SkillsUSA Friday Flash, February 18, 2022



Graphics Updates

Contest details have been posted for Advertising Design, Pin Design, State Banner, & T-Shirt Design.


FAQ: How do I locate a Contest Update

Updates are posted as they are received from contest coordinators.

  • Go to: click on CONTESTS, then CONTEST UPDATES

  • You can list all the contest updates in ABC order by clicking on the column header CONTEST indicated in blue.

  • You can also check to see if your contest has a posted update by clicking on the CONTEST STATUS chart found in the CONTESTS tab.  Scroll all the way to the right.  The last column shows if a contest has had update info posted.


Update Reporting Times for the March 31 Competitions

  • Auto Service Technology: 7:30 AM

Mercedes Benz Training Center, 150 New Canton Way, Robbinsville Twp. 08691


  • Culinary Arts, MRE Culinary Challenge, Food Service Aide: 8:00 AM

Mercer Co. Tech- Sypek Center, 129 Bull Run Road, Pennington 08534


SkillsUSA Advisor of the Year Award 

The Advisor of the Year honors SkillsUSA’s most dedicated career and technical education instructors. These talented instructors serve SkillsUSA advisors and embrace the SkillsUSA Framework and national programming to create career-ready graduates and opportunities for every member. 

Eligibility requirements for regional or national consideration:

  • Must be a paid, Professional member in the current school year

  • Chapter must achieve a minimum of Level 2 within the SkillsUSA Chapter Excellence Program during the current school year. The Chapter Excellency Program and Advisor of the Year deadlines are March 25th. We hope to see acknowledgement of our amazing advisors soon!


New Jersey Chapters Win Grants

Recently, Two New Jersey SkillsUSA Chapters were recipients of grant monies awarded by National SkillsUSA.  Congratulations to Pennsauken High School and Sussex County Technical School.

  • Pennsauken High School was awarded monies to fund their SkillsUSA Week plans.  Advisor,John Takach, organized a week full of activities for his Electrical Construction students that included visits from the business agents of the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers, a Pizza Lunch meeting with the school’s CTE teachers and business professionals who shared details of their careers and offered guidance on how to succeed in the trades, a presentation from a local electric supply COO who discussed their role in supplying contractors with materials, and their local competition to select their state competitor.  Funding went towards plaques, thank you gifts, competition awards, lunch and supplies.

  • Sussex County won one of the 37 SkillsUSA Works Aerotek Chapter Grants which will pay for educational resources that will help instructors focus on integrating the SkillsUSA Framework in their classroom and chapter activities throughout the year.





Share Your SkillsUSA Week Stories and Pictures!

Last week, Feb. 7-11, chapters across the country engaged in experiences that honored their community supporters, connected with local business and industry professionals and shared SkillsUSA with their administrators. See how the SkillsUSA national officers spent the week!


There is still time to share your SkillsUSA Week stories, photos or links with the SkillsUSA headquarters, and we just may feature your chapter on the SkillsUSA Champions digital hub or on our social media.


The SkillsUSA Advocacy Site has two templates for you to use to promote your activities from SkillsUSA Week and during Career and Technical Education Month. One is for your U.S. senators and representatives and your local government officials, and the other is for your local media. The letter templates are editable, so personalize your message with details about your chapter and activities.


SkillsUSA Educational Resources are Available to Meet Your Needs

For educational resources that will spark an interest and engage your chapter members, check out SkillsUSA’s online educational resource store. Here are just a few highlights of what’s offered.


  • Framework Resources: Ignite ($9.95) equips you with 68 bellringers or startup tasks to engage students with career-readiness topics that tie directly to the SkillsUSA Framework. Consider posting a bellringer before starting each class and discuss the relationship of the task content to school, SkillsUSA and the workplace.

  • Leadership and Personal Growth: Leveraging Your Leadership ($4.95) Now updated to include a more specific focus on workplace communication, including writing a résumé and interviewing for a job.

  • SkillsUSA Championships: Job Skill Demonstration Coaching Guide ($14.95) This new coaching guide is available for the Job Skill Demonstration contest. A coaching guide is also available for Prepared Speech and the Career Pathways Showcase contests, and more will be available soon.


In addition to the educational resources, you can also find SkillsUSA Creed posters, Career Essentials lapel pins, the “Champions Medallions” poster, “Why SkillsUSA” student and teacher brochures, Framework Thank-You cards and more.


Edible Art and Hydraulic Systems 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. Professional development certificates are available for attending. The cost to attend a session is $10. Register here.


On Feb. 25, from 4-5 p.m. ET, the presenters are Anthony Styczynski and Jason Kinzey, service development managers and professional trainers from John Deere Company. They manage college partnerships with the 20 John Deere Tech programs across the United States and Canada. Their session will focus on the operation of hydraulic components, hydraulic systems, understanding basic hydraulic schematics, safety procedures, lab activities and more.


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



Upcoming Professional Development Opportunities

Please join your fellow advisors for our upcoming SkillsUSA Professional Development sessions. Upcoming topics include previewing the Chapter Officer Election Guide and a Career Essentials Booster Session. 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


Connect to My Future Conference Registration Opens Soon

Save the date for this year’s virtual SkillsUSA Connect to My Future Conference to be held May 3-4. The conference is designed to allow students to explore career pathways and connect directly with employers. Three distinct student program tracks will be offered for members in middle school, high school, and college/postsecondary programs. Check out all three tracks here. Registration opens March 21. Share this video with your classes to get them excited. 



SkillsUSA Scholarships Now Open for Applications

Several scholarships are now open to benefit SkillsUSA students in pursuit of higher education or certification in their chosen fields. Help spread the word about these opportunities:


The new Fieldpiece #MasteroftheTrade Scholarship is open to SkillsUSA members enrolled in HVACR or general construction programs who plan to study HVACR at the college/postsecondary level in the 2022-23 or 2023-24 school year. The deadline for applications is March 1. 

  • The National Technical Honor Society (NTHS) will award four $1,000 scholarships to SkillsUSA members who are also members of NTHS. The deadline for applications is March 31 at 11:59 p.m. ET.

  • The Sharon Melton Myers Memorial Fund offers two high school seniors who are members of SkillsUSA a one-time $1,000 scholarship. The deadline for applications is April 15 at 11:59 p.m. ET.

  • Fine Homebuilding will be awarding scholarships to SkillsUSA high school or college/postsecondary students continuing their education or certification programs in construction-related fields through the #KeepCraftAlive Scholarship program. The deadline for applications is May 30 at 11:59 p.m. ET.

  • The Student Research Foundation, in partnership with SkillsUSA offers a scholarship to a SkillsUSA member who is currently enrolled in high school and plans to continue their education in a postsecondary program. It recognizes outstanding community contribution. The deadline for applications is July 26.


Applications and more scholarship information are available here.


Plan Now for SkillsUSA National Signing Day on May 5

On Thursday, May 5, SkillsUSA National Signing Day will celebrate high school seniors and college/postsecondary students who have chosen to pursue careers as professionals in the skilled trades. Local SkillsUSA chapters are encouraged to host a signing day event by inviting business partners, school administrators, teachers, elected officials, SkillsUSA alumni, family and friends to honor students signing “letters of intent” for a job offer, apprenticeship or advanced technical training.


This electronic toolkit of resources was designed to help advisors plan their local chapter event. The toolkit includes an event logo, an event invitation template, social media posts, a sample press release, thank-you notes, an event planning checklist and more. Registration for SkillsUSA National Signing Day opens March 21.