Friday Flash, Sept. 20, 2019




Fall Leadership Conference Update

As a reminder, here is the schedule of the regional leadership conferences:

  • New date! October 4 (Friday) Central Region Leadership Conference,

Mercer Tech, 8:30 am – 12:30 pm            

  • October 17 (Thursday) Southern Region Leadership Conference,

Camden Tech, 8:30 am – 12:30 pm

  • October 31 (Thursday) Northern Region Leadership Conference Region,

Passaic Tech, 8:30 am – 12:30 pm

We are excited to have professional motivational speakers at each event this year, and so you are encouraged to bring as many students as you like since the new format this year allows for expanded participation.

Another change is that we expect to adjourn after lunch at approximately 12:30 pm.  This schedule should help you as far as busing and getting your students back to your school for the normal dismissal time.

We look forward to seeing your students in October!


Advisors Meeting Update

We look forward to seeing everyone at the September 27 advisors meeting at the Bridgewater Marriott, 700 Commons Way, Bridgewater. Registration and continental breakfast begin at 9:30 am, and the meeting will conclude at 12 Noon.

Don't forget to RSVP no later than Wednesday, September 25 so we have an accurate headcount. 

See you soon!


State Officer Elections Update

We are pleased to announce that the 2019-20 state officer team met yesterday and decided on leadership positions.  Here is your new state officer team:

President: Katherine Hu- Morris Co,

Northern Region VP; Sabrina Valderrama- Passaic Co.

Central Region VP: Shanaya Sood- Somerset Co.

Southern Region VP: Aden Nicktern- Gloucester Co,

Secretary: Abiram Gangavaram- Somerset Co.

Treasurer: Shrey Sanghvi- West Orange HS

Parliamentarian: Skyler Pratt- Gloucester Co.

Reporter: Sophia Rivera- Burlington Co.-Westampton

Historian:: Marissa Muñoz - Sussex Co.


The officer team's first official duties will be to preside at the fall leadership conferences.  In November they will travel to New Hampshire to represent New Jersey at the National Region 1 Leadership Conference. 

Best of luck to the new state officer team!


New Jersey SkillsUSA Goes to Washington

SkillsUSA offers advanced training for students and advisors that focuses on professionalism, communication and leadership skills. This training is held in Washington, D.C., and allows members the opportunity to share their SkillsUSA and career and technical education experiences with elected officials.
WLTI activities include congressional visits, tours of the national monuments, laying of a wreath at the Tomb of the Unknowns, and a visit to the National Leadership Center.

This year New Jersey will be represented by:

  • Sussex Co. Instructors: Cathy Patterson and Michelle Kristiansen, Historian: Marissa Muñoz, and 11 Sussex chapter leaders.

  • Gloucester Co. Advisors: Dan Roskiewich and Toni Terpolilli, Northern Region VP: Aden Nicktern,, Parliamentarian: Skyler Pratt, and 6 Gloucester chapter leaders.

  • State Staff: Sheila Rick


Membership "Merch"

We have surplus inventory of SkillsUSA merchandise that we would like to offer for you to use as recruitment incentives and/or student recognition.  Just let us know what you would like and we will bring it to the advisors meeting on September 27.

The following items and quantities are available on a first come-first basis:

  • SkillsUSA cinch backpacks - 29

  • SkillsUSA backpacks – 7

  • SkillsUSA Lanyards- 200

  • Show Your Skills" t-shirts - 9 (all double & triple XL)

  • 2019 State Conference t-shirts

    • S:24

    • M 12

    • L 49

    • XL 30


New Membership Registration System from National SkillsUSA

The SkillsUSA Membership Registration site now offers a quick way for students to “self-register” for SkillsUSA!  Students can register from their cell phones or computers using a registration code provided by the advisor. Since this is an optional state feature each state director will need to enable the self-registration if you would like the advisors in your state to use this new functionality. The advantages of student self-registration include reducing the number of mis-spelled member names, which will help to provide accurate demographic information such as gender and birth dates.  In addition, it will save the advisor time as in the past the advisor was responsible for registering each individual student as a member. Please know that the student is not actually registered as a member until the advisor submits the registration. This will help prevent members from being joined if not approved by the advisor/school. The new capability will simply allow the student to add their name to the roster list which will appear in the unsubmitted column as it has in the past.

State associations have to decide if they wish to offer this option to their chapters, so please be prepared to ask questions at the advisors meeting next week.



Klein Tools Continues Electrician of the Year Contest

SkillsUSA partner Klein Tools has kicked off its sixth annual Electrician of the Year search, with a special focus on electrical instructors who have made a difference in the lives of their students, as well as in their communities.

Klein Tools will announce six regional winners Oct. 14, based on three criteria: master of the craft, classroom/lab experience and community dedication. The six regional winners’ profiles will appear on the Klein Tools website, where fans will have one week to cast votes for the grand prize winner. On Nov. 7, the grand prize winner will be announced live on Facebook.

Each regional winner will receive an Ultimate Garage, valued at approximately $500 in Klein Tools products, for his or her classroom. The grand-prize 2019 Electrician of the Year will receive $1,000 cash and $1,000 of Klein Tools products for the winner’s classroom.  To nominate an instructor online, go to: Nominations are open until Sept. 29.


Jump Start Your Membership Recruitment Activities

The key to a successful chapter is the ability to recruit and retain members. Recruitment is an ongoing process and should involve as many current members as possible. If you are starting a new chapter, then all it takes is a few interested students to help get the momentum going. When members and advisors focus on the goal of ensuring that every eligible student has the opportunity to be involved in SkillsUSA, it makes recruitment easy.

  • The heavy lifting has already been done for you. Check out the top 10 recruitment ideas that are tried and true from experienced SkillsUSA advisors, found in the Membership Recruitment Ideas document.

  • Have students take the lead by personalizing the Meeting Promotional Fliers with information specific to your chapter and then hanging the fliers around the school. Encourage students to talk with other students and teachers about the benefits of SkillsUSA as they travel around the campus.

  • Using the posters from the Membership Kit, create a bulletin board in a prominent location in the school. Get a few of your members involved. They will have an incredible time working together and create something that will have an impact on membership recruitment. Incorporate the SkillsUSA theme for the 2019-2020 year into your recruitment activities: SkillsUSA: Champions at Work, I’m Ready

  • Using SkillsUSA’s Brand Center will guarantee that you create a strong visual identity within the school. The interactive website makes it easy for members to download existing SkillsUSA logos (national, state and slogan art) as well as the SkillsUSA Framework art. An automated function allows local members to create their own personalized SkillsUSA logo with the name of the chapter. Members will be asked to register when first visiting the site, which enables them to save specific sections as favorites. This will be a unique login and password and is not tied to our registration system. Learn more at:

  • Capture students’ attention with the Kickoff Video and Student Message by SkillsUSA Executive Director Tim Lawrence. Post these on social media or your campus website. Seek creative ways to get the word out about SkillsUSA.

  • Hold a membership recruitment drive. Create incentives for students to join, including door prizes, drawings and special snacks. It is amazing what motivates students, so consider putting together a committee to organize and run the membership recruitment drive. Their ingenuity and excitement for SkillsUSA will quickly spread.

  • Use the SkillsUSA PowerPoint during class to introduce students to the organization or during an open house when parents are present. If possible, have parents and students seated and present the PowerPoint to them. An extra bonus is to have SkillsUSA members present selected slides or give short testimonials on why they benefit from being involved in SkillsUSA. For additional ideas, check out the Ideas for Using the SkillsUSA PowerPoint.

  • Ultimately, membership recruitment is an opportunity to showcase your CTE program to the school and community. Take the opportunity!


Enjoy the Benefits of Professional Membership

The SkillsUSA registration site is officially open for the new school year. If you or any chapter advisors need assistance with SkillsUSA membership or registration, hotline operators are ready to answer questions about starting a new chapter, ways to engage chapter members or strategies to strengthen an existing chapter. Operators are on call 8 a.m.-5 p.m. on Monday, Wednesday and Friday; and 11 a.m.-7 p.m. on Tuesday and Thursday (Eastern time). To reach the hotline, call 844-875-4557 or email You can also chat online on the membership registration site.

Professional members receive these great benefits:

  • 2019-20 SkillsUSA Championships Technical Standards. The official competition guide for the SkillsUSA Championships contains rules for all national competitive events, including an overview, lists of technical skills and knowledge required, clothing requirements, eligibility and equipment lists. Note: The latest SkillsUSA Championships contest updates and the official SkillsUSA Championships scorecards are located online here:

  • Jump into STEM! Curriculum includes middle-school and elementary-school STEM career exploration activities that can be taught by high-school members. This is a great opportunity to expose students to STEM careers and recruit for career and technical education programs as well as SkillsUSA.

  • SkillsUSA Career Essentials: Foundations. This complete curriculum includes 29 lesson plans that support the SkillsUSA Framework and prepare students for career readiness.

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