SkillsUSA Friday Flash, February 04, 2022



Thank you to all who attended our Advisor Meeting on Wednesday. It was wonderful seeing everyone, both in-person and virtual! If you were unable to attend, a copy of the PowerPoint presentation is available in “Downloads” on our website.


I really appreciate the feedback about some of the new policies for this year and based on that I am working on securing a holding room at each site for the non-registered chaperones/guests. I will also be following up on the other questions and concerns brought to my attention.


As I stated, if the Covid numbers go down and stay down, I will be excited to open the Championships to observers at the locations who permit them.


We will soon be initiating a test of the mass email program “Mailchimp” to better communicate with everyone. For the next few weeks, you may be receiving information through Mailchimp on top of our Friday Flashes.  I will do my best not to overload your mailboxes, but I want to make sure no information is missed.


Thank you for your patience and support as we navigate this year’s “normal” for the State Championships. Your students are so lucky to have you, and I thoroughly appreciate the time and effort you’ve all been putting in to make the 2022 NJ SkillsUSA State Championships a success!




SkillsUSA Week Starts Next Monday

Looking for some cool and easy ways to celebrate SkillsUSA Week? 

Check out Sussex Co. Tech’s schedule of activities for next week:

                 SkillsUSA Week

Monday 2/7: Represent a Local Business/Trade by Wearing their Merch 

Tuesday 2/8: Green & Gold Day (Go Stangs!)

Wednesday 2/9: Dress for YOUR dream job

Thursday 2/10: Represent your shop by wearing shop apparel 

Friday 2/11: Represent SKillsUSA by wearing skillsUSA apparel.

 Don't have any SkillsUSA attire, no problem, just wear Red!  


Thanks to Sussex County SkillsUSA for sharing your ideas!

Ask your students to add our hashtag to all their SkillsUSA posts: #NJSkillsusa

Please send us photos and articles highlighting your SkillsUSA Week Activities.  Send to:


Important CulinaryArts Update: Change in Date for Portfolio Submission

Students and Culinary Arts Instructors please refer to the new info posted today in the Contest Updates at  The submission date for the Portfolio portion of the contest has been changed to Friday, Feb. 18. Any Questions Contact Jaime Soto at or call him at 908-433-8838


Esthetics State Contest Registration Change

Please note:  The competitors in the NJ Esthetics event will be performing their tasks on a manikin, and not using a live model.  Carefully review the Contest Update posted for Esthetics.  Reminder:  The NJ Gold medalist will need to have a model when competing in the national contest in June at Atlanta.


Did you miss Wednesday’s Advisor Meeting?

The Power Point that was presented is posted in the DOWNLOADS tab at

Email us for more info on any of the topics discussed if needed.


Power Point for Culinary/Baking Contest Details

The Power Point Presentation used in last week’s Culinary/Baking Workshop is now posted in the DOWNLOADS tab at      Alert your instructors if they were unable to attend.


National Conference Pin and T-Shirt Challenge

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. All student members can submit an entry AND compete at their State Championships!  The winning designs will become the official T-shirt and pin design for 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.


Need Help Finding the National Technical Standards

Here’s an easy to follow tutorial:




Happy SkillsUSA Week!

After you send your SkillsUSA Week info to your State Director’s Office, Share your stories, photos or links with the SkillsUSA headquarters and we just may feature your chapter on the SkillsUSA Champions digital hub or on our social media. Thanks for being an advocate for SkillsUSA and career and technical education.


Essential Element Videos for Your Classroom

SkillsUSA offers an Essential Element Motion Graphic video series for students to learn about the personal, workplace and technical skills embedded in the SkillsUSA Framework. The video series is a professional member benefit and can be accessed on the SkillsUSA Absorb platform within the “Framework Integration Toolkit” module. Click on the “SkillsUSA Framework Essential Element Motion Graphic Videos” online course to view the series. Consider challenging your students to think further about how they use a specific Essential Element in their own lives by asking:

How do you see this Essential Element practiced in your life (at school/work/home)?

Provide an example of how you have practiced this Essential Element within the chapter.

Name two ways you can intentionally practice and deepen your understanding of this Essential Element at school/work/home.


Nominations for Honorary Life and Outstanding Career and Technical Educators

SkillsUSA is seeking additional nominations for SkillsUSA Honorary Life Member and Outstanding Career and Technical Educator awards. If you would like to nominate an individual for recognition at our national conference in June, please complete the online applications here. The deadline is Feb. 15. For questions, contact Laura Rauch.


Upcoming Professional Development Opportunities

Please join your fellow advisors for our upcoming SkillsUSA Professional Development sessions. Topics include the Chapter Excellence Program (CEP) for New Advisors and CEP 2.0 for experienced advisors. We will also preview the guides and our best practices series for SkillsUSA Championships coaching. See the training calendar here. Completion certificates are provided for each session. Use this Google Doc to learn how to access your professional membership benefits online. A PDF of the 2021-22 Professional Development Opportunities is available here. For questions, contact Karolina Belen


Facilitating Edible Art Expertise on “SkillsUSA Technical Fridays”

Join us for “SkillsUSA Technical Fridays,” SkillsUSA’s industry-led workshops that help teachers develop specific technical skills relevant to their career fields. On Feb. 18 from 4-5 p.m. ET, the presenter is Amanda Potts, a professor of Hotel Restaurant Management and Culinary Arts at Central Arizona College. Pott’s session will focus on Garde Manger and the art of watermelon carving. Grab a watermelon, paring knife, some scotch tape and get ready to carve. She will also demonstrate techniques for carving a rose, safety and sanitation and storing to prolong the life of your finished edible art. Professional development certificates are available for attending. The cost to attend the session is $10. Register here.