill centers, ranging from $20,000 to $60,000 with the purpose to:
  • Increase the quality and rigor of secondary career and technical education,
  • Improve links to postsecondary education, encourage and facilitate academic instruction through career and technical courses, and
  • Expand access to and awareness of the opportunities offered by high quality career and technical education.
The grantees are as follows:


STEM PLTW-Engineering

Clover Park

Sustainable Design and Technology


PLTW Biomedical


Engineering and Manufacturing By Design


Pharmacy Technician

Franklin Pierce

Medical Interventions


Intro to Ag, Food, and Natural Resources




Pre Engineering Technologies; Engineering Design; Aerospace Engineering; Robotics Foundations


Health and Fitness Recreation Tech

Lake Washington

Project Lead The Way




Foundations for Engineering Academy, Foundations for Welding Academy

Mt. Vernon

Robotics Foundations I and II

Nine Mile Falls

Engineering and Entrepreneurship

North Kitsap

Engineering, Pre-Engineering

North Thurston


Oak Harbor

Metal Fabrications/Welding Technology


Ag Science

Puget Sound Skill Center

Manufacturing Technology technician


Health/Medical Careers


Manufacturing Design and Production



Sno-Isle Skill Center

Aerospace Manufacturing


Marine Engineering


Metal Fabricator/Manufacturing

West Valley (Yakima)





AP Biology, Anatomy and Physiology, Intro and Adv. Robotics

New WA-FCCLA Website
Find out what's new with FCCLA in Washington and visit their new website at And for more new FCCLA news, take a look at the November student officer newsletter here.
CCI Learning Solutions Western Regional Leadership Conference
Register now for the November 16-17 Western Regional Leadership Conference, to be held at the Westin Hotel in Seattle. In partnership with OSPI and Microsoft, CCI Learning Solutions is the state's certification partner, supporting the Microsoft IT Academy Program and Microsoft Office Specialist certification in Washington.  
At the event, you will have the opportunity to take a Microsoft Office Specialist certification exam live onsite at no charge. The certifications are 50 minutes in length and will allow you to become certified in any Microsoft Office application of your choosing. 

For more information about Microsoft Office Specialist certification, please visit or if you have any questions, contact Daniel Sweeney at (800) 668-1669 ext. 250. 
Cyber Defense Bootcamp

The Department of Computer Science at James Madison University is offering a five-day bootcamp to cover the basics of Cyber Defense for high school technology teachers. 


Participants will learn:

  • The basics of setting up and administering both Windows and Linux operating systems o Hardening techniques for both Windows and Linux hosts.
  • What tools attackers commonly use to perform reconnaissance and gather useful information in preparation for an attack.
  • How and why attackers perform password cracking, network sniffing, and other attacks.
  • How defenders utilize intrusion detection systems, integrity checkers, network monitors, and standard utilities on both Windows and Linux systems that aid in incident response.

If you are interested in participating, please complete an application at the following URL:


All participants selected for the bootcamp will receive a $2,000 stipend to cover their travel, food, and lodging costs.
Free Insurance Curriculum Online
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 Education Institute and is endorsed by the NW Insurance Council. 

The curriculum may be accessed here:

Auto Body Collision Professional Development

Find out more about the new I-CAR curriculum and end of course exam and certification process November 30, at Tri Tech Skills Center 7:30 am - 3:00 pm. 5 Clock Hours available through WASTS. Registration fee $20.00.  Provide input regarding affiliation costs and meet with your peers from the secondary and post-secondary for round table discussion and best practices. 


Contact Denny Wallace at OPSI for registration information.

SkillsUSA Webinars

Three webinars are on offer from SkillsUSA:


Creating a "Skill Connect" Team 

This webinar will take you through the ordering and implementation process of placing and administering the assessment. 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. This webinar is November 7 at 4 pm EST.  


Teacher Tips for Student Success

Learn how you can better prepare your students for the Skill Connect Assessment process. Useful tips and tools will be shared with the participants. This webinar is offered on November 7 at 4 pm EST.


Work Force Ready System

Learn about the Skill Connect Assessment system and how the up-to-date, affordable system can be incorporated into your programs. This assessment system was created by industry to validate student's entry-level knowledge and skills. Learn about the media-rich system that engages students in the assessment process to better validate their knowledge and skills. Plus the dynamic reporting system that teachers can use for program improvement and student success. This webinar is offered on November 8 at 3 pm EST and November 13 at 3 pm EST.

Webinar dates and times are posted at:   
Each webinar will last approximately 30 minutes with some time for questions. A telephone is required for sound. If you are joining the webinar with multiple parties in the room you will need a telephone with a speaker. Please log in a few minutes before the start time.

Use this link and telephone number to join in on any of the webinars listed above.

Online Participant Join Link:
Meeting number: 46844558
Participant passcode: 5892
Telephone Dial-In Number: 1-334-323-0270
Participate passcode: 86453585 #

Pierce County Career Day
This 5th annual event showcases utilities, aerospace, construction, manufacturing and transportation on November 15, 8:00 am - 4:00 pm at the Puyallup Fairgrounds Showplex. For more information contact Kristi Grassman at (253) 583-8815 or
Supply Chain Management Career and Information Fair

Central Washington University - Des Moines offers their first-ever Supply Chain Management Career and Information Fair. This event will target the 180+ Supply Chain Management Majors, Certificate, and Concentration students as well as those pursuing degrees in Economics in combination with their business program. 

To register: 
CAD Modeling Competition

The University of Nevada, Reno is organizing a competition for high school and home-schooled students, the objective of which is to attract them to 3D CAD modeling. CAD modeling is an important STEM area. The competition is based on an innovative free web browser based CAD system, and it is completely free for the students.


The goal for students will be to create the best 3D design in NCLab using PLaSM, NCLab's free web browser based CAD tool. PLaSM is a new addition to NCLab so all competitors have equal starting conditions. Once more - everything takes place directly in the web browser, no purchasing or installation of any software is needed. First webinar will take place on September 5.


The competition will close on November 30, and winning designs will be announced on December 15.  More information, including registration info is available at

Grant for SkillsUSA

Grant available from Lowe's to benefit SkillsUSA Chapters and projects:

  • CareerSafe Vouchers - Deadline December 1. CareerSafe vouchers allow students to take an online assessment and earn their OSHA 10-Hours Construction or General Industry safety credential.

For more information, visit

Real World Design Challenge

Registration is now open for the 2012-2013 Real World Design Challenge. The Challenge starts in the fall, but you can sign up today.


The Real World Design Challenge is an annual aviation design competition for teams of 3-7 high school students. The Challenge is free for students and teachers. And each teacher that signs up a team will receive $1 million in professional engineering software as well as access to mentors from industry, government and academia. 


Every team that wants to participate needs to register even if they participated in the past.


Teams can register by clicking the following link Registration for the 2012-2013 Real World Design Challenge is now open. Sign up today, or by going to and following the registration link there.  The team's teacher/coach should do the registration.

SciGirls CONNECT Educator Workshop

Local educators are invited to participate in a fun, activity-filled SciGirls CONNECT full-day workshop hosted by the Pacific Northwest Girls Collaborative Project. The event takes place in Lynnwood, WA, November 7, 9:00 am - 3:30 pm.

We welcome you to practice proven strategies for engaging girls in STEM while building a device to measure wind speed, lighting up a room with dough creatures, and putting your own lungs to the test! SciGirls Connect is an education program for staff and educators interested in engaging girls in STEM and learning 20 hands-on, video enhanced STEM activities. This training was developed as the outreach component of SciGirls, an Emmy award winning PBS KIDS weekly series and website. 





SciGirls Seven:

Imagine Tomorrow - Redesign. Reform. Refuel

Imagine Tomorrow is a problem-solving competition that challenges 9th thru 12th grade students to explore the fundamental changes people must make in order to enable the transition to alternative energy sources. What types of inventions will be needed? How will suburbs, towns, and cities need to be redesigned? What types of behavior reforms will be necessary, and how do we bring those about?  Students focus on the topic from a technological, design, behavior, or biofuels standpoint. Over $100,000 in cash awards are presented to students and their schools, including many awards for first time participants. Held May 17-29 at Washington State University, the time to start planning is now. 


Watch for articles about Imagine Tomorrow in The Seattle Times. Stories appearing Tuesdays from October 30 to November 27 may spark ideas for your projects.


Learn more at

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In This Issue
One More Staffing Change in CTE
2012 High-Demand Grants Awarded
New WA-FCCLA Website
CCI Learning Solutions Western Regional Leadership Conference
Cyber Defense Bootcamp
Free Insurance Curriculum Online
Auto Body Collision Professional Development
SkillsUSA Webinars
Pierce County Career Day
Supply Chain Management Career and Information Fair
CAD Modeling Competition
Grants for SkillsUSA
Real World Design Challenge
Imagine Tomorrow
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