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.

2020-2021   State Officer Team

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Dalton Powell

President

Challenger High School

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Mary Catherine Roberson

Reporter

South Columbus High School

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Hanley Boardman

Vice President

DH Conley High School

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Cody Wiper

Parliamentarian

Hunter Huss High School

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Hailey Allen

Secretary

Starmount High School

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Holly Clark

Historian

Lee Co. High School

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Bailey Brown

Treasurer

Richlands High School

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Trenton Hightower

Sentinel

Pine Forest High School

SkillsUSA North Carolina Staff

Board of Directors

Paul Heidepriem

Executive Director

Rod Lykins

Director of Membership & Curriculum

Brandon Ramirez

State Leadership Coordinator

Glenn Barefoot

Assistant Director

SkillsUSA North Carolina
Constitution & Bylaws

Daryle Nobles, Chairman

Retired Educator

Bill Willetts

Snap-On Tools

Tony Reggi

North Carolina Community College System

 

Bill Burgess

Carolina Training Associates

 

Michael Williams

Daimler

 

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

 

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