SkillsUSA Is Changing Lives!
SkillsUSA is a partnership of students, teachers, and industry leaders working together to ensure America has a skilled workforce today and into the future. Originally founded in 1965 as Vocational Industrial Clubs of America (VICA), SkillsUSA is a national organization that empowers its members to become world-class workers, leaders, and responsible citizens.
SkillsUSA helps students excel. With a nationwide network of members to bond with, our students develop their self-confidence, work attitude, and communication skills through leadership, teamwork, and community service. While competing at the district, state, and national levels in their technical areas, our students discover and grow their career passions and learn to value their own self-worth.
Do you want to be more involved with SkillsUSA and take part in their educational programs, events, or competitions? Check out the following conferences:SkillsUSA District V Leadership Conference
Our students are honored to compete among the states' most talented vocational-technical students in the annual SkillsUSA competitions. The 2023 season of events starts at BVT on Monday, March 20th, with the SkillsUSA District V Competition via online testing. The District Conference resulted in 104 medals (37 Gold, 37 Silver, and 30 Bronze).
SkillsUSA State Leadership & Skills ConferenceThose students skilled enough to win at the district level will compete at the SkillsUSA State Leadership & Skills Conference Championships. The Leadership Events will be held at the Best Western in Marlborough, and the hands-on competitions at BVT on Friday, April 28th. These competitions will be open between 10:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m. for public viewing. To view the 49th Annual 2023 State Leadership & Skills Conference, visit SkillsUSA Massachusetts. There will be an awards ceremony on Saturday, April 29th, at the Best Western in Marlborough. The awards ceremony was closed to the public. The State Conference resulted in 62 medals (25 Gold, 19 Silver, and 18 Bronze).
SkillsUSA National Leadership & Skills Conference
In 2023, competitions will be held from Monday, June 19th – Friday, June 23rd, at the Georgia World Congress Center in Atlanta, Georgia. Champions from all over the US will have an opportunity to participate in the SkillsUSA National Leadership & Skills Conference and compete in events featuring competitions, national officer elections, and business and industry partners and sponsors. The National Conference resulted in 7 medals (1 Gold, 3 Silver, and 3 Bronze). To view the Awards Session held on Friday, June 23rd, visit www.skillsusa.live.
7 Medals and Top 10 Finishes at SkillsUSA Nationals
Our students proved their vocational-technical competency at the 59th annual SkillsUSA National Leadership & Skills Conference Championships in Atlanta, Georgia. Demonstrating skills learned at Blackstone Valley Tech and applied during the competitions, our students won an impressive 7 medals – 1 gold, 3 silver, and 3 bronze. Congratulations!
Hunter Claflin proudly and professionally represented SkillsUSA Massachusetts and Blackstone Valley Tech as the national parliamentarian. Our National Voting Delegates, Kallie Allen, Ella Foster, and Allison Garden, tirelessly campaigned all week to successfully get a Massachusetts delegate elected to National Office. The third and final stage of the SkillsUSA series had students competing on June 19 to the 23rd.
The following students, organized by hometown, earned medals, top 10 finishes, and earned Skill Point Certificates at the SkillsUSA National Leadership & Skills Conference:
Bronze: Lucien Stenehjem, Robotics & Automation Technology
Silver: Daniel Cardone, Web Design
7th place: Carolyn Powers, Collision Damage Appraisal.
National Officer Elect: Hunter Claflin
7th place: Skyler Robinson, Restaurant Service
Gold: Caitlin Brown, Health Occupations Professional Portfolio
5th place: Grant Purcell, Career Pathways Showcase/Industry & Engineering; and Ava Mills, Career Pathways Showcase/Industry & Engineering
State Officer Elect: Kallie Allen - Congratulations, Kallie! Elected to serve as the Massachusetts SkillsUSA President
National Voting Delegate: Kallie Allen and Ella Foster
Silver: Natalia Vazquez, Web Design
5th place: Naomi Tsuda, Commercial Baking
National Voting Delegate: Allison Garden
Silver: Riley Driver, Industrial Motor Control
Bronze: Emily Wildfeuer, Architectural Drafting
Bronze: Jacob Giancola, Robotics & Automation Technology
5th place: Grace Mathieu, Career Pathways Showcase/Industry & Engineering