Pre-Conference 2018

Greeting MITES members,

As I make my final push to get our student projects done in time for the 90th annual MITES industrial arts competition, I want to take a minute to reflect on what has been a very busy year! Since I started my presidency, it has been nonstop action. Without the help of our very supportive executive board, I am pretty sure that I could not have done as much as I did.

First and foremost, we brought our automotive competition back. The competition will be held at Oakland Community College, Auburn Hills this year. It was a lot of work but I firmly believe that we have put together a great program that will really test the students and will prove to be a great experience for the competitors.

Secondly, we have managed to bring back the Delta/SVSU Industrial Arts teaching certification program. As many of you know, there is a huge need for industrial arts teachers in Michigan as many industrial arts teaching positions are going unfilled due to lack of qualified teachers. Teachers, please encourage your students to look at teaching Industrial Arts as a possible career path.

Lastly, I want to encourage everyone to get involved! I feel like the pendulum is finally swinging back into a positive direction for Industrial Arts/CTE in the state of Michigan. There is a tremendous need for skilled trades people in the state, people who come directly out of our Industrial Arts/CTE programs. Let’s use this momentum to grow
our programs and help our state get back to being the industrial leader in the Midwest that it once was. I want to encourage each and every one of you to attend this year’s convention which is being held in Lansing. Go to the professional development opportunities, visit with the vendor exhibits, get together and network with other Industrial Arts teachers. This is the one time of the year when we can come together and talk “shop” so let’s take advantage of this great opportunity. Make a point to tap me on the shoulder and say hello, I would love to say
hello and hear what you’ve been up to! Until then, finish up the year strong and I’ll see you in Lansing.