Advisor Update February 2016

SkillsUSA Michigan

2016 State Conference Info Packet and Forms Are Now Available!

The 2016 State Conference Info Packet and Forms are now available on our web site at http://miskillsusa.org/advisors/forms/.


Please be sure to download the forms you need for the State Conference, including the conference information packet, the conference registration form and hotel registration form.


Also, be sure to review the State Contest Information and Updates below for important contest info.

Congrats to our Membership Increase Schools!

Congratulations to the following schools for exceeding last year’s overall membership by at least 5 members and qualifying for the state membership increase incentive. Schools new to the list are listed in bold.

  • Breithaupt Career and Technical Center

  • Branch Area Careers Center

  • Calhoun Area Career Center

  • Capital Area Career Center

  • Cass Technical High School

  • C-L-K School District Calumet High School

  • Culinary Institute of Michigan - Baker College

  • Dakota High School

  • Genesee Career Institute

  • Grand Rapids Community College

  • Huron Area Technical Center

  • Livonia Franklin High School

  • Lapeer County Ed Tech Center

  • Mecosta-Osceola Career Center

  • Midland H.H. Dow High School

  • Newaygo County Career-Tech Center

  • Oakland Schools Technical Center NE Campus

  • Oakland Schools Technical Center SE Campus

  • Randolph Career and Technical Center

  • Roseville High School

  • Royal Oak High School

  • Sault Area Career Center

  • Schoolcraft College

  • St. Clair TEC

  • TBA Career Tech Center

  • Troy Athens High School

  • Utica Eisenhower High School

  • Warren Career Prep Center

  • Warren Lincoln High School

  • Warren Woods Tower High School


2016 State Conference Program Cover Winner

33 entries were submitted for the 2016 State Conference Program Cover Design Contest. Thank you to all who entered! Congratulations to Stephen Eck from Newaygo County Career-Tech Center. His design will be on the 2016 State Conference program. His advisor is Doug Clink. See his winning design here: https://www.facebook.com/miskillsusa/photos/a.112687719465.116237.22503914465/10154608473864466/?type=3&theater


2016 National Anthem Contest Winner

Congratulations to Jessica Mandujano from Golightly Career and Technical Center. She was selected to sing the National Anthem at the Friday Opening Session and she will be recognized at the State Conference. Her advisor is Gregory Edwards.


2016 Regional Qualifiers Numbers Chart

The 2016 Regional Qualifiers Numbers Chart is available on our web site at http://miskillsusa.org/advisors/forms/.


Regional Competitions Reminder

All regional contests must be completed by March 1. Regional information will be posted on the web site at http://miskillsusa.org/conferences/regionalcontests/ as it become available. Please be sure that you are in the loop! Contact your regional representatives for information regarding your region’s competitions.


2015-2016 Competition Theme

The SkillsUSA competition theme for the 2015-2016 year is SkillsUSA: Champions at Work Connecting You to Career Success. This is the theme for the Chapter Display, Prepared Speech and Promotional Bulletin Board contests. More information is available at http://skillsusa.org/competitions/skillsusa-championships/theme/.


Regional School Cancellation Policy

In the past, there have been school cancellations on the day of a regional contest, therefore the Advisor Council has approved the Regional School Cancellation Policy at their meeting on December 13, 2011. be aware that all regional contests should plan two contest dates: the original contest date and a makeup date. The policy is posted on our web site at http://miskillsusa.org/advisors/forms/.


Regional Contestant Forms

The Regional Contestant Ranking Sheet or a Regional Qualifier Direct to States Form is REQUIRED for all contests so that we know what contestants have qualified for States. An accurate contestant count is necessary for contest supply orders, contest site set-up, conference registration, etc. One of these forms MUST be filled out for all regional contests (including those contests going directly to States) and for both HS and CPS divisions. I cannot stress the importance of these forms enough! These forms are on the web site at http://miskillsusa.org/advisors/forms/ and are Excel compatible.

  • This form must be signed by the contest coordinator and emailed or faxed to your regional representative no later than 2 days after your contest.
  • Failure to submit this form to your regional representative will result in those students NOT being allowed to compete at the State Conference!
  • If we receive a State Conference registration for a contestant NOT on the appropriate Regional Contestant Ranking Sheet or Regional Qualifier Direct to States Form, he/she will NOT be allowed to compete!
  • NO EXCEPTIONS!


Intent to Compete on Web Site

The 2016 Intent to Compete Grid is now available on our web site at http://miskillsusa.org/advisors/forms/.


2016 Official Voting Delegates Chart

The 2016 Official Voting Delegate Chart is now on our web site at http://miskillsusa.org/advisors/forms/. 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, 2016.


SkillsUSA Michigan’s Advisor of the Year

We are looking for a few good advisors! Honor that special advisor that has gone above and beyond the call of duty by nominating them for SkillsUSA Michigan’s Advisor of the Year. The Advisor of the Year form is due to your regional representative by February 15, 2016. The nomination form is available on our web site at http://miskillsusa.org/advisors/forms/.


Advisor State Conference Checksheet

An Advisor State Conference Checksheet developed by Steve Lick, the SkillsUSA state certified trainer, is now available on our web site at http://miskillsusa.org/advisors/forms/. This checklist is a great tool with tips to help you keep on track and organized for the State Conference.


State Officer Candidate Application

Being a state officer is one of the highest honors a student can achieve in SkillsUSA Michigan. It can also be one of the most rewarding experiences for a student. If you have a student who wants to run for a state office, please have them complete and submit the State Officer Application by February 15, 2016. The State Officer Application is available on our web site at http://miskillsusa.org/advisors/forms/.

State Contest Information and Updates

State contest information will be posted for all contests by March 1, 2016. Please see the web site at http://miskillsusa.org/compete/statecontests/ for more information. There are several important contest updates to state contests this year.


Aviation Maintenance Technology – The state contest will be held March 26-27, 2016 at Western Michigan University College of Aviation in Battle Creek. If an Aviation Maintenance Technology competitor is not registered for the state conference by early registration on March 4, 2016 their entire school is subject to disqualification for all other contests at the state conference.


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: www.careersafeonline.com/.


CPS Culinary Arts, Commercial Baking and Restaurant Service – These state contest will be held March 5, 2016 at the Culinary Institute of Michigan-Baker College in Port Huron. Since the state CPS Culinary Arts, Commercial Baking and Restaurant Service contests are in early March, your deadlines will be earlier than the rest of the schools, they are as follows. Because of the tight turnaround, no forms, registrations and/or name changes will be accepted after these dates! If a CPS Culinary Arts, Commercial Baking or Restaurant Service competitor is not registered for the state conference by February 25, 2016 their entire school is subject to disqualification for all other contests at the state conference.

  • Direct to States form – February 18, 2016
  • State Conference Registration form - February 25, 2016


Digital Cinema Production - The state contest will be held in March, similar to the how it has been run in the past. Details to come. If a Digital Cinema Production competitor is not registered for the state conference by early registration on March 4, 2016 their entire school is subject to disqualification for all other contests at the state conference.


Entrepreneurship – Six copies of each participating team’s business plan are to be sent to the state office prior to the state conference and must be received by March 11, 2016.

Graphic Communications – The state contest will be held March 19, 2016 at Ferris State University. All competitors, observers and advisors must still register for the state conference in order to compete. If a Graphic Communications competitor is not registered for the state conference by early registration on March 4, 2016, their entire school is subject to disqualification for all other contests at the state conference.


Team Banquet – The state contest will be at DeVos Place in the Catering Kitchen and Ballrooms C and D on Friday, April 8, 2016.


CPS Welding - The state contest will be held April 1, 2016 at Washtenaw Community College in Ypsilanti. If a CPS Welding competitor is not registered for the state conference by early registration on March 4, 2016, their entire school is subject to disqualification for all other contests at the state conference.


HS Welding Fabrication – The state contest will be held April 8, 2016 at GRCC M-TEC Tassell in Grand Rapids.


CPS Welding Fabrication – The state contest will be held April 1, 2016 at Washtenaw Community College in Ypsilanti. If a Welding Fabrication team is not registered for the state conference by early registration on March 4, 2016 their entire school is subject to disqualification for all other contests at the state conference.

State Conference

Friday, April 8th, 12pm to Sunday, April 10th, 12pm

Grand Rapids, MI, United States

Grand Rapids, MI

National Conference

Monday, June 20th, 9am to Saturday, June 25th, 9am

Louisville, KY, United States

Louisville, KY