Competitor Pin Design Winner

Competitor Pin Design Winner Karlisle Wilbur from the Chariho Area Career and Technical Center

Mr. Ed Rose, Instructor


SkillsUSA National Conference Pin and T-shirt Design Challenge

Calling All Talented Designers!

Feb. 1 is the deadline for entries to the SkillsUSA National Conference Pin and T-shirt Design Challenge. This event is open to all paid student members of SkillsUSA. This is a great way to have a student and advisor from your school recognized.

Rules are posted on the SkillsUSA website at: Questions may be directed to Heidi Walsh at 703-737-0615 or by email to

Judge Pin Design Winner

Judge Pin Design Winner Cassandra Mendez from the Providence Career and Technical Academy
Ms. Emily Jodka and Mr. Graham Walker, Instructors


Submit your Technical Program for the Excellence in Action Awards

sdThe National Association of State Directors of Career Technical Education Consortium (NASDCTEc) has announced the third annual Excellence in Action award to recognize and honor superior career technical education (CTE) programs of study.

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Lowe'sLowe’s continues a seventh year of generosity with another round of SkillsUSA grants in 2016. Grant information and the application are now available on the SkillsUSA website The guidelines and focus of the grant program are changed slightly from years past.

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Envision Your Chapter Reaching the Pinnacle of Success through the Chapter Excellence Program

Chapter Excellence ProgramStart your Chapter Excellence Program (CEP) application today and begin to earn recognition for your chapter! The online application is on the main page of SkillsUSA’s membership registration website once you have logged into your school account ( Everything you needed to know about implementing the CEP can be found

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SkillsUSA RI presents “Jump into STEM”

Jump Into StemSkillsUSA has announced the release of a new resource that encourages high-school students to mentor younger students on possible career paths. The Jump Into STEM! program provides tools and activities for SkillsUSA members to help elementary-age participants take part in interactive career experiences. Whether a younger student wants to be an architect or an electrician, a social media specialist or a computer programmer, an industrial designer or an airline pilot, there is information on a possible career for the future. With this groundbreaking new program, SkillsUSA members are bridging the gap between elementary-age students and careers related to STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics).

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Want to Make an Impact? Wear Red!

There was a sea of red at this year’s Washington Leadership Training Institute (WLTI). A total of 432 students and advisors from 27 states and Puerto Rico attended the annual WLTI for advocacy training. The showcase activity of the institute was on Tuesday, Sept. 22, when participants wore their well-known red SkillsUSA blazers to the U.S. Capitol and had the opportunity to meet with many of their elected legislators. Photos appeared across social media to document the special day.

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2015-2016 State Officer Team


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Welcome Back from SkillsUSA RI!

Welcome back to another school year. Last school year was a great success for our association; in fact our best ever. Our membership hit an all time high with over 6,700 members, we had the largest state championships in our history, an appearance on The Rhode Show and our best ever showing at the National Leadership and Skills Conference with 20 of our students winning a medal and one student elected to the national officer team. Our successes are due to the support and enthusiasm from our educators and students. We just want to say THANK YOU!
As we enter into a new membership year we are looking to kick it up a couple of notches. Here are some areas we are focusing on for the 2015-2016 school year.

– Celebrating our association’s 40th Anniversary.
– Increasing our professional development opportunities and support for our educators.
– Adding new contests to the 2016 SkillsUSA Rhode Island Championships.
– Growing our middle school membership and adding a new state contest, the Team Engineering Challenge.
– Developing new business and industry partners and increase support for our state champions.
– And finally a new and exciting event called “Jump into STEM” (More details later).

We are an integral part of the CTE experience. SkillsUSA Rhode Island is here to support you and your efforts in the classroom.  Whether it is a guest speaker for your class, someone to serve on your advisory board or questions about a contest; please let us know if you need anything. Thank you for your support for our program.

Have a great school year!