Friday Flash, October 01, 2021




First Steps in getting started is Recruitment

The national website offers resources for you to get started.

  • Go to:  You can find an informational video along with advisor resources to engage new members.  

  • Look at the bottom of the topic menu for the Advisor resources if you are just starting out. 

  • If you are a veteran and have some local chapter leaders, there are resources they can use to successfully hold a fall recruitment week. and build your membership.

  • After your chapter successfully completes Recruitment Week, apply to earn national recognition and a chance to win a $500 shopping spree to the SkillsUSA Store!


State Champion Banners

Yearly, our office purchases Champion Banners for chapters who had a state gold medalist.  The banners have been delivered to us and are packaged for shipping to those schools.  Please be on the lookout for the mailing tubes that are leaving our mailroom today to your school address.


Off to Atlanta

Meg and Sheila will be visiting Atlanta, the home of this year’s National Competition along with the other state directors to get an overview of the plans for the upcoming June event.  Since we will be out of the office, please utilize email if you need to contact us.




Check Out the Wealth of Professional Development This Fall

Please join your fellow advisors and attend our fall SkillsUSA Professional Development offerings. With upcoming topics like “Jumpstart 2.0,” “Jump Into STEM!”, “Framework 101,” “Business Partner Outreach” and more, these sessions can help launch the new school year in exciting directions. Learn more about all of SkillsUSA’s offerings on SkillsUSA's online training calendar. Certificates are provided upon completion of each session. For questions, contact Karolina Belen.

National Office Offers Training for your Chapter Officers

Plan for your local chapter officer team to attend Elevate, an interactive virtual conference that focuses on building successful chapters by equipping local chapter officers with the skills to lead and serve members. The conference will be held on Oct. 20 from 11 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. ET. Registration is $10 per participant, and you must sign up by Oct. 6.  If you have questions, contact Taryn Zeigler Erminio. 703-574-0498


New Free Standard Ground Shipping at the SkillsUSA Store

The SkillsUSA Store now offers free standard ground shipping on all online orders in the U.S., with no minimums or exclusions. Expedited shipping methods are offered at an additional charge, and all orders will be processed and fulfilled within two business days (Monday-Friday) as usual. Check out the Official SkillsUSA Store.


Don’t let this Opportunity Pass By:  Lowe’s Offers $250,000 in Chapter Grants

SkillsUSA partner Lowe’s is offering SkillsUSA chapter grants of up to $15,000 to upgrade your CTE program tools and equipment or to purchase materials and supplies for students. All funds must be spent at Lowe’s. The grants can also be used for equipment, materials or supplies to be used in carrying out a SkillsUSA community service project. Applications are due by Nov. 1. Successful applicants will be notified by Dec. 3, and all classroom upgrades or service projects must be completed by Sept. 15,  For questions, contact Laura Rauch.


New “Journey of a Jacket” Program Launches

SkillsUSA members belong to a community — from members to alumni to advisors to business and industry leaders — that values their potential and believes in their abilities. Through SkillsUSA’s new “Journey of a Jacket” program, selected students will receive a SkillsUSA red jacket (like those pictured) to be worn anywhere on the member’s journey through school, work and life. The jacket is a gift from one of the program’s generous sponsors and is a symbol that the member is supported and valued. It’s also an opportunity for students to showcase their SkillsUSA pride. To apply, students must submit an essay and a letter of recommendation from their SkillsUSA advisor. Applications close on Nov. 1. Learn more and apply online her: www. Journey of a Jacket -     For questions, contact Megan Flinn.


Free Career Essentials Support for Instructors

If you are interested in learning more about the Career Essentials materials define, implement and measure the development of career-readiness skills in your classroom, register for a Career Essentials overview here"