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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 North Carolina’s mission is to empower its members to become world-class workers, leaders and responsible American citizens.  SkillsUSA improves 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 380,000 student & teacher members participated in SkillsUSA in 2022-23.

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2024-2025   State Officer Team

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Clairesse Sherrill
West Stanly High School

Juan-Daniel Vazquez

West Carteret High School

Isabelle Hall
West Carteret High School

Isabella Donahue

South Iredell High School

Isabella Siler
East Davidson High School

Connor Jackson
Midway High School

Christian Spell

Midway High School

(np) Gage Boggs - President CPS
Carteret Community College


SkillsUSA North Carolina Staff

Paul Heidepriem

Executive Director

Rod Lykins

Director of Membership & Curriculum

Wil van der Meulen

Postsecondary Support Director

Val Brewer

State Officer 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


Elaine Vallery, 2023 Secondary Advisor of the Year

Dennis Marshall, 2023 Postsecondary Advisor of the Year

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