I led a national organization of over 350,000 students. I advocated to improve funding and curricula for skilled trades.

My Role

I joined SkillsUSA after enrolling in a robotics course in 2014. After a few months, I was elected to district, state, then national office. I operated in an incredibly demanding environment as the National President. I travelled across the country to meet with legislators and industry to promote skilled trades. For my contributions, I was awarded the Career and Technical Education Innovator by First Lady Michelle Obama at the White House.


What is SkillsUSA?

SkillsUSA is a partnership of students, teachers, and industry that ensures America has a skilled workforce.


  • National network: served over 14 million members since 1965. More than 600 business, trade association, and labor union partners.
  • Skilled workforce: serves 130 occupations that represent a quarter of the jobs offered by our nation’s economy.
  • Employability training: conducted in more than 19,000 classroom sections.
In 1965, 200 students and teachers held a conference at a hotel in Nashville, Tennessee to form the Vocational Industrial Clubs of America (VICA), now known as SkillsUSA.

Students at Work

Memorable moments include hosting the National Leadership and Skills Conference (NLSC), facilitating the Washington Leadership and Training Institute (WLTI), presenting a chocolate printer I prototyped at the White House, and participating in a wreath ceremony at Arlington National Cemetery.

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