Friday Flash, October 15, 2021




NJ Virtual Fall Leadership Conference

Save the Date:  November 17, 9:30 AM to 12:30 PM

$5 per person

Registration details to follow


NJ “State Only Contests” Are Posted

The NJ SkillsUSA Championships includes contests that have a national level competition as well as contests that we run in NJ that the national staff does not conduct..  Winners of these “State Only” events are awarded medals at the awards ceremony, but their competition journey ends there, since the national championship does not include these events.

The guidelines for the NJ STATE ONLY CONTESTS are found under the CONTESTS task bar at    These posts include the contests we intend to run this year.


Advantages of SkillsUSA Membership

As an advisor, be sure to make your students aware of some of the opportunities open to them due to their membership in SkillsUSA.  The National Office News portion of the Friday Flash frequently identifies offers for you and your students to take advantage of.  This week direct students’ attention to the Law and Public Safety Scholarship and the I Built This Video contest.  Advisors, consider taking advantage of the Contest Project Advisor Challenge and the offer for One-on-One Coaching on the Chapter Excellence Program.




“SkillsUSA Championships Technical Standards” Now Available

After you have submitted your professional membership plus a valid email address,. you will gain access to the Technical Standards and other professional member materials.  You can find a video walkthrough on our YouTube channel explaining how to access the Technical Standards step-by-step. 


Advisor Challenge: Send Us Your Contest Projects and Win a Lowe’s Gift Card!

Advisors, SkillsUSA is looking for your genius local competition project ideas! Selected projects will be included in our “Hosting a Local Career Competition Guide,” a publication designed to provide teachers with a turnkey kit for hosting a local event. The top five project submissions in each career competition will receive a $100 Lowe’s gift card, and the top project submission in each career competition will receive a $350 Lowe’s gift card. The competition closes on Nov. 15 and the winners will be announced on Dec. 13. You may submit as many projects as you like. All projects must be your original work. To enter, fill out the form here.


One-on-One Coaching on the Chapter Excellence Program

Is your chapter ready to take your Chapter Excellence Program (CEP) application to the next level, or do you need help getting started? SkillsUSA now offers one-on-one coaching sessions with our CEP and Program of Work (PoW) coach, Kelli Engelbrecht. Learn how to integrate the SkillsUSA Framework, articulate your SMART goals and select and evaluate your Essential Elements within your CEP application. Schedule your 30-minute Zoom coaching appointment here. For questions, email Kelli Engelbrecht at or give her a call at 573-321-1322.  


LAPSEN Offers a $500 Scholarship to SkillsUSA Students

The Law and Public Safety Education Network (LAPSEN) is sponsoring a $500 scholarship to the National Academy of Law and Justice for SkillsUSA members. To apply for the scholarship, applicants must be current members of SkillsUSA who have already been selected to attend the Academy.  Scholarship details are available here.


Show Off Your Construction Projects!

High school career and technical education students and postsecondary construction trainees or apprentices are eligible to enter the NCCER and Build Your Future’s annual “I BUILT THIS!” video contest. The nationwide competition invites construction craft students and trainees to showcase their building projects. The contest closes Nov. 14. Learn more here.


NEW “Fall Into Comfort” Collection Live Now!

The SkillsUSA Store has launched a new “Fall Into Comfort” clothing collection. The clothes feature collegiate- and outdoor-style apparel, hats, drinkware and bags for that perfect SkillsUSA fall look. New T-shirts, long-sleeve shirts and hoodies from League Apparel offer the ultimate comfort in your day-to-day life. See the collection here on the SkillsUSA Store.