Advisor Update June 2017

SkillsUSA Michigan

This newsletter contains both the Final Advisor Update and the SkillsUSA Flash for 2017!

Final Advisor Update

This is the final Advisor Update for the school year. Thanks to everyone for making it a great year for SkillsUSA Michigan! See you all in September.

2016-2017 Final Membership Numbers

The final 2016-2017 SkillsUSA Michigan membership total is 4,687, an increase of 3% from last year.

National Leadership and Skills Conference

There are 232 participants from 34 schools that will be representing SkillsUSA

Michigan at the National Leadership and Skills Conference from June 19-24, 2017 in Louisville, KY. Good luck to all the contestants! Make Michigan proud!

Friday Flash

Join the Celebration of World Youth Skills Day

SkillsUSA is the official U.S. representative to WorldSkills International. On July 15, WorldSkills will again take a lead in celebrating and promoting World Youth Skills Day (recognized internationally by the United Nations). This is a great opportunity to promote skills to domestic and global audiences. This year, the theme will be #SkillsForAll.

#SkillsForAll supports the view that skills should be universally accessible. Everyone should have the opportunity to discover and develop his or her talents. Through skills, individuals, communities and countries are propelled towards a more prosperous future.

Plan now to participate in the #SkillsForAll video contest. The winner will become the official vlogger at WorldSkills Abu Dhabi 2017. You are encouraged to share inspirational stories that demonstrate the opportunities skills can provide when they are matched with drive and determination. The videos should target 18- to-25-year-olds. More details are available on the World Youth Skills Day page.

Did Your SkillsUSA Members Win Big in 2017? Get the Word Out!

Your chapter has had an incredible year: achieved recognition on the local, district and state levels; participated in community service and so much more. Ensure that your chapter receives the recognition it deserves by submitting an article and photos to local news outlets.

SkillsUSA has a system that makes creating and submitting press releases a breeze. There is even a preloaded State Leadership and Skills Conference template ready to be personalized. The system is completely electronic, so no paper copies are involved; you simply load your ZIP code into the system and it will automatically connect you to local, regional and state news outlets. You can even reach your governor, lieutenant governor, state senators and representatives, and state attorneys general, in addition to the nation’s president, vice president, members of Congress, and state and local media. Give it a try, and enjoy the recognition! For a complete demonstration, visit:

New Round of SkillsUSA Lowe’s Community Service Grant Applications

Lowe’s continues a ninth year of generosity with another round of SkillsUSA grants in 2017. Grant information and the application are now available on the SkillsUSA website at: The focus of the grant program is significant community improvement. Grants of up to $25,000 will be awarded. Multiple applications per school will be accepted, and priority for funding will be given to new SkillsUSA chapters.

The best proposed projects will:

  • provide a life-changing experience for the SkillsUSA students involved and the beneficiaries of the grant dollars
  • demonstrate a well-articulated planned partnership with engagement from local Lowe’s store team(s)
  • show impact — how many SkillsUSA students participated/how many members of the community will be affected?
  • show collaboration with other organizations and show sustainability
  • show active use of social media to promote and document the project
  • be improvement projects that use Lowe’s as a resource for employee knowledge and/or available products

For more information, please email Jim Kregiel at The deadline for grant applications is June 30 at 11:59 p.m. EDT. Late applications will not be accepted. Please review the grant guidelines to be sure that applications are properly completed and submitted. Winning projects will begin in the fall and must be completed no later than Dec. 1.

Great Values for Your End-of-Year Budget Spending

Many school systems require instructors to expend all the funds in their consumable budgets before the end of the school year. If you have budget dollars remaining, consider using them for SkillsUSA educational resources. Materials such as The Four Pillars, Ignite and Impact will make great additions to your chapter and classroom resource items. The ultimate in chapter officer preparation is the LYL Series Officer Mega Package. Learn about these educational resources and a whole host of others by visiting the SkillsUSA Educational Resources Catalog at:

Act Now: Horatio Alger National Career and Technical Scholarship Program

High-school graduates who are currently or soon pursuing postsecondary CTE studies may be eligible for up to $2,500 to pursue a career or technical certificate/associate’s degree. By completing a simple 45-minute application, they will be considered for one of 1,020 scholarships being awarded in 2017.

Act now to take advantage of support for your CTE pursuit. The educational program must result in a certification, credential or associate’s degree. For more information or to apply, visit: The application is now available for students who will be enrolled in a postsecondary program in Fall 2017. The first application deadline is June 15.

If you have any questions or would like more information about the scholarships or the Horatio Alger Association, email Enrique Ramirez at

National Leadership and Skills Conference

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

Louisville, KY, United States

Louisville, KY