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SkillsUSA Michigan

February 13, 2017

Enter the SkillsUSA Week Video Contest

Did your students capture the excitement of SkillsUSA? Don’t miss this opportunity for your students to showcase your chapter and program by entering the SkillsUSA Week Video Contest. “SkillsUSA Week: A Time to Celebrate Framework Skill Development in Students” is the topic for the video. While it is ideal to capture events that are taking place during SkillsUSA Week, it is not mandatory for the video. So don’t delay, have members begin the video today! (See full details below and at:

$2,000 Grant, Sponsored By Lowe’s, Recognizes Chapter Excellence

There’s an exciting opportunity for chapters to be recognized for exemplary chapter performance and to receive $2,000. SkillsUSA’s Chapter Excellence Program (CEP) establishes a quality baseline that all chapters are encouraged to attain, with extra incentive for exemplary performance. The program consists of four award levels, with the first three recognized by the state and the final level eligible for national recognition. The 24 chapters recognized as Models of Excellence will receive a $2,000 section or chapter grant. The national application deadline is April 1, but state deadline dates vary and may be quickly approaching. Ensure that your chapter receives the recognition it deserves by completing the CEP application.

Complete your application online at: If you have questions, contact Gayle Silvey ( or Marcia Strickland ( Download CEP resources at:

Check Out the New Brand Center

The new SkillsUSA Brand Center is officially open at:

This new online system will help unify SkillsUSA’s visual identity among our local chapters. It demonstrates the importance of consistency in how SkillsUSA is communicated and helps members advocate for our brand.

The interactive website makes it much easier for our members to download existing SkillsUSA logos (national, state and slogan art). Users can now search for the particular logo they need and download it in the proper format for an individual job (EPS, JPG, PNG).

An all-new function allows local members to create their own personalized SkillsUSA logo with the name of the chapter. Some of the templates provided electronically in the membership kits — local brochures, meeting fliers, letters to parents and administrators, and presentation — are also available.

Members will be asked to register when first visiting the site, which enables them to save specific sections as favorites. (Note: This is unique to the brand center and unrelated to your membership login.) After registering, users will see a column on the left side of the webpage with a menu of options, from identity standards and applications to downloads and the personalized logo generator.

Later stages of the brand center will introduce customizable items such as meeting covers, posters, newsletters, business cards and letterhead. We also plan to add an image bank of high-resolution photos that can be used in visual communications.