Advisor Update February 2017

SkillsUSA Michigan

2017 State Conference Info Packet and Forms Available This Month!

The 2017 State Conference Info Packet and Forms will be available in February on our web site at

Please be sure to download the forms you need for the State Conference, including the conference information packet, the conference registration form and hotel registration form.

Also, be sure to review the State Contest Information and Updates below for important contest info.

This newsletter contains both the Advisor Update and the SkillsUSA Flash!

Congrats to our Membership Increase Schools!

Congratulations to the following schools for exceeding last year’s overall membership by at least 5 members and qualifying for the state membership increase incentive. Schools new to the list are listed in bold.

  • Bay Arenac ISD Career Center

  • Breithaupt Career and Technical Center

  • Capital Area Career Center

  • Cheboygan High School

  • Copper County ISD

  • Detroit School of Arts

  • Genesee Career Institute

  • Gogebic Ontonagon ISD

  • Golightly Career and Technical Center

  • Grand Ledge High School

  • Grand Rapids Community College

  • Heritage High School

  • Jackson Area Career Center

  • L'Anse Creuse Pankow Center

  • Lenawee ISD Tech Center

  • Macomb Community College

  • Michael Berry Career Center

  • Michael Berry Career Center

  • Oakland Community College - Orchard Ridge

  • Petoskey Career-Tech Center

  • Plymouth Canton Education Park

  • River Rouge High School

  • Sault Area Career Center

  • St. Clair TEC

  • St. Joseph County CTE Consortium

  • Taylor Career and Technical Center

  • Troy Athens High School

  • Utica Center for Science and Industry

  • WD Ford Career-Technical Center

  • Wexford-Missaukee Career Tech Center

2017 National Anthem Contest Winner

Congratulations to Jaime Boerema from Traverse Bay Area Career Technical Center. She was selected to sing the National Anthem at the Friday Opening Session and she will be recognized at the State Conference. Her advisor is Matt Nausadis.

2017 Regional Qualifiers Numbers Chart

The 2017 Regional Qualifiers Numbers Chart is now available on our web site at

Regional Competitions Reminder

All regional contests must be completed by March 1. Regional information will be posted on the web site at as it become available. Please be sure that you are in the loop! Contact your regional representatives for information regarding your region’s competitions.

2016-2017 Competition Theme

The SkillsUSA competition theme for the 2016-2017 year is: SkillsUSA: Champions at Work Preparing America’s Skilled Workforce. The topic is to be addressed by contestants in the Chapter Display, Prepared Speech and Promotional Bulletin Board competitions. More information is available at

Regional School Cancellation Policy

In the past, there have been school cancellations on the day of a regional contest, therefore the Advisor Council has approved the Regional School Cancellation Policy at their meeting on December 13, 2011. be aware that all regional contests should plan two contest dates: the original contest date and a makeup date. The policy is posted on our web site at

NEW - Online Regional Direct to State Form due February 15

Starting this year, all Direct to State contestants MUST be submitted via an online form by February 15, 2017. The online form is available at at . This is a major change from the past in both format and due date. FYI - The old Direct to States form WILL NOT be accepted!

Regional Contestant Ranking Sheet

The Regional Contestant Ranking Sheet is REQUIRED for all regional contests so that we know what contestants have qualified for States. An accurate contestant count is necessary for contest supply orders, contest site set-up, conference registration, etc. This forms MUST be filled out for all regional contests and for both HS and CPS divisions. I cannot stress the importance of these forms enough! These forms are on the web site at and are Excel compatible.

  • The Regional Contestant Ranking Sheet must be signed by the contest coordinator and emailed or faxed to your regional representative no later than 2 days after your contest.
  • Failure to submit this form to your regional representative will result in those students NOT being allowed to compete at the State Conference!
  • If we receive a State Conference registration for a contestant NOT on the appropriate Regional Contestant Ranking Sheet or Regional Qualifier Direct to States Form, he/she will NOT be allowed to compete!

2017 Official Voting Delegates Chart

The 2017 Official Voting Delegate Chart is now on our web site at The official voting delegates represent your school at the Annual Delegate Business Meeting on Saturday afternoon at the State Conference and vote on state issues and for the new state officers. Each school is allowed x number of official voting delegates based on your SkillsUSA membership as of January 20, 2015.

SkillsUSA Michigan’s Advisor of the Year

We are looking for a few good advisors! Honor that special advisor that has gone above and beyond the call of duty by nominating them for SkillsUSA Michigan’s Advisor of the Year. The Advisor of the Year form is due February 15, 2017. The nomination form is available on our web site at

Advisor State Conference Checksheet

An Advisor State Conference Checksheet is available on our web site at This checklist is a great tool with tips to help you keep on track and organized for the State Conference.

State Officer Candidate Application

Being a state officer is one of the highest honors a student can achieve in SkillsUSA Michigan. It can also be one of the most rewarding experiences for a student. If you have a student who wants to run for a state office, please have them complete and submit the State Officer Application by February 15, 2017. The State Officer Application is available on our web site at

SkillsUSA Flash

Mike Rowe Kicks Off SkillsUSA Week with Videos and Classroom Activities to Engage Members

SkillsUSA Week is a time to celebrate! How will you celebrate our members, our activities and our organization?

Thanks to Carhartt, official presenter of SkillsUSA Week, ready-to-implement promotional pieces are available to use with your classes. Each day, we’ll provide a brief promotional video on SkillsUSA and career and technical education, with corresponding discussion prompts plus an optional activity.

Tuesday, Feb. 7

Mike Rowe: Part 1,

Discussion Prompts for Video Part 1:

1. What is the “skills gap?”

Answer: The gap between what employers want or need their employees to be able to do, and what those employees can actually do when they walk into work

2. According to Mike Rowe, how many jobs are currently unfilled because of the “skills gap?”

Answer: 5.8 million

3. Carhartt is an official sponsor of SkillsUSA. What skilled careers are available within Carhartt?

Answer: General maintenance, mechanic, technical maintenance, sewing operator, production specialist, forklift operator, technical designer, telecommunications specialist, network engineer, network analyst, product designer, security manager, systems technician, product developer, engineer, and fashion designer

4. What contributes to the skills gap?

Answer: Employees or potential employees are unwilling to learn or be trained a new skill, unwilling to relocate to where the jobs are, and have unrealistic expectations for a “dream job” with excellent salary and in their ZIP code

5. How does SkillsUSA help narrow the skills gap?

Answer: SkillsUSA and career and technical education (CTE) train students to become technicians, skilled trades workers, production operators and laborers

6. How can we help people at the local level become more aware of the importance and value of CTE?

Answer: Responses will vary

Optional Activity for Video Part 1:

Time: 5 minutes

Materials needed: Paper (one piece per pair) and writing utensil (one per pair)

Divide students into pairs. Each pair needs one piece of paper and a writing utensil. Give these instructions:

“Look around this room. (Pause) Notice the structure, furniture, technology and design. What skilled careers have made all of this possible? With your partner, brainstorm a list of all the careers. What questions do you have? (Pause) You have two minutes.“

Monitor students’ work. After two minutes, have pairs each share a few responses with the class. Responses will vary but might include: brick mason, cabinetmaker, electrician, carpenter, plumber, cement and concrete mason, air conditioning mechanic, video and audio equipment technologist, computer support specialist, painter, service installer, plasterer and roofer

For more information about the skills gap, visit:

Wednesday, Feb. 8

Mike Rowe: Part 2,

Discussion prompts for Video Part 2:

1. What does Mike Rowe mean by “white collar” jobs?

Answer: White-collar jobs are typically performed in an office, cubicle or other administrative setting. This is a working class known for earning high average salaries and not performing manual labor on the job. Examples include: computer programmer, accountant, administrative assistant, newspaper reporter, human resources manager

2. What does Mike Rowe mean by “blue collar” jobs?

Answer: Blue-collar jobs often require manual labor. Often something is physically built or maintained. Examples include: mining, sanitation, construction, skilled or unskilled manufacturing, firefighting, technical installation, mechanical maintenance or warehousing

(Note to instructor: This is an appropriate time to point out a third working-class category, which is “pink collar.” These jobs are related to customer interaction, entertainment and sales)

3. Why is balance between blue- and white-collar jobs important?

Answer: Both types of jobs are important and rely upon each other

4. Carhartt is an official sponsor of SkillsUSA and specifically SkillsUSA Week. Describe the balance between blue, white and pink careers within a large company.

Answer: The balance will vary based on the type of business. Carhartt has a good product (clothing), so it has a wide variety of jobs ranging from sewing-machine operation to fashion design and marketing to maintenance. Each job is essential to the success of the company

5. What would you say to an administrator or legislator who thinks funding for career and technical education (CTE) programs should be low-priority?

Answer: Responses will vary

6. Who encouraged you to pursue CTE? How can you encourage others to pursue a skilled career?

Answer: Responses will vary

Optional Activity for Video Part 2:

Time: 7 minutes

Materials needed: Post-it notes (several per pair) and writing utensil (one per pair)

Divide students into pairs. Give each several Post-it notes and say:

“There are benefits to every career. Today, let’s think about skilled trades such as the “blue collar” jobs. With your partner, discuss the benefit of being professional in those jobs. You will list one benefit per Post-it note. You have 90 seconds to brainstorm. What questions do you have? (Pause) Brainstorm!”

Monitor students’ work. After 90 seconds, give these instructions:

“As a pair, place your Post-it notes on the wall while reading the notes of others. If you see similar notes, put them together. What questions are there? (Pause) You have three minutes to put your notes on the wall and sort.”

After three minutes, briefly highlight the benefits listed. Responses will vary but might include: Training programs and education may be shorter and less expensive, well paid, job security because the jobs cannot be outsourced, job availability, job satisfaction, and health and fitness.

Thursday, Feb. 9

Mike Rowe: Part 3,

Discussion Prompts for Video Part 3:

1. Why do Mike Rowe and his foundation support SkillsUSA?

Answer: Students need to be challenged, and SkillsUSA does this. The mission and beliefs of SkillsUSA are closely aligned with his foundation in regard to what is a good job, what opportunity looks like and the role of personal responsibility. As a public figure, he can bring awareness to our organization and mission

2. How does SkillsUSA challenge students to grow and learn?

Answer: Responses will vary but might include: teaching of the SkillsUSA Framework, participation in competitions, conducting activities of the Program of Work, attendance at conferences and work experiences

3. Carhartt is an official sponsor of SkillsUSA and specifically SkillsUSA Week. Why does Carhartt support SkillsUSA?

Answer: SkillsUSA supports and builds the American workforce. Carhartt dresses the American workforce. Corporations and businesses support youth organizations to make positive contributions in their communities and get good publicity. Since Carhartt hires many skilled workers, it may be helping to educate and train its future employees.

4. Why is promotion of SkillsUSA important?

Answer: Answers will vary but might include: increase enrollment and membership, increase awareness and support, increase financial support and funding of the program, create a demand for the program, and train more skilled workers

5. How can we promote SkillsUSA in our school? In our community?

Answer: Answers will vary

Optional Activity for Video Part 3:

Time: 15 minutes

Materials needed: Paper (one piece per student) and markers

Each student needs one piece of paper and markers. Give these instructions:

“Think about SkillsUSA and everything you have participated in, experienced and gained from our organization. (Pause) You will select one word to describe SkillsUSA. When you have chosen a word, you will write it on your paper using the markers. You will have three minutes to work, and then you will share with the class. What questions are there? (Pause) Begin!”

Monitor students’ work. After three minutes, have students form a circle. If time is limited, divide and form two circles. Have each student share the one word and give a short explanation of his or her selection of the word.

The words can be used in a variety of additional ways to promote SkillsUSA.

· Papers may be collected and used to create bulletin board to promote SkillsUSA.

· Words can be combined into a word cloud to be shared through social media.

· A short video can be created with each student sharing his or her word. The video can be posted to social media or played to kick off events or exploratory classes.

For more information about marketing your chapter, visit:

More SkillsUSA Week Resources!

· Plan SkillsUSA Week Activities Have student members plan and host events that include administrators, business leaders and legislators. You can participate in SkillsUSA Week lots of different ways: hold an open house, invite local media to tour your programs, conduct a community service project, work with area businesses to build more meaningful partnerships, or engage with policymakers to talk about the value of technical education. For a sample calendar, proclamation and press release, go to:

· Enter the SkillsUSA Week Video Contest What a cool opportunity for your members to capture the excitement of SkillsUSA! “SkillsUSA Week: A Time to Celebrate Framework Skill Development in Students” is the topic for the video. While it is ideal to capture events that are taking place during SkillsUSA Week, it is not mandatory for the video. So don’t delay, have members begin the video today! (See full details below and at:

· Order SkillsUSA Week T-shirt The SkillsUSA Store has created a SkillsUSA Week T-shirt for $12. Visit to order your shirt and a whole host of products that are ready for your week of celebration!

· Issue a SkillsUSA Week Press Release Use the template to let your congressional representatives, senators and local media outlets know about SkillsUSA Week and Career and Technical Education Month during the month of February. Personalize and use the parts of the template that work for you. You can send an email to up to five media outlets at a time. After the release is submitted, follow up with media outlets by calling or visiting. To use the SkillsUSA advocacy site, go to:, click on the “SkillsUSA Week, Feb. 5-11” heading, and fill in your ZIP code; the rest should be self-explanatory. If you have questions, contact Jane Short at 703-737-0612 or

· Share Your SkillsUSA Week Photos Now is the chance to showcase your students and the great work you are doing in your state. As you conduct SkillsUSA Week activities, please be sure to take pictures and share them with the national headquarters. Your photos may be featured in a Flickr gallery on SkillsUSA’s home page. Send your best photos to Please be sure to identify everyone in the picture for the caption.

· Report Your SkillsUSA Week News Share your news and stories with Tom Hall at SkillsUSA, 14001 SkillsUSA Way, Leesburg, VA 20176 or email

· Integrate Daily Videos and Classroom Discussion Prompts and Activities — Use the Mike Rowe videos described at the top of this newsletter.

SkillsUSA Week is presented by Carhartt.

State Leadership and Skills Conference

Friday, April 7th, 12pm to Sunday, April 9th, 12pm

Grand Rapids, MI, United States

Grand Rapids, MI

National Leadership and Skills Conference

Monday, June 19th, 9am to Saturday, June 24th, 9am

Louisville, KY, United States

Louisville, KY