Friday Flash, January 29, 2021




 NJ SkillsUSA Championships Update: Important Dates To Remember

Contestant Registration Deadline - Monday, February 8

Advisors Zoom Meeting - Wednesday, February 10


Contest Updates

The following contests are not being offered at this time:

  • Automotive Service Technology

  • Diesel Equipment Technology

  • Esthetics

  • Cosmetology Knowledge Bowl

  • Criminal Justice Bowl

  • Health Knowledge Bowl

  • Marine Service Technology

  • Motorcycle Service Technology

  • Power Equipment Technology


Tell Your Students….

To celebrate SkillsUSA Week, your State Officer Team is presenting a Zoom Panel featuring NJ SkillsUSA Alumni who will discuss their past experiences and share their journeys. 

Sign up to attend:




The 2021 National Leadership and Skills Conference
T-Shirt and Pin Design Challenge is Now Open!

SkillsUSA is once again sponsoring the 2021 National Leadership and Skills Conference T-shirt and pin design challenge! These challenges are open to all dues-paying student members of the organization. The winning designs will become the official T-shirt and pin design for the 2021 Virtual SkillsUSA National Leadership and Skills Conference.

This annual challenge has been updated to reflect the virtual delivery model of the 2021 National Leadership and Skills Conference. Contestants are encouraged to embrace this unique aspect of the 2021 NLSC in their artwork. Your challenge is to create an icon that can mark this historic occasion for years to come!

The top three finalists from both challenges will be announced on March 7. Student members from across the nation will have the chance to vote on designs for the official pin and T-shirt design of the 2021 NLSC via SkillsUSA CONNECT during the week of March 15, with the final winners being announced on March 22. Submissions are due by March 1, 11:59 P.M. (ET)

Plan Now for 2021 SkillsUSA Week

SkillsUSA Week is Feb. 7-13, and you can participate in many ways. Honor your community supporters, connect with local business and industry professionals or make a presentation about your CTE program and SkillsUSA chapter at a school board meeting. We encourage you to celebrate all week by planning activities that follow this daily schedule of events created for local chapters nationwide:

  • Monday, Feb. 8, Recognition Day. Celebrate and honor members, advisors, administrators, business partners, community leaders and supporters who make a meaningful impact on your CTE program and SkillsUSA chapter.

  • Tuesday, Feb. 9, Give Back Day. Rally around your school and community by focusing on ways for your chapter to give back.

  • Wednesday, Feb. 10., Partner Day. Invite local business and industry leaders to connect with chapter members as you highlight the importance of developing the career-readiness skills found in the SkillsUSA Framework.

  • Thursday, Feb. 11, Advocacy Day. Amplify CTE in your community by conducting a local public relations activity, such as presenting to school board members, administrators or community leaders.

  • Friday, Feb. 12, SkillsUSA Day. Celebrate SkillsUSA by wearing your favorite SkillsUSA shirt, planning a celebration activity or posting your Framework story on social media using the hashtag #SkillsUSAWeek.

For a packet of resources including information go to:


“SkillsUSA Champions” Digital Hub Story of the Week

The only thing more overwhelming than Edwin Maxcy’s story of pain and loss was the strength of his resolve to succeed in spite of it. SkillsUSA membership played a huge role in creating that reservoir of  resolve and resiliency for Maxcy. Read his inspiring story and share it with your students:

You’ll find many other success stories about SkillsUSA members and local chapters across the country on the digital hub, which can be accessed at And don’t forget, you can always submit your own story ideas through the “Share News and Stories” link at the top of the web page.