Friday Flash, March 13, 2020




SkillsUSA Championships Update

As of today, the upcoming New Jersey SkillsUSA Championships are still on hold. We are awaiting guidance from the national SkillsUSA office regarding the changes that may be taking place in the national conference schedule.  Details will be announced as soon as we get more information.




Konica Minolta and the Association for Print Technologies announces the 2020 Student Design Competition

Please go to the following website for registration information:

The deadline is June 5, 2020.


New Chapter Resource Grant Sponsored by Lowe’s

Lowe’s wants to ensure that your new SkillsUSA chapter is ready to excel by providing it with a $1,000 grant in the way of educational resources. The first 100 chapters that apply and qualify for the grant will receive incredible chapter resources, including 25 separate products (see list of resources below). Don’t wait; if your chapter was started in the past two school years (2018-2019 or 2019-2020), then this is your opportunity. Application deadline is April 15 with grant selection in late April and all resources shipped to recipients by the middle of May. Apply today at

This grant includes the following educational resource products: SkillsUSA Pin with Framework card, Framework Thumball, Framework Thank-You Card/Set 12, Framework – Quotes to Results2: Poster Series/Teacher's Guide, Framework Fundamentals: Teaching, Strategies for Essential Elements/Teachers Guide, Framework Results to Honor cards, Framework Integration Strategies, Framework pocket folder, Four Pillars, Impact, Ignite, Jumpstart, Propel, Accelerate, Leveraging Your Leadership: Effective Chapter Meetings, Leveraging Your Leadership: Chapter Meetings Teacher's Guide/Student Booklet, Leveraging Your Leadership: Powerful Presentation Teacher’s Guide/Student Booklet, Parliamentary Procedure Teacher’s Guide/Student Booklet, Leveraging Your Leadership: Effective Communication, "31 Million Workers Never Been a Better Time" poster, Resolute: Ethics at Work cards/advisor guide, Chapter Business Procedure Coaching Guide, Conflict Management at Work, and Critical Thinking at Work


Receive Up To $2,500 To Pursue Career and Technical Education

More than 1,000 career and technical education scholarships at up to $2,500 each are being funded through the Horatio Alger Endowment Fund and the generosity of Association Chairman Emeritus and Endowment Fund President Walter Scott, Jr. Scholarships are awarded to students who have faced and overcome great obstacles in their lives and who wish to enroll in a career and technical education program at an accredited, nonprofit, postsecondary institution in the United States.

Applicants must meet the following eligibility criteria:

  • Must have completed high school (or earned a high school equivalency credential) by spring

  • Must exhibit a strong commitment to pursue and complete a career and technical education program (up to 2 years) at an accredited, nonprofit, postsecondary institution in the United States

  • Must demonstrate critical financial need (must be eligible to receive the Federal Pell Grant as determined by completion of the FAFSA)

  • Must be under the age of 30 and must be a United States citizen

The CTE application is open Feb. 15-April 15 for high school seniors planning to enroll in the fall of 2020. To learn more and apply, please visit


Student Trophy Design Contest

ACTE is excited to announce the annual student contest to re-design the 3D-printed trophies for the ACTE Excellence Awards. The winning trophy design will be 3D-printed by Stratasys and presented to the 10 national award winners at the 2020 ACTE Awards Banquet in Nashville, Tenn. The first-place designers will receive the following prizes:

  • $1,000 scholarship prize for the winning team

  • A free one-year lease of a 3D printer and materials for the winner’s school, courtesy of Stratasys

  • Paid travel trip to Anaheim, Calif., for the winner and teacher to be recognized at the 2020 ACTE Awards Banquet in front of ACTE award winners, leaders and more than 400 attendees

  • A 3D-printed copy of their award, courtesy of Stratasys

  • One-year complimentary ACTE membership for the student(s) and their teacher

  • Recognition in ACTE’s promotional channels and Techniques magazine

The deadline for all designs is May 1. More information can be found at

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