Advisor Update December 2017

SkillsUSA Michigan

This newsletter contains the Advisor Update and the SkillsUSA Flash!

2017-2018 Membership Dues

The 2017-2018 membership dues are:

Student: $14.00 = $8.00 (national) and $6.00 (state)

Professional: $26.00 = $20.00 (national) and $6.00 (state)

2017-2018 Membership Registration Deadline

January 15, 2018 is the deadline for your final membership registration to be submitted to the National Office. All students must be paid members of SkillsUSA Michigan by January 15, 2018 in order to participate in regional, state and national competitions and/or conferences. If you have any questions/concerns about this deadline, please contact me!

All membership registrations must be submitted online at Paper rosters are discouraged. Please make sure that all membership checks are sent directly to the National Office. When registering, be sure to also register your section under the specific program name, not just Mixed Training. This information is very helpful to the national office in determining what programs are at what schools.

Hi Five Membership Increase Program

SkillsUSA Michigan is pleased to announce a new membership incentive program, sponsored by the Michigan Department of Talent and Economic Development.

Existing and new chapters that increase both their membership and their Regional or State Conference participation will receive a $250 credit on their State Conference Registration fees and will be recognized at the State Conference. Click here for details:

Membership Incentives
SkillsUSA Michigan is encouraging each chapter to increase their membership this year. Each chapter that submits their membership by the due date listed below will qualify for the following incentive(s). Membership must be submitted online at by the due dates in order to meet the requirements.

State Incentive: Membership Increase by January 15, 2018

  • For every five member increase over last year’s membership, the chapter will receive one entry into the drawing for a SkillsUSA blazer, a $125 value.
  • Both student and professional members are included in the chapter’s total membership.
  • Drawing will be held at the State Leadership and Skills Conference in April.

Save the State Contest Date!

Below is a preliminary list of state contests that are NOT on April 20-22, 2018 in Grand Rapids:

  • March 3, 2018 - CPS Culinary Arts, Commercial Baking and Restaurant Service, Culinary Institute of Michigan - Port Huron
  • March 16-17, 2018 - HS and CPS Aviation Maintenance, WMU - Battle Creek
  • April 13, 2018 - CPS Welding, WCC - Ann Arbor
  • April 13, 2018 - HS and CPS Welding Fabrication, WCC - Ann Arbor

No State Run Contest Survey

For those contests that do not have a state-run competition, SkillsUSA Michigan can still send a contestant to Nationals to represent our state! If you are interested in any of the contests listed here that is NOT a state contest, please fill out this survey by February 1, 2018:

There are also three new demo contests for 2018 that Michigan members can compete in this year. Please fill out the survey if you are interested in competing in one of these demo contests at Nationals. More information on the demo contests is posted here:

  • Barbering
  • Collision Damage Appraisal and Total Loss Evaluation Technology
  • Humanoid Robotics

Only those schools that have filled out the survey will be eligible! If more than one school is interested in a contest, I will contact the advisors involved and they will have to hold and run a state-level contest on a date and at a location of their choosing. The students in these contests need to be on your official roster by January 15, 2018 in order to compete.

State Honorary Life Membership and Outstanding Service Award

Nominations are now being accepted for the State Honorary Life Membership and Outstanding Service Award. Honorees are determined by the SkillsUSA Michigan Executive Council at their January meeting and the awards are presented at the State Conference in April. A description of each award is below:

  • Honorary Life Membership - Nominees are individuals from Michigan that have been involved at the state level for a length of time. They can also be involved a the regional and/or national level. This award has been presented in the past to retired advisors or another deserving person.

  • Outstanding Service Award - Nominees are individuals or companies from Michigan that have been instrumental at the state level. This award has been presented in the past to a business representative, company or another deserving party.

Nominations are due December 15, 2017 and can be made only via our online Membership Award Nomination form at

2018 State National Anthem Contest

A SkillsUSA Michigan member will be selected to sing the National Anthem acapella at the Friday Opening General Session on April 20, 2018 at the State Conference. Interested members must submit an audition CD or flash drive of them singing the National Anthem in order to be considered. Student must be a current member of SkillsUSA Michigan and must pay the State Conference registration fee. All audition CDs or flash drive must be sent via US mail to the State Office and received no later than January 12, 2018. More information is available on our web site at

Advisor Code of Ethics

Don’t forget that an Advisor Code of Ethics needs to be on file at the state for all advisors. If you do not have an Advisor Code of Ethics on file, you can download the form at

2018 Regional Qualifiers Numbers Chart

The 2018 Regional Qualifiers Numbers Chart is now available on our web site at

Leadership Judge Nomination Form

We are in desperate need of qualified Leadership judges for States! We have 18 Leadership contests and we would like a minimum of 5 judges per contest. That’s a total of 90 judges! If you know of someone who would be a great judge for a Leadership contest, please nominate them by February 1, 2018. The nomination form is available

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SkillsUSA Flash

Register Today for the CEP Chapter of Distinction Webinar

Join SkillsUSA for a webinar Dec. 5 to learn more about the Chapter Excellence Program (CEP).

Once you have completed the Chapter of Excellence Quality Chapter application, you are only a few steps away from distinguishing your chapter as a Chapter of Distinction. Don’t miss this exciting opportunity for your chapter to be recognized and honored for exemplary performance as well as the opportunity to receive $2,000. This year, 24 chapters will be recognized as models of excellence. Each will receive a $2,000 chapter grant.

Register for “Completing the CEP Chapter of Distinction Application” on Dec. 5 at 3:30 p.m. EST at:

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email with information about joining the webinar.

Amazon Smile Purchases Benefit SkillsUSA

As we begin to think about the upcoming holidays and gift purchases, please know that Amazon Smile will donate .05 percent of the purchase price of eligible products purchased through to SkillsUSA. Please use this link to make your purchases: Many thanks for your support!

Start Your Holiday Shopping at the SkillsUSA Store

With the holidays right around the corner, why not make a stop at the SkillsUSA Store? With new apparel, bags, drinkware and executive items, you will be able to shop for everyone on your holiday list. Click on the multi-view angles of products and see every detail before you check out.

Once you’re finished with your holiday shopping, don’t forget to pick up your SkillsUSA essential uniform components, such as blazers, pins, and patches, just in time for your 2018 events.

The SkillsUSA Store makes shopping not just fun but efficient! Find everything you need all in one place. Visit it at:

Do You Have ‘The Voice’ to Open Conference?

SkillsUSA is once again seeking talented student or adult performers to sing the national anthem at the opening ceremony during the 2018 SkillsUSA National Leadership and Skills Conference. Audition videos can be submitted on CD or DVD and must be the singing of the national anthem.

Please be sure each disc is marked with your name, address, school name and email address. Email submissions are not accepted. Send audition videos to Heidi Walsh, SkillsUSA, 14001 SkillsUSA Way, Leesburg, VA 20176. Questions may be directed to 703-737-0615 or Auditions must be received by Feb. 2. SkillsUSA does not pay any travel expenses for the selected singer to attend the national conference.

SkillsUSA Scholarship Opportunities Now Open for Applications

Applications for several scholarships are now open to benefit SkillsUSA students in pursuit of higher education or certification in their chosen field.

Help spread the word so SkillsUSA students can take full advantage of these opportunities:

For additional scholarship information, continually check the website at:

State Leadership and Skills Conference

Friday, April 20th 2018 at 12pm to Sunday, April 22nd 2018 at 12pm

Grand Rapids, MI, United States

Grand Rapids, MI

National Leadership and Skills Conference

Monday, June 25th 2018 at 12pm to Saturday, June 30th 2018 at 12pm

Louisville, KY, United States

Louisville, KY