MI Advisor Update DECEMBER 2020

SkillsUSA Michigan


Message from the State Director

Let me start this newsletter with the information you want to know: State and National conferences will be virtual this year. These were difficult decisions to make but we feel that under the current pandemic situation it is the safest decision for our members.

I know this news is not what everyone wants to hear, but we feel it is really the best decision for this school year. I want our advisors to know that the state office is committed to offering exciting, interactive, and challenging events for members this school year. We have many committees at the regional, state and national level working to develop virtual activities and contests, that we hope, students and advisors will find meaningful and beneficial.

I am compelled to strongly recommend engaging in SkillsUSA this year. Your students are seeking opportunities to engage and grow. SkillsUSA offers you, as an advisor, many free benefits that you can tie into your classroom activities that can have a lasting benefit to your students. Your membership and that of your students helps SkillsUSA Michigan and the national office to do exciting things for it's members. It's a different kind of year and we need your support more than ever.

  • Please feel free to reach out via email: cwarning@emich.edu, voice call via office phone: 734-785-3888, or text via google voice: 734-985-0270. Currently, I am working from virtually from home for the remainder of 2020.

Thank you for your support and patience during my transition as I learn and find ways to help make 2020/2021 a great year for our SkillsUSA members.

Carrie Warning, SkillsUSA State Director

(Please only share the video message below with your students and other advisors.)

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National Conference and Contests

National Conference and Contests: Scheduled for June 2021 will be virtual this year.

Technical Standards

The 2020-2021 Technical Standards are free with your professional membership. They are available online and once you join as a professional member and will be available online via the SkillsUSA Connect Absorb https://mycareeressentials.org/#/public-dashboard.

State Conference and Contests

State Conference and Contests: Scheduled for April 2021 will be virtual this year.

The state office and the state technical contest committees are committed to providing exciting, interactive and challenging experiences during our state conference this year.

State Contest Standards:

Currently last year''s state contest standards are located on our website under state contests (top menu drop down).http://miskillsusa.org/state-contests/ and will be updated once the committees finalize changes for this year.

We need judges!

Please nominate judges following this link:


Regional Contests

Regional contests are being planned by your Regional Representatives and regional contest coordinators. They will be communicating with advisors the details of regional contests in the very near future. As always, we will be reviewing the guidance from the state health department and the event options provided by the National SkillsUSA office to determine what format the Regional Conferences will take this year.

New this year for all Michigan Regions: Regional registrations will be completed online via the national registration website. https://www.skillsusa-register.org/


Membership with SkillsUSA looks great on student's resume and is recognized by hundreds of businesses worldwide. SkillsUSA is not a club but an integral part of the CTE experience.

Advisors use the SkillsUSA framework while teaching their classes everyday, experience professional development opportunities to continue to grow their skill as a teacher and advisor.

Students experience rewarding experiences, such as, community service projects, workshops, business/industry meet & greets, conferences, competitions and so much more.

Please consider joining SkillsUSA this year. We need our membership to be strong and show the world and this pandemic that Michigan CTE students can and will persevere even in the toughest of times.

2020-2021 Membership Dues

  • Student: $14.00 = $8.00 (national) and $6.00 (state)
  • Professional: $26.00 = $20.00 (national) and $6.00 (state)
  • NOTE: the state portion of membership is used to help run the state organization.

Membership Registration Deadline

Many advisors asked for an extension on membership this year due to the pandemic, so we are extending until the end of January for this year only.

January 30, 2021 is the deadline for your final membership. All students must be paid members of SkillsUSA Michigan to participate in regional, state and national competitions and/or conferences.

All membership registrations must be submitted online at http://www.skillsusa-register.org/. Please make sure that all membership checks are sent directly to the National SkillsUSA 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 the programs that each school offers.

State Incentive: Membership Increase by January 15, 2021

  • 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.

Here is a link of some membership recruitment resources: https://www.skillsusa.org/membership-resources/chapters/recruiting/recruitment-ideas/

Upcoming Dates

NOTE: Due to the Pandemic, some flexibility may be required on many deadlines, but we hope to hold as many deadlines as we can.
  • January 30 (Previously January 15) Deadline: Final Membership Registration Due online at www.skillsusa-register.org Students registered after this date will not be able to compete! February (all month) Regional Competitions – contact your Regional Representative for info
  • February 1 Deadline: No State Run Contest Online Survey Due to State Office
  • February 1 Deadline: Judge Nomination Forms Due to State Office
  • February 7-13 SkillsUSA Week
  • February 15 Deadline: Regional Direct to States Online Form Due to State Office
  • February 15 Deadline: Chapter Excellence Program (CEP) Applications Due online at www.skillsusa-register.org
  • February 15 Deadline: Advisor of the Year Nominations Due to State Office
  • March 1 Deadline: State Officer Applications Form Due to State Office
See below for more details for each event

Link to full calendar: http://miskillsusa.org/wp-content/uploads/2020/10/2021calendar.pdf

Advisor Information

Advisor Information Form and Advisor Code of Ethics Form

We are still accepting updates on advisor information forms. We are updating our database and would like a new form for each advisor.

Be sure we have your correct email address! Over 95% of our communication will be via email. Thank you!

Advisor Information Form (blank): http://miskillsusa.org/wp-content/uploads/2020/10/advisor_infoform.pdf

Advisor Code of Ethics: http://miskillsusa.org/wp-content/uploads/2020/10/advisors_coe.pdf

Intent to Compete

If you plan to participate in regional or state contests this year, we need you to submit an intent to compete form to the state office (cwarning@emich.edu). I have recieved many but I know that there are many still not turned in. These forms are important to help plan both regional and state conferences. http://miskillsusa.org/wp-content/uploads/2020/10/2021contest_intenttocompetev2.xlsx

Advisor of the Year Nominations

It is that time to start thinking about Advisor of the Year. Due date: Feb. 15, 2021

Application can be found here: https://miskillsusa.org/wp-content/uploads/2020/10/2021advisors_advisoroftheyearform.pdf

State Advisory Council

Access the members of the council:


Download the link below to access the latest AC Meeting Minutes

The AC plans to meet again on January 14, 2021. We want your ideas and feedback. Please reach out to your regional representative and share your feedback and ideas.

State Officer Activity

Meet our State Officers:


State Officer (Virtual) Visits: If you are interested in allowing our students to host a virtual chapter visit and present to your state officers to help get your Program of Work complete, please follow this link and sign up. https://forms.gle/LjE2Z8xnSRU5jxag8

Our State Officers are continuing to meet weekly and have been active on social media.

Please follow the organization on our social media accounts:

Instagram miskillsusa, Facebook Skillsusa Michigan

Twitter @miskillsusa, #miskillsusa, Snapchat miskillsusa

Community Service Projects

Community Service Highlight

Please consider sending information about your school's community service projects.

Community Service Projects are an important way to instill good citizenship in our members. They will also be great chapter building activities during this time of limited large gatherings as a way to bring chapter members together to work in small teams to accomplish the goals of your community service project. 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 cwarning@emich.edu. Your Community Service Project will be added to the next newsletter and posted on our web site and Facebook page for all to see!

Need Help? SkillsUSA HOTLINE is here to help!

SkillsUSA HOTLINE is a great place to get help with just about everything.

CALL 844-875-4557

CHAT on the membership registration page

EMAIL operators@skillsusa.org for membership and general support OR careeressentials@skillsusa.org for Career Essentials resources