February 1, 2013
CTE UPDATE
A newsletter from Career and Technical Education - Washington
A Passing
This letter went out from Betty Klattenhoff to CTE Directors on Monday, February 4:

We are greatly saddened to share with you that Wayne Gilman passed away on Sunday, February 3, at Virginia Mason Hospital in Seattle, Washington.

 

Our dear friend, Wayne was Agriculture Science Program Supervisor at OSPI for eight years, joining us July 1, 2004. He was a strong and steady voice for Ag., for FFA in Washington and Montana, and for all students. He was an advocate for education that went beyond the classroom and involved students in every aspect of the agriculture world, literally from the ground up. His heart was for preparing students to be leaders in life, and he connected to and inspired multiple generations through his teaching and leadership.

 

HWGilman
Before coming to OSPI, Wayne was an Agriculture Education teacher in Arlington, WA, and Dillon, MT. He was a leader in the National Association for Career and Technical Education and the Montana Association for Career and Technical Education. He was an educator, an agricultural scientist, and a farmer.

 

Wayne's family has asked that cards or memories to be shared at his memorial be sent care of the Wayne Gilman Family, P.O. Box 49, Alder, Montana 59710.

 

He will be deeply missed.

February is CTE Month
It's CTE Month. Celebrate with the 2013 theme "Career and Technical Education Works!" This year, CTE Month will be better than ever. Take this opportunity to show that CTE works, tell others that CTE works and celebrate that CTE works!

How can you participate? Here are some great ideas from ACTE:
How will you show your CTE spirit this year?
CTE performance results are in...and they're good!

This year's national CTE theme is "Career and Technical Education Works." To see how well it works, you can view the Workforce Board's latest performance results for Washington's Secondary CTE here.

Computer Science Standards Linked to Common Core and More
With the increasing focus on assessment and various national standards, computer science teachers have come under increasing pressure to demonstrate the extend to which computer science courses addressed other standards.

To help teachers, administrators, and policy makers see how computer science addresses a wide variety of standards, the CSTA K-12 Computer Science Standards have now been correlated with the Common Core State Standards, the STEM Cluster Topics, and the Partnership for 21st Century Essential Skills. The downloadable documents that match the CSTA standards to the above national standards (as well as the complete CSTA Standards) are available on the Curriculum webpage of the CSTA website at:

http://csta.acm.org/Curriculum/sub/K12Standards.html

These crosswalk documents will be exceedingly helpful to classroom teachers who are asked to state how what they teach reinforces national standards.

Be the first in your school or district to check out these useful crosswalk documents and put them to good use. Then spread the word.

Recruiting for Clark County Skill Center Director
ESD 112 is assisting Evergreen Public Schools in their recruitment for a new Clark County Skill Center Director. As you probably know, the Skill Center provides Career & Technical Education to over 1,000 Clark County students. The Director is an administrator in Evergreen Public Schools and reports to an Administrative Council of nine superintendents. 
Please review the recruitment flyer for more information.
Great article on the impact of GRADS on pregnant and parenting teens

Last week, Q13 Fox ran a story entitled "Seattle high school helps pregnant teens graduate" about the GRADS program at Ballard High School, highlighting many of the things that make GRADS a success for students. Watch and read here.

A new crop of WSBEA board members and leaders
The Washington State Business Education Association wants to share with you their excitement for a new group of leaders who've accepted positions on the WSBEA board within the past few months. Members now include:
  • Ariel Dykstra (Secretary)
  • Laurie Wilhite (South Central Area Representative)
  • Lynn Gibb (Northwest Area Representative)
  • Mark Sabo (At-Large Area Representative)
  • Dr. Kim Bartel (WBEA Representative)

You, too, can serve on the WSBEA Board. They meet four times a year, at WA-ACTE summer conference, BAM in October, and twice through GoToMeeting online. Contact Jackie Floetke, President, (jfloetke@wilsoncreek.org) or Pam Weigand, Nominations Chair, (docpamw@mindspring.com) with your questions or desire to serve.

 

Please visit www.wsbea.org for the full WSBEA Board roster, pictures, and contact information.
SkillsUSA State Certified Training Program

The State Certified Training Program (SCT) will be held March 14-16, in Denver, Colorado. (March 14 is a travel day starting with dinner Thursday evening and the program will be finished by 1 p.m. on Saturday, March 16.) 

 

SkillsUSA will cover hotel expenses (room and tax), meal expenses during the training and all training materials for the first two trainers. Participants/states will be responsible for all travel expenses (airline and ground transportation) and incidental hotel expenses. If your state already has two trainers, and state directors would like another trainer, we ask that state cover the cost of travel and hotel and SkillsUSA will cover the cost of meals

and training material. (See state director website for the list of current trainers.) 

 

Nominations must come from state association director, so if you're interested in nominating someone, please contact Bruce McBurney by February 15.

FYI Concerning SkillsUSA National Leadership Conference Fees

As part of continuing effort to keep students, members, advisors and state directors informed of key decisions, SkillsUSA wants to advise you that during its December meeting, the SkillsUSA board of directors voted to increase the National Leadership Skills Conference Registration fee from the current $125 to $140 effective beginning with the 2013 conference. Part of the board's consideration was that the $15 increase only impacts the approximately 10,000 paid NLSC registrants and not the overall membership of SkillsUSA.

Aerospace and Manufacturing videos for the classroom
Below is a brief compilation of aerospace and  manufacturing videos that highlight the great skill, science and artistry that goes into creating machines of the future. All videos courtesy of Edge Factor:
Stats on Technicians and Trade Workers

Did you know that globally, technicians rank 1st among the top ten jobs employers are having difficulty filling? And in the US, skilled trades workers are number one among the top ten hardest jobs to fill. Technicians rank fourth, behind sales reps and nurses. These stats are according to ManpowerGroup's Talent Shortage Survey Results, 2011.

  

Similarly, in a November 2012 email survey of SkillsUSA advisors, among 1,465 respondents, 77 percent said that, in their opinion, involvement with SkillsUSA has made them a better teacher. Seventy-four percent said that, in their opinion, engagement with SkillsUSA has had a positive effect on the academic performance of most of their students.

 

The more you know.

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.

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
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.

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.

Northwestern Automotive Teachers Conference

AYES is presenting a Free One Day Conference at Sno-Isle Tech Skill Center on Thursday, February, 14 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. 

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.

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In This Issue
A Passing
February is CTE Month
CTE performance results are in...
Computer Science Standards Linked to Common Core and More
Recruiting for Clark County Skill Center Director
Great article on the impact of GRADS
WSBEA board members and leaders
SkillsUSA State Certified Training Program
FYI Concerning SkillsUSA National Leadership Conference Fees
Aerospace and Manufacturing videos for the classroom
Stats on Technicians and Trade Workers
Fashion Industry Conference
STEM Grant Funding
WITEA Spring Conference
GATE: Ways of Expression
WA-ACTE and WAVA Legislative Showcase
SkillsUSA Alumni Pin Competition
Northwestern Automotive Teachers Conference
SkillsUSA Interstate Battery's Fundraising Project
Regional SkillsUSA Competition
Call for SkillsUSA Talent
Automotive Training Expo
Spring 2013 Student Scholarships and Tool Grants
Sharon Melton Myers Memorial Scholarship
Student Photographer of the Year Award
SkillsUSA Alumni & Friends Scholarship
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