Advisor Update May 2016

SkillsUSA Michigan

This newsletter contains both the Advisor Update and the SkillsUSA Flash!


Thank you all for a great state conference, it went very smooth this year! Congratulations to all the medalists!

State Conference Results

The State Conference results were emailed to all Lead Advisors last month. You will need to know the competitor’s ID number in order to find their results.

State Conference and Contest Winners Photos

The State Conference photos are posted on our Facebook page at

Membership Increase Blazer Raffle

There were 29 schools with a total of 106 entries in the Membership Increase Blazer Raffle. Congrats to winner, Lapeer County Ed Tech Center!

State Conference Survey

Please take a few minutes to complete the State Conference survey below. We’d like your feedback so we can make the State Conference even better next year. There is one survey for advisors and another one for students

2016-2017 State Officers

Congratulations to the new 2016-2017 state officers. State Officer Training is this month

with the state officers from the other CTSOs and I look forward to their leadership next year.

  • Abby Beyer from Eaton RESA Career Preparation Center
    • Advisor – MaryEllen Brocklehurst
  • Christina Hiotaky from Oakland Schools Technical Center SE Campus
    • Advisors – Angie Haley and Jeff Bowman
  • Dearius Keller from Randolph Career and Technical Center
    • Advisor – Matt Bracey
  • Jackson Rohn from Kent Career Technical Center
    • Advisor – Alane Rozelle
  • Ka'Tonya Jenkins from Saginaw Career Complex
    • Advisors – Julie Ivan and Aaron Gaertner
  • Olivia Martin from Mecosta-Osceola Career Center
    • Advisor – Linda Ward
  • Nicole Gimmey from Regional Career Technical Center
    • Advisor – Bill Burnette
  • Shanttel Gonsalves from Saginaw Career Complex
    • Advisors – Julie Ivan and Aaron Gaertner
  • Tyler Richardson from Genesee Career Institute
    • Advisor – Carrie Warning

SkillsUSA Michigan/EMU Pledge Form

We want to grow SkillsUSA Michigan for the future and contributions can be made to SkillsUSA Michigan to that end. You can designate where your contribution will be used. The form is available on our web site at

SkillsUSA Michigan Retirement/Memorial Tribute Form

SkillsUSA Michigan is also accepting donations in tribute of a special person. You can designate where your tribute will be used. The form is available on our web site at

Friday Flash

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 Quotes to Results and RESOLUTE: Ethics at Work will make great additions to your classroom resource items. For SkillsUSA chapter resources, consider purchasing Jumpstart, Propel, Accelerate, Ignite or any of the Leveraging Your Leadership (LYL) Series books. 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 Store at:

Support SkillsUSA Alumni for a Chance to Win a Harley

Thanks to a generous donation by Harley-Davidson Motor Co. Inc., SkillsUSA will be raffling off a Softail Slim S motorcycle to benefit its Alumni and Friends Association. Tickets are $5 each or five tickets for $20. The winner does not need to be present for the drawing, which will be at the national conference awards ceremony June 24 in Louisville, Ky. Tickets can be purchased here:

‘Like the Brightest Star in the Galaxy …’

Combine newly digitized SkillsUSA Champions magazine and an incredible lesson plan and you have the secret to success! The magazine makes for a great interactive experience for students, and the lesson plans have exactly what teachers are looking for: purpose and educational value. Use the lesson plan below as an integral part of your career and technical education program.

Quick link:

Content Discussion Questions

  1. How did SkillsUSA help Tom Hahn to grow personally?
  2. What led to Hahn’s participation in the Automotive Service Technology competition?
  3. Who pushes you to succeed in school? In SkillsUSA? In the workplace?

In-Class Activity, 13 minutes

Workplace Skills: Leadership; coaches others to high performance

Materials Needed: Paper (one piece per student) and writing utensil (one per student)

Prior to the session, post these questions on the writing surface:

  • Name the five richest people in the world.
  • Name the last five World Series champions.
  • Name the last five NCAA basketball champions.
  • Name five United States senators.

Give these instructions:

  1. Individually, answer these questions on a piece of paper.
  2. You have three minutes to work.

After three minutes, give further instructions:

  1. How did you do? Not many people would do very well.
  2. Let’s take another quiz.
  3. You have five minutes.

Post these questions on the writing surface:

  • List three teachers who have helped you in school.
  • Name three friends who have helped you during a tough time.
  • Name five people who have taught you something valuable.
  • Name one person who has made you feel special.
  • Name one person who you like to spend time with.
  • Name three people who have inspired you.

After five minutes, facilitate a discussion by asking questions including:

  • Which quiz was easier, and why?
  • What is the key point to be learned from these two quizzes? (People who make a difference in your life are not the ones with the most money, most awards or the most famous. People who make difference in your life are the ones that care.)
  • When do we coach others in school? In SkillsUSA? In the workplace?
  • How do we coach others to high performance in school? In SkillsUSA? In the workplace?
  • How can we personally be more coachable?

Extended Learning Activity

Workplace Skills: Leadership; builds positive relationships

Match each student with a career mentor in the career field of his or her choice. The career mentors may be local professionals, or long-distance professionals can be used with technology such as FaceTime or Skype. Arrange weekly or monthly mentoring sessions. Prepare mentors and students with a list of suggested topics for each session.

Scholarships Available for State Winners from mikeroweWORKS Foundation

The mikeroweWORKS Foundation, in partnership with SkillsUSA, is proud to offer a scholarship opportunity for SkillsUSA members who have competed and placed first in their state competition. These scholarship programs assist eligible students who are pursuing an education in a vocational or similar trade-related program. This year, the foundation’s priority focus is on high-school and college/postsecondary students working toward careers in manufacturing, construction, automotive, engineering and STEM-related trades.

Awards are based on a student-written, one-page narrative describing the student’s financial need for the scholarship, including the lack of school or community resources. Students may be nominated with a letter of recommendation written by their SkillsUSA advisor or state association director. Applications should be sent to SkillsUSA headquarters for review and determination. They must be received by Friday, May 27 (midnight EDT). The national headquarters will notify the winners the following week.

For complete information and online application, visit:

National Conference

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

Louisville, KY, United States

Louisville, KY