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Co-authors: Kayla Harper and Jason Sievert

Albuquerque students at the SkillsUSA Leadership training
Albuquerque students at the SkillsUSA Leadership training enjoying lunch at the conference.

SkillsUSA Promotes Occupational and Leadership Skills Through Competition and Community Service Projects

SkillsUSA empowers its members to become world-class workers, leaders, and responsible American citizens. It improves the quality of America’s skilled workforce through a structured program of citizenship, leadership, employability, technical and professional skills training.

SkillsUSA programs include local, state, and national competitions in which students demonstrate occupational and leadership skills. At the annual national-level SkillsUSA Championships, more than 6,000 students compete in 100 occupational and leadership skill areas. SkillsUSA programs also help to establish industry standards for job skill training in the lab and classroom as well as promoting community service.

Albuquerque ITC just finishing up the first community service project down in Ruidoso, New Mexico
Albuquerque ITC just finishing up the first community service project down in Ruidoso, New Mexico

SkillsUSA IntelliTec Albuquerque Chapter Performs Community Service Project in Ruidoso, New Mexico

At IntelliTec College Albuquerque campus our students have just finished the steps necessary to receive their Chapter charter. In late October 2016, the chapter officers attended a state led leadership conference which aided in building their knowledge and growing their skills as professionals. The officer team returned from their conference and took the knowledge they had learned into their next meeting.

The result was the establishment of their first community service project, a perfect opportunity to use the student’s leadership skills to serve the community and practice their technical skills repairing vehicles. The project was in Ruidoso, New Mexico where a small camp had a dozen or so automotive related projects that desperately needed completion. Albuquerque ITC answered the call and was able to accomplish almost every task at hand. They were so efficient they also had time to relax a bit.

Many projects were completed including:

  • installing a new muffler and tailpipe on a JCB 214 Backhoe, diagnosing a bad alternator, and fixing the wiring.
  • Students repaired a draw on the battery on one vehicle and a repaired another that was overheating.
  • Another vehicle had the fuel pump replaced and two others were diagnosed with bad cam sensors and repaired.

Overall we put in 108 man hours and saved the camp over $4000. They were immensely grateful for the student’s effort and indicated they would love to have them back anytime. The students were very professional and all had a great time.

Future Plans for SkillsUSA IntelliTec Albuquerque Chapter

In the upcoming months, our students will prepare themselves for the New Mexico State Leadership and Skills Competition, a test of each students’ level of knowledge in their field of study. Wherever they place, they will build greatly needed skills to succeed as students and professionals and force their competitors to perform at their best. The goal is to win Gold at the state level and move on to the National level.

There is much more to come from the SkillsUSA IntelliTec Albuquerque chapter. Through the next few months and years to come I expect this organization to celebrate the opportunities and challenges that may arise. We will see many triumphs and some failures, but ultimately we will learn from both.

More About SkillsUSA

SkillsUSA is a partnership of students, teachers and industry representatives working together to ensure America has a skilled workforce and helping each individual student to excel. The organization focuses on serving teachers and high school and college students who are preparing for careers in technical, skilled and service occupations, including health occupations and for further education. More than 300,000 students and advisors join SkillsUSA annually, organized into more than 18,000 sections and 52 state and territorial association and SkillsUSA has served more than 12.2 million members since its founding in 1965.

About IntelliTec College in Albuquerque

IntelliTec College in Albuquerque, NM offers hands-on career training for automotive technicians. This program awards an associate of occupational studies degree that is designed to be completed in 18 months. IntelliTec provides a supportive learning environment with small classes sizes and caring instructors. Learn how you can improve your life with a meaningful career by requesting information at www.IntelliTec.edu or calling 505-508-5225.  IntelliTec College is accredited by the Accrediting Commission of Career Schools and Colleges.

IntelliTec College Donates to Boys and Girls Cubs of Pueblo County
IntelliTec College Donates to Boys and Girls Cubs of Pueblo County with Funds from 2016 Car Expo.

IntelliTec College Donates Funds from Annual Car Expo and Pin-Up Contest to Two Pueblo Community Charities

Press Release – For Immediate Release

Pueblo, CO – This year’s 2016 Auto Show at IntelliTec College of Pueblo raised $2550 for two deserving charities: Posada of Pueblo and the Boys & Girls Clubs of Pueblo County. This annual fundraising event continues to emphasize the importance of community partnerships and the need for funds for deserving charities, while bringing attention to organizations that do so much for the community.

Anne Stattelman, Executive Director for Posada of Pueblo is grateful for the relationship.

“IntelliTec becomes part of our organization via its advocacy during fundraisers such as this. They help to spread the word about what we do, and that’s always beneficial.”

IntelliTec College Donates to Posada of Pueblo
IntelliTec College Donates to Posada of Pueblo with Funds from 2016 Car Show.

Automotive Technology Students Generate the “Fun” in Fundraising

According to Campus Director Dave Scott, IntelliTec College of Pueblo  instills in its students the value of giving back to its community, and giving support to worthy local charities such as Posada and the Boys and Girls Clubs is just one example.

“This is a fun and exciting event for the entire Pueblo campus, but it’s clear the automotive students are some of the most excited. Those who display their vehicles take great pride in them,” recognizes Scott.

Planning and Preparation Pave the Way for a Successful Auto Show

Jason Ontiveros, Automotive Technician Program Supervisor at Pueblo’s campus, who has helped organize this fundraiser for a number of years, denotes,

IntelliTec College of Pueblo Pin-Up Contest at 2016 Car Expo Fundraiser
IntelliTec College of Pueblo Pin-Up Contest at 2016 Car Expo Fundraiser.

“There were 51 cars with all types of makes and models from a 1931 Ford to a 2014 Dodge. IntelliTec’s Student Ambassadors served refreshments, and Victory Outreach of Pueblo provided games such as a bounce house and a dunk tank.”

Months before the date approaches, staff and students begin the preparations for the auto show. The event entails a tremendous amount of planning and organization, but it is also fun and rewarding. Scott notes volunteers arrive at the break of dawn to set up, and they do not leave until “every last water bottle is picked up.”

Pin-Ups and Classic Cars Create a Timeless Pair at Annual Event

For the second year, the College’s Automotive Technician program introduced additional fun and fashion with a 50’s themed pin-up contest where ten young ladies competed for 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place prizes.

Winners took home gift baskets filled with a variety of Matrix beauty supply products and gift cards. Contestants were judged based upon their execution of hairstyles, outfits, and overall presentation of the 50’s pin-up style. Students at IntelliTec College of Pueblo’s Cosmetology program were on hand to style with hair and makeup for the models of the contest.

Pin-Up Contest Contestants at IntelliTec College of Pueblo's 2016 Car Expo Fundraiser.
Pin-Up Contest Contestants at IntelliTec College of Pueblo’s 2016 Car Expo Fundraiser.

Contestants posed for a photo shoot with several of the cars on display, and the car owners were thrilled to have their vehicles photographed with the fashionable 50’s pin-up ladies. “The contest is done very tastefully and everyone has a great time with it. Hot cars and pretty girls have always gone together in the automotive world. We take great strides to ensure it is all part of the family-oriented fun of the event,” says Scott.

About IntelliTec College of Pueblo

IntelliTec College of Pueblo, CO offers hands-on career training in the technical trades, cosmetology, allied healthcare, and massage therapy fields. These programs award either associate degrees or certificates and are designed to be completed in as little as 18 months or less. IntelliTec provides a supportive learning environment with small classes sizes and caring instructors. Learn how you can improve your life with a meaningful career by requesting information at www.IntelliTec.edu or calling 719-542-3181.

Contacts:

Jason Ontiveros
Automotive Program Supervisor
IntelliTec College of Pueblo
jontiveros@intellitec.edu
(719) 542-3181

Dave Scott
Campus Director
IntelliTec College of Pueblo
dscott@intellitec.edu
(719) 542-3181

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The GED certificate proves that the holder has educational skills that are similar to those of a high school graduate.
The GED certificate proves that the holder has educational skills that are similar to those of a high school graduate. (Image Credit: © dolgachov – 123RF.com)

If you do not have a high school diploma, one option for you is to get your GED certificate. GED training holds the key to a better future, for instance:

  • Getting your GED certificate will open doors to jobs.
  • If you want to go to college, you must have a high school diploma or a GED certificate to get in.
  • If your GED scores are good, you also may be able to apply for scholarships and other sources of money to help pay for college classes or trade school training.

Top 5 Reasons Why You Should Get Your GED Certificate Now

Getting your GED will help you for your entire life. It may help others, too.

Here are five powerful reasons to get your GED now:

  1. The job market has changed. In today’s world, most employers will not hire anyone who does not have either a high school diploma or a GED.
  2. A GED can make a big difference in future earnings. For example, a study by the National Center for Education Statistics revealed a difference of more than $6,800 per year in average earnings between non-graduates and persons who held either a high school diploma or a GED. This study included annual earnings from 2000 through 2013 and covered full-time workers ages 25-34. The total difference for those 13 years of earnings comes to $88,400.
  3. The more you learn, the more you can learn. The skills you gain in studying for your GED make it possible for you to be successful in other studies. Your self-confidence grows. You become aware that you have the ability to set career goals and figure out steps to reach those goals.
  4. Getting your GED helps you meet requirements to go to college or join a branch of the armed forces. Although military career opportunities are limited when you have only a GED, the GED makes it possible for you to take college or trade courses that expand your choices.
  5. You set an example for others to follow. Family members who are still in school see that education is important. Your determination to make your life better influences others who are struggling. The ripple effect of your efforts can have far-reaching results, doing much good.
How long will it take you to earn your GED? You might be able to earn your GED in less than three months. Read our suggestions on how to study for the GED.
How long will it take you to earn your GED? You might be able to earn your GED in less than three months. Read our suggestions on how to study for the GED. (Image Credit: 123RF.com)

What Is the GED?

“GED” stands for general educational development. “GED” also refers to the certificate that you earn by passing certain tests. Each state oversees testing in that state and determines the test sites. The GED certificate proves that the holder has educational skills that are similar to those of a high school graduate.

You will be tested in these four subjects:

  • Math
  • Science
  • Social Studies
  • Reasoning through Language Arts (RLA)

Who can take the GED Test?

  • Anyone who is not attending high school and is age 17 or older may register to take the GED tests.
  • Sometimes, the age restriction is lowered to 16.
  • Certain students who are enrolled in school also may be able to test.
Do you have what it takes to get your GED? GED study materials and the testing program itself are designed to help you succeed.
Do you have what it takes to get your GED? GED study materials and the testing program itself are designed to help you succeed. (Image Credit: © dolgachov – 123RF.com)

How Hard Is It To Get Your GED?

Among other questions, you probably wonder whether you have what it takes to earn your GED. Because you dropped out of high school, you may doubt your abilities. People become high school dropouts for many reasons.

  • Perhaps you left school to help your family.
  • Perhaps you got in with the wrong crowd or quit because you didn’t like the classroom environment.

No matter why you dropped out of school, you know more now than you did then.

  • You learned a little about how education helps grown-ups make good lives for themselves and their families.
  • This knowledge will motivate you to do well in your efforts to earn your GED.
  • Also, the study materials and the testing program itself are designed to help you succeed.
Getting your GED will help you - and those who depend on you - for your entire life.
Getting your GED will help you – and those who depend on you – for your entire life. (Image Credit: Bigstock.com)

How Long Does It Take to Get Your GED?

You might be able to earn your GED in less than three months. How long it takes to get your GED depends on what skills you already have. It also depends on the number of hours you study each week.

Take practice tests to find out what you know and what you don’t. Then, study only what you need to learn.

Each of the four content areas is tested and scored separately. If you do not pass one test, you only need to retake that test, not all four. Some states allow you to retake a test as many as eight times in one year.

National statistics for July 2014 through June 2015 showed that:

  • 77 percent of all GED tests taken received passing scores.
  • The pass rate for the GED test in New Mexico was 74 percent.
  • The Colorado GED test pass rate was 88 percent.
Getting your GED does not need to be expensive. Here are a few pointers. The GED testing fees vary from state to state. Read here for our tips.
Getting your GED does not need to be expensive. Here are a few pointers. The GED testing fees vary from state to state. Read here for our tips. (Image Credit: © pogonici – 123RF.com)

How Much Does It Cost to Get Your GED?

Getting your GED does not need to be expensive. Here are a few pointers:

  • Testing fees vary from state to state. The average fee for taking the complete battery of all four tests is $120. Contact the GED Testing Administrator in your state to find out the exact cost for you to take the GED Test.
  • You do not need to schedule and pay for all four tests at the same time.
  • Free study materials are available at your local library.
  • Tutorials and practice tests are available at no cost through the GED Testing Service web site.
  • If you need to take classes or work with a tutor in order to succeed, costs may be a bit higher. Earning your GED, however, will make the results well worth the costs.
You must appear in person in order to take the GED test. You will use a computer to take your tests, but you cannot test online instead of at an approved testing site.
You must appear in person in order to take the GED test. You will use a computer to take your tests, but you cannot test online instead of at an approved testing site. (Image Credit: © georgejmclittle – 123RF.com)

Can You Take The GED Online?

However, if you see an ad stating that you can take the actual GED tests online, run!

  • Legitimate testing takes place only at state-approved locations.
  • You must appear in person in order to test.
  • You will use a computer to take your tests, but you cannot test online instead of at an approved testing site.
How long does it take to get your GED? If you follow certain steps, you will have your GED faster than you thought possible.
How long does it take to get your GED? If you follow certain steps, you will have your GED faster than you thought possible. (Image Credit: © PaylessImages – 123RF.com)

Learn the 5 Quickest Steps to Getting Your GED

If you follow certain steps, you will have your GED faster than you thought possible.

  1. Choose a state-approved location that provides GED testing. Ask your local librarian, or Check out GED Testing Service’s information page.
  2. Decide how to study for the GED. The best method will depend on your learning style. Sign up for help if needed.
  3. Obtain study materials and schedule time to study without interruptions.
  4. Take practice tests, then brush up on weak areas.
  5. Register for and take the tests. If needed, retake tests until you have passed each and are satisfied with the scores.

Various IntelliTec College campuses in Colorado provide GED training classes or GED testing.

At the time this blog was written:

Click here for more information: IntelliTec College GED Classes & Testing: Get Your GED

Additional Resources

  • U.S. Department of Labor Bureau of Labor Statistics: Education Matters
    http://www.bls.gov/careeroutlook/2016/data-on-display/education-matters.htm
  • Pew Research Center: The Rising Cost of Not Going to College
    http://www.pewsocialtrends.org/2014/02/11/the-rising-cost-of-not-going-to-college/
  • Colorado Department of Education: GED Participation and Outcomes FY 2014-15 Report http://www.cde.state.co.us/postsecondary/geddatafy1415
  • New Mexico Public Education Department: GED Home
    http://ped.state.nm.us/ped/GED_index.html

Sources Used

  • National Center for Education Statistics: Fast Facts – Income of Young Adults
    https://nces.ed.gov/fastfacts/display.asp?id=77
  • GED Testing Service: Protect Yourself From Fraud
    http://www.gedtestingservice.com/testers/test-fraud
  • GED Testing Service: There’s Never Been a Better Time to Test
    http://www.GED.com
  • IntelliTec Colleges: Get Your GED
    https://www.intelliteccollege.com/community/ged-classes-testing.php
  • IntelliTec Colleges Blog: IntelliTec College Offers Improved Online GED Testing to Grand Junction
    https://www.intelliteccollege.com/blog/3429/intellitec-college-offers-improved-online-ged-testing-to-grand-junction/