Advisor Update October 2016

SkillsUSA Michigan

New Membership Rules

Michigan students can now join more than one CTSO! In the past, students were only allowed to join the one CTSO that aligned with their program. Starting this year, students will be allowed to join another CTSO, as long as they join the CTSO that aligns with their program also.

2016-2017 Membership Dues

The 2016-2017 membership dues are:

Student: $14.00 = $8.00 (national) and $6.00 (state)

Professional: $26.00 = $20.00 (national) and $6.00 (state)

2016-2017 Membership Registration Deadlines

November 15, 2016 is the deadline for your initial membership registration to be submitted to the National Office to be able to receive all four issues of Champions Magazine and free teacher items. All rosters are to be submitted online at Schools are encouraged join by November 15, 2016 in order to ensure full membership services for the year, including all mailings and magazines.

January 15, 2017 is the deadline for your final membership registration to be submitted to the National Office. All students must be paid members of SkillsUSA Michigan by January 15, 2017 in order to participate in regional, state and national competitions and/or conferences. If you have any questions/concerns about this deadline, please contact me!

All membership registrations must be submitted online at Paper rosters are discouraged. Please make sure that all membership checks are sent directly to the National 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 what programs are at what schools.

2017 Membership Incentives - SkillsUSA Michigan is encouraging each chapter to increase their membership this year. Each chapter that submits their membership by the due date listed below will qualify for the following incentive(s). Membership MUST be submitted online at by the due dates in order to meet the requirements.

Membership Increase by November 1, 2016

  • For every five member increase over last year’s membership, the chapter will receive one free registration to the Fall Leadership Conference, a $30 value.
  • Both student and professional members are included in the chapter’s total membership.
Membership Increase by January 15, 2017
  • 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.
  • Chapters that qualified for the November 1, 2016 incentive will also be eligible.

Leadership Contest Team Members Changes

Starting this year, the number of members on the following Leadership team contests have changed:

  • American Spirit – Is now a Team of 3
  • Chapter Display – Is now a Team of 3

  • Outstanding Chapter - Is now a Team of 3

  • Promotional Bulletin Board – Is now a Team of 3

SkillsUSA Michigan Week

SkillsUSA Michigan Week is celebrated the third week of October each year and SkillsUSA Michigan Week gives chapters, advisors and student members the opportunity to promote SkillsUSA Michigan programs and activities at the local level. The State Officers will have special posts our Facebook page at

During SkillsUSA Michigan week, members can also help raise awareness of SkillsUSA. This can be accomplished through membership drives, field trips to local businesses, an open house for parents or industry partners, a visit to local community organizations to make a brief presentation about SkillsUSA Michigan, or providing news releases and public service announcements to local media outlets for possible distribution. More information is available at

2016 Fall Leadership and Professional Development Conference

The Fall Leadership and Professional Development Conference is a great way to kick off your year and to motivate your members to have a great year with SkillsUSA Michigan. The conference is a combination of team building activities and breakout sessions on SkillsUSA with special professional development sessions specifically for advisors. The early registration fee for the conference is $30.00 per participant (students and advisors) and includes registration materials, and lunch.

The State Fall Leadership Conference is November 1, 2016 at the Lansing Center in Lansing. Registration is as follows. More information is available at An electronic registration form will be used, so please read the instructions carefully! Faxed or mailed forms will not be accepted!

  • Early Registration deadline – October 7, 2016
  • Final Registration deadline – October 21, 2016

2017 Intent to Compete Form

If your school intends to compete in 2017, please fill out the 2017 Intent to Compete form! This form is a critical component of the planning and scheduling of regional and state competitions. The deadline is October 31, 2016. This form is now electronic and failure to return this form via email by the due date may result in your school not being allowed to compete in some events, or some events not being offered on the regional and/or state level. It is available on our web site at

SkillsUSA Night with the Detroit Pistons

SkillsUSA Michigan members will have a one of a kind opportunity to meet professionals who work behind the scenes for the Detroit Pistons on December 6, 2016. Guest speakers will cover many aspects of the industry including marketing, sales, communications, public relations, internships and more. At the end of the day members will be guests of the Palace as they watch the Detroit Pistons. Register early to ensure that your chapter members won’t miss out on this awesome opportunity. The registration form is available at and is due November 17, 2016.

2017 State Conference Program Cover Contest

We are redesigning the State Conference program this year and therefore, this contest is no longer available.

2017 State National Anthem Contest

A SkillsUSA Michigan member will be selected to sing the National Anthem acapella at the Friday Opening General Session on April 7, 2017 at the State Conference. Interested members must submit an audition CD or flash drive of them singing the National Anthem in order to be considered. Student must be a current member of SkillsUSA Michigan and must pay the State Conference registration fee. All audition CDs or flash drive must be sent via US mail to the State Office and received no later than January 13, 2017. More information is available on our web site at

Fall Leadership Conference

Tuesday, Nov. 1st, 9am-2:30pm

333 East Michigan Avenue

Lansing, MI

State Leadership and Skills Conference

Friday, April 7th 2017 at 12pm to Sunday, April 9th 2017 at 12pm

Grand Rapids, MI, United States

Grand Rapids, MI

National Leadership and Skills Conference

Monday, June 19th 2017 at 9am to Saturday, June 24th 2017 at 9am

Louisville, KY, United States

Louisville, KY