Friday Flash



Free Access to “Introduction to Automobile Service” E-Learning Program

The National Institute for Automotive Service Excellence (ASE) is offering a free version of its “Introduction to Automobile Service” e-Learning program to instructors and their students affiliated with ASE-accredited programs. This e-learning program consists of four training modules and a separate quiz. If a student passes the quiz, they can print their own certificate of completion. To learn more about the free registration, instructors can watch the short video and then view the details on the ASE Education Foundation website to provide their students free access to the program.



CHARGE — Now Streaming!

CHARGE is a new, weekly chapter officer video series that covers topics that chapter officers will find useful in the day-to-day management of their local SkillsUSA chapters. Each CHARGE video features an activity guide to encourage chapter officer growth and development. The series highlights individual growth and team bonding to effectively run a SkillsUSA chapter as a leader. Find a new episode every Friday in SkillsUSA CONNECT! 



Apply for a Student Tuition Grant  

Saf-Gard Safety Shoe Co. is awarding an education grant for skilled trades students who are just starting out in their field. Three students will be chosen to receive a $1,000 grant to go toward trade school tuition. Students who apply will respond to a prompt created by Saf-Gard and then send responses and photos to a designated contact for a weekly blog update. The deadline to apply is Jan. 13, 2021. For more information, visit:



Need Resources?

If you are looking for strategies to support SkillsUSA chapter management, this educational resource bundle is right for you. Ignite, Propel and Jumpstart are bundled for $25.00. Bell ringers, mixers and activities to engage students in purposeful learning are provided with quick reference guides to make selection easy. These proven activities are designed to promote participation and boost positive energy at chapter meetings, workshops and conferences. These resources provide instruction sets and processing questions for teachers and student leaders to employ for success. Shop now at:



SkillsUSA Week 2021 — T-shirt Design Contest

SkillsUSA is seeking student designs for the official T-shirt of SkillsUSA Week 2021. One design will be selected and produced by the SkillsUSA Store. The contest is open to all dues-paying student members. Only one entry/design per SkillsUSA member is permitted. All designs submitted should be appropriate for use on a red t-shirt and include the annual theme of SkillsUSA: Champions at Work, Empowered to Succeed.


All entries must be submitted to SkillsUSA exactly as directed in the rules, and entries become the property of SkillsUSA once submitted. Download the contest rules and submit your design here:


Submission deadline is Nov. 2 at 5 p.m. (EST).



Apply Now for ACTE Teacher and Lifetime Service Awards  

The Association for Career and Technical Education (ACTE) is seeking nominations for the National Trade and Industrial Education Division Awards, to be presented during their annual conference Dec. 2-5, 2020. The deadline is Nov. 2. Qualified individuals may be nominated in the following categories, and you may nominate yourself. (If you nominate someone else, please inform that person.)

  • Lifetime Service.

  • Outstanding New Teacher Award.

  • Outstanding Teacher Award.


For ACTE CareerTech Vision 2020 conference information, go to:


To nominate someone for the Teacher and Lifetime Service Awards, go to:



Energy Careers 2020

On Oct. 21, the Center for Energy Workforce Development will host a free virtual career event.  Energy Careers 2020 will showcase the vast array of careers in energy — highlighting job opportunities for today and career paths for tomorrow. Keynote presenters include the Honorable Dan Brouillette, Secretary, U.S. Department of Energy; and Mike Rowe, American television host, narrator, and advocate for skilled trade jobs. Attendees will learn about the breadth of career pathways, benefits and networking guidance.


Virtual program offerings include:

  • High-energy general session with noted presenters.

  • Career Fair.

  • Networking lounges and exhibits.

  • Panel-hosted breakout sessions, including:    

Students: Discover Careers in Energy!         

Career Changers: How to Get Started in a Career in Energy 

Diversity in Energy Careers   


For more information about this free virtual event, visit:



Virtualize Classroom Computers to Perform High-End Graphics Work Remotely

As a part of their pandemic response initiatives, Epic Games Inc. has offered an Epic Megagrant to Parsec Cloud Inc. to allow them to make Parsec for Teams available to any educational institution and nonprofit in the Unreal community at no charge for the 2020-21 school year.


Parsec for Teams is a low latency, high frame rate remote desktop solution that allows schools to virtualize their lab and classroom computers so students can do their high-end graphics work remotely. Taking advantage of the school’s hardware and software investment on campus, students with almost any computer, laptop or even a Chromebook/mouse can do class projects remotely. Teachers can also use it to access their more powerful Windows computers and licensed software remotely to do online demonstrations or lectures. Parsec for Teams can be an essential part of a remote teaching solution for Unreal Engine, Twinmotion, and other technical graphics and design software. If students and teachers have broadband that can stream movies in HD, they should be able to remotely run even the most demanding Windows graphics applications that they teach.


If your school needs better remote desktop software to teach game design/development, animation, modeling, film/vfx, simulation, TV/broadcast, AEC visualization, technical design, AR/VR/MR remotely, check out



SkillsUSA Game Show

Are your members looking for a fun social activity this month? We’ve got you covered! Have your students gather with other SkillsUSA members from across the country for a night of fun, socializing and trivia, all part of the SkillsUSA Game Show! The next SkillsUSA Game Show will take place on Thursday, Oct. 22, 2020 at 7:00 p.m. (EDT).  Register here



Professional Development that Fits Your Schedule

SkillsUSA is launching a series of professional development videos and activity integration sheets to help you increase student engagement and integrate the Essential Elements of the SkillsUSA Framework in your classroom and SkillsUSA chapter. Utilize these resources at a time that is convenient to your schedule. The videos and integration activity sheets are located at:


To view the full schedule of professional development opportunities and register to attend, log in to your SkillsUSA CONNECT account to view the Professional Development calendar. Or, visit: