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Email firstname.lastname@example.org or call (325) 795-4303.
Videos will be shared on Workforce's social media profiles, website, and through other marketing initiatives. They will also be used for CTE Month (February) and be made available to educators, parents, and students. Submitted videos will be considered the exclusive property of Workforce Solutions of West Central Texas.
Yes, please ensure that video participants have releases filed with the school. The video submission form has a section that addresses the media releases and video rights once submitted. We have also provided our media release form if you would like to use it.
Middle school and high school students within our 19 county region are invited to participate.
Yes, a teacher can sponsor multiple students or groups.
To promote awareness of Texas careers in a student's region and to generate local resources for students, parents, educators, and the general public.
Students from a licensed/accredited school are able to participate. However, they will require a teacher sponsor.
Middle school divisions will include 6th-8th grades and high school divisions will include 9th-12th grades.
Yes; however, each entry must be unique. The same clips, information, pictures, dialog, etc. can not be used in multiple videos.
Yes! Formalized organizations such as Student Council, National Honor Society, FFA, etc. are able to participate. If you're not sure if your group is considered a "school-sponsored" group please feel free to reach out to us with any questions (email@example.com or 325-795-4303).
$15,000 total is being awarded to teachers for their classrooms based on 31 different categories. Prizes will range from $200-$2,500.
A video can only win (1) division/class prize (including overall and grand prize). A winning class/division video can win a (or multiple) "Best in Cluster" prize(s). Prizes!
The sponsoring teacher for each of the winning videos will receive the prize money to be used for his/her classroom.
Prize money can be spent at the teacher's discretion on classroom supplies, learning materials, educational resources, etc. A small amount (subject to approval) is eligible to be used for classroom celebrations recognizing the student finalists.
This project is funded by the Texas Workforce Commission through a state-wide initiative (Careers in Texas Industries Week). Workforce offices across the state are promoting Texas careers in a variety of ways.
There are 3 Classes (1A/2A, 3A/4A, & 5A/6A) and 2 Divisions (Middle School and High School) which creates 6 groups. 1st and 2nd place prizes will be awarded for each group. There will also be 2 "Best in Division" prizes awarded, one for middle school and one for high school, along with a Grand Prize which can go to either a middle school or high school student/group. 16 additional awards will be presented to the entry who best represents their career cluster! Prizes!
Receipts or purchase orders will be required to be provided by the teacher for items purchased with the prize money. Documentation should be submitted by December 5th, 2017. A W-9 and Conflict of Interest form will also need to be completed and submitted by the teacher.
The winning videos will be announced on Wednesday, September 27th at our Red Carpet Premiere at The Historic Paramount Theatre (352 Cypress, Abilene 79601) from 10am-12pm. All video participants, schools, employers, judges, parents, and partner organizations are invited to attend. Schools will be notified by September 25th if their videos were selected as finalists.
Any students, teachers, or employers who participated in the video contest are invited to attend the Red Carpet event. We hope all finalists are able to attend!
Videos must be submitted in a .wmv, .mov, .mpg, or .mpeg format.
No, students are encouraged to explore video creation and produce their own videos.
Entries are due by 5PM on Wednesday, September 20th, 2017.
The Careers In Action video contest is part of Careers in Texas Industries Week, a state-wide initiative sponsored by the Texas Workforce Commission running Sept. 25th-30th. The contest deadline is set to ensure video submissions can be judged and finalists notified in time for the Red Carpet event taking place during that week.
Please submit videos through our website. If the file size is larger than 20 MB please contact firstname.lastname@example.org or (325) 795-4303 for alternative submission options.
Local employers, educators, and students will serve as judges.
Videos will be scored based on:
At minimum, videos must include: an introductory title frame, information regarding essential knowledge, skills, and abilities, career pathway information (high school, post-secondary, and employment opportunities), local, regional, and/or state employers, and video credits. Additional content/information can certainly be included! Be creative!
One important part of career exploration is engaging with people in the field. We strongly encourage students to visit with employers/people in the field in order to learn more about the work environment, opportunities for advancement, required knowledge, skills, and abilities, etc. Interviews will earn extra points!
The total time from the start of the introductory title frame to the end of the credits must be between 1-3 minutes. Please include a 3-5 second pause between the end of the title frame and the beginning of your video. Any videos that do not fall within the 1-3 minute timeframe will lose points in the scoring criteria.
The Texas career clusters can be viewed at the provided link.
We have a few listed on our website but feel free to explore additional sites!
The introductory title frame should include: campus name, sponsoring teacher's name, career cluster, and entry name. This information should be provided at the very beginning of the video as it will be used by the judges to identify the entries. The entry name should clearly identify your group, especially if the teacher is sponsoring multiple entries.
We welcome the students' creativity in producing their video and they are welcome to highlight one specific career or cover the cluster broadly.
We know some schools are already at work creating videos related to careers (ex: RUS grant) and welcome schools to use and expand upon their existing content.
Please discuss this with the mass layoff coordinator, who will give you the definite date. This may clear up any question that you might have with regard to column 25 (Claim Week Earnings) on your record that you submit.
If your employees were paid wages instead of giving them advance notice of the layoff, they are not eligible for benefits during the period covered by these wages.
It is suggested that the employer request a starting date that will coincide with his payroll date to simplify the timekeeping procedures.