State Leadership and Skills Conference
April 16-18, 2021
Grand Rapids, Michigan
Each April, approximately 500 business and industry leaders will coordinate nearly 80 skill and leadership contests that they have prepared for the 1,500 student members from across the state.
These are entry-level, hands-on skill contests, evaluated by the same industry leaders who prepare them. The contests are based on industry driven occupational skill standards. Business partners work throughout the school year to plan the competitive events and many of them hire their new employees right off the competition floor!
After participating in contests during the day, members will have free time to meet and socialize with other SkillsUSA Michigan members, and explore downtown Grand Rapids. Chapter delegates will also elect the new SkillsUSA Michigan State Officers who will lead us into another exciting year!
Sunday’s award session showcases the top students in each contest. Generous industry leaders donate thousands of dollars in prizes in the form of scholarships, tools, reference manuals and training aids for the winners and their schools. First place winners from each division in most contests are offered the opportunity to represent Michigan at the SkillsUSA National Leadership and Skills Conference!
All students and advisors must be paid members of SkillsUSA Michigan by January 15th in order to participate in the State Conference.
Participant Code of Conduct Form
Each person attending the conference must submit a Participant Code of Conduct Form. Failure to turn in a Participant Code of Conduct Form for each person attending the conference (students, advisors, observers, etc.) will disqualify the person (whose form is missing) from conference activities, including competition. Please make of copy of these forms to submit to our office. The originals are to remain with the Lead Advisor at the conference.
Please make sure that all persons attending the conference are familiar with the Participant Code of Conduct. The Participant Code of Conduct is for the protection of you, your school, and SkillsUSA Michigan.
As approved by the Advisor Council in July 2012, all participants MUST stay at the State Conference approved hotels. No other hotels are allowed and no commuting is allowed.
Both hotels are connected to each other and the Convention Center by a series of Skywalks.
- Amway Grand Plaza Hotel – 187 Monroe Avenue NW – 616-774-2000
- Courtyard by Marriott – 11 Monroe Avenue NW – 616-242-6000
Hotel Elevator Repair Fee
An elevator repair fee of $800-$1,300 will be charged to schools that require an elevator technician to release them from any elevator if it is determined that the school is at fault. This fee will be payable at check-out. For your safety, please refrain from overcrowding and jumping in the elevator. Failure to do so will result in the elevator becoming stuck and fees will be applied for repairs. Elevators are monitored by security cameras.
The day of the competition, contestants are encouraged to bring with them snacks and/or lunch to the contest site, as they may not be able to leave the contest site until the contest is finished. Contestant lunches are not provided by SkillsUSA Michigan, but may be provided by the contest technical committee.
SkillsUSA Michigan will provide transportation from the official conference hotels to most contests on Saturday. A schedule will be enclosed in your chapter registration packet.
State Officer Application
Being a State Officer is one of the highest honors a student can achieve in SkillsUSA Michigan. If you have a student who wants to run for a state office, please have them complete and submit the State Officer Application by the 2021 deadline (to be announced).
State-wide Food Sculpture Contest
SkillsUSA supports community service activities and the State Officers are sponsoring a State-wide Food Sculpture Contest. Winning schools will be recognized at the State Conference.
The lead advisor from each attending school will be given their conference materials upon check-in on Friday at the SkillsUSA Michigan headquarters at the Amway Grand Plaza. You will need to check-in before your students can take the Leadership Test.
SkillsUSA Leadership Test
All students will be required to take the SkillsUSA Leadership Test on Friday afternoon. A study guide for this test is available. The students with the top scores on the SkillsUSA Leadership Test will be recognized. This test is also used as a tie-breaker for competitors and is not included in the final contest score.
All competitors will be required to submit a one-page, type-written resume. Online submission is no longer required. The resume will be turned in at the contest sites before the start of the contest. A penalty of 10 points will be assessed for failure to submit a resume at the beginning of the contest.
Corrections and/or Changes
After reviewing the conference materials if there are corrections and/or changes, please bring them to the conference headquarters at the Amway Grand Plaza before the Opening General Session on Friday.
Corrections will be made Friday evening and if needed, new name badges will be available at the conference headquarters.
Please make sure that all conference participants review the Dress Code before arriving at the conference.
Awards Presentation Procedure
At the State Conference Awards Ceremony on Sunday, the Advisors’ Council will be on hand to determine if a student is properly dressed before he/she will be allowed on the stage. If a student is determined to be not properly dressed (as outlined below), then the student will be instructed to go to the right of the stage to receive their award. Improperly dressed students will not be allowed to stand in front of the stage to receive their medallions (as in previous years). Pictures may be taken on the awards podium after the completion of the awards ceremony.
Awards that have been donated by Businesses and Industry will be given to the winners in a separate room outside of the ballroom. After the winners receive their medal and plaque on stage and have had their picture taken, they will need to go to the industry awards room and show their plaque to claim their industry award. They must show their plaque in order to receive their industry award.
Special Accommodations Request Form
SkillsUSA Michigan is committed to providing equal access to all persons in admission to, access to, or operation of its programs or services. Individuals with disabilities or needing accommodations must complete and submit the online Special Accommodations Request Form to the state office with your registration. SkillsUSA Michigan is not responsible for providing special accommodations if this form is not submitted. Any readers, interpreters or other assistance implements or supplies must be supplied by the chapter.
Official Voting Delegates
Each chapter will have official voting delegates at the Delegate Meeting. All delegates must be registered for the state conference. Students that are already attending the conference in another capacity (competitor, observer, alternate, etc.) may also serve as an official voting delegate. Only students with a delegate or alternate ribbon on their name tag will be admitted to the Delegate Meeting on Saturday afternoon and therefore, be allowed to vote for the state officers and on state business.
The number of official voting delegates is based on your chapter’s membership as of January 15th.
All advisors are asked to attend the Advisor Meeting on Saturday night. This meeting is conducted by the Advisor Council.
- One (1) adult is responsible for every ten (10) students attending the conference. Please be sure to register the appropriate number of advisors from your school.
- Each school will decide which advisors are to be responsible for which students.
- Accountability for any student’s misconduct will be the direct responsibility of the advisor in charge of his/her designee.
- Advisors should have available at all times the name, address, and phone number of the parents/guardians of each student they are responsible for.