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February 23, 2018

Friday Flash

Enter Soon — Alumni Pin Design Competition Ends March 1

SkillsUSA sponsors an Alumni Pin Design Competition that is open to all registered SkillsUSA Alumni and Friends Association members. The winning design will become the official alumni pin for the SkillsUSA National Leadership and Skills Conference. The alumni pin will be produced by the SkillsUSA Store and sold at the alumni booth at conference.

If you have questions, please contact Taryn Zeigler at For contest details and rules, go to:

All entries must be received (not postmarked) by the close of business on March 1 at the SkillsUSA national headquarters.

Hypertherm’s ‘Spark Something Great’ Grant Application Open

For four years, Hypertherm has sponsored an educational grant program. The 2018 program will equip 10 schools with a Powermax45 XP air plasma cutting, gouging and marking system, a $2,270 value; Hypertherm’s AWS SENSE approved “Plasma Cutting Technology: Theory and Practice” curriculum kit, a $499 value; and an initial visit by a Hypertherm district manager to set up and train on the equipment and curriculum. Schools are selected based on commitment to metal fabrication education, program, number of students who complete the program each year, instructor plans for system use, and a student testimonial. The submission deadline is April 2. For more information, visit: If you have questions, contact Betsy Van Duyne Donka at:

Alumni Association Announces Awards Availability

The SkillsUSA Alumni and Friends Association will once again be presenting two awards at the National Leadership and Skills Conference in Louisville, Ky.:

  • The Pioneer of Excellence Award recognizes Alumni and Friends members and/or business and industry partners who have been a “Pioneer of Excellence” for over five years for the alumni association
  • The Outstanding Alumni and Friends Achievement Award is for Alumni and Friends members and/or business and industry partners who have demonstrated a “Commitment for Excellence” for up to five years for the alumni association

To apply, please find the applications here:

Applications must be received, not postmarked, by April 16 at the SkillsUSA National Leadership Center. Please mail to: SkillsUSA Alumni Executive Board, c/o Taryn Zeigler, 14001 SkillsUSA Way, Leesburg, VA 20176.

Transportation Career Fairs Open for Students

The Collision Repair Education Foundation is hosting transportation careers fairs all around the country, averaging over 300 transportation students at each event. The foundation is inviting high-school and postsecondary collision, automotive and diesel programs to come and meet industry to see the array of opportunities that exist for them. Students who attend receive access to a S/P2 online résumé writing course and a professional technician shirt.

To get involved, go to: For more information, contact: Christen Battaglia at or Brandon Eckenrode at