SkillsUSA Meets DEPCO

SkillsUSA, a nonprofit national education association, encourages, challenges, and prepares students for the workforce through extensive hands-on training and an unforgettable community of likeminded individuals. SkillsUSA trains students—from middle-school to college/postsecondary levels—to ensure readiness in a career in any trade, technical, and skilled service occupation.

SkillsUSA Comes to Wichita, Kansas

Wichita State University hosted the national SkillsUSA competition in Automated Manufacturing Technology. The contest gauged and tested students’ abilities in the necessary skills required in order to be proficient in a future career in integrated manufacturing technology fields of computer aided drafting/design (CAD), computer aided manufacturing (CAM), and computer numerical controlled machining (CNC). The contest utilized equipment from Intelitek, a world-leading developer, producer, and supplier of technology training solutions.

DEPCO & Intelitek

DEPCO proudly distributes Intelitek equipment and values their certifications which allow students to gain knowledge and build crucial skills essential in high-skilled occupations.  

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Celebrate National Donald Duck Day!

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June 9th is annually celebrated as National Donald Duck Day in honor of the beloved Disney character. For anyone unaware of his amusing antics, Donald Duck is a widely-known anthropomorphic duck dressed in a sailor’s shirt, a cap, and a red bow tie. He also has quite the temper. Donald’s foibles and daily struggles created a relatable character that captured the hearts of millions for decades.

Donald Duck sprang forth from Walt Disney’s imagination onto the screen in 1934 with his first appearance in a theatrical short called The Wise Little Hen.

Click here to learn more about the beloved duck!

Spread the love for Donald Duck by using the hashtag #NationalDonaldDuckDay!

From Imagination to Animation

Students get the opportunity to light up the screen with their own creations with DEPCO’s Computer Animation curriculum. Animate means to bring to life, which is exactly what students do in this project-packed curriculum. Students bring objects and characters that they create or import to life using Adobe Animate CC. Along the way, they discover important movement principles, numerous animation techniques, and the functions of animation in today’s society. 

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Happy National VCR Day!

Can you guess this treasured device of the past?

Loading a VHS tape

Today is National VCR Day! It’s a wonderful way for people of all ages to remember the humbling beginnings of a piece of technology that paved the way for other great technological advances.

A videocassette recorder (VCR) is an electromechanical device that people used to record their favorite shows from the television by means of a cassette of magnetic tape widely known as VHS tapes.

Fun facts about a beloved piece of the past

  • The first VCR was introduced to the public in 1956.
  • These devices didn’t become popular until the 1970s when the home video cassette format was launched by Philips.
  • The average price for a VCR was between $1,000-$1,400 in 1975.
  • The Lion King is the best-selling VHS tape of all time with sales reaching 32 million copies.

Reminisce with us by using the hashtag #NationalVCRDay on social media!

Appreciation of the past leads to instant gratification with DEPCO

In DEPCO’s Digital Video Production curriculum, students will not only learn the history of film and extensive uses for camcorders; they get to be fully immersed in hands-on activities and engaging modules that challenges the imagination within budding minds. Students will explore many facets of the film industry including video editing software and film budgets, while showcasing their own talents with the creation of an original children’s story and PSA.

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“What Were the Best-Selling VHS Tapes of All Time?” Video2dvdtransfers, 9 Apr. 2019, Accessed 7 June 2021.

Stay involved in learning this summer!

An on-going global pandemic caused the traditional academic year to end early for most schools across the nation. In response, both parents and educators quickly began navigating the new norm, seeking alternative methods to education. For many, the quick solution was virtual learning.

The start of the academic year this fall still poses many questions, but the more pressing question involves summer camp. What will summer camp look like this year?

States and counties across the US are slowly implementing their own re-opening strategies. Face-to-face summer camps may be possible for some. For others, virtual summer camps will be a safe alternative.

Virtual summer camps offer opportunities to students who might not have been able to attend in previous summers. Virtual also means that you don’t have to stay local anymore!

From tech camps, to STEM, Robotics, or reading camps, the options are virtually limitless!

There are countless virtual summer camps available for students of all ages.

K12 Inc. Summer Camp

This virtual summer camp is geared toward high school students who are interested in careers related to Business and Marketing, Healthcare, or Information Technology. Students can earn partial high school credits through this tuition-free opportunity! Click here to learn more.

Varsity Tutors

Varsity Tutors virtual summer camp is for K-12 learners. This camp offers virtual learning opportunities in a wide variety of subjects brought to you by expert instructors. Click here to learn more.

Happy Memorial Day Weekend!

Although the official first day of summer is still a month away, many view the upcoming holiday, Memorial Day, to be the unofficial start of summer. The air gets warmer, the pools open, and the smell of hamburgers on the grill wafts through neighborhoods across the country.

You don’t have to wait until Memorial Day to start up the grill, though. In fact, the entire month of May has been celebrated as National Hamburger Month since 1993 when the infamous hamburger restaurant, White Castle, founded the holiday.

Teach your students to make the perfect hamburger!

In DEPCO’s Culinary Arts curriculum, students learn how to weigh and measure food, how to properly prepare the food, and then present the food in an interesting way. By using equipment and techniques similar to those used by actual culinary artists, students follow recipes to create simple foods that introduce them to this exciting field. Students also apply weighing and measuring skills, safety and sanitation guidelines, and creativity to the completion of recipes for quesadillas, cookies, soup, and even a basic oil and vinegar dressing. They also prepare the perfect hamburger! Click here to learn more about Culinary Arts.

A Time to Thank Our EMS Professionals

National EMS Week is a tradition dating back to 1974 when President Gerald Ford declared the third full week in May to be recognized as National EMS Week, a time to celebrate American EMS professionals’ dedication to serving their communities.

This year, May 17-23 marks the 46th annual celebration of National EMS Week. The National Association of Emergency Medical Technicians (NAEMT) is dedicating each day during National EMS Week to the following themes:

  • Monday: EMS Education Day
  • Tuesday: Safety Tuesday
  • Wednesday: EMS for Children Day
  • Thursday: Save-A-Life Day (CPR & Stop the Bleed)
  • Friday: EMS Recognition Day

With an ongoing global pandemic, it is important now more than ever to continue to honor our nation’s healthcare workers.

Click here to learn more about how you can celebrate our nation’s EMS practitioners.

Teach First Aid & CPR

DEPCO’s First Aid and CPR curriculum offers students intensive computer-based training and hands-on skill practice in basic first aid and CPR procedures. First Aid and CPR prepares students to effectively deal with emergency scene management and render aid for a wide spectrum of injuries. Students cover infant, child, and adult CPR techniques. Training to treat cardiac emergencies using an automated external defibrillator (AED) ensures that students will be using the most current recommended procedures. Students follow safety guidelines and recommended protocols to provide first aid or CPR in accordance with accepted legal, ethical, and precautionary practices.

Click here to learn more about First Aid and CPR.

Third Annual Dental Care Month

Have you ever wondered how hard it would be to create a nationally recognized holiday? In 2017, Dr. Tim Stirneman and Jim Wojdyla pondered that very question. Turning thought into action, the two set out to create two new holidays: National Dental Care Month and National Smile Day.

Stirneman and Wojdyla began the application process with National Day Calendar, the company responsible for most of the nontraditional holidays we celebrate throughout the year – you know, like how we celebrate Grilled Cheese Day on April 12th.

Their application was accepted, and both National Dental Care Month and National Smile Day were celebrated for the first time in the Spring of 2018.

May 2020 will mark the third celebration of National Dental Care Month, while National Smile Day will be celebrated for the third time on May 31, 2020.

Do more with Dental Practices

In DEPCO’s Dental Practices curriculum, students are guided through many dental diagnostic procedures. Students study dental anatomy and physiology, follow universal precautions employed in the dental field, and implement communication and subjective evaluation techniques while addressing clients. Activities include dental hygiene assessment, plaque assessments, dental radiography, creating dental impressions, and performing dental bacteria cultures. Students also practice dental charting procedures using an industry standard practice management software.

Click here to learn more about the Dental Practices curriculum.

Celebrate photography in May

Since 1987, the month of May has been recognized as National Photography Month.

Why is photography so important?

Many would argue that it is because photography allows us to capture a moment in time and keep it forever. It doesn’t matter if you are preserving the memory of your grandmother on her 100th birthday or simply documenting that Instagram-worthy cheeseburger from your favorite local restaurant. The motive is the same. The photographer believes the moment, the person, the meal, to be worth remembering.

Today, digital photography has given more and more people the ability to capture moments in history, both big and small. Birthday parties, 4th of July celebrations, presidential elections, global pandemics – it can all be captured with the press of a button and saved for future generations to one day look back on.

This May, whether you’re a professional photographer or simply the owner of the latest smartphone, get out there and capture history!

Celebrate Digital Photography in the Classroom and Beyond

Digital cameras allow the photographic process to be fast, functional, and fun. In DEPCO’s Digital Photography curriculum, students take advantage of digital photography properties, such as instant viewing and editing capabilities, to acquire skills necessary to become a photographer in today’s job market. Students explore image enhancement software and are encouraged to apply and practice their newly developed skills by taking many pictures and creatively altering them to fit specific needs.

Click here to learn more about the Digital Photography curriculum.

Discover More about Your Pet’s Needs

This May, take the time to learn more about what you can do for your pet to ensure that they are living their best life.

Since 1981, the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) has sponsored National Pet Week during the first full week of May. National Pet Week is a time dedicated to celebrating pets and promoting responsible pet ownership.

Each day from May 3-9, 2020 is dedicated to a special theme.

  • Sunday: Choose well: Commit for life
  • Monday: Socialize now: New doesn’t have to be scary
  • Tuesday: Nutrition and exercise matter
  • Wednesday: Love your pet? See your vet!
  • Thursday: Travel with care
  • Friday: Emergencies happen: Be prepared
  • Saturday: Plan for their care: Give them a lifetime of love

Click here to learn about each theme.

Expand Your Knowledge of Veterinary Science

Do your students want to learn more about proper care for animals? DEPCO’s Veterinary Science curriculum explores the variety of careers available in the animal health care field. Students discover a wide range of skills and procedures from basic animal care and first aid to surgical procedures, suturing, and CPR. By using realistic trainers, students practice and explore many of the common skills used in the veterinary environment.

Some skills include

  • Proper venipuncture technique
  • Suturing and wound closure
  • Gauze muzzling techniques for both cats and dogs
  • Virtual dissection of a cat and pig for exploration and comparison of mammalian anatomy
  • Canine CPR

Click here to learn more about Veterinary Science.

It’s Teacher Appreciation Week!

It’s hard to think that something positive can come from COVID-19, but it’s also undeniable; we all have a new love and appreciation for our teachers! How fitting is it then that the first full week in May is celebrated as Teacher Appreciation Week?

An otherwise normal academic year came to a halt when teachers were forced to abandon their classrooms in response to the Coronavirus pandemic. For some, this meant summer came early. For others, this meant navigating new challenges in education by providing alternative approaches to learning, such as virtual classrooms, for their students.

It hasn’t been easy, but teachers have continued to stand up to the challenge. If they couldn’t see their students virtually, they held parades, driving from house to house and waving to students from their cars. They left chalk art in students’ driveways just to let them know they miss them and they care. They called their students each week to see how they’re doing. Teachers may have been forced to abandon their classrooms, but they have not abandoned their students.

This year, the National PTA is challenging us to get emoji-tional and use emojis to share how we feel about our teachers.

Click here to learn more about how you can celebrate your teachers during Teacher Appreciation Week.

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