SkillsUSA is a national student organizations for career preparation students. All WACTC students are enrolled in SkillsUSA, providing students with opportunities to learn workplace related skills that will serve them well, regardless of what kind of career they pursue. SkillsUSA is a partnership of students, teachers, and industry representatives that helps each student to excel while preparing them for careers in technical, skilled, and service occupations, and for further education.

Leadership Skills

In both organizations, students campaign for offices to work locally within the WACTC and with other student leaders at the state and national level.

Community Service

Community service is a key component of both SkillsUSA. Students help the community through fundraising for charities and student-organized food drives.

Employability Skills

Employability is enhanced through programs developed by these organizations that help build important skills, including:
  • Resume writing
  • Job interviewing
  • Teamwork
  • Appropriate on-the-job behavior


The highest visible elements of SkillsUSA are the student competitions. WACTC students compete in their technical specialties at the school level first. School-level winners then enter statewide competitions where they face other skilled students from many other career centers and high schools. State-level gold medalists earn the right to attend and compete at the national level against the best students from across the country. To learn more about SkillsUSA, visit To learn about the Rhode Island chapter, visit