SkillsUSA Friday Flash, Oct. 22, 2021




Fall Leadership 2021

Information for registering for this year’s Fall Leadership experience is available in the DOWNLOADS tab of our state website:


Tips for Getting Your SkillsUSA Chapter Started :Recruiting Members


  • Highlight Membership Opportunities:

    • Travel: Attend NJ SkillsUSA Conferences

    • Lead and participate in chapter activities

    • Leadership: Become a local officer

    • Community Engagement: Plan and participate in a local community service project

    • Competition: Represent your school at the NJ SkillsUSA Championships

    • Earn recognition through SkillsUSA’s local, state and national career competition programs

  • Join a community of like-minded peers from diverse backgrounds.

  • Gain access to exclusive scholarship opportunities.

  • Build your resume through professional development opportunities

  • Present plans for conducting local activities

    • Elect chapter officers

    • Make plans to meet regularly to pass along information and engage members


State Officer Elections

Schools attending the Virtual Fall Leadership Conference will participate in the election of the 2021-22 NJ SkillsUSA State Officer Team.  Voting is conducted by a delegate process, with each chapter’s number of delegates based on last year’s membership totals.  (Each new chapter will be assigned 2 voting delegates.)  Advisors will designate which students will cast the votes representing their chapter.  Your delegate total will be sent to you upon receiving your conference registration.  Election details coming soon.




Last Chance:  Lowe’s Chapter Grants Close Nov. 1

SkillsUSA partner Lowe’s is offering multiple SkillsUSA chapter grants of up to $15,000 each to upgrade your CTE program’s tools and equipment or to help you 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 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, 2022. Learn more and apply here. For questions, contact Laura Rauch at


SkillsUSA Store Offers Branded RocketBooks

The SkillsUSA Store has launched another great new product. The RocketBook Flip Notebook provides a classic pen and paper experience but is reusable. It is perfect for any classroom, office, or day-to-day notes. Use the RocketBook app to scan the page and upload your notes, plans, lists, drawings, and other big ideas to your favorite cloud service. The synthetic paper allows you to write smoothly with the included Pilot Frixion pen, upload, and then magically wipe clean with a damp cloth to reuse the pages again and again. Find this and other great products on The SkillsUSA Store.


Nursing Assistant Expertise on Next Edition of “SkillsUSA Technical Fridays”

Join us for “SkillsUSA Technical Fridays,” SkillsUSA’s industry-led initiative for workshops that help teachers develop specific technical skills relevant to their career fields. On Oct. 29 at 4 p.m. ET, the presenter will be Vicky Castillo, MSN, RN, CNE, a CNA instructor, program coordinator, test examiner, content expert and founder and CEO of FACETS Healthcare Training. The session will focus on achieving excellence in nursing assistant education and offer practical tips on labs, tests and CNA theory. The cost to attend the session is $10. Register here.


Check Out the Wealth of Professional Development This Fall

Please join your fellow advisors at our fall SkillsUSA Professional Development offerings Learn more about SkillsUSA’s offerings on SkillsUSA’s online training calendar. For questions, contact Karolina Belen at


Educational Resources and Absorb Shopping Carts to Temporarily go Offline

The SkillsUSA Absorb shopping cart (for “SkillsUSA Career Essentials” curriculum, certification and assessments) and the SkillsUSA Educational Resource shopping cart (for official SkillsUSA advisor and student materials, contest guides, books, brochures and more) are undergoing an upgrade and will need to go offline for a period of approximately 48 hours within the next three weeks. (The exact dates are still to be determined.) Please place any essential orders now to avoid any delays. For questions, contact Marcia Strickland at