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Important News and Updates

TAIA News

I know you teachers are busy wrapping up the year.  I just wanted to give you an update of what we have so far.  As always, please contact me if you have any questions. Here are some of the hands on classes that will be there.

  • Hunter: Hunter Engineering will be on board this year. Please go for the training if you are not use how to use your equipment or if you are interested in see what they have to offer.
  • Ford: They usually help us out, but right now we are having schedule conflicts. We will try to get them on board
  • Chrysler:  They will be going over their new V6 diesel engines and their new A/C systems.  They have requested to only have 10 teachers per class due to size of the training center.
  • Small Engines: Julian will be handling the training for small engines.  We thank him for this skill and expertise in this matter.
  • UTI: They will be holding the same classes as last year for those who were not able to attend. However the scheduling has changed so please know what days you want to attend.
  • Lincoln College: Still waiting to hear back
  • Collision: Still working on details for I-Car. If you are a collision teacher with I-Car contacts, please contact me ASAP!
  • Toyota: Still working on confirmation.

Summer conference classes are designed to be smaller classes that are hands on.  The DFW area is ideal for this situation. We have modified the agenda and some off site training will be on Tuesday and Friday.  Please make note of that. 

Personal update:  I have decided that this will be my last year to teach.  I am very thankful for all of the people I have met and supported me.  While I was not looking for any other job, a job opportunity did come knocking at my door and I have decided to take it.  I will be a manager at our local Ford Dealership, Five Start Ford.  The same Ford Dealership that I came from.  I will start in the summer so I will not be attending the summer conference.  However, I will be presiding over the meeting on Monday July 14th to take the vote for your new president and to hand him the briefcase of secrets.  Until then, I will still work to bring you the training that you have requested for TIVA.  I would like to mention a few things for the next meeting.

  • I recommend the president have a 2 year term. This will give them time to learn their new position and make contacts that can help TAIA for training and resources
  • I recommend that the new president is not on the board with any other organization.  This is more of a time management issue.  During conferences it is hard to manage the affairs of TAIA and TIVA at the same time.  Personally, I did not run for re-election when my term was up with TIVA because I wanted to focus more on TAIA.
  • I have refrained from using any money for training, however when we get to cities where training is hard to get, I recommend getting trainers for those conferences.  One example would be Corpus Christi.

Again, I loved my time teaching and being apart of TAIA.  I have met characters that I will not forget, and forged friendships that will last a lifetime.  Maybe I will return to teaching as my life settles down more.  By the way, did I mention I am expecting twins? That is right, around November I will be a father of twins to add to my family of two beautiful girls Phobe (age 4) and Emma (age 2).  I will still be active until my tenure is over and support teachers through my new position. 
Thank you all again and God Bless

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TIVA Conference

We had another great conference.  We also have some updates and more to tell you about.  Please complete the survey so I know what classes to hold for the membership.  Please answer the sections that pertain to you and what you teach only. Here is the survey link: TAIA Survey

 

 

TDL Retreat

We had our annual Transportation, Distribution and Logistics Retreat. Ron Whitman encouraged all teachers to be more involved. Go to: http://www.tea.state.tx.us/index4.aspx?id=2386 and voice your opinion on House Bill 5.  Select the section titled “Proposed Revisions to 19 TAC Chapter 74, Curriculum Requirements, Subchapter B, Graduation Requirements “and send an email using the link for public comment at the bottom of that section.  This is your last chance to say it is a good or bad idea or you think it should be tweaked.  Voice yourself now, I will wait.

TAIA Meeting

The meeting minutes will be posted on the website.  Please review them to know what is going on.  A few notes on the meeting.  The scholarship deadline will be May 31st for the TAIA scholarship.  We are working on having UTI as an all day, for only one day, training on Tuesday of summer conference.

Bill Szelag from Chrysler wants to be more involved with us.  We are working on training for summer conference as well. He went over their CAP program as well.

Conference Training

Holt Cat:

Mitchell LeMasters held a class over emissions and what Caterpillar is doing about it.  Holt Cat also wants to work with teachers in the transportation field to hire your students as interns for possible careers in Holt Cat.  We are in talks to hold training at their training center for summer conference in July.

Toyota:

Dale Frommer held a class about the new valve train technology that Toyota is using as well as information about their transmissions.  We are in talks to hold an electrical class at the Toyota training center for summer conference.

CNG and LNG

George Arrants went over how Compress Natural Gas and Liquid Natural Gas works, its operation in trucks and uses. Great information and lots of questions answered.

Alternative Energy

Skip Saurman talked about alternative energy curriculum and how to use it in your classroom complete with demonstration on the training aid.

 

There were more great classes that were hosted, these are the ones that I attended and took notes on.  We also had training on I-Car, small engine certification, apps for your classroom and more.

I hope to see you all in summer for the Summer Conference in Irving.

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