Advisor Update May 2017

SkillsUSA Michigan

This newsletter contains both the Advisor Update and the SkillsUSA Flash!


Thank you all for a great state conference, it went very smooth this year! Congratulations to all the medalists!

State Conference Results

The State Conference results were emailed to all Lead Advisors last month. You will need to know the competitor’s ID number in order to find their results.

State Conference and Contest Winners Photos

The State Conference photos are posted on our Facebook page at

Membership Increase Blazer Raffle

There were 28 schools with a total of 82 entries in the Membership Increase Blazer Raffle. Congrats to winner, Bay Arenac ISD Career Center!

State Conference Survey

Please take a few minutes to complete the State Conference survey at We’d like your feedback so we can make the State Conference even better next year.

2017-2018 State Officers

Congratulations to the new 2017-2018 state officers. State Officer Training is this month

with the state officers from the other CTSOs and I look forward to their leadership next year.

  • Mackenzie Hopkins from Eaton RESA Career Preparation Center
    • Advisor – MaryEllen Brocklehurst
  • Madison Thompson from Utica Center for Science and Industry
    • Advisor – Scott Spry
  • Carlee Carless from Utica Center for Science and Industry
    • Advisor – Scott Spry
  • Keyontae Johnson from Breithaupt Career and Technical Center
    • Advisor – Maria Sullivan
  • Caleb Christenson from Lenawee ISD TECH Center
    • Advisor – Melissa Conklin
  • Chris Lowe from Saginaw Career Complex
    • Advisors – Julie Ivan and Aaron Gaertner
  • Diamond Tyler from Saginaw Career Complex
    • Advisors – Julie Ivan and Aaron Gaertner

    SkillsUSA Michigan/EMU Pledge Form

    We want to grow SkillsUSA Michigan for the future and contributions can be made to SkillsUSA Michigan to that end. You can designate where your contribution will be used. The form is available on our web site at

    SkillsUSA Michigan Retirement/Memorial Tribute Form

    SkillsUSA Michigan is also accepting donations in tribute of a special person. You can designate where your tribute will be used. The form is available on our web site at

    SkillsUSA Flash

    Congratulations, Top 24 Chapters Recognized as Models of Excellence

    Congratulations to the 24 SkillsUSA chapters nationally recognized as a “Model of Excellence” recipient for 2017. Models of Excellence is a national program that recognizes the exceptional integration and application of personal, workplace and technical skills for SkillsUSA chapter activities. This is one of the highest awards bestowed on chapters by SkillsUSA, one of the largest student organizations for career and technical education.

    All Models of Excellence chapters will participate in the SkillsUSA National Leadership and Skills Conference in Louisville, Ky., June 19-23. Activities include Models of Excellence finalist interviews, an awards dinner at the Kentucky Derby Museum, and recognition during the SkillsUSA awards ceremony in front of more than 12,000 students, instructors and business partners. This is the third year Lowe’s has sponsored this program.

    The Models of Excellence program promotes the intentional learning of personal, workplace and technical skills outlined in the SkillsUSA Framework for student development. Specific characteristics defined within each skill area help ensure tangible benchmarks for student achievement and chapter programming. Achievement is measured by the effectiveness of student efforts in implementing essential workplace skills including personal responsibility, integrity, work ethic and organization in chapter activities. The hands-on approach of this program actualizes the SkillsUSA mission of empowering members to become world-class workers, leaders and responsible American citizens.

    Congratulations to the following schools on achieving the Models of Excellence awards:

    • Alabama — Carver High School
    • Arizona — Central Arizona Valley Institute of Technology, Kofa High School
    • California — Southeast ROP/Norwalk High School
    • Georgia — Cross Keys High School, Stephens County High School, Union Grove High School
    • Massachusetts — Lynn Vocational Technical High, Greater Lowell Technical High
    • North Carolina — Catawba Valley Community College
    • New Jersey — Bergen County Academies, Gloucester County Institute of Technology
    • New Mexico — Hobbs High School
    • Ohio — Pickaway-Ross Career and Technology Center, Upper Valley Career Center, Fairfield Career Center
    • Texas — A&M Consolidated High School, Keller Center for Advanced Learning, Rudder High School (Audiovisual Technology), Rudder High School (Advertising Design), Westwood High School
    • Vermont — Green Mountain Technology and Career Center
    • West Virginia — Putnam Career and Technical Center
    • Wyoming — Central High School

    Lesson Plan: “Greater Good by Joining Forces”

    Don’t miss this opportunity for students to get connected to SkillsUSA. The SkillsUSA Champions magazine brings to life stories from fellow members from across the nation. Have students read the Summer 2017 issue’s “Greater Good by Joining Forces” as homework or during class individually, in small groups or aloud as an entire class. Then quickly discuss the article.

    Finally, use the discussion questions to help students apply the article to their own SkillsUSA experience. Activities are provided for practice and extended learning. Enjoy the connectivity with the magazine, but most of all, enjoy the integral linkage that SkillsUSA creates to your classroom. The full lesson plan is below for easy access, and here is a quick link to the article:

    Content Discussion Questions

    1. What led to the collaboration between the two SkillsUSA chapters?
    2. What groups does your chapter collaborate with?
    3. What does the community know about your chapter? What do you want the community to know about your chapter?
    4. Why should chapters enter SkillsUSA’s Chapter Excellence Program (CEP)?

    In-Class Activity, 7 minutes

    Workplace Skills: Teamwork, Work collaboratively with my peers, classmates and co-workers

    Materials needed: Puzzles as described below (one per group of three students) and envelope (one per group of three students)

    Prior to the session, create puzzles using the fronts of cereal boxes. Cut each front panel into 20 roughly even squares. Then put 18 pieces of the puzzle into an envelope together. Put the other two pieces into envelopes with pieces from different cereal puzzles. Each envelope should contain a total of 20 pieces. If cereal boxes cannot be obtained, you may print out images of cereal boxes on cardstock paper to create the puzzle. There may be several puzzles of the same kind.

    Divide students into groups of three. Give each group an envelope containing pieces to one puzzle. Give these instruc­tions:

    1. Each group has an envelope containing pieces to a cereal-box puzzle.
    2. You have three minutes to put the puzzle together.
    3. What questions are there? (Pause)
    4. Open your envelopes!

    Monitor students’ work. Groups will discover that they cannot complete their puzzle because they are missing two pieces. Groups will have to find a way to work together to solve the problem. After three minutes, help groups finish if they still need help.

    Facilitate a discussion by asking questions including:

    • How did your group succeed in this challenge?
    • When must you collaborate with others to be successful in school? In SkillsUSA? In the workplace?
    • How do you help others succeed at home? In school? In SkillsUSA? In the workplace?

    Extended Learning Activity

    Workplace Skills: Planning, Organization and Management, Identify resources and standards for completing projects

    Use “CEP mini lessons” at to help guide students and chapter leaders through the Chapter Excellence Program award application. Students will brainstorm activities, create goals, make plans and implement and evaluate activities.

    ‘Growing Leaders’ Founder to Present During Engage Training

    Growing Leaders founder Dr. Tim Elmore will spend a day with SkillsUSA’s Engage training participants in June. Elmore specializes in leadership courses and speaks at schools, universities, businesses and athletic programs. He has trained thousands of leaders in partnership with nationally renowned schools and organizations.

    This expert will deliver to SkillsUSA instructors the foundations of healthy leader development, with ideas for training that result in real-life changes. He will also provide steps for nurturing new leaders.

    Elmore is passionate about understanding the emerging generation and helping adults teach them how to become leaders in their schools, their communities and their careers. He educates adults to help them understand the challenges and experiences today's generation faces and connect with them in a way that resonates. Elmore believes, by cultivating leadership abilities in young adults and encouraging the adults who guide them, Growing Leaders can be the catalyst for emerging generations that will truly change the world.

    According to internationally recognized leadership expert John Maxwell, with whom Elmore has worked for over 25 years, "No one teaches leadership better than Tim Elmore." To learn more about Elmore and his organization, go to: Teachers participating in SkillsUSA’s Engage will have the opportunity to spend time with Elmore in a small group setting to ask questions and drill down into his teachings.

    Engage will be held June 17 – 19 at the KEC in Louisville, Ky. To learn more about it and how you can register, visit:

    National Leadership and Skills Conference

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

    Louisville, KY, United States

    Louisville, KY