Advisor Update December 2016

SkillsUSA Michigan

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.

  • Grand Ledge High School

  • Michael Berry Career Center

  • River Rouge High School

  • Taylor Career and Technical Center

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 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 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 that is NOT a state contest, please fill out this survey by February 1, 2017:

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.

State Honorary Life Membership and Outstanding Service Award

Nominations are now being accepted for the State Honorary Life Membership and Outstanding Service Award. Honorees are determined by the SkillsUSA Michigan Executive Council at their January meeting and the awards are presented at the State Conference in April. A description of each award is below:

  • Honorary Life Membership - Nominees are individuals from Michigan that have been involved at the state level for a length of time. They can also be involved a the regional and/or national level. This award has been presented in the past to retired advisors or another deserving person.

  • Outstanding Service Award - Nominees are individuals or companies from Michigan that have been instrumental at the state level. This award has been presented in the past to a business representative, company or another deserving party.

Nominations are due December 15, 2016 and can be made only via our online Membership Award Nomination form at

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

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

Community Service Projects

Have your chapter’s Community Service Project highlighted in the SkillsUSA Michigan newsletter and on the SkillsUSA Michigan web site! Send a short summary of your project and any photo(s) to Your Community Service Project will be added to the next newsletter and posted on our web site and Facebook page for all to see!

SkillsUSA Flash

Free! ‘Propel’ Activity

Propel is SkillsUSA’s educational resource that features engaging activities for meetings, workshops and conferences. Propel is a best-seller among advisors everywhere, who now can to try one of the activities for free! Below is an activity entitled “Stack It Up” from Page 27 of Propel. If you like it, then collect all 35 activities by purchasing this resource for only $9.95 at:

Stack It Up

Size of group: Small

Level of activity: Medium

Use: Meetings and workshops

Space: Small space needed

Materials needed: 36 plastic cups


  • This is a competitive group game
  • When the clock starts, players stack cups into a pyramid shape
  • When the pyramid is complete with the last cup at the top, the player proceeds to take down the pyramid and put the cups back into a single stack
  • The player must build the pyramid using all of the cups, and then put the cups back into a single stack within a 60-second time limit

Apply Now for SkillsUSA Scholarship Opportunities

There are several scholarships now open for application on our website to benefit SkillsUSA students in pursuit of higher education or certification in their chosen field.

Please help us spread the word so SkillsUSA students can take full advantage of these opportunities:

For additional scholarship information, please continually check the website at:

This Could Be Your Program — Enter to Win Advance CTE Excellence in Action Award

Advance CTE’s annual Excellence in Action award recognizes and honors superior career and technical education (CTE) programs nationwide. Selected programs exemplify excellence in implementing the career clusters (see:, show a true progression from high school to postsecondary education, provide meaningful work-based learning opportunities, and have a substantial and evidence-based impact on student achievement and success.

This award allows Advance CTE to highlight high-quality and high-impact programs of study for policymakers, employers and education leaders, supporting a more positive image of CTE. Each winning program is featured at an awards ceremony in the spring, in an ongoing blog series, in the news media and with other CTE stakeholders.

Click here to learn more or apply for the award: All application materials should be received at Advance CTE by Wednesday, Dec. 14, at 5 p.m. Eastern time.

For questions, email Katie Fitzgerald at

NAPE Offers Nontraditional Careers Toolkit

SkillsUSA supports the work of NAPE, the National Alliance for Partnerships in Equity. NAPE’s work centers on helping educators implement effective solutions for increasing student access, educational equity and workforce diversity. It provides services and resources including turnkey toolkits and posters, virtual resources and coaching, comprehensive educational equity programs and professional development workshops. For example, NAPE offers a Nontraditional Careers Toolkit to increase the participation of students in nontraditional programs and pathways. Through a process of examination, reflection and action, the activities in the toolkit prepare educators to reach, teach and maximize the success of every student. The toolkit includes the Explore Nontraditional Careers booklet and four interactive activities with lesson plans. To learn more, go to:

Financial Support Offered to Women in Collision Repair, Auto Refinishing

With its college tuition and conference scholarship awards, the Women’s Industry Network (WIN) supports female students in the fields of collision repair and auto refinishing.

Awards are presented to women enrolled in postsecondary programs. Each scholarship recipient will receive a $1,000 scholarship to continue her postsecondary education in collision repair and a one-year of free membership in WIN. Some recipients will also receive payment of their registration fee and travel expenses to attend the 2017 WIN Educational Conference in Denver May 8-10.

In addition, scholarship recipients will have the opportunity to be mentored by a member or the WIN board of directors or a 2017 recipient of the Most Influential Women (MIW) Award.

For scholarship requirement details and submission instructions, visit: The deadline for applications is Jan. 19. For more information about the WIN scholarship program, please contact Bev Rook-Twibell at 816-678-4777 or

To learn more, visit:

State Leadership and Skills Conference

Friday, April 7th 2017 at 12pm to Sunday, April 9th 2017 at 12pm

Grand Rapids, MI, United States

Grand Rapids, MI

National Leadership and Skills Conference

Monday, June 19th 2017 at 9am to Saturday, June 24th 2017 at 9am

Louisville, KY, United States

Louisville, KY