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About Us

SkillsUSA is a partnership of students, teachers, and industry working together to ensure that America has a skilled work force.  We help every student excel.  SkillsUSA is a Career and Technical Student Organization (CTSO) that is recognized as an integral part of the classroom by the OVAE.  

SkillsUSA’s mission is to empower its members to become world-class workers, leaders and responsible American citizens. We improve the quality of our nation’s future skilled workforce through the development of SkillsUSA Framework skills that include personal, workplace and technical skills grounded in academics. Our vision is to produce the most highly skilled workforce in the world, providing every member the opportunity for career success.

A nonprofit national education association (501c3), SkillsUSA serves middle-school, high-school and college/postsecondary students preparing for careers in trade, technical and skilled service (including health) occupations.


SkillsUSA is committed to using its resources to provide its members with the greatest opportunities to succeed.  From industry-designed competitions to professional and leadership development workshops, SkillsUSA gives students an opportunity to enhance both their technical and employability skills.


Started in 1965 as V.I.C.A. (Vocational Industrial Clubs of America), SkillsUSA has served 13.6 million members since 1965. 

Over 372,000 student- & teacher-members participated in SkillsUSA in 2019-20.

State Officers 2019-2020


Madison Grigsby


South Columbus High School

Brian Primo

Vice President

Lee County High School

Bailey Brown


Richlands High School

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Jada Shaw


Terry Sanford High School

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Justin Edgerton


Midway High School

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Diego Luviano


Lee County High School

Taylor Cooper


Bear Grass Charter School

SkillsUSA North Carolina Staff

Board of Directors

Paul Heidepriem

Executive Director

Rod Lykins

Membership Coordinator

Brandon Ramirez

State Leadership Coordinator

Glenn Barefoot

Associate Director

SkillsUSA North Carolina
Constitution & Bylaws

Daryle Nobles, Chairman

Retired Educator

Bill Willetts

Snap-On Tools

Tony Reggi

North Carolina Community College System Office


Bill Burgess

Carolina Training Associates


Michael Williams



Kris Dell

Applied Software

Carl Coffey

Lowe's Home Improvement


Ryan Shaver

North Carolina Masonry Contractors Association


Wayne Lee

Pine Forest High School


Hardin Kennedy

Wilkes Community College

Jeff Faircloth

Guilford Technical Community College


Tim Eldridge

Educational Services Unlimited

Craig Pendergraft

North Carolina Department of Public Instruction


David Barbour - ex-officio 

North Carolina Department of Public Instruction


Jim Pressley - ex-officio 

North Carolina Department of Public Instruction


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