SkillsUSA Friday Flash, February 11, 2022




On Wednesday I was informed by Bridgewater High School that they are no longer available for our Awards Ceremony. After much thought and consideration about using a different venue, I made the tough decision to make alternate plans regarding the Awards Ceremony for this year.


I know this will be a big disappointment to many, but I feel it would be most beneficial to put our efforts into making sure the Championships run smoothly, rather than working on a ceremony that ultimately wouldn’t be accessible to all chapters.


In lieu of the Awards Ceremony, we will be posting a virtual ceremony (more information to follow). We are also considering the possibility of inviting all medal winners to our annual “Kick Off to Atlanta” event in May as well as exploring other ways to celebrate the successes of our champions.


Thank you in advance for your patience, support and understanding as we navigate our way through this year, and as always please reach out with your questions and concerns.


Ms. Megan Andrews

State Director, NJ SkillsUSA

908-526-8900 Ext. 7231




Graphics Cluster Contests

We are in the process of filling leadership vacancies for some of the graphics contests.

As a result, updates for the state contests in this area are delayed and will be coming soon.


Congratulations on Your SkillsUSA Week Celebrations

Thanks to all the chapters who submitted photos and hash-tagged their SkillsUSA Week activities.

Keep sending info on your chapter activities to us at:




Upcoming Professional Development Opportunities

Please join your fellow advisors for our upcoming SkillsUSA Professional Development sessions. Upcoming topics include previewing the guides and our best practices series for SkillsUSA Championships coaching and hosting a local career competition. See the training calendar here. Completion certificates are provided for each session. Use this Google Doc to learn how to access your professional membership benefits online. A PDF of the 2021-22 Professional Development Opportunities is available here. For questions, contact Karolina Belen


Love and Logic Session: Setting Limits in Your Classroom

Join us on March 1 from 3:30-5 p.m. ET for a “Love and Logic” session designed to help you learn how to use enforceable statements to set limits in your classroom. The cost to attend the session is $10. Register here. For questions, contact Karolina Belen


Facilitating Edible Art Expertise on “SkillsUSA Technical Fridays”

Join us for “SkillsUSA Technical Fridays,” SkillsUSA’s industry-led workshops that help teachers develop specific technical skills relevant to their career fields. On Feb. 18 from 4-5 p.m. ET, the presenter is Amanda Potts, a professor of Hotel Restaurant Management and Culinary Arts at Central Arizona College. Pott’s session will focus on Garde Manger and the art of watermelon carving. Grab a watermelon, paring knife, some scotch tape and get ready to carve. She will also demonstrate techniques for carving a rose, safety and sanitation and storing to prolong the life of your finished edible art. Professional development certificates are available for attending. The cost to attend the session is $10. Register here.