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The WHS SkillsUSA Team, from left: Hailey Zatocka, Caitlin Watts, Cody Snow, Colton Mizner, Skylar Steffes, and Ryan Truax. Not pictured: Katie Foust.

Newly Formed WHS SkillsUSA Chapter Competes in State Competition

Welding Fabrication Team Takes 3rd Place

SkillsUSA is a national nonprofit organization serving teachers and high school and college students who are preparing for careers in trade, technical and skilled service occupations, including health occupations. It was formerly known as VICA (Vocational Industrial Clubs of America).

SkillsUSA is a partnership of students, teachers and industry representatives, working together to ensure America has a skilled work force. It helps each student excel.

SkillsUSA serves high school and college students enrolled in programs preparing them for technical, skilled and service careers. Students embrace our slogan "SkillsUSA: Champions at Work" by learning leadership, teamwork, citizenship and character development - traits that go into shaping responsible, reliable employees who will one day become leaders in the workplace.

The program emphasizes high ethical standards, superior work skills, lifelong education and pride. SkillsUSA also promotes community service, patriotism and an understanding of the free enterprise system.

Wahoo High School recently started up a SkillsUSA Chapter. We had seven students compete at the state competition March 27-29 in Columbus, NE, where the WHS Welding Fabrication Team won 3rd Place. Ryan Truax, Katie Foust, and Colton Mizner represented our chapter as voting delegates to elect state officers.

Our students competed in the following events:

Katie Foust and Caitlin Watts - Cosmetology
Hailey Zetocka - Photography
Ryan Truax - Criminal Justice & Technical Team Problem Solving
Skylar Steffes, Colton Mizner, Cody Snow - Welding Fabrication Team & Technical Team Problem Solving

During the opening ceremony, Ryan Truax accepted our official chapter certificate with SkillsUSA Advison Jon Herrera on stage. 

“The contests went well. Everyone competed and had a great time meeting students from around the state. They had a great time at State SkillsUSA and are looking forward to expanding our chapter next year," Herrera commented.

The Welding Fabrication Team, from left: Jon Herrera (advisor), Cody Snow, Skylar Steffes, and Colton Mizner. The team won 3rd place in the competition.

SkillsUSA Information:

Membership: More than 285,000 students and instructors join SkillsUSA annually, organized into more than 15,000 sections and 54 state and territorial associations.  SkillsUSA has served more than 9.3 million members.

Mission: SkillsUSA is an applied method of instruction for preparing America’s high performance workers in public career and technical programs. It provides quality education experiences for students in leadership, teamwork, citizenship and character development. It builds and reinforces self-confidence, work attitudes and communications skills. It emphasizes total quality at work: high ethical standards, superior work skills, life-long education, and pride in the dignity of work. SkillsUSA also promotes understanding of the free-enterprise system and involvement in community service.

Partners: Currently, 15,166 teachers and school administrators serve as professional SkillsUSA members and instructors. More than 1,100 business, industry and labor sponsors actively support SkillsUSA at the national level through financial aid, in-kind contributions, and involvement of their people in SkillsUSA activities. Many more work directly with state associations and local chapters.

Programs: SkillsUSA programs include local, state and national competitions in which students demonstrate occupational and leadership skills. At the annual national-level SkillsUSA Championships, over 5,000 students compete in 87 occupational and leadership skill areas. 

SkillsUSA programs also help to establish industry standards for job skill training in the lab and classroom, and promote community service. SkillsUSA is recognized by the U.S. Department of Education and is cited as a "successful model of employer-driven youth development training program" by the U.S. Department of Labor. 





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Newly Formed WHS SkillsUSA Chapter Competes in State Competition

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