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SkillsUSA Michigan

February 12, 2016

$2,000 Grant, Sponsored By Lowe’s, Recognizes Chapter Excellence

There’s an exciting opportunity for schools in your state to be recognized for exemplary chapter performance and to receive $2,000. The Chapter Excellence Program (CEP) establishes a quality baseline that all chapters are encouraged to attain, with extra incentive for exemplary chapter performance. The program consists of four award levels, with the first three levels recognized by the state and the final level eligible for national recognition. The 24 chapters recognized as models of excellence will receive a $2,000 section or chapter grant. The application deadline is February 15. Ensure your chapter receives the recognition it deserves by completing the Chapter of Excellence application.

Complete your CEP application online at: If you have questions, contact Gayle Silvey ( or Debbie Peabody ( Download CEP resources at:

Alumni Membership Incentive

The Alumni Executive Board is offering an incentive for SkillsUSA advisors who sign up alumni from their chapters. For every five members an advisor registers with the SkillsUSA Alumni and Friends Association, he or she will be entered into a drawing for a $100 Lowe’s gift card.

To be officially entered into the drawing, the advisor must have students register online at: (Paper forms will not be accepted.) The advisor must then send an email to Byekwaso Gilbert at The email must contain all of the following:

  • the advisor’s name, school, address, phone number and email (make sure what you provide will be accessible to you after June 1)
  • a list (for verification) of the students (first and last names) who registered as alumni

Remember that graduating seniors qualify to register during their senior year. Former SkillsUSA students are also eligible, provided they are not members already. These students must register through their former advisor to be counted as part of that advisor’s entry. Students may only register once. Deadline for entry into the drawing is June 1.

Mentoring: Student2Student

Advisors: Help your students expand their world by expanding someone else’s! Help your students become mentors.

SkillsUSA sponsors a national recognition program based on the Student2Student mentoring program. Any chapter involved in mentoring can submit its project plan, description and outcomes. The winning chapter will be given a cash prize, recognized at the SkillsUSA National Leadership and Skills Conference and in the SkillsUSA Awards and Recognition book. In addition, the overall winning chapter will be invited to present its winning mentoring program as a part of SkillsUSA University. For more information, go to:

All entries must be submitted online to the national headquarters by April 1. Winners will be announced in May. You can also use this link to download the Mentoring Guide: If you have any questions, please email them to Byekwaso Gilbert ( or call 816-726-4255.

Tech Tip of the Week

Master Graphic Design in 10 Minutes: If you’ve ever wanted to send out a “Happy SkillsUSA Week” graphic on social media but didn’t have the time or the graphic design skills to do so, this tip is for you. is a free website that provides professionally designed templates in a variety of sizes and formats, for both print and digital use. From posters, to email headings, to social media images — Canva makes it easy to create and download an image with just a few clicks. You can edit text on its templates, drop in your own images or start from scratch with easy-to-use design tools. Canva also offers a variety of tutorials and walkthroughs for beginners. Basic Canva is free, and a premium version can be free for state SkillsUSA associations with proof of nonprofit status. If you can’t subscribe to a premium version, don’t worry — paid templates are only $1 per piece.