SkillsUSA Friday Flash, January 28, 2022




Advisor Meeting, Wednesday- Feb. 02

Be sure to RSVP if attending in person.

The link for the Virtual meeting will be posted the beginning of the week.


Clarification of the Mercedes policy for attending the Auto Service Tech Contest

  • 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.

    • OR 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.


State Championship Registration Deadline is Approaching

Starting Midnight on February 02, the price of registering contestants increases from $90 to $95.  The Registration system closes at noon on February 09.


Send Us Photos and News Articles Highlighting Your SkillsUSA Week Activities

Let us know how your school is celebrating SkillsUSA Week.  Send your info to:

Need ideas on how to celebrate? The SkillsUSA Week Chapter Guide assists chapters in planning for each day of SkillsUSA Week




More SkillsUSA Week Info

The SkillsUSA Advocacy Site has two templates available for you to use to promote your activities during SkillsUSA Week and Career and Technical Education Month. One is for your U.S. senators and representatives and your local government officials, and the other is for your local media. The letter templates are editable, and we suggest you personalize your message as much as possible with details about your school, training programs and activities for SkillsUSA Week and CTE Month. If you are planning specific activities for SkillsUSA Week, please be sure to invite the news media to attend.


Share your stories, photos or links with the SkillsUSA headquarters and we just may feature your chapter on the SkillsUSA Champions digital hub. Thanks for being an advocate for SkillsUSA and career and technical education.


New Drinkware at the SkillsUSA Store

The SkillsUSA Store has launched several new drinkware pieces. This collection features a 20.9 oz. stainless steel bottle with steel rim and a sturdy carrying handle, a 16.9 oz. thermal bottle with a threaded magnetic insulated lid that doubles as a cup, an 18 oz. sea glass green bottle with a threaded bamboo lid and translucent soft-touch finish for cold beverages, and a 20.9 oz. stainless steel bottle with steel rim and carrying handle. Take SkillsUSA with you everywhere you go!



Upcoming Professional Development Opportunities

Please join your fellow advisors for our upcoming SkillsUSA Professional Development sessions. Topics include an “At Work” series, with resources that cover critical thinking, difficult conversations at work, conflict management, Chapter Excellence Program for New Advisors and CEP 2.0, which is targeted at more experienced advisors! See the training calendar here. Completion certificates are provided for each session. A PDF of the 2021-22 Professional Development Opportunities is available here. For questions, contact Karolina Belen.  Use this Google Doc to learn how to access your professional membership benefits online. 


Love and Logic Session: Developing Positive Student/Teacher Relationships

Join us on Feb. 1 from 3:30-5 p.m. ET for a “Love and Logic” session designed to help you learn how to navigate student/teacher interactions. This month, we will focus on strategies that help us establish positive relationships, learn how to be strict and caring at the same time and distinguish between praise and encouragement. The cost to attend the session is $10. Register here.


Career Safe Video Contest Deadline: March 01

This is a competition opportunity in addition to your State Championship Competitions!

CareerSafe’s annual National Youth Safety Video Contest challenges students to create a two-minute video demonstrating workplace safety. Send submissions to CareerSafe by March 1. The winning students will receive a SkillsUSA prize pack and a scholarship of up to $2,500, and the winning school will receive a prize of up to $5,000. For more information and to submit your entry, visit the CareerSafe website.


Take Up the Challenge! National Conference Pin and T-shirt Design

SkillsUSA is once again offering the 2022 National Leadership and Skills Conference (NLSC) Pin and T-shirt Design Challenge for all dues-paying student members. The winning designs will become the official T-shirt and pin design for the 2022 NLSC. 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 can be found on the SkillsUSA website.


SkillsUSA Scholarships Now Open for Applications

Applications for several scholarships are now open to benefit SkillsUSA students in pursuit of higher education or certification in their chosen fields. Help spread the word about these opportunities:

Click on the link for information on scholarship opportunities:

Applications and more scholarship information are available here.