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SkillsUSA Michigan

March 3, 2017

Thanks for Being a Part of the Largest Membership Year in History!

School year 2016-2017 will go down in the books as record setting! Because of your active membership, SkillsUSA served more members this year than any previous year. This year’s membership theme, “SkillsUSA: Champions at Work, Preparing America’s Skilled Workforce” has truly been fulfilled by your actions. Thank you for your dedication to your student members in ensuring that they are equipped with the personal, workplace and technical needed to be career ready.

“A World of Possibilities”
New Issue of SkillsUSA Champions

Don’t miss this inspiring issue devoted to SkillsUSA champions. You can easily access the magazine online or via electronic devices, in its new mobile 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.

“A World of Possibilities”

Content Discussion Questions

1. What has Maria Olney learned from being part of such a diverse family?

2. What have you personal gained from SkillsUSA?

3. What motivated you to succeed in school? In SkillsUSA? In the workplace?

In-Class Activity, 30 minutes

Workplace skills: Leadership, builds positive relationships

Materials needed: Coat hanger (one per student), string, glue and craft paper

Use “Make a Hanging Mobile” from SkillsUSA Accelerate (Page 48). Give these instructions:

  1. Maria Olney said, “You are who you surround yourself with.”
  2. Identify your support group that is there to support you and also challenge you.
  3. Put the name of each person on a different piece of paper and hang the pieces on the hanger like a mobile. You have 15 minutes to work.

Monitor students' work. After 15 minutes, have students share in small groups. Allow at least one minute per student. Then facilitate a discussion by asking questions including:

  • Who is part of your support mobile and why?
  • How do you surround yourself with good people at school? In SkillsUSA? In the workplace?
  • How do you build positive relationships at home? In school? In SkillsUSA? In the workplace?

Extended Learning Activity

Workplace skills: Multicultural Sensitivity and Awareness, expands knowledge of diverse culture, race, religion and sexuality

Invite an adoption expert to share with the class. Consider asking someone who was personally adopted, parents who have adopted a child, or an adoption agency worker. Allow time for students to ask questions and learn more about the process.

Sharon Melton Myers Memorial Scholarship

Through a donation from the Sharon Melton Myers Memorial Fund, SkillsUSA and the McMinn County Vocational Center SkillsUSA Alumni Association are offering a $500 scholarship to a graduating high school senior SkillsUSA member in memory of Sharon Melton Myers. The Sharon Melton Myers Memorial SkillsUSA Scholarship fund provides SkillsUSA members the opportunity to continue their education in college or technical school. Candidates can nominate themselves.

All nominations must include two letters of recommendation from any of the following individuals:

  1. instructors
  2. SkillsUSA advisors
  3. State Association Director, or
  4. Community leader accompanied by a course transcript. Please note that incomplete applications, those missing requested information and appropriate signatures, will be disqualified and not be evaluated.

Nominations must be submitted by April 15 and can be made by applying here:

Inspiring Action and Increasing Awareness of Social Entrepreneurship

The BeChangeMaker (BCM) is a series of online social, entrepreneurial skill training projects that enable youth with skills and great ideas to explore their career potential as a social entrepreneur. WorldSkills International and the HP Foundation have created this pilot to inspire action and increase awareness of social entrepreneurship using the largest platform of skills excellence and development in the world. The BCM encourages the WorldSkills Champions to team up with other talented and like-minded young people from their own communities to co-learn virtually and co-create locally.

Through the online courses offered on HP LIFE, virtual mentorship, webinars and online pitch competitions, participants will explore their interest in social entrepreneurship, identify social issues in their communities, design solutions/social venture ideas, and test their scalability.

Three top teams will be chosen at the end of the project to receive seed funding which includes further training by business incubators/accelerators in their own countries to support post-project development. In the period of three to six months after the project, the team that has proven to have made the most progress will receive additional resources and opportunities to bring their business idea closer to reality.

Who Can Join?

  • Students who are between 18 and 30 years old
  • Students who are receiving or have finished vocational education and training
  • Students who want to develop your career as an entrepreneur, while creating social impact in your community and the world with the power of skills

How Can Students Join?

  • By enrolling in the course of social entrepreneurship to gain a basic understanding
  • By understanding the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals and choosing a social issue their community faces that also affects other communities around the world
  • By finding one to a maximum of four other teammates from their communities, who are also eligible to participate and can contribute with their skills
  • By filling out the application and recording a one-minute team video. Videos must be uploaded as unlisted to YouTube.
  • By submitting your completed BeChangeMaker application form to by March 9.

Please read the official rules of the BeChangeMaker carefully before submitting your application form.

Note: students who can’t find teammate should contact to potentially be matched with someone who is geographically close.

Now’s Your Chance to Own a Harley-Davidson Heritage Softail Classic

SkillsUSA is raffling off a Harley-Davidson Heritage Softail Classic motorcycle at the 2017 National Conference Awards Ceremony, Friday, June 23, in Louisville, Ky. This event is made possible thanks to a generous donation by Harley-Davidson Motor Co. Inc. The Alumni & Friends Association will be the beneficiary of this year’s raffle. Tickets are $5 each or five tickets for $20 (a shipping and handling fee of $1 will be added to your order).

Get your tickets here: