Friday Flash, June 19, 2020

NLSC Virtual Recognition Session
You are invited to join us virtually on June 26, 2020, for the NLSC Virtual Recognition Session! This year's session will give us an opportunity to be apart "together" while we recognize key supporters and leaders in SkillsUSA. We will host three 30-minute segments at 3 p.m., 5 p.m. and 7 p.m. EDT, during which we will recognize our Pin and T-shirt Design Challenge winners and present awards for Advisor of the Year, Outstanding Educator, President's Volunteer Service Award, Student2Student, Alumni, Honorary Life, and Chapters of Excellence. We will also meet some of our sponsors and hear a retiring address from Jarod Harris, SkillsUSA’s national high school parliamentarian. Finally, we will announce the 2020-21 SkillsUSA national officer team. Look for a schedule and more information soon about how to participate and watch at

Got Champions?
Usually at this time of year, SkillsUSA Champions magazine staff looks forward to interviewing members at our national conference for upcoming editions of the magazine. As a result of the pandemic, that won’t be possible this year, but you can help make sure we continue to spread the inspirational stories of our members.
If you know of a SkillsUSA student, advisor, industry representative or alumnus whose story would be motivating and inspirational, please let us know by emailing director of communications Tom Kercheval at

SkillsUSA Seeks “Essential Skills, Essential Workers” Stories    
Recently, we asked states to share with us which SkillsUSA chapters are building or donating personal protective equipment (PPE) in light of the current pandemic. SkillsUSA is pulling together a few brief stories to highlight those chapters in our publications and social media.
In addition to healthcare stories, we also seek stories on essential workers in fields such as automotive technology, culinary arts, welding, cabling or other areas where CTE skills are supporting communities during the current crisis. If you know of any students, advisors or chapters who are helping in this way, please share those stories and contact information so we can get the details. Photos are also greatly appreciated! Send your materials to Jane Short at