October 2, 2013
A newsletter from Career and Technical Education - Washington
Welcome New CTE Colleagues 
Mary Kanikeberg is the new Jobs for Washington's Graduates (JWG) Program Supervisor for the Career and College Readiness Division.

Mary brings a wealth of experience from working at Moses Lake Alternative High School and Columbia Basin Alternative School. Her emphasis was in working with at-risk students, and working in dropout retrieval methodologies. There was a high rate of success due to teamwork with everyone invested in the student's lives.


Mary is looking for continued growth and success in the JWG program. Mary stated, "I'm excited to be here. I've been looking for an opportunity like this for a long time. It has been worth the wait!"


Please contact Mary at (360) 725-4964 or email at mary.kanikeberg@k12.wa.us with questions and to welcome her to OSPI.


Kim Hoss is the new Secretary Senior in the Career and Technical Education Department.


Kim comes to us from the Department of Financial Institutions where she managed her division's Public Records Program. She also worked at Nordstrom and understands what it means to give "exceptional" customer service.


Kim is excited about this new opportunity, has a passion for learning, and looks forward to talking with you when you call the CTE office.


 Please welcome Kim to OSPI.

Open iGrants and Due Dates

Please find the latest information on the open iGrants and respective due dates.




Due Date

Form Package


414 - High Demand Programs


662 - Dropout Prevention through Farm



424 - FIRST Robotics Competition


655 - GRADS Mini Grants

         (GRADS sites only)


545 - STEM Lighthouse Grant Awards


461 - Non Traditional Grants

Microsoft IT Academy Program Renewed

The IT Academy program has been renewed for another year! OSPI, Microsoft, and CCI Learning have teamed up to provide you with a comprehensive package of software, curriculum and certification resources for 21st century skills development. As of today, almost every county in the state is certifying students in Microsoft Office - prepping them for successful futures.


Are you taking advantage of these benefits and credentials for your students, staff and teachers? IT Academy provides ready-to-go curriculum solutions that can be used in all programs of study and for school-wide professional development. Integrate technology into the learning experience to engage your students and equip them with fundamental skills that will help them to be more productive in school, work and life. Don't wait, get on board for fall!


Get Started Today:

There are many resources to help you get started with the IT Academy on our SkyDrive page: http://sdrv.ms/YAHHyM and you will find specific information for WA schools here.


Contact Us:

Please don't hesitate to contact us if you have questions or need help! Email your Washington deployment managers at waita@microsoft.com or lance.wrzesinski@k12.wa.us at OSPI for ITA program questions. For Microsoft certification support, contact CCI Learning at 800- 668-1669 or email waschools@ccilearning.com.


WA-ACTE Fall Conference 

The WA-ACTE Summer Conference theme for this yearis "CTE and STEM: Moving from Innovation to Integration and Implementation". It will be held at the Great Wolf Lodge from October 31-November 1, 2013.


Conference sessions incude some of the following topics:

  • Best Practices in innovation and integration of CTE and STEM
  • CTE & STEM Course Development & Planning
  • CTE & STEM Promotion
  • Business/Industry Partnerships
  • Career Counseling and Guidance
  • Course Equivalencies and Graduation Requirements
  • Professional Development
  • Programs of Study & Multiple Pathways
  • Work Based Learning
Registration Fee:
  • $300 (Thru October 15, 2013)
  • $350 (After October 15, 2013)
Click here for WA-ACTE Fall Conference flyer.
Contact Franciene Chrisman at fdc@wa-acte.org or (360) 786-9286.
Applied Math Council Workshops
Have you ever taught a lesson then found that very few students actually connected? Is your district struggling to raise academic attainment in mathematics? Would you like to learn about various instructional strategies in math? The Washington Applied Math Council Workshops are just for you.


2013 Fall In-Services-8:30 a.m. Start

In-Service Registration Fee: $100 ($125 onsite)


Westside - Wednesday, October 9, 2013

ESD 113

6005 Tyee Drive SW

Tumwater, WA 98512

8:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m. (lunch included)


Eastside - Friday, October 11, 2013

Spokane Community College

North 1810 Greene Street

Spokane, WA 99207 | "The Lair" Building #6

8:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m. (lunch included)


2014 Winter In-Service-8:30 a.m. Start

In-Service Registration Fee: $100 ($125 onsite)


Friday, February 21, 2014

Yakima Valley Technical Skill Center

1120 S. 18th StreetYakima, WA 98901


2014 Spring In-Service - Dates and Locations Coming Soon


WAMC Summer Conference Logo

2014 WAMC Summer Conference

In-Service Registration Fee: $525
($565 after May 23, 2014)


Monday, June 23-Friday, June 27, 2014

Red Lion Hotel, Kennewick, WA

Reservations (509) 783-0611


To register for any of the workshops, please click here.


Please contact Ron Noble, State Coordinator, if you have any questions at (509) 684-5541 or email at rnoble@wa-appliedmath.org

Lexus and Scholastic Launch Contest for Middle and High School Students
Lexus and Scholastic are accepting applications for its Lexus Eco Challenge.  This challenge is an educational program and contest designed to inspire and empower middle and high school students in the United States to learn about the environment and take action to improve it. 
Students in grades 6-12, who are either registered and home-schooled or enrolled in a public or accredited private school, and who are legal residents of the U.S. or the District of Columbia are eligible to apply.  Additionally, teams of students can enter if they are part of an afterschool science or environmental club; the challenge is not open to clubs outside of school.  Awardees will receive a total of $500,000 in grants and scholarships. 
To obtain additional information and an application, click here.
Deadlines: October 7; November 11; and January 17, 2014.
State Farm Grant Opportunity For High Schools
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 Kelly Clarkson, a chart-topping music artist.


2,961 high schools have already registered.

Only 15 days left to register!


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 of October 18-26, 2013.


The more commitments made, the better the chances of winning a grant for a school.

For more information on the program, please click here.

Project Lead the Way State Conferences 
The PLTW State Conference is a professional development opportunity designed to inform school counselors, advisors, principals, school administrators, and teachers about the PLTW program and give them information they can use to begin or expand their own programs, and to encourage a full range of students to enroll in PLTW courses. PLTW schools are required to send one advisor/counselor to an annual conference.
  • Preregistration is required
  • Clock hours are available
  • There is no charge to attend
  • Lunch is included
The 2013 keynote speaker is Dr. Ellen Ebert, OSPI Science Director.   
There are two conference dates:

October 15, 2013

9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
WSU Spokane

600 N. Riverpoint Blvd

Phase One Building, Auditorium

Spokane, WA 

November 7, 2013

8:15 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Seattle University

901 12th Avenue

Casey Building, 5th Floor

Seattle, WA


The deadline for registration is October 8.


The deadline for registration is October 31.

If you have questions, please contact Dr. Sylvia Oliver at olivers@wsu.edu.


To register, contact Pam Medley at pmedley@wsu.edu.


If you have questions, please contact Dr. Nimmy Gnanapragasam, PLTW@SEATTLEU.edu

Register here.

 Click here for additional details.

Childcare Basics Training 

The childcare basics course, formerly known as STAR's, has moved from a 2 credit,  

20 hour class to a 3 credit, 30 hour class. Plan to have all child development instructors attend one of these trainings and receive the updated final childcare basics curriculum written by 3 of our instructors and 2 college instructors.


October 21, 2013

1-5 p.m.

Spokane Community College

Spokane, WA


October 22, 2013

9 a.m. - 1 p.m.

Columbia Basin Community College

Pasco, WA


October 28, 2012

8 a.m. - 12 p.m.

Heathman Lodge

Vancouver, WA

(Pre-conference training in connection with the FACS Conference.)


November 18, 2013

12-4 p.m.

Wenatchee Valley Community College

Wenatchee, WA


December 9, 2013

10 a.m. - 2 p.m.

Edmonds Community College

Edmonds, WA


To register, go to Events Manager. If you have questions, contact Jill Pilbro at (360) 725-0418 or email at jill.pilbro@k12.wa.us.  

Family and Consumer Sciences Fall Conference 
Please save the date for the FACSE and FCS Fall Conference.  This year's theme is "Managing Change Through Famiy & Consumer Sciences".
Date:  October 27-29, 2013
Place:  Heathman Lodge
            7801 NE Greenwood Drive
            Vancouver, WA 98662
            (360) 254-3100
Cost:    $225 for members.  $350 for nonmembers.
Includes:  1 breakfast, 2 lunches, and clock hours.
Online registration only at  http://www.wafacse.org/conferences.html
For additional informaton, please contact Vicki Zimmerman at vzimbo@hotmail.com or
(509) 464-8547.
Jump$tart National Educator Conference
Experian is pleased to offer 20 scholarships for PreK-12th grade classroom teachers to attend the Jump$tart National Educator Conference in Washington, DC,

November 1-3, 2013.


The scholarship covers the registration fee of $395, which includes full participation in the conference, all conference meals and receptions, and two nights in a private room at the JW Marriott. 


Visit the Jump$tart website for conference and registration information.


Please note that teachers (or their schools) are responsible for transportation, incidental, and optional costs.

2013 FCCLA National Cluster Meeting | Exceeding Expectations
Attend a National Cluster Meeting this fall and discover new ways to put FCCLA's national program to work for you. National Cluster meetings provide an opportunity for student and advisers to come together for inspiration, to expand leadership skills, sharpen talents, and explore career pathways. 
Exceeding Expectations Date:
November 15-17
Spokane, WA
National Cluster Meetings:
  • Junior/Senior High Students 
  • New and Experienced Advisers
  • Teacher Educators
  • Collaborative Partners 

Click here for details.

For the latest information on what is happening in GRADS in Washington State, please click here.

To participate in a GRADS 4-question survey, please click here.

Click here to review the 2012-13 GRADS Annual Report.


Heidi Schultz, GRADS Program Specialist, can be reached at (360) 725-0417 or by email at heidi.schultz@k12.wa.us.

AYES Instructors

Professional Development on "Electrical System Troubleshooting Made Easy" will be held:


    Date:  October 11, 2013


    Time:  8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. | Half hour provided lunch

    Place:  Professional Automotive Training Center at Shoreline


8 clock hours will be available.


Bob Biesieszinski (Honda Program Instructor) will be conducting the free workshop.  


Register to Marvin Linville (marvin.linville@ayes.org)

Oregon and Washington Woodworking Teacher Inservice

Free teacher inservice. Open to Middle or high school woodworking teachers.


Date: October 11, 2013

Time: 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Place: Tiger Stop

           12909 NE 95th Street

           Vancouver, WA 98682


No Cost to attendees, lunch provided. All attending teachers will receive substantial donation packages from BESSy, QuickScrews, Pen State Industries, and General Finishes valued at over $200.00.


For more information and to reserve a seat contact: Dave Anderson at a.d.woodcrafting@gmail.com or (503) 508-3181 or John Steans, Amity High School, at john.stearns@amity.k12.or.us.

2013 Business and Marketing (BAM) Conference

Please join us for BAM 2013!

WSBEA/WAME cordially invite YOU to attend the next BAM Conference, to be held in Wenatchee on October 11-12, 2013.
Pre-conference sessions on integrating Common Core and 21st Century Skills into frameworks and IT Academy are available on October 10. The registration form and "Conference at a Glance" is available on the WSBEA website (wsbea.org). We hope to see you in Wenatchee in October!
Registrations must be postmarked by October 4 in order to save $30 off the registration fee. Questions may be directed to Keith Hannah (khannah@fifeschools.com) or Brenda Knowlton (brenda.knowlton@tumwater.k12.wa.us).
Aerospace Core+ Workshop for New Grantees

Core Curriculum Deep Dive, Tools, Equipment and Supplies and Core Project's Training will be held: 


Date: October 18-19, 2013

Time: 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. | Daily

Place: Pierce County Skills Center

           16117 Canyon Road

           Puyallup, WA 98375


Clock hours will be provided.


If you have questions, contact Denny Wallace at dennis.wallace@k12.wa.us.

Northwest Association of Machinist Instructors

Free conference for all machining and manufacturing technology educators.


Date: October 23-25, 2013
Place: Spokane Community College
           1801 North Greene Street
           Building #28
           Spokane, WA 99207

Registration deadline is October 21. Click here for more information and to register.
Lowe's & SkillsUSA Grants

CareerSafe Grants: Vouchers that will allow students to take on online assessment and earn their OSHA 10 hours Construction or General Industry Safety Credential. 


Schools in Need Grant: Provide basic needs to improve the quality of students' education experience. Grants between $2500 and $25,000 are available.


Applications are open now.

Applications must be received by November 1, 2013.

Vouchers will be awarded in January 2014.


Click here for more information and to secure an application.

SkillsUSA Membership
To register for SkillsUSA memberships, please click here.
  • Student ($16.00, State & National dues)
  • Professional ($22.00, State & National dues)
First Semester Deadline:  December 13, 2013
Second Semester Deadline:  February 14, 2014.
Click here to register online. 

Advisor Membership Incentives

Advisors register at least 15 student members plus one or more professionals by November 15, 2013, and win prizes: a free copy of Leveraging Your Leadership with Effective Chapter Meetings, The Teacher's Guide, SkillsUSA brand-new for enhancing instruction. Instructors who submit a roster with 100% membership plus one or more professionals also will receive a SkillsUSA Program of Work Calendar.


$50 Lowe's Gift cards through daily drawings announced each Friday from September 16 through November 15, 2013.


Register today!

SkillsUSA Membership Help Hotline 

Advisors can call or email the SkillsUSA Membership Hotline when they have questions about starting a SkillsUSA chapter or need assistance with ways to strengthen their existing chapter and engage more members.

Operators are ready to help at 800-355-8422 or by email to dpeabody@skillsusa.org or mstrickland@skillsusa.org.

Get involved with SkillsUSA!

Educated and Skilled to Lead America's Video Competition 

SkillsUSA Members are encouraged to create a video that showcases how members are becoming educated (what are you learning, what facilities or equipment are you training on) and skilled (what skills have your learned). Tell their story.


Videos should be between 2-3 minutes in length and must be uploaded to YouTube at www.youtube.com by November 15, 2013.

For more information contact Kelly Horton at khorton@skillsusa.org.

CTE Promotional Public Service Announcements Available

During the 2013 SkillsUSA Championships, SkillsUSA asked state gold medalists in their Television (Video) Production contests to submit a public service announcement with messages of encouraging teens to enroll in CTE courses. All of the submitted PSAs are now available to use at http://svntv.com/categoriesx/competitions/skillsusa-2013/tv-production?start=25.

"Image" Photos For SkillsUSA Magazine
The SkillsUSA Magazine staff is seeking photo submission for the "Image" page. In this contest, students and advisors can submit photos that show SkillsUSA Members in action. They currently do not have a photo selected for the next issue, so get your submission in.
The photographer's chapter will receive $150 prize check and, of course, the thrill of seeing his or her work in print.
For details, email Tom Hall at thall@skillsusa.org.

PLTW Student Rostering Is Open

PLTW student rostering for the fall is now open.


Based on network feedback, we have made some key enhancements to the rostering process for the upcoming school year. A list of these enhancements can be found in myPLTW.  


It is a key responsibility of the principal, delegate, or school administrator to roster their students. Student rostering is a prerequisite for enrolling students (including middle school students) into the LMS.


If you have questions, please contact our School Support Team at schoolsupport@pltw.org or (877) 335-PLTW (7589). 
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.
Click here to learn more about this opportunity.

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.
Agricultural Education

Washington utilizes the Three-Circle Model to Agricultural Education; an approach which results in higher graduation rates, increased post-secondary opportunities, and the development of leadership in students. 


Classroom Instruction: Students are given opportunities to practically apply theories of science, with a development of an understanding of how the theory can be applied in the agriculture field; the largest science industry within the nation.

Supervised Agricultural Experience (SAE): Students learn industry skills through a hands-on project supervised by the instructor. Projects can include research, production, placement at an existing business, or utilizing the entrepreneurial spirit to begin a new business.

FFA/Leadership: Membership in the National FFA Organization is the premiere delivery of leadership instruction within and outside of the classroom. Practical application of 21st Century Skills results in the development of community conscious, motivated citizens.

For further details about this model and what is happening in Agricultural Education, please click here for the AG Ed White Paper.

Click here for the October 2013 AG Ed Update and refer to the map below regarding the success of FFA in Washington.

Please contact Rebecca Wallace, Agricultural Education Program Supervisor, with any questions or feedback you have at (360) 725-6244 or rebecca.wallace@k12.wa.us.

October is National Farm to School Month 
October is National Farm to School Month, a time to celebrate the connections that are happening all over the country between schools and local food. In 2010, Congress approved a resolution to officially designate October as National Farm to School Month. The passage of House Resolution 1655 demonstrated the growing importance of Farm to School programs as a means to improve child nutrition, support local economies and educate children about the origins of food.


What is farm to school?
Farm to school is broadly defined as any program that connects schools (K-12) and local farms with the objectives of serving healthy meals in school cafeterias, improving student nutrition, providing agriculture, health and nutrition education opportunities, and supporting local and regional farmers. Farm to school programs exist in all 50 states, but since farm to school is a grassroots movement, programs are as diverse as the communities that build them.


What are the benefits of farm to school?
Farm to school programs are based on the premise that students will choose healthier foods, including more fruits and vegetables, if products are fresh, locally grown, and picked at the peak of their flavor and if those choices are reinforced with educational activities. Farm to School programs provide benefits to the entire community: children, farmers, food service staff, parents, and teachers.


How can I start a farm to school program in my community?
Farm to school programs exist in all 50 states, so support and resources are available no matter where you are. For tips and resources to help you get started, visit the National Farm to School Network's website, and read the "How to Start a Program" page.


Here are three things you can do now:

FBLA 9 Regional Conferences | FBLA National Conference
There are 9 Regional Conferences being held around the state during the months of October through November. The National FBLA Conference will be held November 22-23, 2013 in Salt Lake City, Utah.  Click here for FBLA National Conference details.

How does FBLA benefit students?

  • Orientation to business careers
  • Leadership skills
  • Improved career skills
  • Recognition at conferences
  • Travel opportunities
  • Scholarship opportunities
  • Resumé enhancement
  • Meet new people
  • Network with business professionals
  • Establish occupational goals
  • Get firsthand experience with business people
  • Practice effective money management
  • Learn the value of community responsibility
  • Get on-the-job training in a wide range of business activities, including planning, fundraising, conducting meetings, and managing finances, time, and resources 

How does FBLA benefit teachers?

Teachers who serve as chapter advisers receive materials on student activities, workshops, and competitions that encourage interest, develop business skills, and increase knowledge of the business world. These materials can be integrated into the classroom curriculum to enrich teaching methods.


FBLA also provides teachers with opportunities for:

  • Professional development through meetings with fellow educators, conference workshops, and seminars.
  • Networking and interaction with the local business community.
  • Visibility and recognition through chapter participation in school and community activities.
  • Enhancement of the quality of education for your students.

How does FBLA benefit schools?

The business curriculum-and the school as a whole-can be enriched by this co-curricular activity.


Schools benefit from:

  • Increased interest and enrollment in business programs
  • Positive publicity created by being involved in newsworthy events
  • Opportunities for building partnerships and gaining connections with local businesses
  • Encourages student involvement in local civic and business activities

Please contact Judy Reynolds, FBLA Executive Director, or Dawne Schmidt, FBLA Program Specialist with questions or for information at (360) 753-5666.  Click here for the Washington FBLA website.

WA-ACTE Summer Conference Certifications
There were several opportunities to take the Microsoft certification tests at the WA-ACTE Summer Conference.  The following certificates were acheived:

Microsoft Office Program

Certifications Passed

Microsoft Excel 2013


Microsoft Word 2013


Microsoft PowerPoint 2013


Microsoft Excel Excel 2010


Microsoft OneNote 2010


Microsoft Outlook 2010


Microsoft PowerPoint 2010


Microsoft Word 2010


Microsoft Word 2010 Expert


MTA - Windows Operating System Fundamentals


MTA - Networking Fundamentals



The IT Academy helps students attain industry recognized certification in a variety of Microsoft technologies.


Click here for Microsoft IT Academy details.


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New CTE Colleagues, Open iGrants, WA-ACTE, Applied Math, Lexus and Scholastic, State Farm Grant, PLTW, Childcare Basics Training, FACSE, Jump$tart, GRADS, More...
Welcome New CTE Colleagues
Open iGrants
Microsoft IT Academy Program Renewed
WA-ACTE Fall Conference
Applied Math Council Workshops
Lexus and Scholastic Launch Contest
State Farm Grant Opportunity For High Schools
PLTW State Conferences
Childcare Basics Training
FACSE and FCS Fall Conference
Jump$tart National Educator Conference
2013 FCCLA National Cluster Meeting
AYES Instructors
Oregon and Washington Woodworking Teacher Inservice
New Student Leadership Organization
Aerospace Core+ Workshop for New Grantees
Northwest Association of Machinist Instructors
Lowe's & SkillsUSA Grants
SkillsUSA National Leadership and Skills Conference
Advisor Membership Incentives
SkillsUSA Regional Advisor's Fall Meeting
Educated and Skilled to Lead America's Video Competition
Riverside School District Recruiting Woods/Welding/Metals Teacher
"Image" Photos For SkillsUSA Magazine
PLTW Student Rostering Is Open
STEM Grant Funding
Agricultural Education
National Farm to School Month
FBLA 9 Regional Conferences | FBLA National Conference
WA-ACTE Summer Conference Certifications
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Career and Technical Education - Washington does not discriminate and provides equal access to its programs and services for all persons without regard to race, color, sex, religeion, creed, marital status, national origin, sexual preference/orientation, age, veteran's status or the presence of any physical, sensory or mental disability.