Friday Flash


Welcome to SkillsUSA Week!

SkillsUSA Week is Feb. 7-13, and you can participate in many 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 this daily schedule of events created for local chapters nationwide:


  • Monday, Feb. 8, Recognition Day. Celebrate 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. 9, Give Back Day. Rally around your school and community by focusing on ways for your chapter to give back.


  • Wednesday, Feb. 10., Partner Day. Invite local business and industry leaders to connect with chapter members as you highlight the importance of developing the career-readiness skills found in the SkillsUSA Framework.


  • Thursday, Feb. 11, Advocacy Day. Amplify CTE in your community by conducting a local public relations activity, such as presenting to school board members, administrators or community leaders.


  • Friday, Feb. 12, SkillsUSA Day. Celebrate SkillsUSA by wearing your favorite SkillsUSA shirt, planning a celebration activity or posting your Framework story on social media using the hashtag #SkillsUSAWeek.

For a packet of resources including information go to:


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 following links. The deadline is Feb. 15.

If you have questions, contact Laura Rauch at

#KeepCraftAlive Scholarship

Fine Homebuilding Magazine will be awarding scholarships to SkillsUSA high school or college/postsecondary students continuing their education or certification programs in construction-related fields, such as architectural drafting, carpentry, cabinetmaking, electrical and residential wiring, HVACR, masonry, woodworking and plumbing.

In the spirit of the #KeepCraftAlive movement, applicants should celebrate the value and meaning of true craftsmanship in their trades and plan to continue their educations in community colleges, undergraduate programs or industry certification curricula.

Selections will be based on completion of an application, along with a 300-word essay showing applicants’ passion for their craft and a letter of support from a teacher, administrator, SkillsUSA advisor or educational/professional mentor.

Application deadline is May 30 at midnight EDT. To apply, visit

Gain National Attention for Student Mentoring 

SkillsUSA sponsors a national recognition opportunity called the Student2Student mentoring program. Mentoring connects young people to personal growth and development, as well as economic opportunities. When a SkillsUSA chapter mentors an elementary- or middle-school classroom, it helps younger students imagine careers and helps older students practice their skills. Student2Student recognizes SkillsUSA chapters that are involved in a mentoring program in their communities. To enter, submit your mentoring project plan, description and outcomes. The winning chapter will be recognized at the National Leadership and Skills Conference, a plaque and receive a $500 check for the chapter to use toward expanding next year’s mentoring project. All entries must be submitted by April 1. Winners are announced in May. For more information, contact Tyler Chaffin at or visit:

“SkillsUSA Champions” Digital Hub Story of the Week

The only thing more overwhelming than Edwin Maxcy’s story of pain and loss was the strength of his resolve to succeed in spite of it. SkillsUSA membership played a huge role in creating that reservoir of  resolve and resiliency for Maxcy. 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 digital hub, which can be accessed at And don’t forget, you can always submit your own story ideas through the “Share News and Stories” link at the top of the web page.

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