Friday Flash, April 17, 2020




Registration Fees

Our business office has advised us that all collected registration fees for the 2020 NJ Championships should be refunded to the schools. They have advised us against crediting towards next year’s activities.

The process will be:

Refund checks will be drafted in the amount that matches the fees received.

Checks will be mailed to the business office/address that is listed on the check along with a copy of the registration fees check sent to us.

A copy of the refund check will also be emailed to the lead chapter advisors to show proof of the refund.

The refund process will take some time to complete but we are initiating the process.


Congratulations to the New Jersey chapters that participated in the Chapter Excellence Program 

CEP recognizes achievement as it relates to the integration of the SkillsUSA Framework in chapter program of work activities. As a chapter’s yearly action plan, the program of work is at the heart of student learning and employability development. By using the Framework as a guide, chapters have a blueprint for creating relevant activities that encourage participation and foster an understanding of student learning attained during each activity. The Framework’s focus on intentional learning turns the program of work into more than just a planning tool. Using the Framework, the program of work becomes the vital conduit that links students to the application of personal, workplace and technical skills demanded by industry. The SkillsUSA trifecta for student success!


I am pleased to announce the following results:


Bergen Academies

Cumberland County Tech

Gloucester County Institute of Technology

Sussex County Tech



Somerset County Vo-Tech



Essex County Tech - Donald Payne Campus



Bergen County Tech - Paramus

Essex County Tech - West Caldwell

Middlesex County Vo-Tech - East Brunswick

Passaic County Technical Institute




New SkillsUSA Graduate Frames for Social Media

In order to give our graduating SkillsUSA members an opportunity to be recognized, SkillsUSA has created a few editable frames to use on Facebook. Let’s make graduating special for our members! 

 To add a frame to your Page’s profile picture:

  • Go to

  • Click your profile picture in the bottom left and select your Page.

  • Search for a frame by entering the frame’s name, the creator’s name (SkillsUSA) or related words (graduation).

  • Choose the frame you want to use from the results.

  • Click Use as Profile Picture.

If you have questions, contact Hayley Uffelman at


“SkillsUSA: Yep, We’re Essential” Spirit Week

Take part in fun challenges, engage with fellow SkillsUSA members and show off your SkillsUSA spirit during “SkillsUSA: Yep, We’re Essential” spirit week. The week begins on Monday, April 27, and lasts through Friday, May 1. Be sure to follow @SkillsUSA on Facebook and Instagram, and look out for daily themes posted each day. Use #StaySkilled for a chance to be featured on the official SkillsUSA news feed.


Harbor Freight Tools for Schools Rewards Teacher Excellence

During this challenging time for educators, students and families, the Harbor Freight Tools for Schools team hopes to share good news and spotlight hardworking and passionate skilled trades teachers. That’s why the 2020 Harbor Freight Tools for Schools Prize for Teaching Excellence is accepting applications until May 13. In 2019, the prize recognized 12 SkillsUSA instructors as winners. Learn more and apply at


Gain National Attention for Student Mentoring

SkillsUSA sponsors a national recognition opportunity called the Student2Student mentoring program. Mentoring connects young people to personal growth and development, as well as economic opportunities.

Student2Student recognizes SkillsUSA chapters that are involved in a mentoring program in their communities. When a SkillsUSA chapter mentors an elementary or middle school classroom, it sparks younger students’ interest in future careers and helps older students practice their skills.

To download a mentoring guide or enter your program for recognition, go to: All entries must be submitted by May 15. 


Rees Scholarship
In partnership with SkillsUSA, The Clifford H. “Ted” Rees, Jr. Scholarship Foundation — an Air-Conditioning, Heating and Refrigeration Institute Charitable Foundation — is proud to offer eight one-time, merit-based $2,500 scholarships to SkillsUSA students who are currently enrolled in a HVACR or a general construction program and who will be pursuing college/postsecondary career training in the HVACR industry. The scholarship is intended to provide tuition support in the 2021-22 school year. Application deadline is May 15. To apply, go to:

For these and other scholarship opportunities, go to:­­­.


Supplementing, Not Supplanting

As many of you may recall during the Perkins 5 presentation last May with Michael Brustein and Gene Dudley (as well as from information provided in the Perkins 5 Toolkit), it was suggested that SkillsUSA Chapters create a “gap year” of July 1, 2019 to June 30, 2020 and NOT use state education agency (state DOE) or local education agency (local school or school system) funding for CTSO activities. Creating this gap year would ensure that “supplementing, not supplanting, federal funds” for Perkins 5 CTSO activities would be eligible for expenditure in FY 2021.

The direct language from Perkins V:  SEC. 124. [20 U.S.C. 2344] regarding state leadership activities states:  “support for CTSOs, especially with respect to efforts to increase the participation of  students in nontraditional fields and students who are members of special pops;” and new groups have been added as part of special populations which include: “out of work individuals, English learners, homeless, foster care, and youth with parent in armed forces”.


Free Resource for Welding

Miller Electric — a longtime partner of SkillsUSA — wants to make sure our welding instructors and students know about OpenBook™, their powerful FREE tool designed to help instructors move their welding training efforts to an online experience.

OpenBook™ is an online learning management system (LMS) consisting of a variety of e-learning modules that help instructors assign and deliver welding content, create quizzes, download welding labs, monitor student participation, and assess student progress and performance.

Module topics include Basic Electricity, Introduction to Welding, Introduction to Metals, Cutting Processes, SMAW, GTAW and GMAW.

OpenBook™ was introduced in the Summer of 2018 as a free tool to support teaching and training professionals, and that support is needed more important than ever during these challenging times. Miller intends to continue offering OpenBook™ for free to schools, industrial customers, unions, military and other learning facilities for the foreseeable future, even after this crisis ends.

Click here to learn more about OpenBook™ and how to register for this free resource.

To view all of Miller’s welding training support materials, including PowerPoint presentations, quizzes and more, click here.

For more information on Miller Electric, visit


Earn Recognition for Service Through PVSA Honors

SkillsUSA is a certifying organization of the President’s Volunteer Service Award (PVSA), allowing advisors, student members and registered alumni to earn recognition for community service activities and time spent volunteering.

This award is a presidential honor that recognizes the valuable contributions of volunteers across the country who are answering a national call to serve others through their current activities or lifetime efforts. With SkillsUSA’s focus on community service, advisors and students may already meet the requirements to receive the award. To qualify, SkillsUSA members, advisors or alumni can submit a record of their service hours.

For details on qualifying hours and requirements for submission, visit: Applications must be received by May 15.