May 7, 2020

Career Preparation Center’s MaryEllen Brocklehurst Named SkillsUSA Michigan Advisor of the Year

The Eaton Regional Education Service Agency (RESA) is excited to announce that Career Preparation Center Student Services Coordinator and counselor, MaryEllen Brocklehurst has been named the 2020 SkillsUSA Michigan Advisor of the Year.


The SkillsUSA Advisor of the Year program recognizes professional members who support SkillsUSA’s mission of empowering students to become world-class workers, leaders and responsible American citizens.

SkillsUSA is a national membership association serving high school, college and middle school students who are preparing for careers in trade, technical and skilled service occupations, including health occupations and for further education. A SkillsUSA chapter needs the support of an advisor who has dedicated themselves to career and technical education by intentionally integrating the SkillsUSA framework and ensuring students can articulate the skills they have developed.

MaryEllen has served as the SkillsUSA Advisor for the Eaton RESA Career Preparation Center students for the past 21 years. In this role, she works with instructors, administration and the Board of Education to coordinate the logistics of regional, state and national competitions, often giving up her own school breaks to be with students for their competitions. She also works tirelessly with the students, preparing them for leadership events by organizing mock interviews, job shadow experiences and supporting students as they prepare for their competition presentations and speeches. In addition to supporting Eaton RESA students, MaryEllen has also taken on the role as Treasurer for the SkillsUSA Michigan Advisory Council. This attests to her dedication to not only the students but the SkillsUSA organization.

“MaryEllen continues to be a counselor, mentor and advocate for each of our students, whether they are on her caseload or not. We are very thankful to have MaryEllen on our team,” said Kathleen Szuminski, Assistant Superintendent for Career and Technical Education for Eaton RESA. “She has a passion for working with non-traditional students, particularly girls interested in entering a male dominated career and technical education field and has successfully nominated several students for the State of Michigan Department of Education Breaking Traditions Award. Congratulations MaryEllen!”