Friday Flash


Join Today — SkillsUSA Membership Before March 1

The SkillsUSA national membership deadline is March 1 each year, but many state deadlines fall earlier. Please ensure membership dues are current for all chapter members in order for them to be able to fully participate in all SkillsUSA programs and activities. Visit to register yourself and student members. If you need assistance, please contact our Customer Care Team at 844-875-4557 or

You can download state dues and deadlines here.


Deadline Approaching for the SkillsUSA Honorary Life Membership and Outstanding Career and Technical Educator Awards

The deadline is approaching, and we are looking for additional nominations for both the SkillsUSA Honorary Life Membership and the Outstanding Career and Technical Educator awards.

The Honorary Life Membership is SkillsUSA’s highest recognition for outstanding service that advances the purposes and goals of the national organization, and the Outstanding Career and Technical Educator Award honors individual educators for their service and dedication to career and technical education and SkillsUSA.

To nominate someone for Honorary Life Membership or Outstanding Career and Technical Educator, submit applications at the links below. The deadline is Feb. 15.

If you have questions, contact Laura Rauch at

“SkillsUSA Champions” Digital Hub Story of the Week

When Rah’Mere Williams insulted his instructor with a crude name, it looked as if whatever dreams he’d had for a successful future were fading. Turns out, they were about to come into sharper focus. Read his inspiring story and share it with your students here. You’ll find many other success stories about SkillsUSA members and local chapters across the country on the SkillsUSA Champions digital hub, which can be accessed at And don’t forget, you can always submit your own news and story ideas through the “Share News and Stories” link at the top of the web page.

The Sharon Melton Myers Scholarship is Now Open to Active SkillsUSA Members

Through a donation from the Sharon Melton Myers Memorial Fund, SkillsUSA and the McMinn County Vocational Center SkillsUSA Alumni Association are offering a $500 scholarship to a SkillsUSA student in memory of Sharon Melton Myers. This scholarship will provide graduating SkillsUSA members the opportunity to continue their education in college or technical school. Apply at

SkillsUSA Celebrates Career Essentials Certified Teachers

In January, the following individuals achieved their Career Essentials Certified Teacher status, becoming part of a national network of educators committed to preparing learners for success in the workforce:


  • Alejandra Salcedo, Slawson Southeast Occupational Center

  • Darbee Prieto, Los Angeles Certified School District: West Valley Occupational Center


  • Emily Lutrell-Narigon, Hawkeye Community College

  • Hernan Llerena Gomez, Hawkeye Community College

  • Nicole Syfert, Southeastern Community College


  • Christa Gallipeau, MSAD1 Adult & Community Education

New Mexico

  • Holly Lowe, San Juan Community College


·                Lauren Johnson, Adult Continuing Education (ACE) of Virginia

As a Career Essentials Certified Teacher, these educators are now exceptionally equipped to use the Career Essentials curriculum as a turnkey tool to equip learners to define, implement and measure their career-readiness skills. To acknowledge the efforts of our Career Essentials Certified Teachers, we maintain a digital map at that depicts the number of Career Essentials Certified Teachers in each state.