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SkillsUSA Michigan

February 24, 2017

Get Ready for Spring!
New Issue of SkillsUSA Champions

An inspiring issue devoted to SkillsUSA champions is in the mail to chapter advisors and professional members. Using their electronic devices, student members can access the issue in its new responsive digital format at this link:

A chapter advisor’s lesson plan for the Spring issue can be downloaded from, including guided-reading questions and activities to help students apply the articles to their SkillsUSA experience.

Are Your Students Looking for Scholarships? We’ve Got You Covered!

SkillsUSA membership has its advantages, and there are numerous opportunities for members to apply for scholarships. There are several scholarship opportunities available for students on the SkillsUSA website, and more are added regularly. Please continually check the website at:

Safety Video Contest Submissions Due March 1

SkillsUSA is partnering with CareerSafe for a national video competition in which teens create a video on workplace safety. Note: This is not part of the SkillsUSA Championships competitions and has no impact on a student’s eligibility to compete.

CareerSafe, Safety Education for America’s Future, is sponsoring this National Youth Safety Video Contest. The contest kicked off Oct. 15, and all submissions need to be sent to CareerSafe by March 1. The winning students will receive a SkillsUSA prize pack as well as a scholarship up to $2,500. The winning school will receive a prize up to $5,000.

Every seven minutes, a teen is hospitalized because of a workplace injury. Every two minutes, a teen is injured in the workplace. Every five days, a teen is killed in the workplace. To raise awareness about this important issue, teens across the country are challenged to create a video demonstrating safety in the workplace.

Click for the contest details or go to:

Through Hypertherm, ‘Spark Something Great’

Chapters shouldn’t miss their chance to apply for Hypertherm’s “Spark Something Great” educational grant. The grant will award 10 schools with a Powermax45 XP plasma cutting and gouging system, a Plasma Cutting Technology: Theory and Practice curriculum kit and a training visit from a Hypertherm technical representative.

The program aims to ensure the next generation of welders and metal fabricators know how to properly cut and gouge with plasma by making available to schools the latest cutting equipment and standardized instruction. Grant winners from 2016 included Central Piedmont Community College in Charlotte, N.C.; Wilson Tech in Dix Hills, N.Y.; and Maple Mountain High School in Spanish Fork, Utah.

Applications are due on or before April 3, with grant decisions communicated by May 1. The grant is available to schools located within the United States, Canada and Mexico. More information, including instructions for submitting a grant application, is available at: