Friday Flash, November 13, 2020




CTSO Unified Fall Conference Information

Details for logging into this virtual event on Nov. 16-19 will be emailed to all registered participants.  The conference material will be accessible after the event for a lengthy period of time for students and advisors to return to the platform if desired.


Voting Delegate

A link will be sent to the designated voting delegates next week that will get them to the official state officer ballot.  Following the candidate speeches on Tuesday, Nov. 17, delegates should click on the link to cast their votes.  For now, information on the nine candidates is available on our NJ SkillsUSA social media platforms. 


Contest Intent Survey

A survey is being sent to one advisor from each chapter to gather information on individual anticipated contest enrollment.  Deadline to return your responses is Nov. 25.  Send any questions to





Technical Standards are Now Available

The SkillsUSA Championships Technical Standards is the official competition guide for the SkillsUSA Championships and is newly revised. It contains rules for all national events, including an overview, lists of technical skills and knowledge required, clothing requirements, eligibility, and equipment lists. It also lists the embedded academic skills in math, English and science. Rules for state and local events may vary from the national guidelines, but most competitive events are modeled after the national technical standards.

SkillsUSA professional members receive the SkillsUSA Championships Technical Standards as a free member benefit when they have submitted a current and accurate email address with their membership details. The guide is available online to professional members as part of the paid membership.

Watch this video to learn how to access the SkillsUSA Championship Technical Standards.


CTE in a Virtual World

Join Universal Technical Institute (UTI) on Friday, Nov. 20, for a 5-hour virtual conference that will bring together CTE educators and high school counselors from across the U.S. to learn how skilled trades education and career-readiness resources are evolving in a virtual world. You’ll connect with other CTE educators and UTI leaders and hear from industry representatives from SkillsUSA and Roush Yages Engines. Plus, you’ll receive five professional development hours and an opportunity to earn 20 virtually. To view the schedule and register to attend, visit



Looking for high-quality, online curriculum?

The SkillsUSA Career Essentials suite engages students in defining, implementing and measuring their career-readiness skills along every point in their educational journey, whether it be middle-school, high-school, college/postsecondary, or even adult learners. It is a project-based learning curriculum housed in an online platform and includes the turnkey resources teachers need to be successful, including professional development. The curriculum generates high levels of student engagement and provides the opportunity for students to earn the industry-recognized Career Essentials credential. Watch this video to hear what instructors are saying about the Career Essentials suite.

To learn more, visit  

To view discounted price models, visit


SkillsUSA Championships Coaching Guides

Preparing for the SkillsUSA Championships is an excellent opportunity for SkillsUSA Framework skill development in students. As a SkillsUSA advisor, you have the unique opportunity to make a huge impact by helping students become college- and career-ready. Four SkillsUSA Championships coaching guides have been developed to support you in this important work. From training timelines to learning objectives and activity templates, these tools and tips will strengthen your coaching experience.

These four resources are available now with special pricing: $50.00 for the bundle. To purchase, visit:


Professional Development is a SkillsUSA Professional Membership Benefit

This week, there are many opportunities to participate in SkillsUSA professional development sessions related to a variety of new educational resources and programs. Check out the schedule:

Nov. 16 – SkillsUSA Championships Coaching Guides

Nov. 16 – Framework Integration 101

Nov. 17 – Jump Into STEM

Nov. 17 – Chapter Excellence Program

Nov. 18 – Critical Thinking at Work

Nov. 18 – Conflict Management at Work

Nov. 19 – Framework Integration Strategies & Foundations Lesson Plans

Nov. 19 – JumpStart 2.0

To view the full schedule of professional development opportunities and register to attend, login to SkillsUSA CONNECT and visit the Professional Development Opportunities page under Advisor Resources. Or, visit: