Advisor Update March 2019

SkillsUSA Michigan

This newsletter contains the Advisor Update and the SkillsUSA Flash!

2019 State Conference Info Packet and Forms Are Now Available!


The 2019 State Conference Info Packet and Forms are now available on our web site at http://miskillsusa.org/advisors/forms/.


Please be sure to download the forms you need for the State Conference, including the conference information packet and hotel registration form. Be sure to submit both the conference registration and the hotel registration. Also, be sure to review the State Contest Information and Updates below for important contest info!


IMPORTANT - There is a new conference registration system this year. You must register all participants for the State Conference at http://www.skillsusa-register.org/. Please follow the instructions posted here: http://miskillsusa.org/wp-content/uploads/2019/01/conferenceregistrationprocess.pdf.


NEW - State Contest Team Penalty

Starting in 2019 for any team state contests, there will be an automatic 10% penalty for teams competing with less than the required number of team members. This applies to any state contests with a team of 2 or more members.


2019 Official Voting Delegates Chart

The 2019 Official Voting Delegate Chart will be posted this month on our web site at http://miskillsusa.org/advisors/forms/. 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 15, 2019.


Advisor State Conference Checksheet

An Advisor State Conference Checksheet is available on our web site at http://miskillsusa.org/advisors/forms/. This checksheet 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 2019-2020 state office, please have them complete and submit the State Officer Application by March 8, 2019. The State Officer Application is available on our web site at http://miskillsusa.org/advisors/forms/.


SkillsUSA Leadership Test

All students will be required to take the SkillsUSA Leadership Test on Friday afternoon anytime between 3:00 pm and 6:30 pm. The students with the top ten scores on the Leadership test will be recognized at the Sunday Awards Ceremony. This test is also used as a tie-breaker for competitors. A study guide for this test is available on our web site at http://miskillsusa.org/advisors/forms/.


2019 NLSC Due Dates – IMPORTANT!

For those of you who will be attending the 2019 National Leadership and Skills Conference on June 24-29 in Louisville, KY, please be prepared for the following due dates.


  • April 9, 2019 – Qualifier Not Attending Notification Form due to State Office
  • May 1, 2019 – SkillsUSA Michigan Registration Form due to State Office available at http://miskillsusa.org/advisors/forms/.
  • May 1, 2019 – Online Conference Registration Due at www.skillsusa-register.orgAll fields must be completed including home address!
  • May 15, 2019 – Payment Deadline, Final Cancellations and Refund Requests due to State Office
  • May 31, 2019 – Additional Trading Pins Pre-Order Form due to State Office
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SkillsUSA Flash

Projects Rewarded for Fostering Students’ Social and Emotional Learning Skills

Education First, in partnership with the NoVo Foundation, once again seeks applications for teacher-led and district-level projects that foster students' social and emotional learning skills. They will award up to $5,000 to individual teachers or groups to implement an innovative project in their classrooms or schools in the 2019-2020 school year, and up to $25,000 per year for district-level awardees. More information and application details can be found here. The deadline for applications is March 22.


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: www.skillsusa.org/membership-resources/scholarships-financial-aid/.


Reminder: Earn Recognition for Community Service Through Presidential Honors

SkillsUSA is a certifying organization of the President’s Volunteer Service Award (PVSA), allowing advisors, student members and registered alumni to earn recognition for community service activities and time spent volunteering.


This award is a presidential honor that recognizes the valuable contributions of volunteers across the country who are answering a national call to serve others through their current activities or lifetime efforts. With SkillsUSA’s focus on community service, advisors and students may already meet the requirements to receive the award. To qualify, SkillsUSA members, advisors or alumni can submit a record of their service hours.


For details on qualifying hours and requirements for submission, visit: www.skillsusa.org/membership-resources/awards/presidents-volunteer-service-award.Applications must be received by March 29.


Reminder: Gain National Attention for Student Mentoring

SkillsUSA sponsors a national recognition opportunity called the Student2Student mentoring program. Mentoring connects young people to personal growth and development, as well as economic opportunities.


Student2Student recognizes SkillsUSA chapters that are involved in a mentoring program in their communities. When a SkillsUSA chapter mentors an elementary- or middle-school classroom, it helps younger students imagine careers and helps older students practice their skills. To enter, submit your mentoring project. The winning chapter will be recognized at the National Leadership and Skills Conference and in the Awards and Recognition book. In addition, the winner will be invited to present at SkillsUSA University.


All entries must be submitted by April 1. Winners are announced in May. To download a Mentoring Guide or enter your program for recognition, go to: www.skillsusa.org/programs/mentoring-student2student/


For more information, contact Gayle Silvey at gsilvey@skillsusa.org.

State Leadership and Skills Conference

Friday, April 5th, 12pm to Sunday, April 7th, 12pm

Grand Rapids, MI, USA

Grand Rapids, MI

National Leadership and Skills Conference

Monday, June 24th, 9am to Saturday, June 29th, 11am

Louisville, KY, United States

Louisville, KY

State Contest Information and Updates

State contest information will be posted for all contests by March 6, 2019. Please see the web site at http://miskillsusa.org/compete/statecontests/ for more information. There are several important contest updates to state contests this year.


Carpentry and TeamWorks – All contestants MUST be OSHA certified! All contestants must have received instructions and have satisfactorily passed an examination on the safe use of portable electric power tools (including cordless) and all hand tools. All contestants are required to have an OSHA Certification prior to competition. To take the OSHA Certification test, go to: www.careersafeonline.com/.


Team Banquet – The state contest will be at DeVos Place in the Catering Kitchen and Ballrooms C and D on Friday, April 5, 2019.


Save the State Contest Date!

Below is the list of state contests that are NOT on April 5-7, 2019 in Grand Rapids.

  • March 2018 - HS and CPS Digital Cinema Production, online
  • March 8, 2019 - HS and CPS Graphic Communications, Saline High School - Saline
  • March 15-16, 2019 - HS and CPS Aviation Maintenance, WMU - Battle Creek
    • March 22, 2019 - CPS Culinary Arts, Commercial Baking and Restaurant Service, Culinary Institute of Michigan - Port Huron
    • March 29, 2019 - CPS Welding, WCC - Ann Arbor
    • March 29, 2019 - HS and CPS Welding Fabrication, WCC - Ann Arbor