SkillsUSA Friday Flash, October 29, 2021




Message from State Director, Meg Andrews

The Registration Form for the Virtual Fall Leadership Conference was emailed to all advisors on our FF email list.  It is also found in the DOWNLOADS tab at  Please send us your registrations. 


As discussed in the Advisor’s Meeting in September, about half of our schools are not approving class trips at this time, so we decided to hold this conference virtual in order to accommodate everyone. It’s not ideal, but we will make the best of it.


There will be one breakout session, while the students participate in a workshop with the state officers led by state officer team manager, Joan Blaetz, while the advisors will meet with me.  I advise that advisors have headphones and a second device available so that you can participate while in the same room as the students you are supervising. If circumstances prevent you from easily doing this, a recording of my session will be made available afterwards. 


Highlights and topics of this year’s conference will include:

  • 2021-2022 SkillsUSA Theme: United As One

  • A short presentation from National SkillsUSA Executive Director, Chelle Travis

  • Advisor Information: State Championship Info, 1st NLSC in Atlanta, Chapter of Excellence Program.

  • An All-State Virtual Opening Ceremony 

  • 2021-2022 State Officer Elections. (Slide Show Presentation, Speeches, and Voting.)


Thank you in advance for all you are doing for your students, and I look forward to seeing everyone on November 17th!  As always if you have any questions or concerns, please reach out to me.


Megan Andrew


We Need Your Students for an Interactive All-State Opening Ceremony 

The state office is asking all New Jersey SkillsUSA chapters to help us with our upcoming Virtual Fall Leadership Conference on November 17th at 9:30 AM. As the state officers are planning for the event, they would like to include our state’s chapter members in the “Emblem Ceremony” portion of the Opening Ceremony! 

We recommend either chapter officers or previous Opening and Closing Ceremonies competitors read the opening ceremony script, however any members are eligible to participate. Those who are interested in participating must submit their video by November 04, 2021. All chapters are invited to participate.

Record each part of the emblem ceremony separately and send it to Janet Watson at     Students should be in official SkillsUSA attire. Camera should be a “tight shot” (waist up.)  Refer to attached document for further details.


Local Leaders Needed to Fill State Office Positions

If you have a student who shows a passion for SkillsUSA and exhibits leadership skills, consider having them run for a State Officer Position.  The application was emailed and a copy is found on our website at




SkillsUSA Week T-shirt Design Challenge

SkillsUSA is seeking student designs for the official T-shirt of SkillsUSA Week 2022. One design will be selected and produced by the SkillsUSA Store. The contest is open to all dues-paying student members. Only one entry/design per SkillsUSA member is permitted. All designs submitted should be appropriate for use on a red T-shirt and follow the design specifications outlined in the Challenge Guide. The deadline for submissions is Nov. 15 at 5 p.m. ET.


Engage Your Chapter in SkillsUSA’s Refreshed Student2Student Program

SkillsUSA has launched a refreshed Student2Student program for the 2021-22 school year. The program connects chapters with younger students in elementary or middle school to facilitate SkillsUSA’s “Jump into STEM!” curriculum at their school. Also new this year, SkillsUSA has five $200 chapter grants (via Lowe’s gift cards) available on a first-come, first-served basis for chapters to purchase supplies for facilitation of their Student2Student program. For more information and to fill out the grant application, go here. Chapter grant requests must be submitted by Dec. 1. Student2Student entries must be submitted by April 1, 2022. Find out how to conduct your own Student2Student program here.



Register by Nov. 15 for Extra Member Benefits

Becoming a professional member of SkillsUSA is one of the best ways to demonstrate to students the opportunities that membership provides. As a benefit of membership, professional members receive online access to:

  • Framework Integration Toolkit: The Framework Integration Toolkit has everything you need to ensure career readiness for students, including videos, lesson plans, activities and more.

  • Program of Work Toolkit: The Program of Work Toolkit includes the Program of Work Launch Activity Guides, videos and resources to help you implement effective activities.

  • Jump into Stem: A chapter curriculum for members to mentor and engage elementary and middle school students in STEM learning while creating an opportunity for future recruitment.

  • SkillsUSA Championships Technical Standards: The official rules and regulations for each of the 2022 SkillsUSA Championships competitions.

  • E-Courses: Includes SkillsUSA Framework Certification; CTE Knowledge Certification; Promoting Diversity, Equity and Inclusion as a SkillsUSA Leader; and Building Self-Motivation in Student Leaders. 

  • Advisor Professional Development: A variety of training opportunities, from webinars to classroom to multi-day sessions. You’ll find a lot of options for differing training needs.

As a special membership incentive, teachers who register at least 15 student members plus one or more professionals by Nov. 15 will receive a complimentary copy of “Difficult Conversations at Work,” our latest resource developed in student-friendly, scenario-based learning.

National dues for professional members are $20 plus $11 state dues. You can find our registration site here.


Sweater Weather on the SkillsUSA Store

The best time to wear a SkillsUSA sweater is … all the time! This fall, stay warm and comfortable in any of the great SkillsUSA outerwear options. Whether your style is flannel, crewnecks, hoodies, vests or pullovers, the SkillsUSA Store has them all! Shop these great fall finds and more here.