Advisor Update April 2018

SkillsUSA Michigan

This newsletter contains the Advisor Update and the SkillsUSA Flash!

State Contest Info

Please be sure to download the most current state contest info for your contest at The file contains important info regarding your contest and several contests have been updated in recent weeks.

2018 Official Voting Delegates Chart

The 2018 Official Voting Delegate Chart is now posted on our web site at The official voting delegates represent your school at the Annual Delegate Business Meeting on Saturday afternoon at the State Conference and vote on state issues and for the new state officers. Each school is allowed x number of official voting delegates based on your SkillsUSA membership as of January 15, 2018.

Advisor State Conference Checksheet

An Advisor State Conference Checksheet is available on our web site at This checklist is a great tool with tips to help you keep on track and organized for the State Conference.

State Conference Text Messages

Please sign up using the codes below to receive important text messages at the State Conference. We are using Remind for these text messages.

  • If you have a smartphone, get push notifications. On your iPhone or Android phone, open your web browser and go to the following link: Follow the instructions to sign up for Remind. You’ll be prompted to download the mobile app.
  • If you don’t have a smartphone, get text notifications. Text the message @2018michsc to the number 81010. If you’re having trouble with 81010, try texting @2018michsc to (734) 680-8322. * Standard text message rates apply

SkillsUSA Leadership Test

All students will be required to take the SkillsUSA Leadership Test on Friday afternoon anytime between 3:00 pm and 6:30 pm. The students with the top ten scores on the Leadership test will be recognized at the Sunday Awards Ceremony. This test is also used as a tie-breaker for competitors. A study guide for this test is available on our web site at

State Conference Dress Code

The State Conference Dress Code was approved by the Advisor Council in July 2008. The Advisor Council will be on hand at each meeting to determine if a student is properly dressed before he/she will be allowed on the stage. This dress code applies to all participants (students, advisors, observers, guests, etc.).

Friday Night General Session and Saturday Delegate Meeting: School-logo attire or SkillsUSA Michigan attire is required. A SkillsUSA blazer, sweater or windbreaker is encouraged but not required. Business attire is NOT allowed.

  • Women: School-logo collared shirt (any color) or white collared or collarless shirt, dress pants or skirt no shorter than 2” above the knee, skin-tone seamless hose, and close toed dress shoes OR white collared shirt, black pants or skirt no shorter than 2” above the knee, skin-tone seamless hose, and close toed dress shoes.
  • Men: School-logo collared shirt or white collared shirt, dress pants, dress socks, and dress shoes OR white collared shirt, black pants, black socks, and dress shoes.

Sunday Morning Awards Ceremony:

Students and Advisors - SkillsUSA Michigan attire or appropriate National Competition clothing is required. A SkillsUSA blazer, sweater or windbreaker is encouraged but not required.Business attire and non-white school-logo shirts are NOT allowed. Please see for the National Competition Clothing list.

  • Women: White collared or collarless shirt (with or without school/SkillsUSA logo), black pants or skirt no shorter than 2” above the knee, skin-tone seamless hose, and close toed dress shoes OR appropriate National competition clothing.
  • Men: White collared shirt (with or without school/SkillsUSA logo), black pants, black socks, and dress shoes OR appropriate National competition clothing.
  • Guests – Guests are to wear business or business casual.

Social and Free Time: Neat casual clothing is acceptable. Shoes must be worn when in public areas. Items not acceptable include hats, bathing suits (unless at the pool), and suggestive attire. Shirts must have sleeves and no bare mid drift. Skirts and shorts must be at least fingertip length.

2018 NLSC Due Dates – IMPORTANT!

For those of you who will be attending the 2018 National Leadership and Skills Conference on June 25-30, 2018 in Louisville, KY, please be prepared for the following due dates.

  • April 24, 2018 – Qualifier Not Attending Notification Form due to State Office
  • May 1, 2018 – SkillsUSA Michigan Registration Form due to State Office available at
  • May 1, 2018 – Online Conference Registration Due at www.skillsusa-register.orgAll fields must be completed including home address!
  • May 15, 2018 – Payment Deadline, Final Cancellations and Refund Requests due to State Office
  • May 31, 2018 – Additional Trading Pins Pre-Order Form due to State Office

State Contest Information and Updates

State contest information will be posted for all contests by March 5, 2018. Please see the web site at for more information. There are several important contest updates to state contests this year.

Carpentry and TeamWorks – All contestants MUST be OSHA certified! All contestants must have received instructions and have satisfactorily passed an examination on the safe use of portable electric power tools (including cordless) and all hand tools. All contestants are required to have an OSHA Certification prior to competition. To take the OSHA Certification test, go to:

Graphic Communications – The state contest will be at Ferris State University in Big Rapids on Friday, April 20, 2018.

Team Banquet – The state contest will be at DeVos Place in the Catering Kitchen and Ballrooms C and D on Friday, April 20, 2018.

CPS Welding - The state contest will be held April 13, 2018 at Washtenaw Community College in Ypsilanti. If a CPS Welding competitor is not registered for the state conference by early registration on March 16, 2018, their entire school is subject to disqualification for all other contests at the state conference.

HS and CPS Welding Fabrication – The state contest will be held April 13, 2018 at Washtenaw Community College in Ypsilanti. If a Welding Fabrication team is not registered for the state conference by early registration on March 16, 2018, their entire school is subject to disqualification for all other contests at the state conference.

SkillsUSA Flash

Registration Opens April 2 —
Get Ready to ‘Show Off Your Skills’ During National Week of Service

This year’s SkillsUSA National Week of Service will be sponsored by Stanley Black & Decker. The event will be held May 7-11, and SkillsUSA chapters will have an opportunity to be rewarded.

To qualify, SkillsUSA advisors must register as a participating chapter in the National Week of Service. The first 50 advisors who register their chapter plus 15 or more of their students who register will receive a Drill and Impact Driver Combo Kit from Stanley Black & Decker ( All students participating in the chapter event must register individually to receive a free T-shirt (

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. Those chapter videos will be posted on May 14 for a communitywide vote via social media to determine the grand-prize winner. The winner will be announced on May 18, with an awards presentation the following week at the winning school.

For more information, go to: Registration opens April 2. For questions, email Carol Lowery at

Harley-Davidson Motorcycle Raffle is Here Again!

SkillsUSA will be raffling a 2018 Street Bob motorcycle at the national conference Awards Ceremony on Friday, June 29, in Louisville, Ky. This event is made possible thanks to a generous donation by Harley-Davidson Motor Co. Inc.

The SkillsUSA Alumni and Friends Association will be the beneficiary of the annual raffle. This year’s motorcycle features a two-tone paint scheme called Wicked Red/Twisted Cherry.

Tickets are $5 each or five tickets for $20 (a shipping and handling fee of $1 will be added to online orders). The winner does not need to be present for the drawing but will be responsible for picking up the motorcycle at a local Harley-Davidson dealer in his or her community. Please note: The motorcycle cannot be shipped to the U.S. Virgin Islands. To get your tickets, go to:

For questions regarding this fundraiser, please email Taryn Zeigler at

Scholarships Available for Further Education in Technical Fields

Over 1,000 scholarships of up to $2,500 each are available for career and technical education students pursuing college/postsecondary education in their field. This Career and Technical Scholarship Program is funded through the Horatio Alger Endowment Fund and the generosity of association chairman emeritus and endowment fund president Walter Scott Jr.

Scholarships are awarded to students who have faced and overcome great obstacles in their lives and who wish to pursue a career or technical education at an accredited, nonprofit postsecondary institution in the United States. There are 1,020 scholarships up to $2,500 each available.

Eligibility Criteria:

  • Have completed high school (or earned a high-school equivalency credential)
  • Will be enrolled in an eligible program in fall 2018
  • Exhibit a strong commitment to pursue and complete a career or technical program (up to two years) at an accredited nonprofit college/postsecondary institution in the United States

  • Demonstrated critical financial need (must be eligible to receive the federal Pell Grant as determined by completion of the Free Application for Federal Student Aid [FAFSA]). Fill out the FAFSA here:
  • Demonstrated perseverance in overcoming adversity
  • Be under age 30
  • Be a U.S. citizen

Funds may be used for tuition, fees, books and supplies. All scholarship funds are paid directly to the institution on behalf of the recipient.

The application will open online March 15 for students enrolling in the fall. For additional information, and to create an account and apply online, visit:

New Online Community Promotes Equity in Career Tech

If you are a career and technical education professional seeking to increase equity in your programming, there is a new resource for you: the Advancing Equity in Career and Technical Education Community of Practice. Housed on the U.S. Department of Education’s Literacy Information and Communication Systems (LINCS) site, this moderated community offers educators a forum to engage in thoughtful discussions and to share tools and resources to increase equity in their programming.

You can create your account (available for free) at:

Join today to pose your questions and help answer those of colleagues. Some example topics include: How can I make sure that my rural students have work-based learning opportunities? How can I recruit more females into my advanced manufacturing program? How can I encourage my Native American career and technical students to persist and complete a postsecondary credential?

In addition to facilitated discussions, other equity-focused professional learning opportunities will include webinars, interactive resource reviews, blog posts and important event announcements.

Global Youth Service Day Looking for Participation

Celebrating 30 years of changing the world, Global Youth Service Day (GYSD) activates young people to #LeadASAP through Awareness, Service, Advocacy and Philanthropy. Through service to their community, youth gain powerful 21st-century skills of empathy, critical thinking, creativity, collaboration and communication, skills they need to be successful in school, work and life.

GYSD will be celebrated on April 20-22 in more than 100 countries, with millions of young people working together to address the U.N. Sustainable Development Goals and change their communities. Find project ideas and planning tips at:

State Leadership and Skills Conference

Friday, April 20th, 12pm to Sunday, April 22nd, 12pm

Grand Rapids, MI, United States

Grand Rapids, MI

National Leadership and Skills Conference

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

Louisville, KY, United States

Louisville, KY