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Friday Flash April 21, 2023

SkillsUSA Louisiana

Scores are posted online for viewing. You will need the contestant number and date of birth, View

Advisors pre-orders for the NLSC T-shirt with drawstring bag need to be listed on the SkillsUSA register site by May 4. Payment will be included with your NLSC Registration. You can also pre-order and pay on our website. HERE

  • Registrations must be summitted by May 12 before 6 PM. NO EXCEPTIONS

  • Payment must be received at the Gray, LA PO Box by May 26. NO EXCEPTIONS

View any updates relating to our state Delegation at the NLSC Page on our site. Also contestants keep an eye on the contest updates page. HERE

SkillsUSA has partnered with Aerotek to create the "Make Your Mark" scholarship, which will deliver multiple awards of up to $5,000 to qualified applicants. SkillsUSA members must be high school seniors planning to enroll in — or a college/postsecondary student already enrolled in — a community college, technical college, certificate program or apprenticeship in one of these career pathways: Arts, A/V and Communications (Telecommunications Cabling only); Architecture & Construction; Information Technology; Manufacturing; STEM (Electronics Technology or Industrial Engineering Technology only); and Transportation. Learn more online and apply by April 30. For questions, email Megan Flinn.

SkillsUSA is asking all chapters to conduct and promote a community service project during the National Week of Service, May 7-13. This event helps commemorate the founding of SkillsUSA on May 8, 1965. Connect with SkillsUSA on social media by posting photos of your activities on social media. Chapter advisors or officers should email a brief description of their chapter events to

Gayle Silvey. In return, we’ll send a SkillsUSA logo gift item valued at $15. We encourage participants to publicize your projects locally. To locate your local newspapers, use our SkillsUSA Advocacy Site. On the site, click on “Media,” enter your ZIP code, and choose up to six outlets. Then, click on “Send a Message.” To see the full contact information for each outlet, click on the name of the newspaper.

Final Call for National Anthem Applications

Do you have a musical gift to share with the SkillsUSA community? If so, apply to perform the national anthem on June 20 at the Opening Session of the SkillsUSA National Leadership & Skills Conference. The chosen performer will be offered complimentary conference registration if their sole purpose of attendance is to perform the national anthem. Apply by 5 p.m. ET on Friday, April 28. For questions, contact Joey Baker.

Last Chance to Enter the CareerSafe Youth Safety Video Contest

The CareerSafe Youth Safety Video Contest challenges students to create a two-minute video demonstrating workplace safety. Send submissions to CareerSafe by April 30. 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.

SkillsUSA Activate Registration Now Open for Student Leaders

SkillsUSA instructors and advisors can now register for SkillsUSA Activate, a two-and-a-half-day, high-energy leadership conference that is open to all middle school and high school SkillsUSA student leaders. The conference focuses on developing these SkillsUSA Framework skills for use in achieving the SkillsUSA Program of Work: Leadership; Planning, Organizing and Management; and Teamwork. Activate is open to members ready to take their leadership to the next level. It will be held June 17-19 at the Georgia World Congress Center in Atlanta, just prior to the SkillsUSA National Leadership & Skills Conference. The registration deadline is May 16. For questions, contact Taryn Erminio.

Share Your SkillsUSA Signing Day with the Nation

Chapters across the nation will celebrate SkillsUSA National Signing Day on May 4 by highlighting the value of the skilled trades while recognizing career and technical students for their dedication to career readiness and a career in the skilled trades. Year by year, SkillsUSA National Signing Day is generating greater awareness that the skilled trades offer rewarding career paths.

On Signing Day, SkillsUSA chapters will host students at signing ceremonies attended by administrators, teachers, elected officials, SkillsUSA advisors, family and friends. Like signing day events for student athletes who commit to a college or team, students will be applauded one by one as they sign letters of intent for a job offer, apprenticeship or advanced technical training. Throughout the day, skilled trades supporters will share their encouragement for these future workers, so watch our SkillsUSA social media channels for some exciting updates.

All chapters are asked to submit their Signing Day photos, videos and stories to SkillsUSA’s communications team so we can highlight your local events. To submit your photos and stories, upload them here. If you post on social media, use the hashtag #SkillsUSANationalSigningDay.

Join other SkillsUSA partners and supporters on May 10 at 3 p.m. ET for a webinar on “The SkillsUSA Advantage report and learn how SkillsUSA experiences help create purpose, passion and skill in every student. SkillsUSA Executive Director Chelle Travis and Chief Diversity Officer Dr. Ricardo Romanillos will review data from “The SkillsUSA Advantage” report recently released by the Student Research Foundation and discuss how SkillsUSA members across all groups consistently outperform peers who are not enrolled in career and technical student organizations (CTSOs). SkillsUSA national officer Lili Valencia will also share her personal perspective on how participation in SkillsUSA and work-based experiences have informed her future. Register now and we encourage you to share this invitation with your school and state partners and supporters. Everyone is welcome! For questions, contact Ricardo Romanillos.

The SkillsUSA Store – Spring Styling Ideas

The SkillsUSA Store is your one-stop shop for new spring looks and seasonal styling ideas to enhance your SkillsUSA wardrobe. Included here are bags, accessories, jackets, T-shirts and more. These items would also make a nice gift for advisors, supporters, officers or anyone you would like to thank for a successful

SkillsUSA year.

Applications are now open for the Harbor Freight Tools for Schools Prize for Teaching Excellence awards. The prize recognizes outstanding instruction in the skilled trades in U.S. public high schools and the teachers who inspire students to learn skills to prepare for life after graduation. In 2023, Harbor Freight will award more than $1.5 million in cash prizes to 25 skilled trades teachers and their programs. In 2022, the prize recognized 12 SkillsUSA instructors as winners. Applications must be received by May 5. Winners will be announced in October.

Applications Open for Harbor Freight Tools for Schools Travel Scholarships

In partnership with Harbor Freight Tools for Schools, SkillsUSA is proud to announce a travel scholarship opportunity for SkillsUSA high school members in selected trades who are competing in the 2023 SkillsUSA Championships. Eligible members can apply to receive up to $1,500 to assist in attending the 2023 National Leadership & Skills Conference. Applications will be accepted through May 22. Recipients will be announced on May 25.

Free Coolant, Shipping and Maintenance Workshops Available

Monroe Fluid Technology, an ISO 9001 certified manufacturing facility, is offering free coolant, free shipping and free coolant maintenance workshops to metalworking classrooms in accredited state, community and county colleges. This program allows manufacturing programs to eliminate the costs of metalworking coolants. Check out the program details. For questions, email Monroe Fluid Techology’s director of E-Commerce Fred Kane.

Press Release Template for State Conference Participants

The SkillsUSA Advocacy site has a press release template to help highlight state conference participants and competition results with your local media. Parents, instructors or students can send these emails to newspapers or TV stations in your area. Please spread the word about this important tool; this is a great assignment for school or state reporters! For questions, email Jane Short.

Elevating the Skilled Trades: Mason on a Mission

Check out our latest article on the SkillsUSA Champions digital hub, featuring Matt DiBara, a Masonry silver medalist at the SkillsUSA Championships in 2010.

The story centers around DiBara’s success as a young mason, business owner and entrepreneur. At only 30, he’s achieved levels of success most would deem

remarkable at retirement age. DiBara credits SkillsUSA with sparking that success and talks about how he followed his passion to study the skill he loved even when he was discouraged to do so by peers and teachers.

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