December 2, 2013
A newsletter from Career and Technical Education - Washington
Mandated Education Requirements | Applied Math Council Workshops

The Federal Perkins Act has mandated education requirements as part of an accountability system that measures districts for academic attainment as part of the No Child Left Behind Act. Districts not meeting at least 90 percent of the performance indicators for three consecutive years are identified as a district in "Perkins Improvement." Districts receiving Federal Perkins funds placed into the "Perkins Improvement" category must comply with the requirements of the State. With this requirement, we highly encourage districts in need of "Perkins Improvement" to send their CTE instructors to one of the Washington Applied Math Council workshops offered throughout the year. In addition, we urge districts to continue providing additional professional development to CTE instructors at the district level in their specific pathway area.


Below is information about the Washington Applied Math Council Workshops. For additional information and registration, please visit or send an email to Ron Noble at or call (509) 684-5541.



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.


Wednesday, October 9, 2013

ESD 113                             

6005 Tyee Drive SW

Tumwater, WA  98512

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


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. (includes lunch)

Friday, February, 21, 2014

Yakima Valley Technical Skill Center

1120 S. 18th Street

Yakima, WA, 98901

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

Monday, May 5, 2014

ESD 113                             

6005 Tyee Drive SW

Tumwater, WA  98512

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

Friday, May 16, 2014

Spokane Community College

North 1810 Greene Street

Spokane, WA  99207

"The Lair" | Building #6

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

June 23-27, 2014








Red Lion Hotels

602 N. Young Street

Kennewick, WA  99336

Reservations (509) 783-0611 

Deadline for early registration is

May 23, 2014.



WAMC Summer Conference Logo


2014 WAMC Summer Conference

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


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



Childcare Basics Training 

Sign up for the last childcare basics training of the year!


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.


December 9, 2013

10 a.m. - 2 p.m.

Edmonds Convention Center

Rhododendron Room | First Floor

201 Fourth Avenue North

Edmonds, WA 98020


Parking is behind the Conference Center for 24 vehicles. East of the Center, there is free, unlimited parking. Immediately around the Center there is an abundance of 3 hour, free parking.


Click here for Conference Center website.


Registration closes December 7. To register, go to Events Manager. If you have questions, contact Jill Pilbro at (360) 725-0418 or email at  

Clock Hour Requests 

For trainings that you would like to offer clock hours to participants, please remember to submit your requests to the respective career pathway program supervisors with a minimum of 30 days advanced notice of the training. 


This will allow ample time to review the requests, agendas, and ask questions as needed.

Thank you.

Microsoft IT Academy Program

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: 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 or at OSPI for ITA program questions. For Microsoft certification support, contact CCI Learning at 800- 668-1669 or email


Microsoft IT Academy Webinar Series
The following webinare series is avalable the second Thursday of every month form 8-9 a.m.
December 12: Advancing your skills through professional development
January 9: Boosting students' confidence and motivation to achieve their academic goals
February 13: Top Ten Classroom Enhancements
March 13: Instruction Innovation: Next Generation Classrooms
April 10: Countdown to Graduation - Motivating your students to go the last mile
May 8: The Road Ahead - Taking technology to the next level
June 12: Deploying IT Academy 101 - A guide for Benefits Administrators
Click the following link to register:
Computer Science Education Week

We live in a world surrounded by technology. But only a tiny fraction of students learn how computers work, or how to create software technology. Computer Science provides a foundation for virtually any career and all our students can benefit from learning the basics.


This year, for Computer Science Education Week, a massive campaign called the Hour of Code is introducing 10 million students to try one hour of introductory computer science.


Please share this campaign with your schools, so students can have the opportunity to participate.


Please see, and sign up to participate!

Washington Financial Literacy Challenge

The Washington Council for Economic and Financial Education is pleased to announce the Washington Financial Literacy Challenge, with competitions in January for fall semester classes and in May for courses ending in June 2014.


The Financial Literacy Challenge is a free, on-line competition for middle and high school students in Washington. Teachers can enter students into either the middle school or high school divisions to take the multiple choice exams during a three hour-window of their choosing between January 9, 2014 and January 17, 2014. Students take the exam, and results are announced on January 21, 2014. It's that easy.



  • Students who place in the top 10% will be named Personal Finance Experts, and receive a certificate in recognition of their achievement.
  • Students in both the middle and high school competitions who receive a perfect score will be entered into a drawing for five first prizes of gift cards worth $25 each. (Five prizes will be awarded for each division). The teacher in each division with the highest average student scores will receive a gift card.
  • A press release will be sent to area news outlets publicizing the schools that participate in the Finance Challenge.

Visit for details and to register for the Challenge.


Students do NOT have to be registered in a personal finance course to compete in the challenge.


Funding for the Washington Financial Literacy Challenge was generously provided by the Opus Foundation and the Washington Department of Financial Institutions.


Questions? Contact Pam at or by phone at (360) 650-4823.

School of the Future Design Competition

The School of the Future Design Competition (SOFC) is an annual event hosted by the Council of Educational Facility Planners International (CEFPI) that represents Architects and school facility planners and managers.  It is supported by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, American Institute of Architects and many other organizations and companies involved in design, planning, and construction of school facilities.  The competition is open to all middle and junior high school students and is intended to stimulate interest in science, art, math, and language arts.


Students learn to collaborate and make team decisions as they develop slide shows, models, and presentations of their design.  Mentors are available through CEFPI to help guide the students.


Prizes up to $2,000 are awarded, and national finalists have the opportunity to present at local, regional, and national levels.  National finalists are judged in at the CEFPI Annual Conference & Expo.  Hundreds of people attend the conference. 


SOFC is related to the annual School Building Week which highlights the importance of

high-performance learning environments that are safe, healthy and well planned.


Participation by Washington State and northwest teams has been extraordinary.  Over 250 students, in the Pacific Northwest region, participated in 2012-2013.  A team from Northwood Middle School in Spokane, Washington won the state competition and placed second at nationals in Washington D.C.  A team from Eastview Middle School in Red Deer, Alberta, Canada received the award for excellence and $2,000 for their work at nationals.


Teachers can integrate valuable lessons in middle school and junior high school curricula through SOFC.  Lessons that can be included are:


  • Math skills
  • Computer science
  • Building design and construction
  • Urban planning
  • Cultural and historical awareness
  • Environmental and ecological awareness
  • Public speaking and presentation


To have sufficient time to include SOFC in this year's curriculum, planning should begin now.  Mentors are typically architects and technical professionals.  They will be provided with the support of CEFPI.  Deadline for entries is December 15, 2013.


Weblinks and Primary Contacts


School of the Future registration, curriculum information, guidebook, and critical dates are found at this link


Jason Romine  (Sierra-Martin Architects) (425) 455-3693 or


Tara Kelly (DLR Group) (206) 461-6000 or


Philip Riedel at

FCCLA National Cluster Award Winners 
The FCCLA National Cluster Meeting in Spokane was a great success!  The following
National Cluster Award winners are listed below.

Consumer Math Challenge
1st Place Selah HIgh School, Lucas Mahugh

Culinary Knife Skills
1st Place -- Bonney Lake High School, Emily Rash
2nd Place -- Mead High School, Austin Wright
3rd Place -- John R Rogers HIgh School, Jacob Hoover

Culinary Math Challenge
1st Place -- Sr. Category Connell High School, Caily Mendez
1st Place -- Occupational Category John R. Rogers High School, Samantha Welch

FCCLA Creed Speaking & Interpretation
2nd Place -- Connell High School, Lizbeth Aguilar

Impromptu Speaking
1st Place -- Selah High School, Garrhett Petrea
2nd Place -- Tekoa High School, Melissa Groom

Speak Out for FCCLA
1st Place -- Selah High School, Zach Briggs

Toys that Teach
1st Place -- Bonney Lake High School, Hailey Haugen

Knowledge Bowl Qualifiers

The Knowledge Bowl Teams competed and 5 teams will be moving on to compete at the National Leadership Conference in San Antonio, Texas in July including our own Connell High School. 


CONGRATULATIONS to all winners!


For complete details, click here.

For Project Lead the Way Schools

Student Rostering

Why is it important?

Please note that all students must be rostered for the PLTW courses they are taking. Rostering can be performed by the District Delegate/District Administrator, principal, or principal- appointed School Administrator through the myPLTW site. This process is different from last year, as it requires both high school and middle school students to be rostered. Rostering students allows:

  • Students to access the Learning Management System (LMS) 
  • Students to access End of Course (EoC) assessments
  • PLTW to accurately report student-level demographic and performance data to state departments of education
  • PLTW to provide EoC data to colleges and universities in support of preferential admissions and other student opportunities

Instructions on how to roster students can be found at under the "Help" section. Student rostering is a requirement of the PLTW Agreement and is an action that must be performed every school year.

If you need assistance, contact the School Support Team at (877) 335-7589.




TEAMS Competition


Get involved!

PLTW and the Technology Student Association (TSA) have partnered to offer a discount to PLTW schools on the 2014 TEAMS (Tests of Engineering Aptitude, Mathematics, and Science) competition. This exciting, one-day competition increases student knowledge in engineering disciplines and helps students become adept team members in solving complex engineering problems.

PLTW University Affiliates have the opportunity to showcase their campus to highly motivated STEM high school students by becoming a host institution for TEAMS. There is no fee to become a TEAMS host. The event is held on the day of your choosing (between February 10 and March 22) and requires several volunteers to proctor the competition and score results (template provided).

A TEAMS host flyer provides more information on strengthening your engineering applicant pool through participation as a TEAMS host.

For more information, you may view the TEAMS brochure, visit the TEAMS website, or contact Sandy Honour or toll free (888) 860-9010.




myPLTW and LMS Help Resources

Did you know?

Did you know that you can find the following information under the "Help" section on myPLTW?

  • Instructions on how to complete the student rostering process
  • The template to use during the upload process
    • Please note: PLTW students must be rostered before teachers can enroll them into the Learning Management System (LMS) for access. This includes middle school students.
  • Resources describing how to utilize the PLTW LMS, including the LMS webinars
Puget Sound Engineering Council 
The Puget Sound Engineering Council (PSEC) is an organization comprised of the local chapters of national or international engineering and scientific societies in the Puget Sound area. PSEC exists to increase public awareness and appreciation of engineering, science and technology. This information can be very useful for high schools and middle schools (teachers, parents, and students).


The overall goals of PSEC are to:

  • Inform the public on technical matters
  • Advance the interests of the member societies it represents as well as those of the larger engineering and scientific community
  • Reflect the technical concerns of these societies and of this community

Please click here for flyer information. Click here to visit the website.

GRADS Program Will Be Launching Grant

The Graduation, Reality, and Dual-Role Skills (GRADS) program will be launching a grant in iGrants January 2014.


This grant is for schools with current and/or future GRADS programs interested in implementing Early Achievers  into their GRADS childcare centers. This is a

3 1/2 year commitment with up to $30,000 available to fund your project.


If your school has been interested in starting a GRADS program this is a great opportunity to begin. Technical assistance and support will be from the GRADS Program Specialist.


Questions: Please contact Heidi Schultz, OSPI GRADS Program Specialist, (360) 725-0417 or

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 December 2013 AG Ed Update.

Please contact Rebecca Wallace, Agricultural Education Program Supervisor, with any questions or feedback you have at (360) 725-6244 or

Prosser High Program Offers STEM-Based Agriculture Curriculum

Three years ago, Prosser High was the first Washington school to adopt a new approach to ag education steeped in math and science. They have been using Curriculum for Agricultural Science Education (CASE) which provides a high level of educational experiences to students to enhance the rigor and relevance of agriculture, food, and natural resources (AFNR) subject matter. Besides elevating the rigor of AFNR knowledge and skills, CASE provides purposeful enhancement of science, mathematics, and English language understanding.


CASE develops curriculum utilizing science inquiry for lesson foundation and concepts are taught using activity-, project-, and problem-based instructional strategies. In addition to the curriculum aspect of CASE, the project ensures quality teaching by providing extensive professional development for teachers that leads to certification.


Now, most schools with ag programs in the Mid-Columbia are using it, with teachers saying the curriculum meets demand for more academically-qualified workers and better supports overall education.


Ag education is a natural fit with STEM, said Dennis Milliken, the state's STEM education program supervisor, as it has always emphasized career and technical education in combination with scientific and mathematical understanding. "It met the definition of STEM long before STEM had its name."
Click here for the complete article.

Develop a Mobile App Competition

TSA in cooperation with Verizon Foundation, Samsung and MIT Center for Mobile Learning, is  offering a competition for students from any middle or high school (they don't have to be members of TSA). Teams just need a faculty advisor to submit the entry.


To begin, gather a team of 5-7 students who wish to creatively solve a problem in your school or community by developing a mobile app that incorporates STEM principles and content. (Bonus points will be given for apps that address education, healthcare, or energy conservation.) More than one team is permitted from a school Prepare a 3-minute video describing the app and how it will function. Submit an essay that demonstrates the team's understanding of the design process, the app's functionality, and its potential impact or outcome. Submit a form signed by the school's principal or administrator agreeing to the Challenge's rules and use of the prize money.


Eight winning schools will receive a $20,000 cash grant. Plus, the students retain intellectual property rights to the app, which can be brought to the open market. Each student on a winning team gets a Samsung Galaxy tablet and is invited to attend the 2014 National TSA Conference in Washington, D.C. in June to present their app to more than 5,000 attendees.


Register now by December 17.


Click here to learn more about the Innovative App Challenge.

Pierce County Skills Center's New Automotive Technology Program
Professionalism, critical thinking and problem solving skills, and the ability to use computers and learn new technology are all part of the new yearlong automotive technology program that launched in September.
Katie Davis, pictured, is an eighteen-year old getting hands-on experience in the auto industry through Piecrce County Skills Center's new automotive technology program.

Constant changes in the industry have created a need for more technicians, particularly those who are more specialized - and the demand is growing.

The number of auto service technician jobs in Washington is expected to grow by two percent between 2010 and 2020, according to Clover Park Technical College, which offers several programs in the field. The number of engine and machine assembly jobs in the state is predicted to grow by 29 percent in that same timeframe.

For more information click here to read the full article.
WIN Scholarship Program for Collision Repair/Refinishing Students

The Women's Industry Network (WIN) offers scholarships that will provide tuition assistance as well as educational opportunities and enrichment events to qualified applicants. The College Student Tuition and Conference Scholarship Award is presented to students (male or female) enrolled in a postsecondary/college collision repair/refinishing technology program. Each scholarship recipient will receive a $1,000 scholarship to continue their postsecondary education in collision repair, a one-year WIN membership, plus the registration fee and travel expenses to attend the 2014 Education Conference.


The High School Tuition Scholarship Award is presented to students (male or female) enrolled in a secondary collision repair/refinishing technology program who plan to continue their studies at a technical school or college.


Each scholarship winner will receive a $1,000 scholarship to continue their postsecondary education in collision repair and a one-year WIN membership.


The deadline for applications is January 15, 2014.


Click here for scholarship requirement details and submission instructions, then select Scholarships.

SkillsUSA National Conference Pin and T-Shirt Contest 
February 1, 2014 is the deadline for entries to the SkillsUSA National Conference Pin and T-Shirt competitions. This event is open to all paid student members of SkillsUSA. This is a great way to have a student and advisor from your state recognized in front of a national audience.
A plaque for the teacher and student, plus a school grant to the advisor of the winning student will be announced at a later date. Rules are in the membership kit and posted here on the SkillsUSA website.


Questions may be directed to Heidi Walsh at (703) 737-0615 or by email to

National Youth Safety Video Contest Reminder

The winning students will receive a SkillsUSA Prize Pack as well as a scholarship up to $2,500 and the winning school will receive a prize up to $5,000. For more information on the contest, please visit

CareerSafeŽ website at


CareerSafeŽ, Safety Education for America's Future™, is sponsoring the 2013-2014 National Youth Safety Video Contest. Students across the country are challenged to create a two-minute video demonstrating safety in the workplace. The contest kicked off on October 15, and all submissions should be sent into CareerSafe by March 1, 2014.


STEM Skills Innovation, Competition and Showcase
Two Centers of Excellence have joined forces to launch a two-part statewide competition with the high school programs in Washington State.
First, teams of 3 to 5 students, their program instructor and the program's industry partners will submit a project description to show your use of STEM skills to design an innovative, renewable/sustainable STEM demonstration project in either Aerospace and Advanced Manufacturing or Construction.
Three of the teams from each area will be invited to make a presentation on their project at the STEM Innovation Competition and Showcase in the Spring of 2014.
Contact Kairie Pierce ( for an application or for more information. Applications due on Friday, December 6, 2013.
Experience LabSim IT Courseware

Get students trained, certified and employed. Click here to get more information on comprehensive IT training tools and up-to-date content.

Professional Development Survey Help 
A graduate assistant who has developed a survey instrument would like to solicit instructors from automotive, welding, machine tool, construction, manufacturing, drafting and information Tech who would be willing to spend 10-15 minutes taking an online survey.


If you are interested in helping please contact Dale Moon at

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. 
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 at or

Get involved with SkillsUSA!

SkillsUSA President's Volunteer Service Award

Because SkillsUSA is a certifying organization of the President's Volunteer ServiceAward, advisors, student members and registered alumni can earn recognition for community service activities and time spent as a volunteer.

This award is a presidential honor that recognizes the valuable contributions of volunteers nationwide who are answering a national call to serve others through their current volunteer activities or lifetime service. As a certifying organization, SkillsUSA can identify eligible recipients, verify their service hours and distribute the award to outstanding volunteers.


Given participation in ongoing service activities, advisors and students may already meet the requirements to receive the award. To qualify, SkillsUSA members, advisors or alumni can submit a record of their service hours. State directors are also encouraged to document service hours and apply for the award.

For details on qualifying hours and requirements for submission, click here. 
Applications must be received (not postmarked) by April 1, 2014.
SkillsUSA Scholarship Opportunities

There are several scholarships opportunities available for students on the SkillsUSA website. Please share the information.


National Technical Honor Society - Deadline is April 1, 2014


Sharon Melton Meyers Memorial Scholarship - Deadline is April 30, 2014


SkillsUSA Alumni Merit Scholarship - Deadline is May 1, 2014

SkillsUSA Projects Update 

As you are aware, the Technical Standards are valid for two years. These Standards are the result of many hours of work from a collaboration of industry partners, subject matter experts and SkillsUSA staff who worked diligently to create a user-friendly product. The current Standards provide our chapters and students with an up-to-date official competition guide for both the 2013 and 2014 SkillsUSA Championships. After the Technical Standards are published every two years, we post changes/updates to the contests on our website on the "Contest Updates" page. If a posting appears on the updates page, it supersedes the Technical Standards as written.


If you have the 2013-2014 Technical Standards, it may also be helpful for student training to order a 2013 Contest Project (Stock Number 68) as a single CD for $9.95 ea. Not all contests projects are available. Go to for a list of contests that have projects available for sale.


The 2013-2014 Technical Standards do not include the score sheets since they change year to year. They are available at no charge by going to:


Washington State FBLA Job Announcement 
Washington Future Business Leaders of America (WAFBLA) is seeking an Executive Director to lead the organization in developing long-term business-to-education collaborative opportunities for high school-age students around the state.

The WAFBLA Board of Directors is looking for an individual who has leadership experience in business, non-profit and/or educational settings. The Executive Director works closely with the Board of Directors to set a strategic vision for WAFBLA and implement programs which will drive new sources of revenues to the organization, create new opportunities for students and support the youth of our state in becoming our state's future leaders.


The Executive Director must be able to lead operational staff, interact with leaders in business and in education and model true leadership for the student offi cers of the organization. Compensation is competitive with opportunities for individual incentives for goal achievement. Preferred candidates will have executive level management experience, including demonstrated ability to work with Boards, Councils and Committees to achieve long-term goals. Budget development and implementation is also preferred.


Beyond compensation, the successful candidate will have the opportunity to:

1) Work with and be motivated by Washington State's brightest high school students;

2) Help motivate and positively shape the youth of today to be tomorrow's future leaders;

3) Help ensure the future success of America's businesses;

4) Work in partnership with business leaders and education professionals to positively impact and shape the future of our society;

5) Lead an 'entire organization' in becoming a leader in creating effective education-business collaborations and partnerships.


Click here for the job descripion. 


For consideration, please email a cover letter, resume, and reference page listing three references to by December 23, 2013. We will be conducting in-person interviws early 2014.

FBLA Activities 


FBLA activities for the months of December and January are listed below.





Due To


Non-stop November Membership Involvement Deadline

National FBLA Office


Dues deadline to receive winter publications

National FBLA Office

Enter at any time

BAA Registration & Entry Forms

National FBLA Office

Enter at any time

"Eco Chapter" Go Green Project

National FBLA Office

Enter at any time

Membership dues

National FBLA Office



Due To


Spring Stock Market Game Begins

National FBLA Office


Action Awareness Starts

National FBLA Office


March of Dimes Grant Application Deadline

National FBLA Office


Executive Committee Meeting, Seattle



Southwest Region Winter Conference - Kalama High School

Southwest Region

Enter at any time

BAA Registration & Entry Forms

National FBLA Office

Enter at any time

"Eco Chapter" Go Green Project

National FBLA Office

Enter at any time

Membership dues

National FBLA Office

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.
Save the Date | WA-ACTE Summer Conference
Please save the date for the WA-ACTE Summer Conference.
Dates:  August 3-6, 2014
Place:  Yakima Convention Center
For additional information, contact Franciene Chrisman at (360) 786-9286
Click here for WA-ACTE website.
DECA Conferences 
DECA prepares emerging leaders and entrepreneurs in marketing, finance, hospitality and management in high schools and colleges around the globe.
DECA conferences are targeted, highly-focused learning experiences for students and advisors. DECA conferences bring our members into the larger DECA community while providing unique opportunities to extend classroom learning. Each of DECA's conferences connects with corporate professionals to engage students in learning industry-related trends and content.


These conferences focus on leadership development and college and career preparation through a variety of engaging workshops and speakers.



These conferences each feature highly specialized content that aligns with specific career pathways and courses, providing an excellent opportunity to connect classroom instruction to the conferences.

Click here for the Washington DECA website. Click here for the National DECA website. 

HOSA Affiliation
HOSA membership continues to grow and the affiliation process is online and it is easy! All chapters affiliate through the HOSA web site at
The step by step affiliation instructions are below.
  1. The first step in using the internet affiliation system is to call your HOSA State AdvisorDr. Susan Longstreth at (360) 386-9566 or email or contact your HOSA State Supervisor Marianna Goheen, Health Sciences Program Supervisor, at (360) 725-6257 or email  You may also call National HOSA Headquarters to request the password for access to the affiliation system. If you used the internet to affiliate last year, your password will be the same this year.
  2. With your chapter's password and national charter number, go to the following link and enter your charter number and password in the Local Chapter Advisor blanks Affiliate.
  3. After successfully logging in, you should reach the main menu. To access instructions for online affiliation, please click on the first link in the main menu. It is recommended that you review the instructions if you are unfamiliar with the online affiliation system.

2013-2014 Chapter Affiliation Fees by State

Click here to view the document.  

Call (800) 321-4672 if you have any questions.

Washington Health Information Industry-Education Council 
The Health Care Authority convenes and facilitates the Washington Health Information Industry-Education Council (WHIIEC). WHIIEC is a forum for representatives of employers and Health Information Technology education/training programs to align educational opportunities with Health Information Technology staffing needs of health care providers, public health agencies, insurers and other employers and provide meaningful career opportunities for graduates.
WHIIEC is pleased to announce the launch of a tool you may be able to use when advising students about future career choices and education to get them there.
This online tool is the updated and revised Health Information Technology Educational Resource Inventory. It is searchable, sortable by column heading, and downloadable in Excel format. You and your students can access it directly from any online connection and it is free!
Click here to view the flyer.  Click here for the Health Care Authority website.
National Consortium for Health Science Education (NCHSE)

NCHSE is the lead organization for the health science career cluster.  There are advantages to becoming a member.

  • Valuable networks and mutual stakeholders
  • Reduced pricing on instructional materials and assessment
  • Industry partnership guidelines
  • Informed interpretations of healthcare and education reform trends
  • Research on critical healthcare workforce issues
  • Involvement in field-test opportunities with grants and projects
  • Access to Instructional Supplements

NCHSE collaboratively defines and advances the framework of health science education.



The mission of NCHSE is to provide leadership and professional development for Health Science Education through collaboration among education, healthcare industry, policy makers and professional organizations.



  • Networking and Collaboration
  • Career Development
  • Health Science Framework
  • Standards for Quality
  • Education for Future Healthcare Professionals  
Click here to view the website. Click here to find out more about becoming a member.
The Washington State Board of Education 
The State Board of Education's (SBE) has launched a new webpage with information about the SBE's role (per SB 5491) in setting goals for statewide indicators of education system health. The site ( describes the legislation, lists the indicators, includes a video, and asks for feedback.


Please take a few minutes to review the site, watch the video, and send your comments, concerns and questions regarding the indicators and goals to email:


Thank you.

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

CTE Learning that Works Logo
The Latest News in CTE
Mandated Education Requirements | Applied Math Council Workshops
Childcare Basics Training
Clock Hour Requests
Microsoft IT Academy Program Renewed
Microsoft IT Academy Webinar Series
Computer Science Education Week
Washington Financial Literacy Challenge
School of the Future Design Competition
FCCLA National Cluster Award Winners
PLTW State Conferences
Puget Sound Engineering Council
GRADS Mini-Grants Awarded
Agricultural Education
Prosser High Program Offers STEM-Based Agriculture Curriculum
Develop a Mobile App Competition
Pierce County Skills Center's New Automotive Technology Program
WIN Scholarship Program for Collision Repair/Refinishing Students
National Conference Pin and T-Shirt Contest
National Youth Safety Video Contest Reminder
STEM Skills Innovation, Competition and Showcase
Experience LabSim IT Courseware
Professional Development Survey Help
SkillsUSA National Leadership and Skills Conference
SkillsUSA Regional Advisor's Fall Meeting
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