Advisor Update February 2018

SkillsUSA Michigan

This newsletter contains the Advisor Update and the SkillsUSA Flash!

2018 State Conference Info Packet and Forms Available This Month!

The 2018 State Conference Info Packet and Forms will be available in February on our web site at

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. These schools are also on track for the Hi Five Membership Incentive - be sure to complete all steps in order to earn a $250 credit for your chapter!

  • Advance Technology Academy
  • Bedford High School
  • Boyne City High School
  • Breithaupt Career and Technical Center
  • Careerline Tech Center
  • Cass Technical High School
  • Chippewa Valley High School
  • Clare/Gladwin RESD
  • Copper County ISD
  • Detroit School of Arts
  • Flatrock High School
  • Gogebic Ontonagon ISD
  • Harper Woods 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
  • Oakland Schools Technical Center NW Campus
  • Ogemaw Heights High School
  • Pinckney High School
  • Randolph Career and Technical Center
  • Richmond High School
  • S & W Washtenaw Consortium
  • Southfield High School
  • West Bloomfield High School
  • West Shore Educational Service District

2018 National Anthem Audition Winner

Congratulations to Devonte Johnson from Golightly Career and Technical Center. He was selected to sing the National Anthem at the Friday Opening Session and he will be recognized at the State Conference. His advisor is Jill Snyder.

Save the State Contest Date!

Below is a list of state contests that are NOT on April 20-21, 2018 in Grand Rapids:

  • March 3, 2018 - CPS Culinary Arts, Commercial Baking and Restaurant Service, Culinary Institute of Michigan - Port Huron
  • March 16-17, 2018 - HS and CPS Aviation Maintenance, WMU - Battle Creek
  • April 13, 2018 - CPS Welding, WCC - Ann Arbor
  • April 13, 2018 - HS and CPS Welding Fabrication, WCC - Ann Arbor
  • April 20, 2018 - HS and CPS Graphic Communications, FSU - Big Rapids

2018 Regional Qualifiers Numbers Chart

The 2018 Regional Qualifiers Numbers Chart is now available on our web site at

Regional Competitions Reminder

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

2017-2018 Competition Theme

The SkillsUSA competition theme for the 2017-2018 year is: SkillsUSA: Champions at Work, Job-Ready Day One. The topic is to be addressed by contestants in the Chapter Display, Prepared Speech and Promotional Bulletin Board competitions. More information is available at

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

Online Regional Direct to State Form due February 15

All Direct to State contestants MUST be submitted via an online form by February 15, 2018. The online form is available at at This is a major change from the past in both format and due date. FYI - The old Direct to States form WILL NOT be accepted!

Regional Contestant Ranking Sheet

The Regional Contestant Ranking Sheet is REQUIRED for all regional 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. This forms MUST be filled out for all regional contests and for both HS and CPS divisions. I cannot stress the importance of these forms enough! These forms are on the web site at and are Excel compatible.

  • The Regional Contestant Ranking Sheet 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!

2018 Official Voting Delegates Chart

The 2018 Official Voting Delegate Chart will be posted this month 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.

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 February 15, 2018. The nomination form is available on our web site at

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 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, 2018. The State Officer Application is available on our web site at

SkillsUSA Flash

SkillsUSA Week Has Arrived!

Enjoy celebrating SkillsUSA Week Feb. 4-10 and share your chapter pictures and stories with the entire nation!

Share your SkillsUSA Week pictures:

Now is the chance to showcase your students and the great work you are doing in your state. As you conduct SkillsUSA Week activities, please be sure to take pictures and share them with the national headquarters. Your photos may be featured in a Flickr gallery on SkillsUSA’s home page. Send your best photos to Please be sure to identify everyone in the picture for the caption.

Share your SkillsUSA Week news:

Share your news and stories with Tom Hall at SkillsUSA, 14001 SkillsUSA Way, Leesburg, VA 20176 or email

Follow the calendar of events, use the resources and related activities at:

One of America’s most respected workwear brands, Carhartt Inc., is the official sponsor of SkillsUSA Week and supports these efforts to showcase SkillsUSA and career and technical education.

Do You Want Your Students To Grow In Their Professionalism, Communication And Leadership Skills?

Consider budgeting for you and your student leaders to attend the Washington Leadership Training Institute (WLTI) held in the nation’s capital Sept. 22-26. This conference offers advanced training for students and advisors that focuses on professionalism, communication and leadership. During the conference, participants will demonstrate the use of these key essential elements while advocating for SkillsUSA and career and technical education. Additionally, participants will have the opportunity to tour Washington, visit the SkillsUSA National Leadership Center and watch the changing of the guards along with a wreath ceremony at the Tomb of the Unknowns.

Conference registration opens Aug. 1 and is $450 per participant. Visit the following website for additional information:

Student2Student Mentoring Program Offers Benefits for All Ages

Student2Student Mentoring allows SkillsUSA student members to participate in the national America’s Promise Alliance program and receive chapter recognition for doing so.

America’s Promise emerged from a 1997 presidential summit, retired Gen. Colin Powell became its founding chairman, and today his wife, Alma Powell, continues as chair. Mrs. Powell’s personal story is a testament to America’s Promise’s core belief that “history is not destiny, and education builds pathways.”

Mentoring is a voluntary relationship between two people: a middle-school, high-school or college student and a younger student. The goal is to cultivate a support structure that encourages younger students to create a path for future success. Mentoring provides guidance and a positive environment in which young students can explore careers, set goals and make decisions leading to marketable skills and productive futures.

  • Benefits to Your Classroom - Younger students benefit by having a chance to visit one or more technical programs, see the school they may attend and learn about various careers. Mentors develop self-confidence as they demonstrate what they are learning in their training programs. The school is showcased to the community, and specific training programs can even recruit future students.
  • Recognition for Chapters - SkillsUSA sponsors a national recognition program based on Student2Student mentoring. The program recognizes excellence by selecting the chapter that best exemplifies the purposes and goals of Student2Student. The winning chapter has the opportunity to showcase its program at the National Leadership and Skills Conference in Louisville, Ky., in June at a SkillsUSA University session.
  • Eligibility - This event is open to all SkillsUSA chapters at middle schools, high schools or colleges that are participating in a mentoring project with local elementary or middle-school students. All entries must be submitted online to the national headquarters by April 1.

For details: or contact Susanne Kahler, 703-737-0616 or

Nominations Open for Honorary Life Membership, Outstanding Career and Technical Educator

If you would like to nominate someone for SkillsUSA’s national Honorary Life Membership or Outstanding Career and Technical Educator, please submit your nomination at: If you have questions, contact Gayle Silvey at or 404-216-6040. The deadline is Feb. 23.

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