Advisor Update May 2018

SkillsUSA Michigan

This newsletter contains the Advisor Update and the SkillsUSA Flash!

Thank you all for a great state conference, it went very smooth this year! Congratulations to all the medalists!

State Conference Results
The State Conference results were emailed to all Lead Advisors last month. You will need to know the competitor’s ID number in order to find their results.

State Conference and Contest Winners Photos
The State Conference photos are posted on our Facebook page at

Hi Five Membership Increase Award Winners
Congratulations to the following schools for achieving the Hi Five Membership Increase Award in its inaugural year, sponsored by the the Michigan Department of Talent and Economic Development. They each received $250 for their chapter.

  • Bedford High School
  • Cass Technical High School
  • Huron Area Technical Center
  • Jackson Area Career Center
  • Lapeer County Ed Tech Center
  • Mecosta-Osceola Career Center
  • Midland Windover High School
  • Monroe County Community College
  • Newaygo County Career-Tech Center
  • Oakland Schools Technical Center NE Campus
  • S & W Washtenaw Consortium
  • West Bloomfield High School

Membership Increase Blazer Raffle
There were 39 schools with a total of 193 entries in the Membership Increase Blazer Raffle. Congrats to the winner, Boyne City High School!

State Conference Survey
Please take a few minutes to complete the State Conference survey at We’d like your feedback so we can make the State Conference even better next year.

2018-2019 State Officers
Congratulations to the new 2018-2019 state officers. State Officer Training is this month
with the state officers from the other CTSOs and I look forward to their leadership next year.

  • Ariella Cuellar from Bay Arenac ISD Career Center, Advisor - Dave Urlaub
  • Imoni Dorsey from Saginaw Career Complex, Advisor – Julie Ivan
  • Nadia Lawrence from Breithaupt Career and Technical Center, Advisor – Maria Sullivan
  • Tamera Motley from Saginaw Career Complex, Advisor – Julie Ivan

SkillsUSA Michigan/EMU Pledge Form
We want to grow SkillsUSA Michigan for the future and contributions can be made to SkillsUSA Michigan to that end. You can designate where your contribution will be used. The form is available on our web site at

SkillsUSA Michigan Retirement/Memorial Tribute Form
SkillsUSA Michigan is also accepting donations in tribute of a special person. You can designate where your tribute will be used. The form is available on our web site at

SkillsUSA Flash

SkillsUSA Champions Magazine Summer Edition and Lesson Plan Are Ready

The latest SkillsUSA Champions magazine is full of articles that will inspire students and set the tone for an engaging summer!

The advisor’s lesson plan to the magazine is online and ready for use in your classroom. The guide has two major parts: knowledge-based questions for guided reading, and activities to dig deep into the content of each article. Using the guide will further develop the skills of reading comprehension and critical thinking, as well as practice skills of the SkillsUSA Framework. The guided reading questions can be given to students prior to their assigned reading or browsing of the magazine.

Have students read the article as homework or during class individually, in small groups or aloud as an entire class. Then quickly discuss the article. Finally, use the discussion questions to help students apply the article to their own SkillsUSA experience.

Activities are provided for practice and extended learning. Select several articles to cover in one class period, or focus on one article each day. The goal of this guide is to provide you the tools necessary to best educate your students in your classroom.

To download the full lesson plan, visit:

“Pitching Perfectly”

Locate the article quickly at this link:

Content Discussion Questions

  1. What would you do with funding to pursue a passion?
  2. How did Nathan Simpson start his career at an early age?
  3. How do you connect with other people in school? In SkillsUSA? In the workplace?

In-Class Activity, 20 minutes (varies on number in class)

Personal Skills: Work Ethic, Do what it takes to get the job done

Materials needed: None

Choose one student to go first. Give these instructions:

  1. Each of you will lead the class in an activity for 45 seconds.
  2. The activity may be physical, creative or even informative.

Have the first student begin leading. After 45 seconds, bring students back together. Choose another student to be the next leader. Repeat until all students have had a chance to lead. Then facilitate a group discussion by asking questions including:

  • How did you decide what activity to use?
  • What skills do leaders exhibit?
  • When do you demonstrate strong work ethic at home? In school? In SkillsUSA? In the workplace?

Extended Learning Activity

Workplace Skills: Communication, Use appropriate body language

Challenge each student to have a conversation with a stranger this week. These conversations may be with another student at school, a coffee barista or someone on the bus or a variety of other places. Have students report to the class about these conversations.

Leading Educator to Present During Engage Training

A nationally recognized speaker on educational initiatives and instructional programming, Dr. Sandra Clement, will spend a day with SkillsUSA’s Engage training participants in June. Clement has served as a teacher, counselor, district and campus administrator at all grade levels for over 23 years. As principal of South Park Middle School and Moody High School in Corpus Christi, Texas, she has effectively led both of these high-poverty and high-at-risk schools out of low-performing “academically unacceptable” state designations.

Clement’s message is one of equity. She believes all students must have access to career and technical education and that it is not an elective but rather a coherent pathway to ensuring career readiness for every student.

In 2016, Clement was the only educator named to the Chief Council of State School Officer’s (CCSSO) National Advisory Committee, part of CCSSO’s Career Readiness Initiative. This five-year New Skills for Youth initiative oversees a dedicated $35 million dollars from JPMorgan Chase aimed at strengthening career-focused education. In 2015, her school was chosen as the top high school in the nation for STEM instructional programming and received the National Excellence in Action Award from the White House.

Engage will be held June 23-25 at the Kentucky Exposition Center in Louisville, Ky. To learn more about it and how you can register, visit:

‘Show Off Your Skills’ During National Week of Service May 7-11

This year’s SkillsUSA National Week of Service is May 7-11, and Stanley Black & Decker is sponsoring a “Show Off Your Skills” challenge where chapters will have an opportunity to compete for a grand prize of $10,000 and four finalist prizes of $4,000 each. Additionally, the state association of the winning chapter will receive a grant for $2,500 in appreciation for its efforts in encouraging chapters to participate.

To participate, chapters must produce a 60-second video for social media that highlights the community service they performed during the National Week of Service and the specific trade skills used. There are no limits to video creativity as long as chapters clearly identify how their skills were used in service to others. Contest entries will be accepted from May 7 (9 a.m. EDT) until May 11 (11 p.m. EDT).

A SkillsUSA panel will select the five finalists. These chapter videos will be posted May 14 for a communitywide vote via social media to determine the grand-prize winner. The winner will be announced May 18, with an awards presentation the following week at the winning school.

For more information, go to: For questions, email Carol Lowery at

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. The written application 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 (midnight EDT). Applications submitted after this time will not be considered. If you have questions, contact Marcia Strickland at

National Leadership and Skills Conference

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

Louisville, KY, United States

Louisville, KY