Friday Flash, Nov. 15, 2019




2020 Contest Details

The NJ SkillsUSA Championship Competitions are closely aligned with the national technical standards published by our national office.  Access to the 2020 standards are a benefit of professional membership when you register yourself and pay the $31 fee.  Updates for our NJ Events can be found at www.nj-skillsusa.  Click on the CONTESTS tab, then CONTEST UPDATES.  Always start with the national tech standards for contest prep, then consult the state updates for additional information.  Updates will be posted as they come into our office from contest consultants.


NJ also conducts several competitions that are not conducted at the national level.  Those “State Only Contests’ are also listed on our website.  Go to click on CONTESTS, then STATE ONLY CONTESTS.


SkillsUSA Championships Update

Advisors and instructors are invited to submit questions, comments, and/or recommendations regarding the 2020 competitions to the SkillsUSA Championships Executive Committee which will be meeting next week.  The committee will be reviewing advisor and technical committee surveys which were collected after the 2019 competitions. Once the committee meets, we will be finalizing the contestant registration booklet for distribution in December.


Did You Know….

All of this year’s Friday Flash memos are archived on our website:

You can always look back to find information that was sent out in past Flash updates.




Seeking Talented Singers to Open Conference

SkillsUSA is seeking talented student or adult performers to sing the national anthem at the Opening Ceremony for the 2020 SkillsUSA National Leadership and Skills Conference. Audition videos can be submitted via: and must be the singing of the national anthem. 

Auditions must be received by Feb. 3. SkillsUSA does not pay any travel expenses for the selected singer to attend the national conference.


SkillsUSA Welcomes Chelle Travis as Executive Director

On Nov. 4, SkillsUSA welcomed Chelle Travis as its executive director. She brings 17 years of leadership experience in career and technical education to this role, with a solid understanding and track record of implementing and elevating the mission and program of SkillsUSA.


Travis has collaborated with business and industry, educators, legislators and other leaders to design curricula, develop programs and draft legislation, having served the Tennessee Board of Regents as assistant vice chancellor for the Colleges of Applied Technology and as a state SkillsUSA director. She received an MBA and a bachelor’s degree in business from Middle Tennessee State University.


“Chelle Travis, as the fourth-ever leader of SkillsUSA, embodies the dynamic and progressive leadership to expand on the organization’s momentum as well as build on critical relationships with industry. Her history with the organization, capabilities as a systems leader, passion for the mission, and her vision for the future, all make her an excellent fit to lead us,” says Jen Worth, SkillsUSA board president.

“I’m humbled and honored to serve as the next executive director of SkillsUSA,” Travis says. “I have a passion for the mission of our organization, and I am committed to building on SkillsUSA’s strong reputation to meet the needs of the future of work with the talents of our students, insights of our teachers, and requirements of our industry partners.”


Travis will succeed Tim Lawrence, who has led SkillsUSA as the executive director for the past 19 years. “The board is immeasurably grateful for the service Tim provided over his career,” Worth says. “His integrity, thoughtfulness and passion drove the organization to new heights.”

 Of Travis, Lawrence says, “She is a proven leader in our space who strongly believes in the mission of our work, and cares deeply about students, teachers and partners. She is a champion for career and technical education and a highly skilled workforce.”

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