SkillsUSA Friday Flash, November 19, 2021




State Officer Election Results

As a result of state officer elections conducted this past Wednesday, we are pleased to announce the 2021-22 state officer team:

  • Michael Deem Jr. - Cumberland County Tech

  • Amelia Okulewicz - Bergen Academies

  • Rachel Weast – Camden Co. Sicklerville

  • Anya Ganeshan- Bergen Academies

  • Grace Chen- Somerset Co. Academy

  • Olivia Gray- Passaic Co. Tech

  • Shubh Katakiya- Gloucester Co. Tech

  • Jiya Mody-- Somerset Co Academy

  • Ricarda Pallazhco- Passaic Co. Tech


Happy Thanksgiving

The “SkillsUSA Friday Flash” will be on hiatus during the week of Thanksgiving.
The next edition will be made available on Dec. 3. Have a wonderful holiday!




Plan Now for SkillsUSA Week

SkillsUSA Week is Feb. 7-11, 2022, and you can participate in many different ways: Honor your community supporters, connect with local business and industry professionals, or make a presentation about your CTE program and SkillsUSA chapter at a school board meeting. We encourage you to celebrate all week by planning activities that follow the daily schedule of events that will be held by local chapters nationwide.

  • Monday, Feb. 7, Recognition Day. Recognize and honor members, advisors, administrators, business partners, community leaders and supporters who make a meaningful impact on your CTE program and SkillsUSA chapter.

  • Tuesday, Feb. 8, Give Back Day. Rally around your school community by focusing on ways for your chapter to give back.

  • Wednesday, Feb. 9, Partner Day. Invite local business and industry leaders to connect with members, highlighting the importance of developing career-readiness skills found in the SkillsUSA Framework.

  • Thursday, Feb. 10, Advocacy Day. Amplify CTE in your community by conducting a local public relations activity such as presenting to school board members, administrators, and community group leaders.

  • Friday, Feb. 11, SkillsUSA Day. Celebrate SkillsUSA by wearing your favorite SkillsUSA T-shirt, planning a celebration activity or by posting your SkillsUSA Framework story on social media using the hashtag: #SkillsUSAWeek.

The SkillsUSA Week Chapter Guide assists chapters in planning activities for each day of SkillsUSA Week.


Offer of a Chapter Grant for Your SkillsUSA Week Celebration

SkillsUSA also has 10 chapter grants valued at $200 each for chapters to purchase supplies for their SkillsUSA Week activities. A request for a chapter grant must be submitted by Jan. 1, 2022. Chapter grants will be distributed on a first-come, first-served basis. Check out the chapter grant application and further details here.


Honorary Life and Outstanding Career and Technical Educator Nominations Open

If you would like to nominate an individual for recognition by SkillsUSA as an Honorary Life Member or Outstanding Career and Technical Educator, please complete the online applications here. The deadline is Feb. 15. For questions, contact Laura Rauch.


Focus Students on Safety- Video Contest

CareerSafe’s annual National Youth Safety Video Contest challenges students to create a two-minute video demonstrating workplace safety. All submissions should be sent to CareerSafe by March 1. The winning students will receive a SkillsUSA prize pack and a scholarship of up to $2,500, and the winning school will receive a prize of up to $5,000. For more information and to submit your entry, visit the CareerSafe website here.


AmazonSmile Purchases Benefit SkillsUSA

Support SkillsUSA as your charity of choice while shopping through Amazon this holiday season. Make your order through AmazonSmile and search for “SkillsUSA Inc.” or visit this link. AmazonSmile donates a percentage of purchases made through this link directly to SkillsUSA.


Insulation and Air Sealing Materials Expertise on “SkillsUSA Technical Fridays”

Join us for “SkillsUSA Technical Fridays,” SkillsUSA’s industry-led workshops that help teachers develop specific technical skills relevant to their career fields. On Dec. 10 at 4 p.m. ET, the presenter will be Sam Myers, a building scientist for Retrotec. Myers is an expert on building performance concepts. His session will focus on various insulation and air-sealing materials and installation procedures that help create a healthy, efficient and comfortable home. A live demonstration will be given to show you how to test a house to determine how airtight or leaky it is. There will also be free giveaways for up to 20 SkillsUSA instructors. The cost to attend the session is $10. Register here.


SkillsUSA Store Featured Product

As the weather turns colder, the Shelty Knit Cap and Ravenlake Knit Scarf by Roots73® are must-haves in your winter wardrobe. This ultra-cozy scarf and cap feature a trendy heather knit that is soft to the touch. Wear these two together and you have the perfect pair for the chill of winter. Find these and all your winter apparel needs on The SkillsUSA Store!