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SkillsUSA Michigan

May 13, 2016

SkillsUSA Chapter Builds Home of Opportunities and Dreams (HOOD)

Somerset Community College’s SkillsUSA chapter has served its community throughout the school year. The construction program built a house for the HOOD (Home of Opportunities and Dreams) in Rockcastle County this past fall, and this spring the group built a Habitat for Humanity house in London, Ky. Construction technology instructor Travis McQueen is proud of the work ethic his students exhibited in completing the projects. SkillsUSA member Chris Clem participated in both community service projects, and now he is preparing to compete in the National Leadership and Skills Competition this June in Louisville, Ky.

He Lost Big on the Outside …’

Combine newly digitized SkillsUSA Champions magazine and an incredible lesson plan, and you have the secret to success! The magazine makes for a great interactive experience for students, and the lesson plans have exactly what teachers are looking for: purpose and educational value. Use the lesson plan below as an integral part of your career and technical education program. Quick link:

Content Discussion Questions

1. Why did Danny Coleman go above and beyond to lose the initial weight on his own?

2. How does Coleman view leadership?

3. How is he using his personal experience to help others?

In-Class Activity, 7 minutes

Personal Skills: Responsibility; demonstrates personal and financial well-being

Materials Needed: None

Stress occurs daily for most individuals. Continued stress is hard on the body and heart. Part of personal well-being is managing stress. Guide students in a three-minute relaxation technique. Turn off or dim the lights in the room, then give these instructions:

1. Sit in a chair.

2. Either close your eyes or gaze down at the floor.

3. Relax your shoulders and jaw.

4. Gently place your hands on your belly.

5. Breathe in very slowly so your hands lift slightly.

6. Then breathe out just as slowly.

7. Continue breathing slow and deep for three minutes.

8. Allow your thoughts to come and go. Do not try to control them.

Monitor students. After three minutes, give these instructions:

1. Come slowly out of your deep breathing by opening your eyes or lifting your gaze.

2. Stand up and stretch your arms over your head.

3. Shake your arms and legs.

4. Now you are ready to go back to school, your job, work or whatever task you are completing.

Facilitate a discussion by asking questions including:

· How do you feel?

· When could you use this three-minute relaxation technique?

· How do you demonstrate personal well-being at home? In school? In SkillsUSA? In the workplace?

Extended Learning Activity

Workplace Skills: Leadership; focuses on others above self

Danny Coleman said, “Being a state officer is not about a title or position but about serving others.” Have students look for acts of servant leadership everywhere including at home, in school and at the grocery store. Students should watch for small acts, such as the student who makes sure a person is included in a playground game or a sibling who shares the last cookie. Write down these acts of servant leadership and share with the class.

Support SkillsUSA Alumni for a Chance to Win a Harley

Thanks to a generous donation by Harley-Davidson Motor Co. Inc., SkillsUSA will be raffling off a Softail Slim S motorcycle to benefit its Alumni and Friends Association. Tickets are $5 each or five tickets for $20. The winner does not need to be present for the drawing, which will be at the national conference awards ceremony June 24 in Louisville, Ky. Tickets can be purchased here:

Great Values for Your End-of-Year Budget Spending

Many school systems require instructors to expend all the funds in their consumable budgets before the end of the school year. If you have budget dollars remaining, consider using them for SkillsUSA educational resources. Materials such as Quotes to Results and RESOLUTE: Ethics at Work will make great additions to your classroom resource items. For SkillsUSA chapter resources, consider purchasing Jumpstart, Propel, Accelerate, Ignite or any of the Leveraging Your Leadership (LYL) Series books. The ultimate in chapter officer preparation is the LYL Series Officer Mega Package. Learn about these educational resources and a whole host of others by visiting the SkillsUSA Store at: