SkillsUSA Flash

SkillsUSA Michigan

May 23, 2017

Did Your SkillsUSA Members Win Big in 2016-2017? Get the Word Out!

Your chapter has had an incredible year: achieved recognition on the local, district and state levels; participated in community service and so much more. Ensure that your chapter receives the recognition it deserves by submitting an article and photos to local news outlets.


SkillsUSA has a system that makes creating and submitting press releases a breeze. There is even a preloaded State Leadership and Skills Conference template ready to be personalized. The system is completely electronic, so no paper copies are involved; you simply load your ZIP code into the system and it will automatically connect you to local, regional and state news outlets. You can even reach your governor, lieutenant governor, state senators and representatives, and state attorneys general, in addition to the nation’s president, vice president, members of Congress, and state and local media. Give it a try, and enjoy the recognition! For a complete demonstration, visit: www.cqrcengage.com/skillsusa/


New Round of SkillsUSA Lowe’s Community Service Grant Applications Now Open

Lowe’s continues a ninth year of generosity with another round of SkillsUSA grants in 2017. Grant information and the application are now available on the SkillsUSA website at: http://skillsusa.org/membership-resources/grants/lowes/. The focus of the grant program is significant community improvement. Grants of up to $25,000 will be awarded. Multiple applications per school will be accepted, and priority for funding will be given to new SkillsUSA chapters.


The best proposed projects will:

  • provide a life-changing experience for the SkillsUSA students involved and the beneficiaries of the grant dollars
  • demonstrate a well-articulated planned partnership with engagement from local Lowe’s store team(s)
  • show impact — how many SkillsUSA students participated/how many members of the community will be affected?
  • show collaboration with other organizations and show sustainability
  • show active use of social media to promote and document the project
  • be improvement projects that use Lowe’s as a resource for employee knowledge and/or available products


For more information, please email Jim Kregiel at jkregiel@skillsusa.org. The deadline for grant applications is June 30 at 11:59 p.m. EDT. Late applications will not be accepted. Please review the grant guidelines to be sure that applications are properly completed and submitted. Winning projects will begin in the fall and must be completed no later than Dec. 1.


Now’s Your Chance to Own a Harley-Davidson Heritage Softail Classic

SkillsUSA is raffling off a Harley-Davidson Heritage Softail Classic motorcycle at the National Leadership and Skills Conference awards ceremony June 23 in Louisville, Ky. This event is made possible thanks to a generous donation by Harley-Davidson Motor Co. Inc.


SkillsUSA’s Alumni and Friends Association will be the beneficiary of this year’s raffle. Tickets are $5 each or five tickets for $20 (a shipping and handling fee of $1 will be added to your order). Get your tickets here: http://weblink.donorperfect.com/SkillsUSAHarley17. You do not need to be present to win.


Great Values for Your End-of-Year Budget Spending

Many school systems require instructors to expend all the funds in their consumable budgets before the end of the school year. If you have budget dollars remaining, consider using them for SkillsUSA educational resources. Materials such as The Four Pillars, Ignite and Impact will make great additions to your chapter and classroom resource items. The ultimate in chapter officer preparation is the LYL Series Officer Mega Package. Learn about these educational resources and a whole host of others by visiting the SkillsUSA Educational Resources Catalog at: www.skillsusa.org/store/index.html.


Act Now: Horatio Alger National Career and Technical Scholarship Program

High-school graduates who are currently or soon pursuing postsecondary CTE studies may be eligible for up to $2,500 to pursue a career or technical certificate/associate’s degree. By completing a simple 45-minute application, they will be considered for one of 1,020 scholarships being awarded in 2017.


Act now to take advantage of support for your CTE pursuit. The educational program must result in a certification, credential or associate’s degree. For more information or to apply, visit: http://tinyurl.com/gmwm171. The application is now available for students who will be enrolled in a postsecondary program in Fall 2017. The first application deadline is June 15.


If you have any questions or would like more information about the scholarships or the Horatio Alger Association, email Enrique Ramirez at eramirez@horatioalger.org.