Friday Flash, February21, 2020




Date Change!

Please note that the "Kick Off to Louisville" and state officer elections will take place on a new date, Tuesday, May 19.  This is a change from the previously announced date of May 21.  Please mark your calendars.


Northeast Carpenters Apprenticeship Fund Announces Gold Medal Winners of the SkillsUSA  Carpentry Events will earn "Direct Entry" into Carpenters Locals Throughout New Jersey  

 We are excited to announce that gold medal winners in the SkillsUSA state competitions on March 28 will not only earn the privilege of advancing to the national SkillsUSA Championships.  They will also, for the first time ever, have "direct entry" privileges into Carpenters Apprentice Training.  Here is some background.

  • What is the Carpenters' Union?
    The United Brotherhood of Carpenters is North America’s largest building-trades union, with more than a half-million members in the construction and wood-products industries. We recognize that for the union to remain strong, our signatory contractors need to succeed in today’s highly competitive marketplace – and they do that with workers committed to safety, productivity, and the proud legacy of our Brotherhood. Skills, safety, and productivity have brought our members fair wages, good benefits, and dignity in work and retirement since the Brotherhood was founded in 1881.

  • What is an apprenticeship?
    Apprenticeship is a training program where you earn wages while learning to become a skilled carpenter. Apprenticeship combines classroom studies with on-the-job training supervised by a trade professional. Much like a college education, it takes several years to become fully trained in the trade that you choose. Unlike college, though, as an apprentice, you’ll earn while you learn. At first, you’ll make less money than skilled workers; but as you progress, you’ll get regular raises. Once you have mastered the craft, you will receive professional wages.

  • What are the rewards of apprenticeship training?
    The rewards of apprenticeship training are the good wages and benefits you receive as a member of the United Brotherhood of Carpenters and Joiners of America. There are over half a million U.B.C. members in the United States and Canada. You’ll be working under the protection of a union contract for a good contractor. This means you will become eligible to have health insurance, a pension, and an annuity. It pays to be the best you can be: a well trained Union Carpenter.

  • What are some benefits of apprenticeship?

  • Paid “scholarship” with supervised training

  • Progressively increasing wage with excellent benefits

  • Nationally recognized credential: Apprenticeship Certificate

  • Improved job security and standard of living

  • Opportunity for college credit

  • Pride and dignity of completing the most comprehensive vocational carpentry training program offered anywhere

Good luck to all the competitors!




Gain National Attention for Student Mentoring

SkillsUSA sponsors a national recognition opportunity called the Student2Student mentoring program. Mentoring connects young people to personal growth and development, as well as economic opportunities.

Student2Student recognizes SkillsUSA chapters that are involved in a mentoring program in their communities. When a SkillsUSA chapter mentors an elementary or middle school classroom, it helps younger students imagine careers and helps older students practice their skills. To enter, submit your mentoring project. The winning chapter will be recognized at the National Leadership and Skills Conference and in the Awards and Recognition book. In addition, the winner will be invited to present at SkillsUSA University.

All entries must be submitted by April 1. Winners are announced in May. To download a Mentoring Guide or enter your program for recognition, go to:

For more information, contact Gayle Silvey at


Free Career Exploration for Students and Schools 

“Cue Career” aggregates the resources of industry associations for career exploration/navigation and workforce development and is a free resource for schools and students. Students can explore careers by watching video interviews with professionals and accesses information on scholarships, internships, apprenticeships, mentorships, micro-credentials and badges offered by associations.

Cue Career also periodically provides livestreams including panels of industry experts into classrooms and students can ask questions live. There are two upcoming livestreams:

  • Health Sciences/Medical, Feb. 26, 11:15-11:45 a.m. To sign up, go to:

  • Welding and Woodworking, Feb. 26, 10:30-11 a.m. To sign up, go to:

IUpcoming livestreams are listed here: 

To learn more, contact Heather Wetzler at or 917-5412-4549. To view the Cue Career website, go to:


Celebrate CTE Month with NASA Challenge

It is not too late for your students to enter the NASA HUNCH-CTE Month student video challenge with the theme Living and Working on the Moon and Beyond. This challenge is open to middle school, high school and college/postsecondary students, who are must produce a video two minutes or less in length. The deadline to submit videos is on March 2. Information can be found on the CTE Month site at Video challenge questions can be submitted to Julia O’Brien at or 703-683-9377.


National Officer Candidates Sought
Do you have amazing students who would love to be national ambassadors for SkillsUSA next school year? This is an incredible opportunity for personal and professional development, travel and more. The 2020 SkillsUSA national officer candidate application and national officer program guide are now available:
National officer candidates must have earned the Career Essentials: Experiences, Fundamental Micro-Credential, or the Advanced or Adult Learner Credential, prior to applying (depending upon their age). The Fundamental course (ages 14-16), Advanced course (ages 17-19) and Adult Learner course (ages 20+) and additional information are available at:
The state application deadline for submitting national officer applications is May 1.   Contact your state director.

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