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CAREER TECH EXPO 2013 WRAP-UP

Hello and welcome back to kenbaxter.com!  I am Ken Baxter and today is Monday, December 9th, 2013.  This is a beautiful, sunny, though somewhat chilly, Monday morning in Las Vegas, Nevada.  We’ve had quite a cold snap here in Las Vegas the last couple of weeks; it’s been in the 30’s and 40’s as of late, but that hasn’t stopped me from taking my morning swim!  Exercise keeps you more than in shape, it also keeps you motivated to do your very best every day, dear readers, so know that what you put into your workout you will get out of it tenfold!

Speaking of exercise, we had quite a workout breaking down our booth last Friday evening at the Association for Career and Technical Education Career Tech Expo event we attended!  As you may remember from my previous blog from Thursday, December 5th, Made in America and Ken & Linda Baxter Family Foundation exhibited at this event to showcase our mission to support and strengthen the return and retention of American jobs in the manufacturing sector.  We showcased two of our initiatives, Teach the Teachers Manufacturing and Students in Manufacturing, which were particularly relevant to this event because the Career Tech Expo’s main focus was to promote manufacturing and technical education development for both teachers and students.

ACTE hosted around five hundred different exhibitors and close to six thousand attendees, so upon arriving, we quickly grasped the scope of this event and marveled at all the amazing displays, presentations, and workshops available to the attendees.  We discovered a lot of really interesting information over the two day Career Tech Expo.  One of the most important things we learned is the fact that so many educators, administrators, superintendents, and teachers need help securing mentors for their students!  Students need motivation, direction, and goals in order to succeed – what better way to provide that than through mentorship!  We are in the process of working on an expansion to help cater to the needs of more students and teachers, securing mentorships and paid internships for students, and technical supplies and training programs, but we also need funding to work toward that goal and continue doing good works for the technical and manufacturing community.  We are working very hard to help as many people as possible, but we need your help too!

If you, or someone you know, are as passionate as we are about bringing American jobs and American made goods and services back to America, please check out our website – http://www.mianv.org/.  Also, please keep in mind that with only a 5% increase in domestic spending, over 2 million jobs would be created for American citizens – let’s all continue to buy American!

It’s been a pleasure to chat with you, Ken Baxter, Las Vegas, NV

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