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SkillsUSA Michigan

January 29, 2016

Order Your SkillsUSA Week T-shirts Now!

Are you ready to show your Champion Pride? Chapters can order SkillsUSA T-shirts for $12 each with a minimum order of just six T-shirts. To order, contact

The creative, one-of-a-kind T-shirt design captures the energy and excitement of this dedicated week. Feb. 7 will be here before you know it. Be prepared to show your skills with the SkillsUSA Week T-shirt.

CTE Month Digital Blizzard Plan

February is recognized as National Career and Technical Education (CTE) Month, with the opportunity to highlight the work of students and teachers in CTE. SkillsUSA is integral to your CTE program, so this is the perfect opportunity to raise awareness and share information about CTE and SkillsUSA. One of the most effective forms of communication to reach a wide audience of students, parents and educators is through social media such as Twitter, Facebook and Instagram. How can you and your students get involved and get noticed? Follow the daily postings and tweets below for the most impact:

  • Facebook post on Feb. 1 — February is CTE Month. What impact has career and technical education had on your life? Share your photos that show your excitement and success in CTE. Use the CTE Month logo as a picture:
  • Tweet/Instagram post on Feb. 1 — February is CTE Month. What impact has career and technical education had on your life? Post your best photos! #CTEMonth
  • Facebook post on Feb. 3 — Career and technical education (CTE) helps students develop employability skills through rigorous and relevant courses in high school and college. Approximately 94 percent of high-school students are being prepared for successful careers through CTE. How did CTE help prepare you for future success? Include a picture of a student completing a hands-on activity in the classroom.
  • Tweet / Instagram post on Feb. 3 — CTE equips students with academic, employability and technical skills. How did CTE help prepare you to be successful? Include a picture of a student completing a hands-on activity in the classroom or during a work-based learning experience. #CTEMonth

Register Today: Chapter Excellence Program Webinars

You know you are having a great year in SkillsUSA, so why not be recognized for it? Did you elect officers, hold chapter meetings, engage in chapter activities? Then take it to the next level and complete the Chapter of Excellence program Quality Chapter application to receive the recognition you have earned as a chapter. Join us for this easy-to-follow, 30-minute webinar that will take you step-by-step through the application process — after all, you've earned it!

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

Schools in your state may qualify for this award. This is an exciting opportunity for chapters to be recognized and honored for exemplary chapter performance as well as the chance to receive $2,000. The Chapter Excellence Program (CEP) establishes a quality baseline that all chapters are encouraged to attain, with extra incentive for exemplary chapter performance. The program consists of four award levels, with the first three levels 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 application deadline is February 15, 2016. It is not too late to receive CEP recognition, but state deadlines are quickly approaching. Ensure that your chapter is receiving the recognition it deserves by completing the Chapter of Excellence application.

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

CTE Recruitment Time

It is almost February, and students are beginning to think about what courses they would like to sign up for next year. Ensure that every seat is filled in your CTE program by developing an awesome promotional plan. A couple of quick and easy ways to get noticed include:

  • Develop a brochure explaining the various courses being offered next year in your CTE program. The brochure should include career and college/postsecondary options, as well as activities that take place in each class. In addition, pictures of students engaged in classroom activities should be placed in the brochure. Student success stories may also be included from past students, particularly SkillsUSA members.
  • Develop information tables during lunch period, staffed by students enrolled in your CTE program and SkillsUSA. The students can answer questions for fellow students and provide information brochures and fliers to students.
  • Work with students to develop an “open house” day in your classroom. Students can staff various “information stations” around the classroom and even conduct demonstrations. In addition, there may be presentations and question-and-answer sessions. Work with other teachers to arrange time for students to check out your lab and learn about the program.
  • Consider going digital and use social media to help promote your program. Get students involved and let them plan a social media campaign to spotlight your program and SkillsUSA.

Have fun as you recruit, and students will pick up on the energy and excitement you have for your program and SkillsUSA!

DEADLINE: SkillsUSA National Conference Pin and T-Shirt Design Contest

Feb. 1 is the deadline for entries to the SkillsUSA National Conference Pin and T-shirt Design Challenge. This event is open to all paid student members of SkillsUSA. This is a great way to have a student and advisor from your school recognized. Rules are posted on the SkillsUSA website at: Questions may be directed to Heidi Walsh at 703-737-0615 or by email to

Hypertherm’s ‘Spark Something Great’

Don’t miss your chance to apply for Hypertherm’s “Spark Something Great” educational grant. The grant will award 10 schools with a Powermax45® plasma cutting and gouging system, a Plasma Cutting Technology: Theory and Practice curriculum kit and a training visit from a Hypertherm technical representative.

The program aims to ensure the next generation of welders and metal fabricators know how to properly cut and gouge with plasma by making available to schools the latest cutting equipment and standardized instruction. Grant winners from 2015 included the Tennessee College of Applied Technology in Knoxville. Ensure that your school is among one of the winning applications this year. Applications for 2016 are due on or before April 1, with grant decisions communicated by May 2. The grant is available to schools located within the United States, Canada and Mexico. More information, including instructions for submitting a grant application, is available at: