Advisor Update January 2017

SkillsUSA Michigan

Welcome Back!

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

  • Capital Area Career Center

  • Grand Ledge High School

  • Lenawee ISD Tech Center

  • Macomb Community College

  • Michael Berry Career Center

  • River Rouge High School

  • Taylor Career and Technical Center

  • Troy Athens High School


2016-2017 Membership Dues

The 2016-2017 membership dues are:

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

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


2016-2017 Membership Registration Deadline

January 15, 2017 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, 2017 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 http://www.skillsusa-register.org/. 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.


2017 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 www.skillsusa-register.org by the due dates in order to meet the requirements.


Membership Increase by January 15, 2017

  • 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.
  • Chapters that qualified for the November 1, 2016 incentive will also be eligible.


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 http://skillsusa.org/competitions/skillsusa-championships/contest-descriptions/ that was NOT on the Intent to Compete form, please fill out this survey by February 1, 2017: https://goo.gl/forms/KrurEERB2FHFJ0oz2.


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, 2017 in order to compete.


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 http://www.miskillsusa.org/forms.html.


2017 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 7, 2017 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 13, 2017. More information is available on our web site at http://miskillsusa.org/advisors/forms/.


2017 Regional Qualifiers Numbers Chart

The 2017 Regional Qualifiers Numbers Chart is now available on our web site at http://miskillsusa.org/advisors/forms/.


Regional Competitions Reminder

All regional contests must be completed by March 1. Regional information will be posted on the web site at http://miskillsusa.org/conferences/regionalcontests/ 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 http://skillsusa.org/competitions/skillsusa-championships/theme/.


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 http://miskillsusa.org/advisors/forms/.


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 http://tinyurl.com/jl924rl . 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 http://miskillsusa.org/advisors/forms/ 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!
  • NO EXCEPTIONS!


Intent to Compete on Web Site

The 2017 Intent to Compete Grid will be posted on our web site at http://miskillsusa.org/advisors/forms/.


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 http://miskillsusa.org/advisors/forms/.


Advisor State Conference Checksheet

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


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, 2017. The nomination form is available http://miskillsusa.org/advisors/forms/.


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 http://miskillsusa.org/advisors/forms/.

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