Friday Flash, Sept. 04, 2020


Call to Action

Join us on Wednesday, Sept. 9 at 4:30 p.m. (EDT) for SkillsUSA's annual Call to Action Session as executive director Chelle Travis welcomes advisors to a new school year. During this session, you will learn about the state of the association as well as the upcoming fall engagement opportunities for you and your student members. Additionally, you’ll be inspired by Mike Holmes, a professional contractor, television host, public speaker, educator, influencer and writer whose passion is to Make It Right®. Be sure not to miss this session and the opportunity to be one of 15 lucky participants to receive a $100 Lowe’s gift card! Be on the lookout for additional session information to come. This Call to Action session is sponsored by Lowe’s.


Empowering Experiences
SkillsUSA has worked this summer to develop innovative educational resources and new professional development materials that support teachers and students regardless of where learning takes place — in the classroom and lab, at home or a hybrid of the two. We realize that teachers are more successful and students are more engaged when they have rich content and meaningful experiences. We also know that students and teachers value consistency and need greater support than ever before.


As a SkillsUSA community, we are committed to helping students attain the highest level of academic achievement and personal transformation while developing their personal, workplace and technical skills grounded in academics from the SkillsUSA Framework.


SkillsUSA’s Empowering Experiences were created to help students find new ways to connect, engage, and stay motivated around SkillsUSA. Students have shared that through SkillsUSA membership, they are seeing community, growth and recognition. Each of these themes have been ingrained in the experiences that have been created. Through Empowering Experiences, students will be encouraged to engage in as many experiences as they would like to. 


Here are just a few of the many experiences launching in the next few weeks. Look for more information on how to access these experiences coming soon.


  • SkillsUSA Real Talk.
    A video series focused on things a SkillsUSA member needs to know about what is happening that month. This will highlight national programs, experiences, and activities that chapter members can participate in.
    First episode launches September 8.


  • SkillsUSA Spotlight Member of the Month.
    A toolkit provided to chapters highlighting a local SkillsUSA leader. Additionally, there are opportunities for those local chapter members to be recognized at the national level.
    Local chapter toolkit launches September 8.


  • Empowered Moments Blog.
    A blog written by national officers about how they grew in specific Essential Elements on the chapter level through their CTE program and SkillsUSA.
    First episode launches September 8.


·         Alumni Ask Me Anything Series.
A monthly Instagram Live that connects members with former SkillsUSA members who are working in their career field or continuing their education.
First event is September 10. 


·         The SkillsUSA Gameshow.
A national game show for students that is designed around SkillsUSA knowledge and awareness.
First event is September 17.


Empowering Advisor Experiences

This fall, SkillsUSA is excited to launch a wide variety of professional development opportunities for advisors.  Whether you prefer instructor-led sessions or web-based instruction, SkillsUSA’s got you covered!  You can participate in sessions related to professional membership benefits, Framework integration, Program of Work, Chapter Excellence Program and educational resources. We want YOU to be successful!

Look for more information on how to access these advisor experiences coming soon!


SkillsUSA celebrates Career Essentials Certified Teachers

In August, the following individuals achieved their Career Essentials Certified Teacher status, becoming part of a national network of educators committed to preparing learners for success in the workforce:

From New Jersey: Kerry Bellisario, Morris County Vocational School District

As a Career Essentials Certified Teacher, these educators are now exceptionally equipped to use the Career Essentials curriculum as a turnkey tool to equip learners to define, implement and measure their career-readiness skills. To acknowledge the efforts of our Career Essentials Certified Teachers, we maintain a digital map at that depicts the number of Career Essentials Certified Teachers in each state.


Discounted Pricing on Career Essentials Suite curriculum

We are pleased to announce that all Career Essentials project-based learning online curricula are deeply discounted for a limited time to support educators like you as you leverage new ways to teach in the upcoming school year!  To view discounted price models, visit

For more information about Career Essentials, visit


To register to attend a Career Essentials overview, go to:


The I BUILT THIS! Video Contest is BACK!

The sixth annual I BUILT THIS! video contest, presented by NCCER and Build Your Future, is returning this October! Designed to promote the value of craft skills and construction as an industry of choice, the contest encourages secondary and postsecondary students and trainees to showcase their building projects. This year’s contest theme is: Construction is Everywhere!  The contest will be open for entries Beginning October 1, 2020. Start preparing now! 

For more information, visit