Delaware Honors it’s Champions at Work!

The awards for the 2016 Delaware SkillsUSA State Contests were held on Tuesday, March 22 at the Modern Maturity center in Dover.  The top medalists of 66 state contests that were held throughout the state in the month of February were honored with more than $534,000 in student scholarships and prizes from industry and academic partners such as: Automotive Training Center, Burmax Company Inc., Delaware Technical Community College, G & E Welding Supply, Universal Technical Institute, IBEW Local 313, Keen Gas Company, Lincoln Electric, Lowe’s, Miller Electric Manufacturing Company, Restaurant School at Walnut Hill College, and many more. The top medalist in each individual contest was be recognized for their outstanding achievement and they may have earned the honor of representing the state of Delaware at the National SkillsUSA conference to be held in Louisville, Kentucky.

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

A list of last year’s 2016 State Finalists and the 2016 Awards Presentation are listed here.

To learn more about Delaware SkillsUSA, please contact Mike Fitzgerald by phone at: 302.735.4015 or by email at:

SkillsUSA officers had a great time on October 20th working with students from all across Delaware to develop their own chapter work plan during the Fall Leadership Conference. We began by warming up the crowd with a quick Icebreaker game called “Heads or Tails” followed by another called “The Jelly Bean Count”.

Afterwards, students began working on developing their own plans with the help of the officers and the SkillsUSA Professional Development Program booklets as reference material. Finally, the students presented their finished work plan ideas to other the other chapters. Chapters were encouraged to continue to develop their leadership by organizing a Leadership Lunch at their home school. The Delaware SkillsUSA state officer team would like to thank everyone that traveled to the fairgrounds in Harrington to take part in the conference.

This year’s CTSO Fall Leadership Conference is next week (October 20) from 9:00 AM to 3:00 PM (registration is at 8:00 AM) at the Delaware State Fairgrounds. Students will participate in interactive, hands-on workshops that will help them develop leadership skills in all aspects of their lives. Workshops will be facilitated by Junior Achievement of Delaware and CTSO State Officers. Minimum dress code is a button-up shirt or blouse with a turned down collar. Skirt or pants. Unacceptable: jeans baggy pants, shorts, exterior pocket pants. Dress shoes or sandals (for females). Unacceptable: athletic shoes, combat boots, work boots.

Please remind your students to bring donations for the food drive. We look forward to seeing you! The State Officers have planned a fantastic professional development to support you and your chapters. The Food Bank of Delaware will be onsite collecting canned goods and non-perishable items. Please bring donations.

On September 19, 2015 SkillsUSA officers attended their first community service project of the school year. Four officers travelled to South Bowers Beach to participate in the local Coastal Cleanup project. The project was aimed at cleaning up the trash and waste deposited by runoff and human negligence around or near the coastline. Participants were instructed to record everything they had collected like bottle caps, glass, metal cans and other miscellaneous trash to report back to the Delaware Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control.

“Overall, it was a great experience and fun going around cleaning up the beach with my fellow officers. Even more, the scenery was beautiful looking down the beach early in the morning” says Vice President from Delcastle, Juan Zamudio. Other Skills USA officers like Vice President of Howard, Natalia Mahecha says, “It was a good feeling to make the beach community a cleaner place and to make it safer for the animals that inhabit it.” SkillsUSA officers look forward to their next opportunity to help the community.