Celebrate SkillsUSA Week

Feb. 8 – 12, 2021

SkillsUSA Week is right around the corner! Now is the time for your chapter officers to plan how you will promote and celebrate SkillsUSA at your school. SkillsUSA Michigan is planning some fun activities and would love for your school/chapter to join the fun. Take pictures and share them with me and I will do a highlight montage to share with our membership. More information on photo submissions for SkillsUSA Week can be found here.

Michigan and National Spirit Day Descriptions:
Monday, Feb. 8th

  • Michigan’s Dream BIG Day – dress in your future career uniform (your dream career)
  • National SkillsUSA Recognition Day – Celebrate and honor members, advisors, administrators, business partners, community leaders and supporters who make a meaningful impact on your CTE program and SkillsUSA chapter.


Tuesday, Feb. 9th

  • Michigan’s Act of Kindness Day – wear blue and bestow acts of kindness to those around you.
  • National SkillsUSA Give Back Day – Rally around your school and community by focusing on ways for your chapter to give back.


Wednesday, Feb. 10th

  • Michigan’s Dress for Success Day – dress in your best interview ready clothing
  • National SkillsUSA Business Partner Day – Invite local business and industry leaders to connect with chapter members as you highlight the importance of developing the career-readiness skills found in the SkillsUSA Framework.


Thursday, Feb. 11th

  • Michigan’s National Pride Day – dress in red, white and blue
  • National SkillsUSA Advocacy Day – Amplify CTE in your community by conducting a local public relations activity, such as presenting to school board members, administrators, or community leaders. Visit SkillsUSA’s Advocacy site to share press releases and write your elected officials about your SkillsUSA Week activities. You can customize our templates there for your chapter and state.


Friday, Feb. 12th

  • Michigan’s SkillsUSA Day – Wear red or any SkillsUSA shirt, hat, etc.
  • National SkillsUSA Day – Celebrate SkillsUSA by wearing your favorite SkillsUSA shirt, planning a celebration activity or by posting your Framework story on social media using the hashtag: #SkillsUSAWeek.


Michigan Food Sculpture Contest:

Both a contest and a way to give back to those in need in your community!  Use SkillsUSA Week as a kick-off of this fun and rewarding activity.  Pictures, receipts, and a paragraph are due April 1, 2021.  Guidelines can be found here.

SkillsUSA empowers its members to become world-class workers, leaders and responsible American citizens. SkillsUSA improves the quality of our nation’s future skilled workforce through the development of Framework skills that include personal, workplace and technical skills grounded in academics.

SkillsUSA is a national nonprofit organization serving teachers and high school and college students who are preparing for careers in trade, technical and skilled service occupations, including health occupations. It was formerly known as VICA (Vocational Industrial Clubs of America).

SkillsUSA Michigan

SkillsUSA Michigan is a tax-exempt, not for profit 501(C)(3) educational association, affiliated with SkillsUSA located in Leesburg, Virginia.  SkillsUSA Michigan is supported by a grant to the College Engineering and Technology at Eastern Michigan University, from the Michigan Department of Education.

The office is located at 204 King Hall, Eastern Michigan University, Ypsilanti, Michigan 48197. Phone (734) 487-3888 – Fax at (734) 487-4329.

SkillsUSA Programs

SkillsUSA programs include local, state and national competitions in which students demonstrate occupational and leadership skills. At the annual national-level SkillsUSA Championships, over 6,000 students compete in 99 occupational and leadership skill areas.

SkillsUSA programs also help to establish industry standards for job skill training in the lab and classroom and promote community service. SkillsUSA is recognized by the U.S. Department of Education and is cited as a “successful model of employer-driven youth development training program” by the U.S. Department of Labor.


More than 16,000 teachers and school administrators serve as professional SkillsUSA members and advisors. More than 600 business, industry and labor sponsors actively support SkillsUSA at the national level through financial aid, in-kind contributions, and involvement of their people in SkillsUSA activities. Many more work directly with state associations and local chapters.

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