Friday Flash, February 01, 2019




Statewide Advisor Meeting: Wednesday, Feb. 06, 2019

NJ SkillsUSA is hosting a meeting to brief advisors on the details of the upcoming NJ Championships from 9 to 11:30 at the Bridgewater Marriott, 700 Commons Way, Bridgewater, NJ.  Continental Breakfast will be served.


For Your Graphics Instructors:  Annual GAERF Student Design Competition Announced

Secondary and Post-Secondary Students Challenged to Demonstrate Their Creativity and Knowledge of Printed Output

The Graphic Arts Education and Research Foundation (GAERF) in conjunction with its managing organization, the Association for PRINT Technologies (APTech), announces the launch of its eleventh annual Student Design Competition, themed “Greetings!” The competition is open to all students attending secondary or post-secondary institutions in the continental United States who are studying in a graphic communications/printing, advertising, graphic design or interactive media program.

Participants are challenged to combine their critical thinking and creativity to produce a printed greeting card for an occasion of their choice. Entries will be judged on unique expression and well-defined theme; broad appeal; creativity and originality; and correct use of optional printing enhancements. One secondary and one post-secondary school winner will be identified for each of the first-, second- and third-place awards.

Entries selected by GAERF will be judged by a panel of industry professionals.

First-place winners and their instructors will receive a two-day trip, all expenses paid, to attend PRINT® 19, taking place in Chicago IL, October 3-5, 2019. The winning students will receive an award of $2,000 presented during PRINT 19. Second-place winners will be awarded $1,500, and the third-place winners will receive $1,000. Winning entries will be featured at PRINT 19 in the Design Competition exhibit and dedicated sign display. All entries will be showcased in a slide presentation at PRINT 19 and online.

For complete information about the GAERF 2019 Student Design Competition, contact GAERF Director Margie Garr at, phone: 703-264-7200, or visit:


Army Educational Outreach Program – STEM Grants Available

The U.S. Army Educational Outreach Program (AEOP), through its cooperative agreement with Battelle, is looking to develop new and innovative partnerships with like-minded organizations and technical associations that have similar STEM goals. The groups AEOP seeks to partner with aim to serve students from under served populations and military dependents, broadening participation in STEM to increase diversity in the field and ensure our competitive programs reflect our nation’s demographics.

In collaboration with STEM partners and by sharing information, leveraging strong STEM networks and building on already existing relationships, AEOP seeks to promote its portfolio of opportunities to provide more enriching STEM opportunities for students. Receipt of the Request for Information (RFI) for partnership is contingent upon participation in a mandatory webinar, which will be held on Feb. 7, 12 p.m. – 1 p.m. EST.

Selected organizations who submit responses to the RFI will be invited to submit a full proposal. Awards will be granted for up to $50,000 for up to one year for new awardees and up to $200,000 for up to one year for previously funded awardees.

Register for the mandatory webinar here:

The link to the online RFI form will be sent to organizations who participate in the mandatory information session.


RFI Info Session Webinar (mandatory): February 7, 2019 from 12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m. EST

RFI Due: February 21, 2019 by 5:00 p.m. EST

RFI Notification and RFP Invitations: February 26, 2019

Bidders Webinar (mandatory for invited applicants): March 1, 2019, 12:00 p.m.– 1:00 p.m. EST

RFP Deadline: April 1, 2019 by 5:00 p.m. EST

Awards Announced: April 2019

Start Date: May 2019

If you have questions, contact David Burns or Stephanie Johnson with Battelle.

David Burns, Project Director,

Stephanie Johnson, Program Manager,





SkillsUSA Week Has Arrived!

Enjoy celebrating SkillsUSA Week Feb. 3-9 and share your chapter pictures and stories with the entire nation!

Share Your SkillsUSA Week pictures:

Now is the chance to showcase your students and the great work you are doing in your state. As you conduct SkillsUSA Week activities, please be sure to take pictures and share them with the national headquarters. Your photos may be featured in a Flickr gallery on SkillsUSA’s home page. Send your best photos to Please be sure to identify everyone in the picture for the caption.

Share Your SkillsUSA Week news:

Share your news and stories with Tom Hall at SkillsUSA, 14001 SkillsUSA Way, Leesburg, VA 20176 or email


Attention, Advisors in Building Trades!  SkillsUSA Launching National Signing Day

We are excited to announce that May 8 will be SkillsUSA National Signing Day, presented by Klein Tools!  This day will celebrate and publicly acknowledge high school seniors who are committing to careers in the building and construction trades.   Whether they are starting an apprenticeship, entering a more focused technical education or entering the field directly, we want to reinforce our support for their decision to help close the skills gap and promote positivity for the trades.   In partnership with Klein Tools, SkillsUSA will host National Signing Day events at approximately 500 schools throughout the country — but we need to hear from you first!

We are looking for Class of 2019 students who are committing to careers or continuing education in:

  • Residential Wiring

  • Building Trades and Renovations

  • HVAC

  • Plumbing

If you have graduating high-school seniors who fit these criteria, please use the link below to start the conversation with the National Signing Day team.

Participation will be limited to the first 500 eligible programs to express interest.




Do You Want Your Students To Grow In Their Professionalism, Communication And Leadership Skills?

Consider budgeting for you and your student leaders to attend the Washington Leadership Training Institute (WLTI) held in the nation’s capital Sept. 21-25. This conference offers advanced training for students and advisors that focuses on professionalism, communication and leadership. During the conference, participants will demonstrate the use of these key essential elements while advocating for SkillsUSA and career and technical education. Additionally, participants will have the opportunity to tour Washington, visit the SkillsUSA National Leadership Center and watch the changing of the guards along with a wreath ceremony at the Tomb of the Unknowns.   Conference registration opens Aug. 1 and is $450 per participant. Visit the following website for additional information:


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