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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.

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2023-2024   State Officer Team

Jacob Blackman - President
Midway High School

Kayla Ingham - Vice President

Pine Forest High School

Reece-Anna Cribb - Secretary
South Columbus High School

Cameron Vaughan - Treasurer

Lee County High School

Wesley Conner - Reporter
South Columbus High School

Nathan Darnell - Historian
Starmount High School

Ruth Hall - Parliamentarian

West Carteret High School

Lexi Norwood - President CPS
Central Carolina Community College


SkillsUSA North Carolina Staff

Paul Heidepriem

Executive Director

Rod Lykins

Director of Membership & Curriculum

Wil van der Meulen

Postsecondary Support Director

Brandon Ramirez

State Leadership Coordinator

SkillsUSA North Carolina

Constitution & Bylaws

Board of Directors

Daryle Nobles, Chairman, Retired Educator

Tony Reggi, NC Community College System

Kris Dell, Applied Software

Jim Pressly, NC Department of Public Instruction


Bill Burgess, Carolina Training Associates


Carl Coffey, Lowe's Home Improvement


Ryan Shaver, NC Masonry Contractors Association

Judy Dinelle, 84 Lumber

Tim Eldridge, Educational Services Unlimited

Liz Myhre, Learning Labs

Barrett Crane, Snap-on Tools

Jeff Faircloth, Guilford Technical Community College

Wayne Lee, Retired Educator


Hardin Kennedy, Retired Educator

Dr. David Barbour, NC Dept of Public Instruction

Dr. Nolan Fahrer, NC Dept of Public Instruction

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