Friday Flash, April 30, 2021



National Conference Registration Deadline Extended

The deadline to submit your online NLSC registration has been extended to May 7, at 10 PM.




NLSC Registration Scholarship and Career Competition Support Grant

The SkillsUSA Hope Fund supports SkillsUSA members and chapters during times of hardship, including natural disasters, financial challenges and economic challenges resulting from the pandemic. New to the Hope Fund this year — and made possible through our partnership with Harbor Freight Tools for Schools — is a need-based scholarship opportunity for SkillsUSA members and a NLSC Career Competition Support grant. Applications for the scholarship and grant will be accepted from April 16-May 14. Recipients will be announced June 1.

  • National Leadership and Skills Conference Registration Scholarship

Students or advisors can apply for a $95 scholarship to offset the cost of the conference registration fee for the 2021 virtual National Leadership and Skills Conference (NLSC). Apply online here.

  • NLSC Career Competition Support Grant

Support grants are available for SkillsUSA national competitors to cover the cost of contest supplies and materials when these are not provided by the contest technical committee. This year’s SkillsUSA Championships will be conducted in localized virtual or hybrid settings. In most instances, schools or local businesses will host the competitor, and contest materials will be provided. When that is not possible, the local school district or local industry may be asked to support the competitor by providing contest materials. SkillsUSA chapters or school districts can apply on behalf of eligible members to receive a grant to offset the cost of purchasing national contest materials and supplies.

Before applying, please review this document to determine if the national competitor will need to purchase supplies or materials. (In most cases, the contest committee will supply the materials and/or cover the cost of the materials.) When you’re ready, apply for the NLSC Career Competition Support Grant here.


Watch for National Highlights for National Signing Day on May 4

SkillsUSA National Signing Day is finally here! The national event will be held on May 4 to celebrate high school seniors and college/postsecondary students who have chosen to pursue careers in the skilled trades as they sign letters of intent. SkillsUSA has been working with our friends at The Home Depot, Klein Tools and 84 Lumber on multiple in-person and virtual events that highlight the skilled trades and select students.

In addition, many SkillsUSA schools nationwide will hold local Signing Day events, whether in-person or virtual. Be on the lookout on Tuesday, May 4, for national coverage of SkillsUSA. We hope to be highlighted on Good Morning America, and a couple of our Signing Day spokespeople are well-known athletes (including Pittsburgh Steeler great Jerome Bettis) tapped by our partners to make media appearances that we hope will gain visibility for SkillsUSA. Download in-person or virtual Signing Day toolkits or other resources here.


Save the Date! National Awards and Recognition Session Goes Live This June

A SkillsUSA year like no other demands a SkillsUSA Awards and Recognition session like no other! The awards, the cheers, the pride that our members feel for themselves, their classmates, and their trades — those are the elements of an emotional, inspiring, unforgettable Awards and Recognition session, the kind SkillsUSA has been known for since its founding in 1965 and the kind we WILL have again in 2021. We have spent this year apart, but join us as we come together to celebrate the achievements of our members LIVE on Thursday, June 24, from 3:30 p.m. - 8 p.m. ET.

Consider joining us in one of three ways:

  • As long as it’s safe to do so, host an in-person chapter watch party. Have your chapter officers (incoming and outgoing) plan fun activities for chapter members and serve food. (Who doesn’t love pizza?)

  • Host a drive-in chapter watch party. Pull out your projector, purchase an FM transmitter online (they are inexpensive), and — bada-bing, bada-boom — your chapter has their own drive-in theater to watch the Awards and Recognition session. 

  • Not able to join in person? Host a simultaneous watch party by streaming the session on Zoom, Google Meets, etc.

 PS: Don’t just include current members — invite former and prospective members, parents, partners, school administrators and local elected officials to join and celebrate with you.

Need funds to host a chapter watch party? Apply here for a $100 watch party grant. Grants are limited to the first 50 SkillsUSA chapters that apply.