Friday Flash, April 24, 2020




Spread the Word to Your Students

“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.

            Mon. 4/27:  Matching Monday- Match with a friend to show no one stands alone!

            Tues. 4/28: Tune-Up Tuesday- Show us how you are tuning up your skills at home!

            Wed. 4/29: Wisdom Wednesday- Share the best piece of life advice you were ever given in your


Thurs.4/30: Trendy Thursday- Show us that we are the next skilled workforce!

Fri. 5/01: Framework Friday- Choose your favorite essential element and wear the corresponding color for its component (RED Personal Skills; BLUE-Workplace Skills; BLACK-Technical Skills)


#KeepCraftAlive Scholarship Deadline Extended to May 29 

Fine Homebuilding will be awarding a minimum of twelve $2,500 scholarship awards to SkillsUSA high school or college/postsecondary students continuing their education or certification programs in construction-related fields. In the spirit of the #KeepCraftAlive movement, applicants should celebrate the value and meaning of true craftsmanship in their trades and plan to continue their educations in community colleges, undergraduate programs or industry certification curricula.

Fine Homebuilding will award a minimum of twelve $2,500 scholarships to students in fields such as architectural drafting, carpentry, cabinetmaking, electrical and residential wiring, HVACR, masonry, woodworking and plumbing.

Selections will be based on completion of an application, along with a 300-word essay showing applicants’ passion for their craft and a letter of support from a teacher, administrator, SkillsUSA advisor or educational/professional mentor.

Application deadline has been extended to Friday, May 29 at midnight EDT. Apply online today.


Resources for Instructors

ACTE Offers Free Resources to Help Teachers Transition to Online Instruction

The Association for Career and Technical Education (ACTE) recognizes the dramatic impact that dealing with the coronavirus (COVID-19) is having on your instructional efforts. To this end, ACTE is pleased to announce that they are extending the offer to register for a selection of free online courses to prepare CTE teachers to teach online. The new registration deadline is May 31.

Go to Online Teachers on CTE Learn and click on Delivering Online Instruction. You’ll see the following online courses that you can access for free:

  • EL102 Online Teaching Techniques

  • EL103 Teaching Online: A Student-Centered Approach

  • EL104 Teaching and Organizing a Virtual Learning Environment

  • EL105 Online Language: Communicating with Students

  • EL108 Preparing Students to Become Good Online Learners

  • EL112 Workload Management Strategies for Teaching Online

Register/login on the CTE Learn site and enter the master key “MK-ACTE” to enroll in any of the above courses. This complimentary key is valid through May 31. Contact if you have any questions. CTE Learn courses are self-paced, and each course takes approximately four hours to complete. Designed and developed specifically for the CTE community, these courses focus on practical strategies and techniques that participants can apply right away. Additionally, ACTE has created a listing of other free distance learning resources they hope can provide assistance to your programs.


New Offer Provides Complimentary Access to SkillsUSA Career Essentials for Your Virtual Classroom

The current pandemic has forced local administrators and teachers to quickly move their courses to virtual/online environments. To support schools rapidly working to find solutions to online learning, SkillsUSA recently announced a deep discount approach to providing schools with access to SkillsUSA Career Essentials curriculum bundles.

Now, thanks to the generosity of select partners, we are excited to be able to provide complimentary (free) access to those same resources for a limited number of students. These curriculum bundles are valued from $25 to $65 per access. As we do not foresee this opportunity repeating itself beyond the current health crisis, we hope many of you will be able to take advantage of it as quickly as possible.

For full details on this special offer, click here.

If you have further questions, please contact:

To participate in a one-hour overview of the SkillsUSA Career Essentials suite resources, sign up using the online registration form.