SkillsUSA Theme for 2015-2016

The SkillsUSA competition theme for the 2015-16 year is

SkillsUSA: Champions at Work

Connecting You to Career Success

The topic to be addressed by contestants in the Chapter Display, Prepared Speech and Promotional Bulletin Board competitions is how our theme, SkillsUSA: Champions at Work, addresses the SkillsUSA national program of work in the area of professional development.

Within this topic, contestants might illustrate or discuss any of the following:

  • Why is ensuring career success for every member of SkillsUSA important to the economic health and stability of our nation?
  • Describe how the mission of SkillsUSA — to empower its members to become world-class workers, leaders and responsible American citizens — guarantees career success.
  • How has the vision of career success changed over the decades?
  • Describe the skills and attitudes that business and industry are demanding of students for career success.
  • What elements of SkillsUSA ensure that members experience career success?
  • How has the definition of career success changed for the current generation of students from their grandparents’ generation?
  • What does career success look like in the 21st century?
  • In the next 10 years, what skills are needed to fill the job-market skills gap, and how do SkillsUSA members ensure career success through their SkillsUSA involvement?
  • What are the connections that SkillsUSA has built to ensure career success for its members?
  • How has SkillsUSA adapted over the years to provide members with the skills needed for career success?
  • How has your involvement in SkillsUSA ensured that you will be connected to career success?
  • Career success involves much more than mere dollars; describe the elements of experiencing true career success.
  • Which SkillsUSA programs ensure that members are developing personalskills that are needed for career success? Program examples may include those that improve the following: integrity, self-motivation, work ethic, professionalism and responsibility.
  • Which SkillsUSA programs ensure that members are developing workplaceskills that are needed for career success? Program examples may include those that improve the following skills: communication, decision making, teamwork, cultural sensitivity and leadership.
  • Which SkillsUSA programs ensure that members are developing technicalskills that are needed for career success? Program examples may include those that improve the following skills: technical literacy, job-specific tasks, service to the community, ongoing professional development and an awareness of safety and health issues.

2015 SkillsUSA Champions

Cabinetmaking Nathan Bugbee
College  New England Institute of Tech
Bronze  Warwick, RI
Community Action Project Team B (consisting of Yanilette Cepeda, Katherine Suero)
High School  Providence Career & Technical Academy
Bronze  Providence, RI
Community Service Team E (consisting of Vanessa Montes De Oca, Alexandra Rodriguez)
High School  Providence Career & Technical Academy
Bronze  Providence, RI
Crime Scene Investigation Team O (consisting of Nicole Diaz, Shelby St. Clair, Brianna Randolph)
High School  Chariho Career Tech Center
Gold  Wood River Junction, RI
Crime Scene Investigation Team N (consisting of Stas Belch, Raven Staplins, Nicole Cioffi)
College  New England Institute of Tech
Bronze  Warwick, RI
Health Knowledge Bowl Team S (consisting of Erin Blake, Lizbeth Brea Polanco, Kobe Pereira, Erin Igoe)
High School  Cranston Career Tech Center
Gold  Cranston, RI
Health Occupations Professional Portfolio Samira L Dias
High School  W M Davies Junior Career Tech High School
Silver  Lincoln, RI
Nurse Assisting Celina Carreiro
High School  Warwick Career Tech Center
Silver  Warwick, RI
Robotics and Automation Technology Team AB (consisting of Daniel Rainone, Zachary Lachance)
High School  Cranston Career Tech Center
Silver  Cranston, RI
Technical Drafting Jason Valdes
High School  Warwick Career Tech Center
Silver  Warwick, RI


On June 3rd the 2014-2015 state officer team will complete their terms. SkillsUSA Rhode Island thanks them for their service over the past year. They have done an outstanding job representing our student and teacher members. We wish them the best of luck for the future. Here is what’s next for our student leaders.

From left to right front row:
Amanda Crowley will be attending Rhode Island College majoring in Elementary Education.
Celina Carreiro will be attending Quinnipiac University majoring in Nursing.
Nicole Bucci will be attending Quinnipiac University majoring in Nursing.
Christina Inthasane will be attending Johnson and Wales University majoring in Hospitality Management.
Danielle O’Brien will continue her studies in the fall at Johnson and Wales and she is running for National Office this summer in Louisville.
Amanda Balch will continue her studies in the fall at New England Tech and will be joining the SkillsUSA RI management team.

From left to right back row:
Devon Collins will be attending Johnson and Wales in the fall as an early enrollment student
Tyler Nettleton will be attending Champlain College majoring in Cyber Security and Networking
Orland Iglesias has been accepted into the AmeriCorps NCCC program. NCCC stands for the National Civilian Community Corps.

Not Pictured
Elena Melekos graduated from the Counseling Psychology program at Johnson and Wales. She begins her an internship this summer at a high school in New Jersey.
Rachel Tousignant completed the Running Start program at CCRI this year and will graduate from Coventry High School. Rachel plans on spending the summer backpacking through Europe before she starts the Nursing program at Florida Southern College.


Congratulations to Providence Career and Technical Academy!

This week I received news that the Providence Career and Technical Academy would be receiving two major awards from SkillsUSA. First, the SkillsUSA Chapter Excellence Program honors the very best chapters through Models ofExcellence awards. These chapters define excellence, and their best practices will serve as models for other chapters to emulate in strengthening their local programs.

As a Models of Excellence (MOE) winner, PCTA is among an elite group of the top 24 SkillsUSA chapters nationally. This distinct honor represents extraordinary efforts in applying the SkillsUSA framework for developing personal, workplace and technical skills.

As Models of Excellence recipients, PCTA representatives are cordially invited to attend the National Leadership and Skills Conference (NLSC) in Louisville, Ky.,June 22-26 and are offered a $2,000 chapter grant. During NLSC, PCTA will be honored at a recognition dinner and on stage in front of the entire SkillsUSA delegation. They will have an opportunity to compete for top chapter honors during MOE interviews on Wednesday, June 24.

In addition to the Model of Excellence award, the “Ladies in Pink and Two in Blue” team representing our state in the Community Service and Community Action Project contests will be receiving the gold level President’s Volunteer Service Award. This award is issued by the President’s Council on Service and Civic Participation on behalf of the President of the United States to recognize the best in American spirit and to encourage all Americans to improve their communities through volunteer service, and civic participation.

Congratulations to chapter advisor Michael Zanfagna, cosmetology instructor Rashaan Gomes-McCreary and the team at PCTA for their impressive accomplishments and for serving as role models to other chapters.pvdaward1

SkillsUSA 50th Anniversary Celebration in Leesburg

Watch the celebration…



State Contest Scores

To access your scores simply follow this link ( Once there click on the checkered flag icon. It will take you to the score page. You must go to the “Event and Year” drop down menu and highlight “RI – 2015 SkillsUSA RI Championships”. Remember to get the scores for a specific student you must enter their birthday and contestant number.


The SkillsUSA Rhode Island Championships has come to a close with the 39th Annual Awards and Recognition Ceremony. We now look to Louisville as “Team Rhode Island” sets their sights on the SkillsUSA National Leadership and Skills Conference. One behalf of the state association management and state officer teams I would like to extend a heartfelt “Thank You!” for all of your support for the SkillsUSA Rhode Island program. Whether you are a school principal/director, teacher or industry partner your support for our program is greatly appreciated.

Please stay connected with us on Facebook and Twitter (@SkillsUSARI) for news and updates and soon you will meet some of the members of “Team Rhode Island”.

2015 SkillsUSA RI Championships

The 2015 SkillsUSA RI Championships Contest Book is intended to be used with a copy of the National technical standards to help prepare your students for the competitive events. The Rules and Regulations Governing the SkillsUSA RI Championships is a guide where you will find general rules explaining eligibility, the grievance policy, single shop contests and more. I strongly encourage you to read through it.

2015 SkillsuSA RI Championships Contest Book

2015 SkillsUSA RI Championships Rules and Regulations

2015 SkillsUSA RI Championships Calendar

On Line Registration:

The deadline for registration is Wednesday, February 4th. We are closing the system down on Friday, February 6th. After that any changes need to be communicated to the State Office.

Lesson Planning – 6 Keys to Success in the Workplace

The six keys to success in the workplace lesson plan helps to prepare students for their future as well as give them a greater understanding as to why CTE and SkillsUSA are important to their success. Students will identify the top 10 employability skills and identify three ways in which their current CTE course is helping them gain those skills.  Don’t miss this opportunity to create relevance related to your program and business and industry.

2015 Lowe’s Community Service and Campus Improvement Grant Guidelines

Lowe's Home Improvement
Lowe’s continues a sixth year of generosity with another round of SkillsUSA grants in 2015. Grant information and the application are now available on the SkillsUSA website at The guidelines and focus of the grant program is changed slightly from years past.

The focus of the 2015 SkillsUSA Lowe’s grant program will be Community Service and Campus Improvement projects. Grants will be awarded ranging from $2,500 to $25,000. Only one application per school will be accepted; 2014 Schools in Need grant winners are not eligible in 2015.

Through the written application and letters of support, the applicant must clearly outline the proposed project, projected impact and outcomes, and provide a detailed budget and media plan. In addition, Lowe’s is looking to engage SkillsUSA students and teachers with their local Lowe’s staff. Developing a relationship between the SkillsUSA chapter or technical school and one or more local Lowe’s stores is another key component of the grant selection process. Your best contacts at a Lowe’s store are the store manager, the operations manager and the commercial sales specialist. There are some local Lowe’s stores that may be unaware of this grant opportunity for schools. If, after several attempts, you continue to have trouble connecting with someone from Lowe’s, don’t hesitate to contact us at Every effort will be made to assist your chapter or school in making this contact.

The best proposed projects will detail the partnership with the local Lowe’s as well as show how the outcome will provide a life changing experience for the SkillsUSA students involved and the beneficiaries of the grant dollars. Those applicants who can outline their project by planning and implementing a project or event that will allow them to use the tools or skills obtained due to receiving the grant dollars will stand a greater chance of receiving funding.

Grant applications are due by December 1, 2014, at 11:59 p.m. ET. Late applications will not be accepted. Please review the grant guidelines to be sure that applications are properly completed and submitted.