SkillsUSA Friday Flash, January 14, 2022




Membership Deadline

Student competitors for the upcoming state championships must be registered members of National SkillsUSA.  Did you miss the January 15 deadline for NJ?  Call our office if you need another week to register your members.  Call the hotline if you need help with the membership process: 844.875.4557.


Auto Maintenance Light Repair is Canceled

The Auto Maintenance Light Repair competition has been dropped for the 2022 state championships and will not take place. 


Auto Contest Info for March 31 at the Mercedes Benz Learning Center, Robbinsville

Below is the latest Covid information regarding student participation at the Mercedes-Benz USA Learning & Performance Center facility. 

  • All visitors will be required to check-in at the entrance reception area for Covid verification.  

  • Entry into the facility is only allowed with the following

    • Fully vaccinated status (1 Johnson & Johnson, 2 Moderna or 2 Pfizer shots).  Proof of vaccination is required.  Visitors must present vaccination card or a photo of the vaccination card.

    • Negative Covid Polymerase Chain Reaction (PCR) test within 72 hours of entry into the facility.  Test results must be presented via a printed copy or displayed within phone app or photo.  The individual’s name, test results and testing date must be visible/presented.

    • If PCR test was completed but results are not yet available, a rapid test may be performed at the MBUSA facility that morning. Proof that a PCR test has been taken and results are pending will need to be provided.

  • Masks must be worn at all times within the MBUSA facility.


New Advisor Training in January

The national staff is hosting a New Advisor Training on January 21, from 9AM to 1:30PM. This Professional Development opportunity is built intentionally for advisors in their first, second or third year.  It is suggested that participants secure adequate classroom coverage.  Participants must be Professional Members to register through Absorb.  The document on how to enroll for the training is copied here:

How to access your Professional Membership Benefits through Absorb

Direct your questions to Karolina Belen,


All SkillsUSA dues paying members can enter the National Pin and T-Shirt Design Contest

Be sure to give your students the info below on entering the National Conference Pin and T-shirt Design Challenge.  This challenge is open to all registered SkillsUSA student members who are enrolled in a career and technical education program at a high school or college/postsecondary institution with an active SkillsUSA chapter. Membership for the 2021-22 school year will be verified by the national headquarters (the name must appear on a roster for this school year). Limit one entry per SkillsUSA Member.  Students may submit an entry to this national challenge in addition to competing in any of our state events. 




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 opens 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.


Professional Development Opportunities for January

Please join your fellow advisors for our January SkillsUSA Professional Development sessions. Topics include “Chapter Excellence Program for New Advisors,” “Best Practices: Community Service” and “Guides for Hosting a Local Career Competition.” We will also host a “New Advisor Training” session on Jan. 21. See the training calendar here. Completion certificates are provided for each session. Use this Google Doc to learn how to access your professional membership benefits online. A PDF of the 2021-22 Professional Development Opportunities is available here. For questions, contact Karolina Belen.


Criminal Justice Expertise on “SkillsUSA Technical Fridays”

Join us for “SkillsUSA Technical Fridays,” SkillsUSA’s industry-led workshops that help teachers develop specific technical skills relevant to their career fields. On Jan. 21 from 4-5 p.m. ET, the presenter is Tim Hart, a retired police officer from California who also served with the U.S. State Department training police in Afghanistan and Iraq. His session will focus on the basic principles and techniques of arrest and control, gun takeaway as well as self-defense tactics. Professional development certificates are available for attending. The cost to attend the session is $10. Register here.


Chapter Excellence Program Opportunity

SkillsUSA offers all advisors and chapters the opportunity to schedule a one-on-one coaching session with Kelli Engelbrecht, our Chapter Excellence Program (CEP) and Program of Work coach. The one-on-one coaching session can assist your chapter in strategizing how to take your CEP application to the next level or help a new chapter or advisor get started. Learn how to effectively integrate the SkillsUSA Framework, articulate SMART goals and select and evaluate Essential Elements within the CEP application. To schedule your 30-minute Zoom coaching appointment, please see the CEP Coaching Calendar. Once you schedule your appointment from the provided link, we will follow-up with details. Please contact Kelli Engelbrecht with any questions at  


Nominations for Honorary Life and Outstanding Career and Technical Educators

SkillsUSA is seeking additional nominations for SkillsUSA Honorary Life Member and Outstanding Career and Technical Educator awards. If you would like to nominate an individual for recognition at our national conference in June, please complete the online applications here. The deadline is Feb. 15. For questions, contact Laura Rauch.


2022 SkillsUSA Week T-shirt

Gear up for SkillsUSA Week and get your 2022 long-sleeve T-shirt from the SkillsUSA Store now while supplies last! This 100% cotton shirt features the winning design by Ellis Eley from SkillsUSA Georgia, with some additional SkillsUSA spirit on the sleeve. Show your style, stay warm and celebrate that we are United as One!