The 32nd annual Delaware Coastal Cleanup, to be held from 9 a.m. to noon on Saturday, Sept. 14. Sponsored by the Delaware Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control, the cleanup spans the First State’s 97-mile eastern coastline and includes river and ocean shorelines as well as wetland and watershed areas. This year, volunteers will focus on more than 45 sites in New Castle, Kent and Sussex counties for cleanup. In 2018, despite a weather-related delay, more than a thousand volunteers collected 2.7 tons of trash and recyclables from 42 sites along more than 68 miles of Delaware’s waterways and coastline.

Delaware SkillsUSA Officers, along with Delaware Technology Student Association Officers, arrived at the Woodland Beach Wildlife Area/Ramp/Road along the Delaware Bay, to participate and assist in cleanup efforts. Among the items found were paper products, glass, plastic bottles, phone charger pieces, fishing hook, plastic bags and Styrofoam shipping pieces. Items found belong in the trash and not among wildlife or in the environment.

Upon completing their task at hand, the officers took time for a group photo and saw a drone situated next to a fisherman.  When asked, the fisherman told the officers he uses the drone to cast his line further than he can throw it himself.  A creative solution to an everyday action along the bay.

October 8-9 – Students from across the state of Delaware converged on the Terry Campus of Delaware Technical Community College, for the annual Fall Leadership Conference. Students were comprised of local chapter leaders and potential new chapter leaders for their respective organizations. Over 400 students participated each day. Attendees engaged in activities to recognize natural leadership abilities and participated in a mock competition for extemporaneous speaking. Attending students are learning and receiving hands-on instruction in the trades, technical and professional service industries.

Delaware SkillsUSA and HOSA officers joined two students from other states in telling the story on how Career and Technical Education has provided them opportunities. Victoria Washira, Ruth Bermudez, and Madison Kibler from Delaware were asked to participate at the forum held during the Southern Regional Education Board conference in Baltimore Convention Center in July of 2019. They made us proud! and clearly identify many of the benefits of career training while in high school. Check out this link to see their work:

The Delaware SkillUSA State Officer team met at the Legislative Hall for the 150th General Assembly of the State of Delaware on Tuesday, May 14, 2019. We shared with legislators our gratitude to the ongoing support that they provide. The State Officers presented geraniums and cupcakes to members of the Senate and House of Representatives as our token of appreciation. The officers were honored to speak in the House of Representatives and Senate where we shared how each of our organizations are able to contribute to the community, develop leadership skills, and practice technical skill attainment due to their support. A Senate Tribute was shared to thank us for our efforts to improve and broaden educational opportunities for Delaware High School students.

Students from across the state took home honors from the SkillsUSA awards in Wilmington.

Lists of the students honored are located here

Nearly 900 students, advisors, and judges who represent business and industry from throughout the state participated in state contests throughout the month of February. Students demonstrated professionalism, leadership and skill attainment in 61 events. The awards culminated with more than $800,000 in student scholarships and prizes will be awarded from partners such as Automotive Training Center, Delaware Technical Community College, Universal Technical Institute, IBEW Local 313, Keen Gas Company, Lincoln Electric, Lowe’s, Miller Electric Manufacturing Company, Restaurant School at Walnut Hill College, and more. 

The following student members were elected to serve on the State Officer

Leadership Team for 2019 – 2020:

Aidan Fitzgerald        President

Noah Wandless         Vice President of Community Service

Troy Bishop                Vice President of Leadership

Delaware SkillsUSA is a Career and Technical Student Organization (CTSO) that recognizes the importance of students, teachers, and industry partners working together to ensure America has a skilled workforce. SkillsUSA incorporates curricular and co-curricular experiences to emphasize the importance of knowledge, leadership, skill development and teamwork. To learn more about Delaware SkillsUSA, please contact Mike Fitzgerald by phone at: (302) 857-3334 or by email at