Friday Flash, October 09, 2020


Free Access to “Introduction to Automobile Service” E-Learning Program

The National Institute for Automotive Service Excellence (ASE) is offering a free version of its “Introduction to Automobile Service” e-Learning program to instructors and their students affiliated with ASE-accredited programs. This e-learning program consists of four training modules and a separate quiz. If a student passes the quiz, they can print their own certificate of completion. To learn more about the free registration, instructors can watch the short video and then view the details on the ASE Education Foundation website to provide their students free access to the program.


CHARGE — Now Streaming!

CHARGE is a new, weekly chapter officer video series that covers topics that chapter officers will find useful in the day-to-day management of their local SkillsUSA chapters. Each CHARGE video features an activity guide to encourage chapter officer growth and development. The series highlights individual growth and team bonding to effectively run a SkillsUSA chapter as a leader. Find a new episode every Friday in SkillsUSA CONNECT! 


Apply for a Student Tuition Grant  

Saf-Gard Safety Shoe Co. is awarding an education grant for skilled trades students who are just starting out in their field. Three students will be chosen to receive a $1,000 grant to go toward trade school tuition. Students who apply will respond to a prompt created by Saf-Gard and then send responses and photos to a designated contact for a weekly blog update. The deadline to apply is Jan. 13, 2021. For more information, visit


Energy Careers 2020

On Oct. 21, the Center for Energy Workforce Development will host a free virtual career event.  Energy Careers 2020 will showcase the vast array of careers in energy — highlighting job opportunities for today and career paths for tomorrow. Keynote presenters include the Honorable Dan Brouillette, Secretary, U.S. Department of Energy; and Mike Rowe, American television host, narrator, advocate for skilled trade jobs. Attendees will learn about the breadth of career pathways, benefits and networking guidance.

Virtual program offerings include:

·         High-energy general session with noted presenters.

·         Career Fair.

·         Networking lounges and exhibits.

·         Panel-hosted breakout sessions, including:    

Students: Discover Careers in Energy!         

Career Changers: How to Get Started in a Career in Energy 

Diversity in Energy Careers   

For more information about this free virtual event, visit


Empowering Experiences
SkillsUSA’s Empowering Experiences help students find new ways to connect, engage and stay motivated. Students have shared that through SkillsUSA membership, they are seeking community, growth and recognition. Each of these themes have been ingrained in the experiences that have been created. As an advisor, you will find instructions to create your complimentary account and help your students set up their SkillsUSA CONNECT accounts by clicking here. Through SkillsUSA CONNECT, students can engage in all of the exciting student experiences that have been created specific to their needs. There’s never been a better time to be connected to SkillsUSA!


SkillsUSA Membership: Connect, Learn, Grow

Looking for new ways to share what SkillsUSA is all about? Show your students, other instructors and school administration the SkillsUSA Membership: Connect, Learn, Grow video here.


SkillsUSA Game Show

Are your members looking for a fun social activity this month? We’ve got you covered! Have your students gather with other SkillsUSA members from across the country for a night of fun, socializing and trivia, all part of the SkillsUSA Game Show! The next SkillsUSA Game Show will take place on Thursday, October 22, 2020 at 7:00 p.m. (EDT).  Register here


Professional Development for Advisors

Professional development is available on new and existing educational resources to help you gain confidence for successful integration into your classroom and SkillsUSA chapter.

Upcoming sessions include:

Oct. 12 – Program of Work

Oct. 13 – Jump Into STEM!

Oct. 14 – What is SkillsUSA

Oct. 14 – Framework Integration Strategies and Foundations Lesson Plans

Oct. 15 – Career Essentials Implementation Training

To view the full schedule of opportunities and register to attend, log in to your SkillsUSA CONNECT account and choose “Professional Development Opportunities” from the “Advisor Resources” tab. Or, visit: