Friday Flash, October 18, 2019




Northern Region Leadership Conference Update

Last call to register for the Oct. 31 North Region Leadership Conference.

         Date: Thursday, October 31, 2019

        TIme: 8:30 AM - 12:30 PM

         Location: Passaic Co. Tech Institute

                         45 Reinhardt Road

                         Wayne, NJ  07470

The meeting will adjourn after lunch at 12:30 so students can return to school to catch their bus.




New Fundraiser is ‘Double Good’

Double Good Popcorn is a newly approved fundraising program for SkillsUSA chapters. This online platform sells gourmet popcorn and seeks to make fundraising simple and effective. 

The fundraising company began working with SkillsUSA Illinois in the middle of last year, and four other state SkillsUSA associations have since partnered to pilot fundraisers as well. Since then, it has helped chapters raise thousands of dollars.

Unlike some fundraisers that require a lot of hard work, time or dedication of advisors and student members, Double Good seeks to make fundraising easy. Chapter advisors can set up a fundraiser online and provide a code to their student members to join. Members then set up online stores and share out their link (by social media, personal text or flier) to sell Double Good’s popcorn. They have four days to sell as much as they can.

Once the fundraiser is over, the chapter will receive a check for 50% of all sales. Chapters never have to handle money nor touch the popcorn; it is shipped directly to the buyer. The chapter can use these funds to attend SkillsUSA conferences, chapter activities or pay membership dues. A portion of the proceeds will also go to the national and state SkillsUSA associations to help fund future member services.

When advisors sign up through an email or at, they will automatically be sent a sample package of popcorn with steps on how to get started. Double Good can also provide resources to help promote this program such as fliers, postcards, email blast information and social medial content. Contact Courtney Psinas (309-202-2576/ for more information.


Who’s Ready for a New T-Shirt?

 The SkillsUSA Store has a new T-shirt with this year’s theme, “SkillsUSA: Champions at Work, I’m Ready.” Don’t miss an opportunity to purchase a 2019-2020 themed T-shirt!

Pricing: 25- $13 each;  50- $9.50 each; 100- $7.50  each

Sizes S – 5XL ($2 upcharge for 2XL-5XL)

To place an order or if you have any questions, contact Kim DeVenuto at 703-674-5454 or


Nominations Open for Inaugural Presidential Cybersecurity Education Award

U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos has announced a call for nominations for the Presidential Cybersecurity Education Award. This award was established May 2 by the President's Executive Order on America's Cybersecurity Workforce. The U.S. Department of Education created the award in consultation with the deputy assistant to the president for Homeland Security and Counterterrorism at the National Security Council and the National Science Foundation. 

See the press release and blog below:

The nomination period is now open (coinciding with National Cybersecurity Awareness Month) and will close Jan. 31, 2020. For the rules, terms and conditions and specifics on how to apply, please visit here. Information on the executive order is available here.


Membership Incentive Time — Register by Nov. 15

Becoming a professional member of SkillsUSA is one of the best ways to demonstrate to students the opportunities that membership provides. Professional members receive online access to the following as a no-cost member benefit. To receive these, instructors must submit membership and provide an email address: 2019 SkillsUSA Championships Technical Standards, Jump into STEM! curriculum and SkillsUSA Career Essentials: Foundations.

Once membership is submitted, an email will be sent with a PIN to access the items electronically.

As a special membership incentive, those who register at least 15 student members plus one or more professionals by Nov. 15 will receive a free educational resource item, Critical Thinking at Work (value $9.95). Instructors who register with 100-percent membership (all students in their program) plus one or more professionals will also receive a SkillsUSA Program of Work calendar (value: $5.95).

Visit to register yourself and student members. If you or any chapter advisors need assistance with SkillsUSA membership or registration, hotline operators are ready to answer

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