June 1, 2013
A newsletter from Career and Technical Education - Washington

Washington IT Academy Awards Nomination

If you or someone you know has had an IT Academy success story and you think deserves recognition, please click here for the nomination form. Please complete and submit back to Ashley Flyare at ashley.flygare@k12.wa.us by July 1, 2013.


There are four exciting categories to choose from:


WA IT Academy Innovative Teaching Strategies

A teacher or program that has integrated IT Academy Resources into the classroom in a manner that integrates content-area knowledge, exhibits creativity or problem solving, or illustrates a 21st Century Learning environment.


WA IT Academy Outstanding Achievement

A teacher, program or district that illustrates an achievement in testing success, certification success, certification ratio to student population, or progression of student certification to Microsoft Office Expert or Microsoft Technology Associate.


WA IT Academy Game Changer Award

A teacher, program, or district that overcame implementation challenges to certify students in the 2011-2012 school year.


WA IT Academy Lighthouse Award

A program or district that reflects overall success in the IT Academy program.


If you questions, please contact Lance Wrzesinski at (360) 725-6258 or email at lance.wrzesinski@k12.wa.us.

North Kitsap Junior Finds His Voice

Justin SeeversNorth Kitsap High School junior Justin Seevers, who has been diagnosed with Asperger's syndrome, has earned the right to compete in the Future Business Leaders of America National Leadership Conference in Anaheim, CA on June 27-30 because of his skill with Microsoft Word. He is certified as a Microsoft Office Specialist in Word and Powerpoint 2010. Depending on how he does, Justin will have the opportunity to be selected for a place at the Microsoft Office Specialist World Championships in DC this summer.


Click here to read more.   Click here to check out the video.

Best Buy Children's Foundation To Donate $2 Million in Community Grants
Best Buy Children's Foundation will donate up to $2 million in Community Grants to local and regional nonprofit organizations that provide teens with places and opportunities to develop 21st century technology skills that will inspire future education and career choices.

Examples of program activities include:Best Buy

  • Computer Programming
  • Digital imaging (photography, graphic design, videography)
  • Music production
  • Robotics
  • Gaming and Mobile App Development

Community Grants are designed to support local efforts and are reviewed for consideration by Best Buy teams across the United States. The average grant amount is $5,000 and will not exceed $10,000.


Proposal Deadlines and Administration


Grant Application Opens


Proposal Due Date

July 1 - Proposal must be submitted online at http://www.easymatch.com/bestbuygrant no later than 11:59 pm EDT on July 1, 2013.


Proposal Requirements and Information

Proposals must be submitted electronically. Hard copy applications will not be considered. Please include a program budget and organization budget. Complete details are at


Notification Date

September 15, 2013



 Click here for details.

AT&T Foundation Awards $30,000
A $30,000 incentive grant from the AT&T Foundation through Jobs for Washington's Graduates (JWG) was given to the Franklin Pierce School District. Sly Boskovich, CTE Director, was instrumental in submitting the necessary paperwork and is an incredible advocate for the JWG program and what it offers at-risk studets. The funds will help provide the resources to serve 35-45 eligible at-risk youth at three different high schools for the 2013-14 school year. This also includes working in the summer to assist the students with obtaining jobs and getting into college.
Financial Education and Training
The Financial Education Public Private Partnership will provide full scholarships (a $400 value) on a first-come first-served basis to all educators whose applications are accepted.
When:   June 26 and 27, 2013
Time:    8:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Where: Renton Technical College
               3000 NE 4th St Renton, WA 98056


You will receive:

  • Training on financial concepts
  • Introduction to financial education methods using age appropriate active participation lessons that both you and your students will enjoy
  • Continental breakfast and lunch (both days)
  • 12 Complimentary Clock Hours
Space is limited.  Click here to register today.
Career and Technical Student Leadership Organization State Officer Training

Ninety five Career and Technical state officers and their advisers met at The Great Wolf Lodge from May 29 to May 31, 2013 for state officer training to plan their Program of Work for the 2013-2014 school year. Five of the seven Career and Technical Student Organizations: Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA), Family, Career and Community Leaders of America (FCCLA), Skills USA, Technology Student Association (TSA), and Washington Career and Technical Sports Medicine Association (WCTSMA) were in attendance.


FBLA Board Chairman, Darmeny Jones, from Ignite for Schools, Federal Way, challenged the state officers to take charge of their future. Other guest speakers assisted students with leadership styles, communication skills, parliamentary procedure, etiquette, and public speaking.


Erin Jones, Director of Equity and Achievement, Federal Way Public Schools, led a diversity training workshop for all state officers and advisers. In addition to their Program of Work, each CTSO spent time writing scripts and planning for regional, state, and national leadership meetings. The meeting ended with presentations from the five SLOs to explain their organizations mission.

CTSO Leadership Development for SkillsUSA Instructors

CTSO Leadership Development workshop to be offered if there are 25 participants.


Topics covered: 1) Learn employability skills training from experts and seasoned teacher; 2) Learn how to integrate the PDP (Professional Development Program) into their program; 3) Teach your students to manage their education; 4) Learn how to maximize business and industry partnerships, and 5) Learn about the online version of PDP.


Estimated Cost of the Program should be under $100 and participant will earn 8 clock hours.


If your teachers are interested in attending a Regional Professional Development workshop, please contact Denny Wallace at (360) 725-6241 or email at dennis.wallace@k12.wa.us


Lego Robotics EV3 Training

When:  Saturday, August 10from 10 a.m.-4 p.m.

              Sunday, August 11 from 8a.m. -4 p.m.


Where: Yakima Valley Technical Skills Center

              1120 South 18th Ave, Yakima, WA 98901


Presenting: Ian-Chow Miller of the Lego Education Advisory Board, experienced Lego Robotics Instructor


What: Two-Day Intensive Lego Robotics EV3 Workshop (Enrollment limited to 30 participants)


Cost: $150.00 registration fee (includes lunches and 12 clock hours)


Who: Teachers new to Lego Robotics or migrating from NXT to EV3 (10 clock hours)

  • Click here to register.
  • Please bring your own laptop. Internet access will be provided.
Cleveland STEM High School Visit From Assistant Secretary Dann-Messier

Assistant Secretary Brenda Dann-Messier, who heads the Office of Vocational Brenda Dann Messier and Teacherand Adult Education, visited Seattle's Cleveland STEM High School on April 30, 2013 spotlighting the school's transformation efforts aimed at promoting educational excellence for its students.


The school has redesigned itself into one that focuses especially on the STEM fields of science, technology, engineering and mathematics. By creating strong linkages between what students learn in classrooms and what they will need to know for college and careers, Cleveland High is beginning to incorporate some of the core elements that the Education Department is calling for as part of its high school redesign initiative.


As previewed in President Obama's State of the Union address, the administration is proposing $300 million for a new High School Redesign program, which would fund competitive grants to districts partnering with postsecondary institutions, businesses and non-profits to help ensure that all students graduate from high school with college credit and career-related experience.

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. The keynote speaker is Karen Elzey, Director for Skills for America's Future.
Registration is free. Click here to register.

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 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:

  • July 8-12, 2013
  • 8 a.m.-5:30 p.m.
  • Edmonds Community College's, Monroe Hall
  • 6606 196th Street SW, Lynnwood, WA 98036-5999


Class fee is $495, and is eligible for 40 OSPI clock hours.


Register online here or call (425) 640-1840.

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. Entry Deadline: June 14, 2013.


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

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. Please register here.
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.
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, 2013 at the EMP Museum in Seattle. Register here. 
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.

SkillsUSA National Leadership & Skills Conference

The Washington SkillsUSA Delegation will be attending the 48th Annual NCLS (National Leadership and Skills Conference) held in Kansas City, MO, June 24 -28, 2013. Members will be staying at the Marriott Hotel Downtown located at 200 West 12th Street in Kansas City.


Registration for the conference can be made to SkillsUSA Washington, PO Box 2698, Olympia, WA 98507. Cost is $550 for Student, $700 for Advisory, or $1,200 Adults single room (prior approval needed). Registration includes hotel accommodations, recreational activities, registration fees. It does not include airfare or ground transportation in Kansas City, any meals or incidentals you might incur on the trip. SkillsUSA Washington will take care of hotel arrangements.


Participants will need to make travel arrangement to arrive in Kansas City on either Sunday, June 23 or Monday, June 24. Our first mandatory meeting will be on June 24 at 6:30 p.m. Return flights should be booked for any time on Saturday June 29.

SkillsUSA Workforce Ready System 

The Skill Connect Assessments are perfect for end-of-year testing. The online industry-driven assessments evaluate technical and employability skills and knowledge through drag-and-drop, simulations, hot spot and other question forms. Choose from 47 assessments here.

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.

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.

Student Spaceflight Experiments Program

The Student Spaceflight Experiments Program was designed as a model U.S. national STEM education initiative to inspire and engage the next generation. 


This is a wonderful opportunity for a school district or individual schools to engage a few hundred Grade 5-12 students in a very real Microgravity Experiment Design for Flight to the International Space Station (ISS).


Note: this program is not for an individual class.


Important Dates:

  • June 30, 2013  (Inquiries made deadline)
  • September 4, 2013  (Deadline for communities to be aboard)
  • September 9-November 11, 2013 (Week Experiment Design Phase in Your Community)
  • December 12, 2013  (Selection of Community Flight Experiment  and Ferry Flight to ISS)
  • Spring 2014  (Ferry Flight Return to Earth)
  • July 2014  (Launch plus 6 weeks National Conference at Smithsonian in Washington, D.C.


Please click here for details.  Click here for the website. 

The SiemThe Journalens Foundation has opened its annual Competition in Math, Science and Technology. This year's program will offer scholarships ranging from $1,000 to $100,000. The competition, administered by the College Board, calls on high school students to submit original research in technology, science, or math, either as individuals or in teams. Regional competitions will be held at six United States universities in November, with finalists competing in Washington, D.C., in December 2013Click here for details.
STEM Jump Start Grant Opportunity 
Thanks to corporate support up to 10 schools can still qualify for up to $5,000 in STEM JUMP START GRANT funding support for 2013-14. The grant funding can be applied to STEM 101 consulting, professional development of curriculum services. Request a meeting with a STEM 101 advisor here.




Learn about STEM 101 programming by viewing a 15 minute overview presentation. Click here.




Read here about STEM 101 schools are winning awards all over the country.




The battle ground for the hearts and minds of students as it relates to STEM education is happening at the middle grade level. Click here for details.


To view the flyer, click here.

STEM Fuse Offers 18 Week Free Game Design Curriculum 

In pursuit of their founding mission "to develop leading STEM curriculum and promote STEM education nationwide" STEM Fuse is excited to announce "GAME:IT 10,000 a STEM Initiative". Through this program all Washington high schools have the opportunity to access, deliver and teach STEM Fuse's nationally recognized GAME:IT curriculum 100% free of charge! The course was designed as an introductory level game design course that can be taught regardless of technical experience. This is an outstanding opportunity for Washington schools to teach a fully aligned, rigorous, yet highly engaging CTE / STEM course and save thousands of dollars often spent on STEM / technology curriculum and materials.


STEM Fuse will allow for virtually unlimited access and usage for participating schools and they even encourage multiple uses within the school and exposure to as many students as possible. YourGame IT  school will find STEM Fuse to be easy to work with in helping you register for this curriculum. They will provide ongoing support, help and training to WA schools that want to participate in this program to ensure that they are fully prepared to successfully teach GAME:IT. 


Click here to view:
  •   Course information regarding GAME:IT
  •   Terms of usage and course implementation
  •   Project registration and implementation process for GAME:IT
  •   Service, training and professional development"
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 here 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. 

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.

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 here 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. 


To register, please click here.

ASE Student Certification 
Students can earn an ASE student certification for each automotive
test they pass. The spring testing window began April 2 and ends
June 6, 2013Purchase assessments directly with SkillsUSA co-branded vendor ASE and learn more about the student certification at: http://www.asestudentcertification.com
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, parentsschool 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


Contact GATE at GATE@k12.wa.us

Battle Ground Public Schools Recruiting Family and Consumer Sciences Teacher

There is an opening in the Battle Ground Public Schools for a Family and Consumer Sciences teacher.


Position Listing ID: 130509002

Battle Ground Public Schools

District Office
PO Box 200
Battle Ground, WA 98604


Phone: (360) 885-5300 

For specific information, please click here.  Click here for the website.

Monroe Public Schools Recruiting Family and Consumer Sciences Teachers 

There are two openings in the Monroe Public Schools for Family and Consumer Sciences teachers. 

Monroe Public Schools
200 E. Fremont
Monroe, WA 98272


Hours: 8:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Summer Hours: 7:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

Phone: (360) 804-2530
Fax: (360) 804-2549

Email: HumanResources@monroe.wednet.edu

For specific information, please click here.
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Microsoft IT Academy, STEM, FCSE, Grants, Lego Robotics, Spaceflight
IT Academy Awards Nominations
Justin Seevers Finds His Voice
Best Buy Children's Foundation to Donate $2 Million
AT&T Foundation Awards $30,000
Financial Education and Training
CTE Student Leadership Organization
CTSO Leadership Development for SkillsUSA Instructors
Lego Robotics EV3 Training
Assistant Secretary Dann-Messier
Pacific Northwest Center For Excellence
Principles of Applied Technology Workshop
GAERF 2013 Student Design Competition
Washington Applied Math Council Workshops
Guitar Building Workshop for Educators
Regional SkillsUSA Competition
SkillsUSA National Leadership & Skills Conference
SkillsUSA Workforce Ready System
FYI Concerning SkillsUSA National Leadership Conference Fees
SkillsUSA Interstate Battery's Fundraising Project
Student Spaceflight Experiments Program
Student STEM Competition
STEM Jump Start Grant Opportunity
STEM Fuse Offers 18 Week Free Game Design Curriculum
STEM Grant Funding
8th Annual Energy and Construction Best Practices Summit
Supply Chain Careers Assessment
State Farm Grant Opportunity
Northwest Center of Excellence for Marine Manufacturing & Technology
Highline Offers Fundamentals of Importing Course
ASE Student Certification
GATE: Ways of Expression
Battle Ground Public Schools Recruitment for FACSE Teacher
Monroe Public Schools Recruitment for FACSE Teachers
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