Advisor Update January 2018

SkillsUSA Michigan

This newsletter contains the Advisor Update and the SkillsUSA Flash!

Welcome Back!

Hi Five Membership Increase Program

SkillsUSA Michigan is pleased to announce a new membership incentive program, sponsored by the Michigan Department of Talent and Economic Development.

Existing and new chapters that increase both their membership and their Regional or State Conference participation will receive a $250 credit on their State Conference Registration fees and will be recognized at the State Conference. Click here for details:

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

  • Boyne City High School

  • Cass Technical High School

  • Clare/Gladwin RESD

  • Huron Area Technical Center

  • Monroe County Community College

  • Randolph Career and Technical Center

  • Richmond High School

  • West Bloomfield High School

2017-2018 Membership Dues

The 2017-2018 membership dues are:

Student: $14.00 = $8.00 (national) and $6.00 (state)

Professional: $26.00 = $20.00 (national) and $6.00 (state)

2017-2018 Membership Registration Deadline

January 15, 2018 is the deadline for your final membership registration to be submitted to the National Office. All students must be paid members of SkillsUSA Michigan by January 15, 2018 in order to participate in regional, state and national competitions and/or conferences. If you have any questions/concerns about this deadline, please contact me!

All membership registrations must be submitted online at Paper rosters are discouraged. Please make sure that all membership checks are sent directly to the National Office. When registering, be sure to also register your section under the specific program name, not just Mixed Training. This information is very helpful to the national office in determining what programs are at what schools.

Membership Incentives
SkillsUSA Michigan is encouraging each chapter to increase their membership this year. Each chapter that submits their membership by the due date listed below will qualify for the following incentive(s). Membership must be submitted online at by the due dates in order to meet the requirements.

State Incentive: Membership Increase by January 15, 2018

  • For every five member increase over last year’s membership, the chapter will receive one entry into the drawing for a SkillsUSA blazer, a $125 value.
  • Both student and professional members are included in the chapter’s total membership.
  • Drawing will be held at the State Leadership and Skills Conference in April.

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 Rapid

No State Run Contest Survey

For those contests that do not have a state-run competition, SkillsUSA Michigan can still send a contestant to Nationals to represent our state! If you are interested in any of the contests listed here that is NOT a state contest, please fill out this survey by February 1, 2018:

There are also three new demo contests for 2018 that Michigan members can compete in this year. Please fill out the survey if you are interested in competing in one of these demo contests at Nationals. More information on the demo contests is posted here:

  • Barbering
  • Collision Damage Appraisal and Total Loss Evaluation Technology
  • Humanoid Robotics

Only those schools that have filled out the survey will be eligible! If more than one school is interested in a contest, I will contact the advisors involved and they will have to hold and run a state-level contest on a date and at a location of their choosing. The students in these contests need to be on your official roster by January 15, 2018 in order to compete.

2018 State National Anthem Contest

A SkillsUSA Michigan member will be selected to sing the National Anthem acapella at the Friday Opening General Session on April 20, 2018 at the State Conference. Interested members must submit an audition CD or flash drive of them singing the National Anthem in order to be considered. Student must be a current member of SkillsUSA Michigan and must pay the State Conference registration fee. All audition CDs or flash drive must be sent via US mail to the State Office and received no later than January 12, 2018. More information is available on our web site at

Advisor Code of Ethics

Don’t forget that an Advisor Code of Ethics needs to be on file at the state for all advisors. If you do not have an Advisor Code of Ethics on file, you can download the form 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!

Intent to Compete on Web Site

The 2018 Intent to Compete Grid is now posted on our web site at

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

Leadership Judge Nomination Form

We are in desperate need of qualified Leadership judges for States! We have 18 Leadership contests and we would like a minimum of 5 judges per contest. That’s a total of 90 judges! If you know of someone who would be a great judge for a Leadership contest, please nominate them by February 1, 2018. The nomination form is available

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SkillsUSA Flash

‘Celebrate SkillsUSA’ Contest — Your Video Could Earn a Visit

From SkillsUSA’s Executive Director, a Celebrity and a SkillsUSA National Officer

Win a visit from SkillsUSA executive director Tim Lawrence, celebrity Kayleen McCabe of “Rescue Renovation” and a SkillsUSA national officer. To seize this rare opportunity, your chapter simply needs to submit a video that creatively captures why a visit would be impactful for the chapter, school and community. The visit will occur on Friday, Feb. 9, so be sure to describe the event where Lawrence, McCabe and a national officer will be speaking or interacting with students. Video entries should be between 60 seconds and 2 minutes in length and submitted no later than midnight Jan. 12. For full details, go to: SkillsUSA Week.

Try This Calendar of Events for SkillsUSA Week

Plan now to celebrate SkillsUSA Week Feb. 4-10 by encouraging student members and advisors to host events that include administrators, business leaders and legislators. You can participate in SkillsUSA Week lots of different ways: hold an open house, invite local news media to tour your programs, conduct a community service project, work with area businesses to build more meaningful partnerships, or engage with policymakers to talk about the value of technical education.

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.

Follow the calendar of events below and go to: for additional resources.

Appreciation Day Monday, Feb. 5

Plan an event that will celebrate and honor the support of advisors, teachers and administrators.

Advocacy Day — Tuesday, Feb. 6
Target state and local public relations activities including presentations to legislators, school board members, administrators and community group leaders.

Member Outreach Day — Wednesday, Feb. 7
Involve members in the recruitment of middle and elementary school students, and plan appreciation activities that honor current members.

SkillsUSA Serves Day — Thursday, Feb. 8
Rally around your community by focusing on a day of giving through service projects and fundraisers.

SkillsUSA Day — Friday, Feb. 9
Celebrate SkillsUSA by wearing your favorite SkillsUSA shirt, planning a celebration and posting the event to social media.

The SkillsUSA Store has created a SkillsUSA Week T-shirt for $12. Visit to order your shirt and a whole host of products that are ready for your week of celebration.

Apply Soon for SkillsUSA’s STEM Scholarships

Are your students planning careers that involve science, technology, engineering or mathematics? Then they may want to apply for one of the $1,000 scholarship awards from SkillsUSA.

The scholarship program promotes public awareness that career and technical education is an integral part of STEM. It began in 2015 in honor of SkillsUSA’s 50th anniversary and continues to be funded by the SkillsUSA STEM fund.

There are multiple competitive awards for SkillsUSA members, and high school seniors or non-senior postsecondary students can apply online now. The deadline is March 15. The application can be found at:

Collision School Makeover Grants Offer $50,000 Top Award

The Collision Repair Education Foundation is offering Ultimate Collision Education Makeover school grants for high school and postsecondary collision programs. Schools can win up to $50,000, with the winners announced at October’s SEMA show in Las Vegas.

The grant program incorporates the foundation’s “Collision School Career Readiness Benchmark” launched in 2016. Under the new program, schools are classified into three tiers: advanced, proficient or developing. The criteria for each level includes the number of hours of instruction and curriculum in place, along with what tools, equipment and supplies a school uses to prepare its students for employment. The goal is to help every school acquire the resources to eventually achieve designation as advanced.

To be eligible for a grant, schools must complete a Collision Repair School Solutions online survey. The application deadline is June 1, but schools are encouraged to apply early and to seek industry support and involvement with their application process. Email for a link to that survey or to request more information.

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, 12pm to Saturday, June 30th, 12pm

Louisville, KY, United States

Louisville, KY