Friday Flash, Sept. 10, 2021




Welcome Back Message from NJ State Director, Megan Andrews

We hope that all staff and students had a good start to the new school year. We know hurricane Ida caused a lot of damage throughout our state, so hope that everyone is managing despite these new challenges.  In the upcoming weeks you will receive information about upcoming NJ SkillsUSA events including the Fall Leadership Conference, Chapter Excellence information, and of course the state championships.


The Friday Flash

The Friday Flash is an advisor update sent from the NJ SkillsUSA office on most Fridays.  This email messaging will provide info on upcoming state events and deadlines, as well as resources and news items from our national office.  Editions of the Friday Flash will be archived on our website, if you need to refer to earlier issues.  (The Friday Flash button is on the home page.)


Current Advisor Info

Please let us know if you no longer wish to be included in the email updates. Additionally, send us the contact info for any advisors that need to be added to the email list.


Got Questions?

Don't hesitate to call or email our office with your questions or concerns.  We are here to support your role as a local chapter advisor.  908 526-8900 X7249


Sad News

Burlington County SkillsUSA Advisor, Kevin Haney, passed away on August 25 at the age of 51 from a heart attack.  Kevin taught Advertising, Art & Design at the Westampton campus for over 20 years.  He was involved with our organization during most of that time, most recently serving as one of the local advisors.  His obituary describes him as “a genuine real-deal friend, teacher, counselor, coach and coworker and has left an indelible impression on all who knew him.”  He will be missed.




SkillsUSA Membership Kit Available Online Now, Coming Soon Via Mail
SkillsUSA’s new, opportunity-filled membership kit can now be accessed online, and registered SkillsUSA advisors should expect to receive a kit in the mail in the next few weeks. If you’re starting a new chapter, contact the SkillsUSA Customer Care Team so they can provide you with a new chapter kit as part of the welcome process. Student membership cards can be printed from the membership registration system. For assistance, contact Customer Care at 1-844-875-4557 or

Support the Trades — and SkillsUSA — in Fashion
The new “Support the Trades” campaign from Tractor Supply Company (TSC) and Carhartt is still underway. As part of the campaign, Carhartt and TSC have created a new line of “Support the Trades” shirts, and proceeds from every shirt sold will be donated to SkillsUSA! Show your pride for the skilled trades while supporting SkillsUSA and the “Champions at Work” who keep our nation moving. “Support the Trades” shirts are available at your local TSC store or online at the TSC site.


A Wealth of Professional Development This Fall

Please join your fellow advisors for SkillsUSA’s new Fall Professional Development offerings. These sessions can assist you in launching the new school year in a positive, empowering direction. Here are two of the many sessions being offered this fall:

·         “New Advisor Training” —Sept. 14 at 11:00 a.m. ET: Learn the essentials of your role as a SkillsUSA advisor. This professional development is for advisors in their first, second or third year and helps them create high-quality, engaging chapters.

·         “Business Partner Outreach Preparation Guide” — Sept. 14, 4:30-5 p.m. ET: Explore the “Business Partner Outreach Preparation Guide” and learn to streamline the process of welcoming business partners into your classroom. You’ll also gain evaluation tools for measuring student growth following the partner experiences.

Learn more about these and other Fall Professional Development offerings from SkillsUSA's online training calendar. Register for all sessions through If you have questions, contact Karolina Belen, SkillsUSA’s senior manager of professional development.

“Technical Fridays” Industry Expert Workshops in September

Join us for “Technical Fridays,” SkillsUSA's new industry-led initiative for workshops that help teachers develop specific technical skills relevant to their career fields of interest.

On Sept. 17 at 4 p.m. ET, we will be focusing on the automotive industry and will be joined by Frank Woodson, training manager from GATES Corporation. Mr. Woodson will focus on the tensioner in the system and how to diagnose and correct issues that occur with it. There will be plenty of opportunities for networking, Q&A and comprehension checks, so you can leave with a new skill and be ready to implement it in your classroom.

On Sept. 24 at 4 p.m. ET, focus on the automotive industry continues as we’re joined by Joe Clarke, Toyota master technician. Mr. Clarke will preview the content and benefits of the Toyota Technician Educated College Support (TECS), a free learning course geared at students 16 and up. The course is designed to help students interested in a career with Lexus or Toyota gain a head start in their training while becoming certified through the completion of 16 e-learning modules. Mr. Clarke will also demonstrate the use of Toyota-specific tools.

The registration fee for each event is $10. Register on Absorb here. If you have questions, contact Karolina Belen


Plan Now for Manufacturing Day

Many SkillsUSA chapters participate in Manufacturing Day, a celebration of modern manufacturing meant to inspire the next generation. While Manufacturing Day is celebrated on Oct. 1, you can hold events on any date in October. Events for students may include a plant tour, a virtual tour or an event on campus that highlights manufacturing. SkillsUSA chapters should share their Manufacturing Day photos and stories with Hayley Uffelman, SkillsUSA’s social media manager, at