SkillsUSA Friday Flash, January 07, 2022




Contest Dates and Locations Finalized

  • Criminal Justice: March 26 at Sussex Co. Tech

  • Criminal Justice Quiz Bowl: March 26 at Sussex Co. Tech

  • Masonry: March 26 at Sussex Co. Tech

  • Basic Masonry: March 26 at Sussex Co. Tech


NJ SkillsUSA Competitive Events Policies

Please download, print and review the attached Competitive Events Policies for the NJ Skills USA Championships.  This document is posted in the DOWNLOADS tab of our state website.


Membership Deadline for Participation in the State Championships

Any participant in the NJ SkillsUSA competitive events must be an active SkilsUSA member with membership submitted to National SkillsUSA by January 15.


Substitutions for Competition

In the case of a student being unable to compete on the day of competition, advisors may make contestant substitutions providing the new competitor is a paid SkillsUSA member and their information has been added to the on-line registration system.

When finalizing membership rosters, Advisors should consider selecting alternates in case a substitution is necessary on the day of competition. Be sure any alternates are included when submitting your membership list to nationals. Any substitutes must appear on your school’s membership list.


Attention Culinary & Baking Instructors

The annual meeting for culinary instructors to review the current year’s contest guidelines will be held virtually via Google Meets on January 28, from 10 to 12.  The contest coordinators for MRE, Wedding Cake Decorating, Commercial Baking, Commercial Bakers Aide, Culinary Arts and Food Service will review the contest details and answer questions.  The meeting link will be provided soon.


Advisor Meeting Reminder

In-person: Feb. 02, 2022, 10 AM to 12 PM

Somerset County Vocational Technical School

14 Vogt Drive, Bridgewater, NJ 08807.


Virtual: Fab. 02, 2022, 2 PM

Via Zoom (a meeting link will be made available)


Contest Updates

Updates for this year’s state championships are being posted as they are received.  Get in the habit of checking for updated contest details at, click on the CONTESTS tab, then CONTEST UPDATES.





Plan Now for SkillsUSA Week

SkillsUSA Week is Feb. 7-11, and you can participate in many ways: Honor your community supporters, connect with local business and industry professionals, or make a presentation about your CTE program and SkillsUSA chapter at a school board meeting.

The SkillsUSA Week Chapter Guide assists chapters in planning for each day of SkillsUSA Week.


The Best Way to Build a Successful SkillsUSA Chapter

You know you are having a great year in SkillsUSA, so why not be recognized for it? Did you elect officers, hold chapter meetings and engage in chapter activities? Then take it to the next level: complete the Chapter Excellence Program Quality Chapter application and receive the recognition your chapter has earned.

Start your SkillsUSA Chapter Excellence Program (CEP) application today and earn recognition for your chapter. The online application is on the main page of the membership registration site once you log into your school account. The “Build a Successful SkillsUSA Chapter Teacher’s Guide 2.0” can be downloaded here. The guide offers simple steps to follow on completing the application, engaging students in the process and infusing the SkillsUSA Framework into chapter activities.

For questions or help, contact SkillsUSA Customer Care at 844-875-4557 or by email. You can also take advantage of a one-on-one coaching session with our CEP and Program of Work (PoW) coach, Kelli Engelbrecht. Schedule your 30-minute Zoom coaching appointment here, or call her at 573-321-1322. During the coaching session, learn how to integrate the SkillsUSA Framework, articulate your SMART goals and select and evaluate Essential Elements within your CEP application.


SkillsUSA Scholarships Now Open for Applications

Applications for several scholarships are now open to benefit SkillsUSA students in pursuit of higher education or certification in their chosen fields. Help spread the word about these opportunities:

  • The Marsha Daves Memorial Scholarship is open to current SkillsUSA state officers who are high school seniors or college/postsecondary students with another year of school. The deadline for applications is Feb. 1. 

  • The new Fieldpiece #MasteroftheTrade Scholarship is open to SkillsUSA members enrolled in HVACR or general construction programs who plan to study HVACR at the college/postsecondary level in the 2022-23 or 2023-24 school year. The deadline for applications is March 1. 

  • SkillsUSA in partnership with the National Technical Honor Society (NTHS) will award four $1,000 scholarships to SkillsUSA members who are also members of NTHS. The deadline for applications is March 31 at 11:59 p.m. ET.

  • The Sharon Melton Myers Memorial Fund, SkillsUSA and the McMinn County Vocational Center SkillsUSA Alumni Association are offering two high school seniors who are members of SkillsUSA a one-time $1,000 scholarship. The deadline for applications is April 15 at 11:59 p.m. ET.

  • The Student Research Foundation Scholarship is open to SkillsUSA members who are currently enrolled in high school and plan to continue their education in a postsecondary institution or program. It recognizes outstanding community contributions. The deadline for applications is July 26. 

Additional information and the applications for these scholarships are available here.


Take Up the Challenge! National Conference Pin and T-shirt Design

SkillsUSA is once again sponsoring the 2022 National Leadership and Skills Conference (NLSC) Pin and T-shirt Design Challenge to all dues-paying student members of the organization. The winning designs will become the official T-shirt and pin design for the 2022 NLSC. The challenge will officially open on Jan. 15, entries must be received by March 15 at 12 a.m. ET, and the winners will be announced on March 21. Rules and submission links will be posted on the SkillsUSA website by Jan. 15.


Focus Students on Safety

CareerSafe’s annual National Youth Safety Video Contest challenges students to create a two-minute video demonstrating workplace safety. Send submissions to CareerSafe by March 1. The winning students will receive a SkillsUSA prize pack and a scholarship of up to $2,500, and the winning school will receive a prize of up to $5,000. For more information and to submit your entry, visit the CareerSafe website.