Advisor Update March 2018

SkillsUSA Michigan

This newsletter contains the Advisor Update and the SkillsUSA Flash!

2018 State Conference Info Packet and Forms Are Now Available!

The 2018 State Conference Info Packet and Forms are available on our web site at

Please be sure to download the forms you need for the State Conference, including the conference information packet, the conference registration form and hotel registration form.

Also, be sure to review the State Contest Information and Updates below for important contest info.

Save the State Contest Date!

Below is a list of state contests that are NOT on April 20-21, 2018 in Grand Rapids:

  • March 3, 2018 - CPS Culinary Arts, Commercial Baking and Restaurant Service, Culinary Institute of Michigan - Port Huron
  • March 16-17, 2018 - HS and CPS Aviation Maintenance, WMU - Battle Creek
  • April 13, 2018 - CPS Welding, WCC - Ann Arbor
  • April 13, 2018 - HS and CPS Welding Fabrication, WCC - Ann Arbor
  • April 20, 2018 - HS and CPS Graphic Communications, FSU - Big Rapids

2018 Official Voting Delegates Chart

The 2018 Official Voting Delegate Chart is now posted on our web site at The official voting delegates represent your school at the Annual Delegate Business Meeting on Saturday afternoon at the State Conference and vote on state issues and for the new state officers. Each school is allowed x number of official voting delegates based on your SkillsUSA membership as of January 15, 2018.

Advisor State Conference Checksheet

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

State Conference Text Messages

Please sign up using the codes below to receive important text messages at the State Conference. We are using Remind for these text messages.

  • If you have a smartphone, get push notifications. On your iPhone or Android phone, open your web browser and go to the following link: Follow the instructions to sign up for Remind. You’ll be prompted to download the mobile app.
  • If you don’t have a smartphone, get text notifications. Text the message @2018michsc to the number 81010. If you’re having trouble with 81010, try texting @2018michsc to (734) 680-8322. * Standard text message rates apply

SkillsUSA Leadership Test

All students will be required to take the SkillsUSA Leadership Test on Friday afternoon anytime between 3:00 pm and 6:30 pm. The students with the top ten scores on the Leadership test will be recognized at the Sunday Awards Ceremony. This test is also used as a tie-breaker for competitors. A study guide for this test is available on our web site at

2018 NLSC Due Dates – IMPORTANT!

For those of you who will be attending the 2018 National Leadership and Skills Conference on June 25-30 in Louisville, KY, please be prepared for the following due dates.

  • April 24, 2018 – Qualifier Not Attending Notification Form due to State Office
  • May 1, 2018 – SkillsUSA Michigan Registration Form due to State Office available at
  • May 1, 2018 – Online Conference Registration Due at www.skillsusa-register.orgAll fields must be completed including home address!
  • May 15, 2018 – Payment Deadline, Final Cancellations and Refund Requests due to State Office
  • May 31, 2018 – Additional Trading Pins Pre-Order Form due to State Office

State Contest Information and Updates

State contest information will be posted for all contests by March 5, 2018. Please see the web site at for more information. There are several important contest updates to state contests this year.

Carpentry and TeamWorks – All contestants MUST be OSHA certified! All contestants must have received instructions and have satisfactorily passed an examination on the safe use of portable electric power tools (including cordless) and all hand tools. All contestants are required to have an OSHA Certification prior to competition. To take the OSHA Certification test, go to:

Graphic Communications – The state contest will be at Ferris State University in Big Rapids on Friday, April 20, 2018.

Team Banquet – The state contest will be at DeVos Place in the Catering Kitchen and Ballrooms C and D on Friday, April 20, 2018.

CPS Welding - The state contest will be held April 13, 2018 at Washtenaw Community College in Ypsilanti. If a CPS Welding competitor is not registered for the state conference by early registration on March 16, 2018, their entire school is subject to disqualification for all other contests at the state conference.

HS and CPS Welding Fabrication – The state contest will be held April 13, 2018 at Washtenaw Community College in Ypsilanti. If a Welding Fabrication team is not registered for the state conference by early registration on March 16, 2018, their entire school is subject to disqualification for all other contests at the state conference.

SkillsUSA Flash

Spring into Action with SkillsUSA Champions Magazine

Spring is a great time to give your students an interactive experience with the digital edtion of SkillsUSA Champions.Have students read the Spring 2018 issue’s “Connected, Committed and Caring as homework,during class individually, in small groups or aloud as an entire class. Discuss the article, then using the questions below, help students understand how the girls’ efforts can apply 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 link that SkillsUSA creates to your classroom.

Quick link:

“Connected, Committed and Caring”

Content Discussion Questions

  1. Why were Salon Service Saturdays successful at improving attendance?
  2. What motivates you to attend school? Chapter activities? Work?
  3. How do you make a positive impact in our school? Our chapter? The workplace? Our community?

Class Activity (time varies based on number of students in the class)

Workplace Skills: Teamwork, Honor the contributions of others

Materials needed: Chair (one), writing surface with several markers and instrumental music

Position the chair in front of the writing surface. Give these instructions:

  1. Who will volunteer to sit in the “hot seat” first? (Have the volunteer sit in the chair, facing away from the writing surface.) Everyone, think of a compliment to give to our volunteer. You have 90 seconds to write these compliments on the writing surface. All compliments must be positive and school appropriate.
  2. What questions do you have? Play instrumental music while students fill the writing surface with compliments.

After 90 seconds, ask students to return to the original seats. Have the volunteer face the writing surface and silently read the compliments. Repeat the activity for all students in the class. If time is limited, divide the class into large groups so the activity can be completed more quickly. After all students have taken a turn in the “hot seat,” facilitate a group discussion by asking questions including:

  • How did you feel when reading the compliments about yourself?
  • How did you feel when writing compliments about your classmates?
  • How do you honor the contributions of others at home? In school? In SkillsUSA? In the workplace?
  • How do compliments affect rapport and teamwork?

Extended Learning Activity Workplace Skills: Planning, Organizing and Management.

Break down projects into tasks with timelines Have the class identify a weakness of the school or program such as attendance, grades, participation, graduation or placement. Students should obtain statistics to illustrate this problem, brainstorm actions to improve this statistic and plan and implement a strategy. Track progress and evaluate the activities and actions for effectiveness.

SkillsUSA celebrates Women in the Skilled Trades with March 8 Facebook Live Chat

SkillsUSA students and instructors are invited to join national television personality Kayleen McCabe on Thursday, March 8 at 6 p.m. EST for a Facebook Live conversation about Women in the Skilled Trades. The live chat is to celebrate International Women’s Day.

To join the conversation, go the SkillsUSA Facebook page at 6 p.m. on March 8. Comment during the live broadcast for a chance to win SkillsUSA swag.

The Facebook video chat will be hosted by TV host, carpenter and business owner McCabe along with machine tool technology student Maci Key, a student at Wallace State Community College, Ala. Key is the 2017-18 SkillsUSA college/postsecondary secretary, and she will share her personal path to a career in quality control inspection through the skilled trades.

The livestream event will invite comments and sharing by SkillsUSA students and instructors nationwide — we hope you will help us go viral with this important conversation. McCabe and Key will encourage students and instructors to involve more females in the skilled trades and discuss ways to provide greater exposure of career options and enhancing gender-neutral access to technical programs for all interested students.

International Women's Day (IWD) is celebrated on March 8 every year. First observed in 1909, the day commemorates the movement for women’s rights. It was adopted in 1975 by the United Nations. The day is an official holiday in numerous countries. This year’s theme is #PressforProgress.

mikeroweWORKS Offers Travel Scholarships for Competitors

The mikeroweWORKS Foundation will again offer scholarships for SkillsUSA student members to attend the National Leadership and Skills Conference in Louisville, Ky., June 25-29. This is the eighth consecutive year the mikeroweWORKS Foundation, in partnership with SkillsUSA, has offered travel scholarships for SkillsUSA members who compete and place first in their state championships and who otherwise would not be able to attend the national championships for financial reasons.

This year’s scholarships will focus on high-school and college/postsecondary students working primarily toward careers in manufacturing, construction, transportation, electronics and other program areas where a skills gap exists; a written application that includes financial need and SkillsUSA involvement. Applicants must also provide a recommendation from a SkillsUSA member instructor or state association director.

Applicants need to apply online at: Scholarship applications must be received by May 15, 2018 (midnight EDT). Applications submitted after this time will not be considered.

Advisors of the Year Selected

SkillsUSA’s regional advisors of the year have been chosen! Congratulations,

  • Region 1: Marjorie Kellman, Washington County Technical High School, Maryland
  • Region 2: Joyce Price, Blacksburg High School, Virginia,
  • Region 3: Jeff Bertke, Upper Valley Career Center, Ohio
  • Region 4: Corine Triplett, Tulsa Technology Center, Oklahoma
  • Region 5: Shaun Aric Smith, Durango High School, Colorado

These great advisors will attend the National Leadership and Skills Conference in Louisville and compete for the title of national Advisor of the Year.

Hypertherm’s ‘Spark Something Great’ Grant Application Open

For four years, Hypertherm has sponsored an educational grant program. The 2018 program will equip 10 schools with a Powermax45 XP air plasma cutting, gouging and marking system, a $2,270 value; Hypertherm’s AWS SENSE approved “Plasma Cutting Technology: Theory and Practice” curriculum kit, a $499 value; and an initial visit by a Hypertherm district manager to set up and train on the equipment and curriculum. Schools are selected based on commitment to metal fabrication education, program, number of students who complete the program each year, instructor plans for system use, and a student testimonial. The submission deadline is April 2. For more information, visit: If you have questions, contact Betsy Van Duyne Donka at:

Alumni Association Announces Awards Availability

The SkillsUSA Alumni and Friends Association will once again be presenting two awards at the National Leadership and Skills Conference in Louisville, Ky.:

  • The Pioneer of Excellence Award recognizes Alumni and Friends members and/or business and industry partners who have been a “Pioneer of Excellence” for over five years for the alumni association
  • The Outstanding Alumni and Friends Achievement Award is for Alumni and Friends members and/or business and industry partners who have demonstrated a “Commitment for Excellence” for up to five years for the alumni association

To apply, please find the applications here:

Applications must be received, not postmarked, by April 16 at the SkillsUSA National Leadership Center. Please mail to: SkillsUSA Alumni Executive Board, c/o Taryn Zeigler, 14001 SkillsUSA Way, Leesburg, VA 20176.

State Leadership and Skills Conference

Friday, April 20th, 12pm to Sunday, April 22nd, 12pm

Grand Rapids, MI, United States

Grand Rapids, MI

National Leadership and Skills Conference

Monday, June 25th, 9am to Saturday, June 30th, 11am

Louisville, KY, United States

Louisville, KY