January 10, 2013
CTE UPDATE
A newsletter from Career and Technical Education - Washington
Course Re-Approvals Due Soon

The deadline for submitting re-approval information is January 31 for each school year. All CTE courses from districts with CTE programs must be re-approved. 

  

For more information, visit our Course Approval webpage: http://www.k12.wa.us/CareerTechEd/courseapproval.aspx.

Fashion Industry Conference

The third annual Fashion Industry Conference will be held on Saturday, April 27,  from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at the Art Institute in Seattle. This event is for high school students in western WA who are enrolled in Family and Consumer Sciences. The day will feature 9 workshops taught by industry professionals, a fashion show, lunch, and a panel of professionals from the industry and door prizes. Additionally, there will be three contests for interested participants and prizes for the winners. The cost is $15. Please register at www.eventbrite.com and enter Fashion Industry Conference.

 

This year's keynote speaker is Laura Wolford who works as a costumer for film and television in Los Angeles, CA.

 

Laura graduated from Puyallup High School in 1998 and went on to Seattle Pacific University to pursue a degree in apparel design. She continued her education in Los Angeles at the Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandising where she received a degree in fashion design as well as costume design for film and television, graduating in 2003. Laura has gone on to work as a costumer on such films as Transformers, The Green Hornet, We Bought a Zoo, Eagle Eye, Meet Dave, and the upcoming film After Earth. Laura is excited to share her experiences about her journey from Puyallup to Hollywood.

New Video Highlights Importance of Youth Work Experience

Washington's workforce development strategic plan calls for greater employer involvement in the education and training of our youth. Nowhere is that more important than in providing work experiences and mentoring. Listen to employers and young people talk about the value of youth work experience in this new video.

 

For more information: http://www.wtb.wa.gov/youth.asp.
STEM Grant Funding
The STEM Academy is pleased to extend $2,500 STEM Jumpstart Grant opportunities for schools throughout the country. The grant support is eligible for schools who are interested in advancing STEM literacy for all students via STEM curriculum treatment which features postsecondary dual credit and industry recognized certification. Schools may also qualify for grant support dedicated to elevate instructor STEM capacity through professional development, facility analysis and curriculum review.

Learn more about this opportunity here: http://www.stem101.org/grants.asp. 

The practices, strategies and programming utilized within The STEM Academy (K-16 Program) were developed from identified national best practices by the National Academy of Engineering and National Science Foundation. Curriculum features dual-credit agreements with over 180+ post-secondary institutions. Instructors may earn up to 9 graduate school credits through the STEM 101 professional development program.

WITEA Spring Conference
From March 14-16, visit the Wenatchee Convention Center for the WITEA Spring Conference, entitled "STEM: Keeping It Real." Register on the WITEA website here: http://witea.org/ 
GATE: Ways of Expression 

The stories of students and young people can have a profound impact across the state of Washington, from the classrooms and communities to the state legislature.

 

Students stories need to be heard
Graduation: A Team Effort (GATE) is a state initiative working to better serve the youth of Washington by aligning dropout prevention, intervention, and reengagement efforts in our state. GATE is looking for teen artists to publish on the GATE website to broadcast the youth voice of Washington. If you're a student, share your story and compete with teens from around the state to become one of the GATE:
Ways of Expression Artists of the Month.

 

Every month, there is a new theme for the contest. Delve deeper into the themes to consider how the themes have affected your life and your community.

 

What's in it for students?

  •  A chance to share their story and art with other youth, parents, school staff and policy makers.
  •  Awards and accolades to add to their portfolio and resume.
  •  Art, student advocacy, and statewide impact.

How to enter
Step 1: Read the Guidelines
Step 2: Review the Monthly Themes
Step 3: Make Art!
Step 4: Submit Your Art

 

For more information

http://www-dev.k12.wa.us/GATE

 
Questions?
Contact GATE at GATE@k12.wa.us
Fresh article on Family and Consumer Science
In the mood for a little Family and Consumer Sciences-oriented reading? Check out this article in the Kitsap Sun about Central Kitsap High School's FCS program.
Report on Youth and Work
Interesting findings in the Annie E. Casey Foundation report, "Youth and Work: Restoring Teen and Young Adult Connections to Opportunity."

"Nearly 6.5 million U.S. teens and young adults are neither in school nor in the workforce, veering toward chronic underemployment as adults and failing to gain the skills employers need in the 21st century." 


"Youth and Work" presents state-by-state data and highlights how these issues are exacerbated among youth from low-income families and among minority populations.
WA-ACTE and WAVA Legislative Showcase

Registration is due February 22 for the WA-ACTE/WAVA Legislative Showcase on February 27 at New Market Skills Center.

 

Plan on an afternoon on the Hill following the close of WAVA's Spring Conference. Be sure to make appointments with your legislators in advance to meet with them. Afterward enjoy an evening at a special CTE Showcase held to honor policymakers from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. at New Market Skills Center that will share student CTE activities. There will be interactive displays with students demonstrating skills, the food will be catered by the culinary arts students at NMSC, and the Career and Technical Student Organizations will be the hosts introducing legislators as they arrive that evening.

 

Registration is $20 for adults and $10 for students. Register here.

New Video on Northwest Career and Technical Academy

Catch a brief glimpse into the Northwest Career and Technical Academy. This video highlights culinary and veterinary programs in action. Watch here.

Agriscience Awards Nominations

The 2013 Agriscience Awards Nominations are open. Agrisciencs teachers are encouraged to participate in the federal Christopher Columbus Fellowship Foundation Agriscience Awards.

 

The deadline for nominations is Tuesday January 29, 2013. Online nominations only. Go to www.agriscienceawards.com for more information.

ProStart Teacher of the Year

Get your nomination packets in before January 15 for ProStart Teacher of the Year. All teachers nominated will be recognized at the annual ProStart Invitational as well as on the ProStart website. The winning teacher will receive a plaque, state and national recognition, a seat on the WRAEF Board of Directors for a term of one year beginning in July, and $1,000 for costs to Chicago to be recognized by the National Restaurant Association at their Educator Excellence Awards.

 

This year's ProStart Invitational will take place on Saturday, March 2 at Clover Park Technical College in Lakewood. You are invited to attend and cheer on your schools during competition or attend the evening awards ceremony.
SkillsUSA Alumni Pin Competition

The SkillsUSA Alumni and Friends Association is sponsoring an alumni pin design contest. The winning design will become the official alumni pin for the 2013 National Leadership and Skills Conference. The deadline for pin designs to be received by the national office is February 28. Designs must be received, not postmarked by February 28, and those submitting designs must be registered alumni members. 

 

If you have any questions, please contact Heidi Walsh at hwalsh@skillsusa.org or call (703) 737-0615. For more information and contest guidelines, go to http://skillsusa.org/supporters/alumni.shtml.

SkillsUSA Conference Pin/T-Shirt Competition

February 1 is the deadline for entries to the SkillsUSA National Conference Pin and T-shirt competitions. This event is open to all paid student members of SkillsUSA. This is 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 announced at a later date. 

 

Rules are in the membership kit and are also posted on the SkillsUSA website at: http://www.skillsusa.org/compete/other.shtml. Questions may be directed to Heidi Walsh at (703) 737-0615 or to hwalsh@skillsusa.org.

Northwestern Automotive Teachers Conference

AYES is presenting a Free One Day Conference at Sno-Isle Tech Skill Center on Thursday, February, 14, 2013, from 9 a.m. - 4 p.m.  Continental breakfast & lunch included. Learn about the new NATEF Accreditation Maintenance & Light Repair Model. Contact Richie del Puerto at delpuertors@mukilteo.wednet.edu to register or for more information.  

SkillsUSA Interstate Battery's Fundraising Project

SkillsUSA is excited to announce a new partnership with Interstate Battery's fundraising program for local chapters. This is a great opportunity for our chapters to raise funds in partnership with a company whose mission and product align very closely with SkillsUSA. Through this partnership, local chapters would sell Interstate Battery's products and will receive 50 percent of the sales. 

 

Also, the National Office is offering an incentive: the states with the highest sales from November 1 to June 1, 2013, will receive a cash prize. 1st place will receive $1000, 2nd will receive $750 and 3rd place will receive $500. Sign up today

 

For information on assessments, visit the Work Force Ready System website at http://www.workforcereadysystem.org or contact at (703) 737-0663 or email skillconnect@skillsusa.org.

Regional SkillsUSA Competition

Please go to http://www.skillsusawashington.org and then click on "regions" and select specific region to see dates, times and locations of regional competitions.

Call for SkillsUSA Talent

SkillsUSA seeks talented singers for the Opening and Awards Ceremonies during the 2013 SkillsUSA National Leadership and Skills Conference. Ability to sing the national anthem or another patriotic song either a capella or to a pre-recorded instrument track. 

 

Send in all audition videos on DVD, postmarked by February 1, 2013, to Heidi Walsh, SkillsUSA, 14001 SkillsUSA Way, Leesburg, Va 20176. Questions may be directed to Heidi at (703) 737-0610 or hwalsh@skillsusa.org. 

Automotive Training Expo

Save the dates of March 1-3 to be at the DoubleTree Hotel in SeaTac. Go to  http://atetrainingexpo.com to register or get more information. 

Videos illustrate 'soft skills' all young workers need

The U.S. Department of Labor's Office of Disability Employment Policy has developed a series of free video vignettes, available at  http://s.dol.gov/XH, as part of its "Skills to Pay the Bills: Mastering Soft Skills for Workplace Success" curriculum.

 

Youth services programs, educators and others helping young job seekers prepare for employment are encouraged to view, display, share and lead discussions about the videos, which aim to help all youth, including those with disabilities, develop and strengthen six essential skills needed to succeed in today's workforce: communication, networking, enthusiasm and attitude, teamwork, problem-solving and critical thinking, and professionalism.

Spring 2013 Student Scholarships and Tool Grants
The Collision Repair Education foundation announced that the scholarship programs is now open with applications due February 15. Go to www.CollisionEducationFoundation.org for application and more information.
Sharon Melton Myers Memorial Scholarship

Through a donation from the Sharon Melton Myers Memorial Fund, SkillsUSA and the McMinn County Vocational Center SkillsUSA Alumni Association are offering a $500 scholarship to a SkillsUSA student in memory of Sharon Melton Myers. The Sharon Melton Myers Memorial SkillsUSA Scholarship fund will provide graduating SkillsUSA members the opportunity to continue their education in college or technical school. Application deadline is April 30.

  

If you have questions, please contact Christen Battaglia (703) 737-0627, cbattaglia@skillsusa.org. The Scholarship website is at http://skillsusa.wufoo.com/forms/sharon-melton-myers-memorial-scholarship/.

Student Photographer of the Year Award 

The Professional Photographers of Washington is pleased to announce that applications are being accepted for the 2013 Student Photographer of the Year Award, which is open to all high school seniors in Washington State, graduating in the year 2013. One Student will receive the $2000 scholarship grant, which will be used to further the applicant's study in the photographic arts.

 

The Application postmarked deadline is March 16 and the winner will be announced in June. For more information or to receive an application, contact Anita Weston (425) 776-4426. Applications, information, and past Student Finalists are also available online at www.ppw.org.

SkillsUSA Alumni & Friends Scholarship

The SkillsUSA Alumni and Friends Association is offering two annual merit-based $500 scholarships to qualifying students. The $500 scholarships will recognize the unique qualities of SkillsUSA students including leadership, commitment to community service, and advocating for career and technical education. Application deadline is May 1. 

 

If you have questions, please contact Heidi Walsh at (703) 737-0615 or hwalsh@skillsusa.org. The scholarship website can be found at http://www.skillsusa.org/supporters/alumnischolar.shtml.

Polling Tool for Teachers
Looking for a way to survey students in the midst of class? One option might be to visit http://www.polleverywhere.com for a free program. The site requires one computer per student.
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In This Issue
Course Re-Approvals Due Soon
Fashion Industry Conference
New Video Highlights Importance of Youth Work Experience
STEM Grant Funding
WITEA Spring Conference
GATE: Ways of Expression
Fresh article on Family and Consumer Science
Report on Youth and Work
WA-ACTE and WAVA Legislative Showcase
New Video on Northwest Career and Technical Academy
Agriscience Awards Nominations
ProStart Teacher of the Year
SkillsUSA Alumni Pin Competition
SkillsUSA Conference Pin/T-Shirt Competition
Northwestern Automotive Teachers Conference
SkillsUSA Interstate Battery's Fundraising Project
Regional SkillsUSA Competition
Call for SkillsUSA Talent
Automotive Training Expo
Videos illustrate 'soft skills' all young workers need
Spring 2013 Student Scholarships and Tool Grants
Sharon Melton Myers Memorial Scholarship
Student Photographer of the Year Award
SkillsUSA Alumni & Friends Scholarship
Polling Tool for Teachers
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