SkillsUSA is a national nonprofit organization serving teachers and high school and college
students who are preparing for careers in trade, technical and skilled service occupations,
including health occupations. It was formerly known as VICA (Vocational Industrial Clubs of
Students at Tech High have a long and proud tradition of participation in Skills USA (formerly VICA)
and have had multiple students win first and second place out of all schools in the United
Membership: More than 300,000 students and instructors join SkillsUSA annually, organized
into more than 17,000 sections and 54 state and territorial associations. SkillsUSA has served
more than 9.9 million members since its founding.
All students enrolled in CTE programs the entire year automatically have their
Mission: SkillsUSA is an applied method of instruction for preparing America’s high
performance workers enrolled in public career and technical programs. It provides quality
education experiences for students in leadership, teamwork, citizenship and character
development. It builds and reinforces self-confidence, work attitudes and communications
skills. It emphasizes total quality at work—high ethical standards, superior work skills, life-long
education, and pride in the dignity of work. SkillsUSA also promotes understanding of the free-
enterprise system and involvement in community service.
Partners: Currently, 16,693 teachers and school administrators serve as professional
SkillsUSA members and instructors. More than 1,100 business, industry and labor sponsors
actively support SkillsUSA at the national level through financial aid, in-kind contributions, and
involvement of their people in SkillsUSA activities. Many more work directly with state
associations and local chapters.
Programs: SkillsUSA programs include local, state and national competitions in which
students demonstrate occupational and leadership skills. At the annual national-level
SkillsUSA Championships, more than 5,400 students compete in 91 occupational and
leadership skill areas.
SkillsUSA programs also help to establish industry standards for job skill training in the lab
and classroom, and promote community service. SkillsUSA is recognized by the U.S.
Department of Education and is cited as a “successful model of employer-driven youth
development training program” by the U.S. Department of Labor and is an OSHA Alliance
partner.During the 2012-2013 school year, students took home second place in the State Florida in Electrical Wiring and First Place in Career Pathways Showcase (a marketing / design contest). Those students competed Nationally in Kansas City in June.During the 2010-2011 school year, students took home third and second places in the entire nation at the SkillsUSA national competition held in Kansas City Kansas, June 25th, 2011.
Additionally, student Andy Schaaf won the National contest for Skills USA competitive T-Shirt design. Here's his winning entry which was selected from over 500 submissions from around the country.Andy received a trip to Kansas City, MO to be recognized during the National SkillsUSA Conference in June of 2011. The commercial arts class also received a $5000 grant from Lowe's and Andy's printed t-shirt wasissued to over 13,000 SkillsUSA students. The five teams competed and their results are below.
TechPrep-Health Science - Third Place in nation - Bronze
Ariana Antonelli , Brittney Dailey, Brianna Dugan
TechPrep-Agricultural, Food & Natural - Third Place in nation - Bronze
Andrew Apted , Scott Eckensberger, Jacob Riggs
TechPrep-Arts, Audio Visual - Second Place in nation - Silver
Angela Wang, Terri Haupt, Erica Leggatt
Sustainability Solutions – Team B - Third Place in nation - Bronze
Daniel Bumiller, Danielle Hendrix
Community Service - Placed 10th in nation out of 32 teams competingJustin Gearhart, Maria Sessa, Kathleen Weaver