Friday Flash, February 05, 2021




 NJ SkillsUSA Championships Registration Update

In response to advisor requests, we are extending the contestant registration deadline to

 Wednesday, February 10 at 12 noon.  Later that day there will be an advisors meeting at 4:00 pm (February 10) so we can review the status of the competitions.  Here is a link to the Zoom meeting:


Topic: SkillsUSA Advisors Meeting

Time: Feb 10, 2021 04:00 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada)


Join Zoom Meeting

Meeting ID: 893 4360 0369

Passcode: 2Q0H8d


Contest Updates

The following contest has been added and is open for registering 2 teams per chapter:

  • 3D Visualization & Animation

The following contest has been switched from virtual to in-person:

  • Custom Automotive Painting- April 24, Gloucester Institute of Technology


Spread the Word to Your Students….

The NJ State Officer Team is presenting a Zoom Panel featuring NJ SkillsUSA Alumni who will discuss their past experiences and share their journeys on Wednesday, Feb.10 at 5 PM

Sign up to attend:


How Are You Celebrating SkillsUSA Week?

We would like to let everyone know about your SkillsUSA Week Activities.  Ask your students to please send a short description of how you celebrated and include a photo or two. 

Send to our Communications Specialist, Janet Cantore-Watson at:





Welcome to 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:


#KeepCraftAlive Scholarship

Fine Homebuilding magazine will be awarding scholarships to SkillsUSA high school or college/postsecondary students continuing their education or certification programs in construction-related fields, such as architectural drafting, carpentry, cabinetmaking, electrical and residential wiring, HVACR, masonry, woodworking and plumbing.

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 through community colleges, undergraduate programs or industry certification curricula.

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 is May 30 at midnight ET. To apply, visit


Building Trades Opportunity for a Weatherization Credential
High Performance Insulation Professionals (HPIP) is offering its Department-of-Labor-approved weatherization credentials to SkillsUSA programs at a discounted rate. Learn more through a free webinar on Feb. 18, 4-5 p.m. ET. The program is knowledge-based, fully accessible online and features entry- and intermediate-level coursework and exams. No hands-on components are required. Instructor onboarding is also provided. If this credential opportunity applies to your program, sign up for the webinar here to learn more.


Gain National Attention for Student Mentoring 

SkillsUSA sponsors a national recognition opportunity called the Student2Student mentoring program. Mentoring connects young people to personal growth and development, as well as economic opportunities. When a SkillsUSA chapter mentors an elementary- or middle-school classroom, it helps younger students imagine careers and helps older students practice their skills. Student2Student recognizes SkillsUSA chapters that are involved in a mentoring program in their communities. To enter, submit your mentoring project plan, description and outcomes. The winning chapter will be recognized at the National Leadership and Skills Conference with a plaque and a $500 check for the chapter to use toward expanding next year’s mentoring project. All entries must be submitted by April 1. Winners are announced in May. For more information, contact Tyler Chaffin at or visit:


“SkillsUSA Champions” Digital Hub Story of the Week

It’s not in SkillsUSA member Omar Khasawneh’s nature to sit by when his skills are needed most. Sparked by an innate desire to serve, Khasawneh took those skills to one of the hardest hit areas of the pandemic, changing lives in the process … including his own. Read his inspiring story and share it with your students here. You’ll find many other success stories about SkillsUSA members and local chapters across the country on the SkillsUSA Champions magazine digital hub, which can be accessed at And don’t forget, you can always submit your own news and story ideas through the “Share News and Stories” link at the top of the web page.