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.

2021-2022   State Officer Team

Corey Beam, South Columbus High School
Carter Godwin, Midway High School
Jocelyn Hernandez, Avery County High School
Ian Hudson, Richlands High School
Emma Mosley, Bear Grass Charter School
Marley Ray, Midway High School

SkillsUSA North Carolina Staff

Paul Heidepriem

Executive Director

Rod Lykins

Director of Membership & Curriculum

Brandon Ramirez

State Leadership Coordinator

Glenn Barefoot

Assistant Director

SkillsUSA North Carolina

Constitution & Bylaws

Board of Directors

Daryle Nobles, Chairman

Retired Educator

Bill Willetts

Snap-On Tools

Tony Reggi

North Carolina Community College System


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

Retired Educator


Hardin Kennedy

Wilkes Community College

Jeff Faircloth

Guilford Technical Community College


Tim Eldridge

Educational Services Unlimited

David Barbour

North Carolina Department of Public Instruction


Jim Pressly

North Carolina Department of Public Instruction