April 1, 2013
CTE UPDATE
A newsletter from Career and Technical Education - Washington
Perfect Microsoft Office Word Test 

 Morgan VanRiper, student from Kalama High School, scored 100 percent on the Microsoft Office Word 2010 exam in 7 Student passes Mircrosoft test.minutes and 38 seconds. Katherine Schmit, Business and Technology Instructor, has been teaching her students and taking part in the Mircosoft IT Academy. Morgan is in line to qualify and compete at the national Future Business Leaders of America Conference in Washington, D.C. 

 

Learn more about Microsoft IT Academy here.

In-Person ITA Training

Thursday, April 18, Microsoft Redmond Campus, 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. PDT. Space is limited.

 

Join Microsoft and CCI as we provide training on IT Academy and showcase the features and benefits available to your school. We will also demonstrate the IQ system administration and exam proctoring for the Microsoft Office Specialist (MOS) certification. This full day of on-site training will include information on:

  • IT Academy - Member site, developing MOS curriculum, program benefitsto students, staff, faculty,  Microsoft Account creation techniques, E-Learning access codes setup and implementation
  • Everything you need to run certification exams - IQ system software, MOS and MTA certification exams and Certiport Console

This on-site training will ensure that you are adequately prepared to use your IT Academy benefits and administer MOS and MTA exams with the help and support of Microsoft and CCI. We look forward to having you join us!

 

Registration is available at the link below:

http://waschools.ccilearning.com/MicrosoftITAcademyinPersonTrainingApril18/tabid/2030/language/en-US/Default.aspx  

Project Lead The Way Summer Training
The 2013 Washington State Core Training Institute is at Seattle University. Registration opens on April 1. Register online at WWW.PLTW.ORG.
  

Teachers will be able to register for Core Training sessions beginning Monday, April 1 by logging into the PLTW Extranet and clicking on the Professional Development ("Pro Dev") link on the left side of the screen.

 

For New PLTW Programs in 2013-14: The school district must have submitted and returned the PLTW Agreement. The District Administrator (District Delegate) will need to add the teacher in the PLTW Extranet before the teacher can sign up for Core Training.

 

For Existing PLTW Programs in 2013-14: The District Administrator (District Delegate) will need to add the teacher in the PLTW Extranet before the teacher can sign up for Core Training.

 

You can find out more information here.

Pacific Northwest Center of Excellence for Clean Energy

Registration is open for the 8th Annual Energy and Construction Best Practices Summit; EmPOWER the workforce; BUILD the economy: June 19­­-20 at the Regional Education & Training Center, Satsop Campus, in Elma, Washington. Registration is free. Go to http://cleanenergyexcellence.org/registration-open-for-8th-annual-summit/ to register.

Energizing Opportunities in Aerospace
Thursday, April 11, 2013; 8:00 a.m.-3:30 p.m.; Renton IKEA Performing Arts Center. Come join your colleagues and learn about careers and opportunities in the aerospace manufacturing field. Enjoy (1) Aerospace Career and education Fair, (2) Unique "Back to Industry" Opportunities, (3) Tours of Local Aerospace Manufacturing Facilities,, (4) Special Guest Speakers including - Dow Constantine, King County Executive and Alex Pietsch, Director, WA State Governor's Office of Aerospace. For more information and to register contact kellie.cave@rentonschools.us.

The Learning Connection Summit

The Summit is being held on Thursday, May 16, 2013, from 7:45 a.m.-3:30 p.m. at Century Link Field in Seattle.

 

Registration for this one-day event is $50 per person and includes continental breakfast, lunch, and parking. Participants are encouraged to come as a team. Each team of four people or more will receive a Wellness Toolkit with guides and resources support their collaborative efforts back in their school community. The keynote speakers are Dr. Charles Basch and Dr. Howell Wechsler.

 

Free clock hours are available from the Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction.

 

Limited scholarships are available to support registration, substitute cost, hotel, mileage or transportation. Apply for a scholarship by April 19.

 

For more information, please visit the website: www.walearningconnections.org.

Law Enforcement MWR Memorial Scholarship

Blaine Morale, Welfare, and Recreation (MWR) is proud to announce the opportunity for a $500 scholarship for those students interested in a career in law enforcement. If interested, please click here http://blainemwr.com/Scholarship.pdf and follow the instructions for submission. Good luck!

 

For more information about Blaine Sector MWR, please go to http://www.blainemwr.com/.

Principles of Applied Technology Workshop

MatEd (The National Resource Center for Materials Technology Education) and Edmonds Community College will be offering their Principles of Applied Technology (PT) workshop this summer. The workshop, which is open to all teachers, will emphasize critical thinking and quantitative reasoning skills to teach applied physics from a technology perspective. Teachers will work together on exciting labs and hands-on exercises that they can take back to the classroom and use to engage their students. The objective of PT is to relate student development of competencies and other STEM subjects to in-demand jobs in technical career pathways. The workshop will be held Monday-Friday, July 8-12, 2013 from 8 a.m.-5:30 p.m., at Edmonds Community College's Monroe Hall. Class fee is $495, and is eligible for 40 OSPI clock hours.

 

Register online at www.the-btc.com or call (425) 640-1840. Course # L100

2013 State FCCLA Leadership Conference

The Washington FCCLA Leadership Conference is coming to Wenatchee, April 10-12. Registration must be done online at: https://www.registermychapter.com/fccla/wa. No other form of registration will be accepted. Print a copy of the invoice generated on the registration website. Include the invoice with a check and/or PO addressed to WA-FCCLA, postmarked no later than March 22. #realitycheck_Check yourself into leadership Learn more here.

University of Phoenix & the Manufacturing Institute Scholarship Opportunity

Ten full-tuition scholarships toward a bachelor's or master's degree in a manufacturing-related degree program at University of Phoenix. Aimed at developing a new generation of skilled and competitive manufacturing workers.

 

Visit http://www.phoenix.edu/tuition_and_financial_options/scholarships/manufacturing-institute-scholarship.html for details, including complete eligibility and application information. Deadline April 30, 2013.

Professional Photographers of Washington Scholarship

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, 2013 and the winner will be announced in June of 2013. For more information or to receive an application, contact Anita Weston at (425) 776-4426. Applications, information, and past Student Finalists are also available online at http://www.ppw.org.

Guitar Building Workshop for Educators
Bringing math, science and music center stage, these two workshops will provide educators with 40 clock hours. Mark your calendars for July 15-19 at the EMP Museum in Seattle. Register here. 

GAERF Launches 2013 Student Design Competition

The Graphic Arts Education and Research Foundation (GAERF) announces the launch of the GAERF 2013 Student Design Competition themed: "Forever Print." Although we live in a 'digital age', we continue to be surrounded by printed material because certain kinds of information are best conveyed in print, and proven to be the most effective way to market and sell products. This fifth annual contest challenges students to demonstrate their creativity and skill by producing a printed product that in today's world cannot be replaced by electronic media.First place winners and their instructors will receive a two-day trip, all expenses paid, to attend PRINT 13 in Chicago, IL. The winning students will receive $2,000 awards presented during PRINT 13's Career Awareness Day, Thursday, September 12, 2013. Second place winners will be awarded $1,500, and the third place winners will receive $1,000. For complete information about the GAERF 2013 Student Design Competition visit: www.graphicCOMMcentral.org. Entry Deadline: June 14, 2013.

Imagine Tomorrow Competition
The Imagine Tomorrow competition challenges 9th to 12th graders to tackle the world's energy issues with fresh, well-researched ideas. It gives classroom lessons real-world meaning.  

Compete for $100,000+ in cash prizes
Students vie for big cash awards, including many for first-time participating schools. Last year, first-timers took home top prizes.  
Show students new possibilities
Imagine Tomorrow shows students the power of their own ideas. It unites them with their community to create positive change.
  
Fuel interest in all subjects
One educator noted that his students "used their English, writing, reading, math, art, science, politics, speech, drama, and technology-and gained a real sense of why they learn these things in school."

Register March 1
Compete May 17-19, 2013. Registration is free. Housing and dining at the event are free, too. 

Details here.
RAISE Award

The Secretary of Transportation is announcing a second-annual award competition to recognize outstanding students who develop unique scientific and engineering innovations in aerospace and aviation. Looking for students at the graduate, undergraduate, and high school level to develop innovative solutions to real-world aviation and aerospace issues, and to share those innovations with the broader academic and business community.

 

Winners will be formally recognized by the Secretary of Transportation on behalf of a partnership of government and private sector organizations.

 

The submission period for this competition is May 1, to July 1. This is a great opportunity for students to be recognized for their efforts. More information here.

NACTEI 2013 Conference and Pre-Conference
The NACTEI pre-conference will be presented by Michael Brustein on May 6, in Phoenix, AZ. With all the changes coming out of Washington, D.C. are your CTE programs still compliant? Or does your organization continue to risk flying under the radar? Michael Brustein is a founding partner of the firm Brustein & Manasevit, PLLC, and is a nationally recognized authority on the federal delivery system for workforce and career/technical education. To register for the pre-conference, please click "Register Now!" link below. The cost of the pre-session is $195. Get more information here.

 

Please note: registrations for the NACTEI Conference requires a separate registration. Please refer to www.nactei.org for more information.

Washington Applied Math Council Workshops
2013 spring inservices coming up, May 1 and 9, with the summer conference June 24-28. Registration information can be found at the Applied Math Council website.
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.

Career Pathways Guidebook

The Center Aerospace and Advanced Manufacturing have produced a Career Pathways Guidebook to illuminate student pathway options that lead to careers in aerospace and advanced manufacturing. The Guidebook is available to middle and high school counselors, parents and students. Go to http://www.a2m2.net/career-pathways-guidebook-2013  to view the flyer or to pre-order your copy.

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.

Panther ProStart Team Takes Second Place at Competition, Ahina Named Instructor of the Year

Bonney Lake High School Culinary Arts teacher Kahale Ahina was selected as the 2013 ProStart Teacher of the Year by the Washington Restaurant Association Education Foundation. Bonney Lake High School took second at the competition. Ahina was also nominated for the 2013 National Restaurant Association Educator of the Year that will be announced at the ProStart Invitational in May.

 

Read more: http://www.blscourierherald.com/news/195165771.html

34th Annual Washington Women in Trades Career Fair

Construction Center of Excellence will host the 34th Annual Washington Women in Trades Career Fair will be held May 10 from 9:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. at Fisher Pavilion at Seattle Center. Great opportunity for anyone interested in skilled trade career options for more information, contact Cindy Payne cpollyc@comcast.net or go to http://www.wawomenintrades.com/jobfair.html to register. 

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.

8th Annual Energy and Construction Best Practices Summit

Pacific Northwest Center of Excellence for Clean Energy has opened registration for the 8th Annual Energy and Construction Best Practices Summit; EmPOWER the workforce; BUILD the economy: June 19 & 20 at the Regional Education & Training Center, Satsop Campus, in Elma, Washington. Registration is free. Go to http://cleanenergyexcellence.org/registration-open-for-8th-annual-summit/ to register.

Supply Chain Careers Assessment

The Center of Excellence for Global Trade & Supply Chain Management, formerly International Trade, Transportation, and Logistics is offering students a free Career Assessment to see if Supply Chain Careers are right for them. Go to http://www.ittlwa.com/ to take that assessment and learn more about opportunities. 

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
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.

SkillsUSA Washington State Leadership & Skills Conference

The Conference will be held April 11-13, 2013 in Renton. Lodging will be at the Holiday Inn Hotel. Overflow will be at the Hilton Garden Inn. The invitation list was distributed and hosted on the SkillsUSA Washington website. All students competing in contest are reminded to bring their resume with them to their contest orientation. Registration will be at Lindbergh High School Career Center on Thursday, April 12 from 12:00-3:00 p.m. and from 7:00-9:00 p.m. Registration packets may be picked up by advisors only. Reminder: The SkillsUSA Professional Test is required and must be taken on-line at www.skillsusawashington.org  and is now open. Be sure that SLSC Forms, Advisor Acknowledgement, Participant Verification and Contestant Resumes have been submitted or bring with you to registration.

  

Student(s) will complete in the Technical, Leadership and Occupationally Related Contest as well as inspiration and leadership workshops. A highlight will be crowning the State Champions in 50 different Technical, 15 Leadership, 9 Occupationally Related contests and electing our 2013-14 State Officer Team. Lindbergh High School will host the Opening and Closing ceremonies. The contest will be held at Bates Technical College, South Seattle College, and many private business and industries. It is estimated that over 800 students and advisors will participate in this 3-day conference.

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.

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.

5th Annual Try-A-Trade & WSLC Counselor Apprenticeship Workshop

The 5th annual Try-A-Trade is taking place on May 2, 2013 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 energy, construction, and manufacturing. Through the different opportunities and demonstrations at Try-A-Trade, students can explore their interests and gather information about how to 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 the 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. To register please visit: http://tryatrade2013.eventbrite.com.

 

For more information contact Jennifer Dunn at Jennifer.Dunn@retcs.org or (832) 482 -1724 or Kairie Pierce at kpierce@wslc.org or (360) 570-5167.

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/.

Construction Center of Excellence  

Will host the 34th Annual Washington Women in Trades Career Fair will be held May 10, 2013 from 9:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m. at Fisher Pavilion at Seattle Center. This is a great opportunity for anyone interested in skilled trade career options for more information, contact Cindy Payne cpollyc@comcast.net or go to http://www.wawomenintrades.com/jobfair.html to register.

State Farm Grant Opportunity

State FarmŽ is offering a grant opportunity for schools to possibly win either one of 10 $100,000 grants; one of 90 $25,000 grants; or a grand prize concert for a school by a chart-topping music artist. The program Celebrate My DriveŽ is a safe driving program where one's community will also be encouraged to make safe driving commitments on behalf of a school during the commitment period. The more commitments made, the better the chances of winning a grant for a school and maybe even a concert by a chart-topping music artist. For more information on the program, please go to http://www.celebratemydrive.com.

State Farm Service-Learning Grants

State Farm Youth Advisory Board (YAB) grants ranging from $25,000 to $100,000 must fall under one of these issue areas; Community Safety; Environmental Responsibility; Financial Literacy; Access to Higher Education; or, Health & Wellness. Grant application due May 3, 2013. Find out more at www.statefarmyab.com.

Northwest Center of Excellence for Marine Manufacturing & Technology

FYI: If you haven't visited lately, the Northwest Center of Excellence for Marine Manufacturing & Technology: Has numerous activities and information on career opportunities  listed on their website. Go to http://www.marinecenterofexcellence.com/ to learn more about activities and events.

Highline Offers Fundamentals of Importing Course

 This 10-week course will be taught by Microsoft's Director of International Trade, John Soares, from April 10-June 12, 2013 on Wednesday evenings from 6:30-8:30 p.m. at the Highline campus in Des Moines. The class will provide an overview of international business with an emphasis on the basics of importing and serves as an excellent prerequisite for individuals interested in studying to be a customs broker through Highline's Customs Broker Exam Prep course. 

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Perfect Microsoft Office Word Test
In-Person ITA Training
Project Lead the Way Summer Training
Pacific Northwest Center For Excellence
Energizing Opportunities in Aerospace
The Learning Connection Summit
Law Enforcement MWR Memorial Scholarship
Principles of Applied Technology Workshop
2013 State FCCLA Leadership Conference
Scholarship Oppotunities
Professional Photographers of Washington
Guitar Building Workshop for Educators
GAERF 2013 Student Design Competition
Imagine Tomorrow Competition
RAISE Award
NACTEI 2013 Conference and Pre-Conference
Washington Applied Math Council Workshops
FYI Concerning SkillsUSA National Leadership Conference Fees
Aerospace and Manufacturing videos for the classroom
Fashion Industry Conference
Ahina Named Instructor of the Year
34th Annual Washington Women in Trades Career Fair
STEM Grant Funding
8th Annual Energy and Construction Best Practices Summit
Supply Chain Careers Assessment
GATE: Ways of Expression
SkillsUSA Interstate Battery's Fundraising Project
SkillsUSA State Leadership & Skills Conference
SkillsUSA Alumni & Friends Scholarship
Regional SkillsUSA Competition
5th Annual Try-A-Trade &WSLC Counselor Apprenticeship Workshop
Sharon Melton Myers Memorial Scholarship
Construction Center of Excellence
State Farm Grant Opportunity
State Farm Service-Learning Grants
Northwest Center of Excellence for Marine Manufacturing & Technology
Highline Offers Fundamentals of Importing Course
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