Friday Flash, August 28, 2020




A Message from the State Director

Welcome to the 2020-21 school year.  Needless to say, this has been an unusual year, but we want to announce tentative plans for New Jersey SkillsUSA so you can begin to look ahead and plan accordingly. 

 Here are some of the activities and events to look forward to:


Virtual Fall Leadership Conference - November 16-20, 2020

We are working with all the other CTSO’s in the state to organize a collaborative four-day, after school virtual conference.  Details are still being worked out, but we are excited about all CTSO’s working jointly to offer a unique collaborative experience.


National Fall Leadership Conference, Fall 2020

We are awaiting the final details, but this will be an unprecedented virtual leadership conference experience that will draw upon our national leadership resources.  Date to be announced soon.


State Competitions in 2021

We have established the dates for the state championships, so please mark your calendars.

·  Saturday, March 27, 2021 - Gloucester County Institute of Technology

·  Saturday, April 10, 2021 - Somerset County Vo-Tech

·  Saturday, April 17, 2021 - Cumberland County Tech

·  Saturday, April 24, 2021 - Sussex County Tech

Note: Membership and State Conference Registration deadline - January 15, 2021


National Leadership & Skills Conference

The national office has announced that the schedule of NLSC competitions will be finalized  on December 15, 2020. Plans are underway for an in-person national conference in Atlanta, GA, on June 21-25, 2021.


State Officer Elections

At the present time the returning state officers will continue in their leadership roles since their term of office was curtailed due to the shutdown in March.  Plans are being formulated for elections to fill the remaining vacancies sometime in October/November.


Bottom Line

While we know these are unprecedented times for CTE and SkillsUSA, please be assured that there will be a robust, albeit virtual, leadership development program this fall.  The spring will see in-person state and national competitions, modified as necessary, to comply with health and safety standards.  

The national SkillsUSA staff has been rejuvenated with new leadership and a commitment to keeping our organization vital and relevant to the needs of our student members, advisors, and industry partners.  

At the state level we plan to use the virtual format this fall to hopefully connect with many more chapter members and student leaders through innovative online programming.  One of the strengths of SkillsUSA is that the newly revised program of work aligns with many of the challenges we are all facing in this unusual environment. 

 Click here for the new SkillsUSA Program of Work:


Program of Work - SkillsUSA: Champions at Work


Look for the lemonade!!!




Help Carhartt Fund the Future of Work … and SkillsUSA

For Carhartt, every day is labor day. SkillsUSA agrees. That’s why Carhartt, one of our longstanding partners, has generously agreed to support SkillsUSA’s mission during their “Every Day is Labor Day” event on … you guessed it … Labor Day, Sept. 7. From 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. (EDT), all sales of products made through will be donated to SkillsUSA! Again, not just a “portion” of sales, but all sales. It’s an incredible opportunity to purchase some of Carhartt’s amazing products while contributing to the SkillsUSA mission — now more vital than ever — at the same time. Learn more at, and get ready to do some truly life-changing labor day shopping.


Call to Action

Join us on Wednesday, Sept. 9 at 4:30 p.m. (EDT) for SkillsUSA's annual Call to Action Session as executive director Chelle Travis welcomes advisors to a new school year. During this session, you will learn about the state of the association as well as the upcoming fall engagement opportunities for you and your student members. Additionally, you’ll be inspired by Mike Holmes, a professional contractor, television host, public speaker, educator, influencer and writer whose passion is to Make It Right®. Be sure not to miss this session and the opportunity to be one of 15 lucky participants to receive a $100 Lowe’s gift card! Be on the lookout for additional session information to come.


Chapter of Distinction Mega Prize Event 

The Chapter of Distinction Mega Prize Event will be held virtually on Sept. 24 at 7:30 p.m. EDT. This year’s lineup includes over 25 MEGA prize packages and door prizes! Eligible advisors will receive save-the-date and registration details directly via email. If you have questions, contact Taryn Zeigler at

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