Friday Flash, February 26, 2021




Contest Updates Are Posted

A number of contest coordinators have posted contest updates on our website.


Tell your students to check the website frequently for contest update information


NATIONAL Office News Items


ACTE Offers Virtual Fundraising Webinar March 4

The Association for Career and Technical Education (ACTE) is conducting an “Innovation Through Virtual Fundraising” webinar on March 4 from 3-4 p.m. ET. This webinar — held March 4 from 3-4 p.m. ET — will discuss successful tools and strategies to implement new virtual fundraising efforts. ACTE is working to place career and technical education at the forefront of innovation, including activities that improve the conditions for student learning, teacher practice and other facets of the CTE experience. Prior to COVID-19, many students participated in in-person fundraising opportunities to support student-led activities. With a worldwide pandemic underway, student-supported activities are a challenge to maintain. Please bring your own successful virtual fundraising ideas so all educators can implement effective strategies to support virtual fundraising activities. To register, click here. For further questions, please reach out to Megan Kmiotek at ACTE at



Submit Your Chapter Success Stories to be Included in SkillsUSA Champions

As a young automotive technician, Hailey Hedrick already faces one challenge: being a female in a male-dominated industry. Now, she’s also facing the challenge of COVID-19 as she continues working to keep her community ready for the road. Read Hailey’s story on the SkillsUSA Champions digital hub here. The SkillsUSA Champions digital hub is an online publication that includes stories like Hailey’s centering on SkillsUSA members and local chapters across the country. Submit your own news and story ideas through the “Share News and Stories” link at the top of the web page at

President’s Volunteer Service Award (PVSA) Applications Due by April 1

SkillsUSA is a certifying organization for the President’s Volunteer Service Award (PVSA). Recipients can receive an official lapel pin, personalized certificate of achievement, and a congratulatory letter from the president of the United States. To apply for the award, candidates must document their volunteer activities and the number of hours served. This record of service may be a diary, calendar or timesheet with proof of service documented and verified by an agency representative. Candidates must submit a letter of nomination from one of the following: the direct supervisor/agency representative working with the candidate, a school administrator, school SkillsUSA advisor or state SkillsUSA director. Proof of SkillsUSA membership must also be submitted. Candidates must meet the number of hours designated by the President’s Volunteer Service Award to reach the bronze, silver or gold levels of service. Please view application requirements and instructions at: