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15th Annual College and Career Expo Approaching!

College & Career Expo 2011 Logo

Since its inception in 1996, Skillpoint Alliance’s College and Career Expo has grown to serve over 3,000 high school juniors  and seniors. Participating students have the opportunity to meet with industry professionals and college recruiters, and they are provided with many resources needed to prepare themselves for career and college readiness.The 2011 College and Career Expo will be Thursday, October 6, 2011, from 9am-1pm at the Palmer Events Center. Mark your calendars!

Students interested in attending college will receive information about college applications, financial aid, and attendance, and a special focus is given to low-income/first generation students. By providing them with resources and information, educators at the College and Career expo give students a boost in college preparations, and get them on the right track to beginning a productive career in the Austin area.

Students also have the opportunity to visit with employers and industry professionals, who serve as career role models by showcasing businesses and services and guiding the interests of student attendees to help them decide on potential career paths they want to take. Industry, government, education, and non-profit representatives are invited to help students explore potential Central Texas career prospects that match their strengths and interests. By starting students on their career paths early, Skillpoint Alliance helps ensure a trained, skilled workforce for the Central Texas businesses of the future.

Sponsors
Skillpoint is excited to be hosting the 15th annual College and Career Expo, and we are still looking for sponsors! Sponsors can sign up by visiting our website, and more information can be found here. We’d also like to thank our primary sponsor, The Greater Austin Chamber of Commerce, for their continued support of the College and Career Expo. Whether you are a student, educator, or employer, we hope to see you at the Palmer Events Center on October 6, where you can help us build a better Austin workforce.

Partner Post: Girlstart to Graduate First Project IT Girl class!

prject-it-girl1Girlstart, an Austin non-profit founded in 1997 to empower girls to excel in math, science, and technology, is proud to announce the first Project IT Girl graduation on May 22 from 6 to 9 pm at Austin City Hall.

Project IT Girl is an exclusive program for 60 high school girls throughout Austin, Texas to learn how to change the world through the use of Information Technology! Program participants apply technology to global topics they are passionate about to educate and persuade their peers.

Girlstart has enrolled 60 high school girls for this three year program. Participants remain in the program from their sophomore year of high school through their high school graduation in 2009. All participants are required to attend 120 hours of Girlstart meetings each year for three years and complete evaluation activities. Program meetings are held at Austin Community College campuses and the Girlstart Tech Center.

Year One: Project IT Girl participants created public service announcements to educate their peers about global issues such as “Animal Welfare”, “Teen Suicide, and “AIDS/HIV Awareness.”

Year Two: Project IT Girl participants created educational games using Python to be submitted to the One Laptop per Child for possible distribution to schools around the world!

Year Three: Project IT Girl participants will learn critical leadership skills, serve their community, and prepare for college all while using HTML and CSS to create personal online portfolios showcasing their academic and professional accomplishments. The IT Girls will also participate in a semester-long technology internship, gaining valuable hands-on experience to add to their resumes.

The girls will present their final projects to C3 Presents and Motorola at 6 pm and will graduate at 7:30. The ceremony will be followed by an hors d’oeuvres reception.

To RSVP for this event, please email first and last name to rsvp@girlstart.org with “May 22, 2009” in the subject line.

Parking for this event is free. The entrance to the garage is on Lavaca Street on the east side of City Hall. Upon entering the garage, look for signs directing you to the “public” parking area. Take your parking ticket inside to be validated.

Partner Post: Diversity Conference

The Annual Diversity Conference hosted by Pflugerville ISD and the University of Texas at Austin invites you to participate in this free community event on Thursday, August 6, 2009 from 8:30 to 4 pm at Connally High School.


We will have many voices presenting at our conference including parents, students, professors, graduate students, teachers, educational experts from local museums, and representatives from various religions in an effort to help us deepen our understanding of our differences so that we may celebrate our similarities.

  

To RSVP:

 

  • Pflugerville teachers, K-12, need to register on Cornerstones
  • Community members, teachers and administrators from other districts, and all others who would like to attend should RSVP to one of the following PISD Diversity Steering Committee chairs by July 15, 2009:

Sincerely,

 

Holly Ingram, Coordinator

Guidance & Counseling Services

1401 W. Pecan Street

Pflugerville

(w) 512-594-0128

 

Resource for Job Seekers

Launch Pad Job Club (LPJC) is a networking, support, and job lead sharing organization that aids and supports jobseekers in their search for The Perfect Job.  A federally recognized nonprofit organization, LPJC presents free weekly meetings that provide job search information, motivation, programs, speakers, networking opportunities, door prizes, bananas, and grins.  Looking for a job is way too scary to do by yourself.  By joining LPJC, you will benefit from the combined resources of other interesting, intelligent, supportive, talented, and good looking professionals as everyone helps each other survive the challenges of the job hunt. 

 

LPJC meets from 10-11:30 a.m. at 1016 La Posada, suite 280, behind the Doubletree Hotel on I-35N.

 

Afternoon meetings will be held in addition to the regular Friday morning meetings on the 1st and 3rd Fridays of every Month.  These meetings will cover the same content as the morning, just at 1:30 pm. 

 

Attending for the first time?  Come at 9:30 a.m. for new member orientation, or if it’s the 1st or 3rd Friday of the month, there is an additional orientation at 1pm in Room #290.

   

Next Meeting – 10:00 am Friday, April 10th. Top Guns at Noon!

Partner Post: The Nobelity Project

Skillpoint wants to pass on this letter from partner organization, The Nobelity Project!

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Dear Friend,

Five continents, 20 countries and 1 broken leg later, The Nobelity Project is very excited to announce the World Premiere of One Peace At A Time on Tuesday, April 14th at the Paramount Theatre in Austin, TX. Please join us in celebration and support of their work at a pre-screening reception and photo exhibit at the Austin Museum of Art. This wonderful event will honor five global heroes featured in the film, including Miracle Foundation founder Caroline Boudreaux.

All proceeds will go towards The Nobelity Project’s education work in the U.S. and abroad. You can support The Nobelity Project and One Peace at a Time in a few different ways:

  • Click here to purchase $25 general admission tickets for the film
  • Donate $250 to The Nobelity Project and you will be able to attend a pre-screening reception at the Austin Museum of Art; have reserved seats at the world premiere of the film; and attend the film’s after-party at Ruth Chris’ steak house
  • Visit The Nobelity Project’s blog for more information about the great work that they do.

Thank you for supporting The Nobelity Project’s work for a more peaceful and sustainable world!

Help Get Students Interested in Engineering!

puff_mobileEngineers Week (EWeek) is an international initiative aimed at helping children discover the world of engineering by sending professionals into the classroom. In Central Texas our ‘Discover Engineering’ school visits begin in February and continue through the end of the school year. 

Classroom visits involve a hands-on activity, discussion about the importance of engineers in society and goodies for students and teachers, they usually occur during the school day and last 1-2 hours depending on the number of classrooms being visited.

Volunteers may choose the school they wish to visit or be assigned based on geographical and grade preferences.  TEEC is happy to arrange a Discover Engineering info and training session (60-90 minute sessions during lunch work well) at your organization to show everyone how easy and fun it is to get involved!  Check out  www.centexeweek.org to learn more about EWeek in Central Texas.

Contact Katie Kizziar, kkizziar@skillpointalliance.org to set up an info session for your organization.

DMC Opens Registration for DMX Competition

The Digital Media Exchange is a regional competition that offers Central Texas high school students a chance to showcase their digital media projects to industry professionals, educators, and community leaders. Student projects are evaluated on product quality and design and presentation skills. Ten projects in each category will be chosen to compete at the DMX Competition on Saturday, May 16th.

At the DMX Competition event, the top three teams in each category receive blue ribbon awards and they and their classrooms receive software and hardware packages to improve their digital production capabilities.
Teams will present their projects to a panel of judges and have 5 minutes to present on the development process.

Beginning in February 2009, students will have about 12 weeks to:
Develop one or more creative technology projects
Create a presentation to deliver to a panel of judges

Rules & Regulations

Students can submit projects in multiple categories, but each team or individual will only be invited to compete in one category.

Video games

Animation

2D Digital Art/Photography

Film

Journalism/Broadcast

Community Service

Team Size

A team must consist of at least 2 students. For video games, teams cannot be larger than 12 students. To be eligible, students must be in 9th-12th grade.

Individuals

Students can ONLY compete as individuals or teams in the Animation, 2D digital art, and Community Service categories.

Individuals who submit their own projects cannot have worked in collaboration during any part of the process.

DMX Important dates:

March 1, 2009
Registration opens
May 1, 2009
Registration closes
All materials must be submitted
May 16, 2009
DMX Competition