Friday Flash, Nov. 01, 2019




New Jersey at the 2019 National SkillsUSA Championships Highlights Video

Thanks to the great work of videographer Matt Neder from Cumberland County Tech, please go to the following link to see the highlights of the 2019 national conference.


SkillsUSA Membership has its Benefits

SkillsUSA membership offers various opportunities throughout the year for your students.  Be sure to check out the Free Autodesk Software offer and Safety Video Contest details below.  Pass this info on to instructors in your school who have students who might take advantage of these offers.


Contest Updates

Make it a habit to check regularly for contest information for the 2020 NJ Championships.  Contest Updates will be posted as they are received from the contest coordinators.

Updates for the Construction contests have been posted.


Did You Know….

The NJ SkillsUSA website is a clone of a system originally developed for Utah SkillsUSA.  Due to a formatting glitch, some of the pages still reflect the Utah site.  Rest assured, as long as you log onto and see the Statue of Liberty on the home page, all the info and links listed there pertain to your state SkillsUSA organization.




How the New Perkins V Law Directly Relates to SkillsUSA

On July 31, President Trump enacted law H.R. 2353, the Strengthening Career and Technical Education for the 21st Century Act. This is the law that reauthorizes the 2006 Carl D. Perkins Career and Technical Education Act and governs the federal investment in CTE.

To help chapter advisors understand the new legislation as it relates to SkillsUSA and other career and technical student organizations, following are a few important points.

First, the law defines career and technical education as a sequence of courses that:

·  “Provide technical proficiency or a postsecondary credential, which may include an industry recognized credential, a certificate, or an associate degree”

·  “Include competency-based, work-based, or other applied learning that supports the development of knowledge, higher-order reasoning and problem-solving skills, work attitudes, employability skills, technical skills, and occupation specific skills …”

The SkillsUSA Framework embodies all of the above items. The SkillsUSA Career Essentials curriculum and Assessments provide blended instruction focused on project-based learning that lead to industry recognized credentials.

Second, a career and technical student organization, as defined in the law, “… means an organization for individuals enrolled in a CTE program that engages in CTE activities as an integral part of the program.”

CTSOs are not extracurricular or a club. CTSOs are for all CTE students.

If you have Perkins questions, contact Gene Dudley, SkillsUSA regional senior manager, at:


Members Get Free Autodesk Software

Autodesk, a SkillsUSA sponsor for over 20 years, is again providing member students and educators with free access to software. Autodesk shares SkillsUSA’s goal of preparing students in STEM-based careers and creating an industry-ready workforce. Visit the Autodesk Education Community at:


Focus Your Students on Safety

CareerSafe sponsors a National Youth Safety Video Contest, in which students across the country are challenged to create a two-minute video demonstrating safety in the workplace. All submissions should be sent to CareerSafe by March 1. The winning students will receive a SkillsUSA prize pack as well as a scholarship up to $2,500, and the winning school will receive a prize up to $5,000. For more information, visit the CareerSafe website after Oct. 15 at:

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