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SkillsUSA Fact Sheet


Overview: SkilllsUSA is a partnership of students, leaders and industry representatives working together to ensure America has a skilled workforce. SkillsUSA helps each student to excell. SkillsUSA is a national organization serving teachers and high school and college students who are preparing for careers in technical, skilled and service occupations including health occupations and for further education. SkillsUSA was formerly known as VICA (the Vocational Industrial Clubs of America). 


Membership: More than 300,000 students and advisors join SkillsUSA annually, organized into more than 17,000 sections and 54 state and territorial associations. Combining alumni and lifetime membership, the total number impacted this year is more than 330,000. SkillsUSA has served more than 10.5 million members since its founding in 1965.


Mission: SkillsUSA's mission is to help its members become world-class workers, leaders and responsible American citizens. SkillsUSA is an applied method of instruction for preparing America’s high performance workers in public career and technical programs. It provides quality education experiences for students in leadership, teamwork, citizenship and character development. It builds and reinforces self-confidence, work attitudes and communications skills. It emphasizes total quality at work—high ethical standards, superior work skills, life-long education, and pride in the dignity of work. SkillsUSA also promotes understanding of the free-enterprise system and involvement in community service.

Partners:More than 15,500 teachers and school administrators serve as professional SkillsUSA members and advisors. More than 1,100 business, industry and labor sponsors actively support SkillsUSA at the national level through financial aid, in-kind contributions, and involvement of their people in SkillsUSA activities. Many more work directly with state associations and local chapters.

Programs: SkillsUSA programs include local, state and national competitions in which students demonstrate 
occupational and leadership skills. At the annual national-level SkillsUSA Championships, over 5,600 students compete in over 100 occupational and leadership skill areas.

SkillsUSA programs also help to establish industry standards for job skill training in the lab and classroom, and promote community service. SkillsUSA is recognized by the U.S. Department of Education and is cited as a "successful model of employer-driven youth development training program" by the U.S. Department of Labor.​


SkillsUSA New Jersey State Officer Team 2022-2023

State Officers

State Staff

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Ralph Starace
State Director
(908) 526-8900 ext 7231
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Courtney Nemerofsky
Assistant to the State Director
(908) 526-8900 ext 7249
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Sheila Rick
(908) 526-8900 ext 7249
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Janet Cantore-Watson
Communications Specialist
(908) 5
26-8900 ext 7126
State Staff
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State Director


Ralph Starace

State Director

Ralph Starace takes on the role of NJ's State Director with excitement and enthusiasm.


During his 21 years as the lead advisor at Sussex County Tech, Mr. Starace increased student participation for leadership conferences as well as competitive events.  He has mentored over 25 students who became state officers, sponsored 3 national officers, and annually registered over 100 students who competed in our state championships, many of which went on to compete and win medals at the national event.


Ralph has also served on the state committee that organized our NJ State Championships.  He comes to this position with a passion for the organization and a background of experience in fostering opportunities for our students.

Mail Us:

SkillsUSA New Jersey


PO Box 6350

14 Vogt Drive

Bridgewater, NJ 08807


(908) 526-8900 ext 7231

Monday-Friday 9am-2pm


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