Skills USASkillsUSA is a national non-profit organization for students in trade, industrial, technical, and health occupation programs in community and technical colleges. SkillsUSA's mission is to empower its members to become world-class workers, leaders and responsible American citizens. There are over 50 competitions through SkillsUSA that relate to programs of study at DCTC or leadership development. DCTC students compete against other colleges in Minnesota, and those who place first in the state will advance to nationals and compete against the best students in the nation in their chosen field. Participation in SkillsUSA is an excellent addition to your resume! View SkillsUSA Brochure and Competition Listing to see a list of competitions and more details about competing.

SkillsUSA Contest Descriptions by Program Area

Joining SkillsUSA

  1. Fill out the SkillsUSA Membership form
  2. Attach $15 for membership fees
  3. Turn membership form and fees in to the Student Life Center by membership deadline

Competing in SkillsUSA

  1. Must be a SkillsUSA member and endorsed to compete by a DCTC faculty or staff member
  2. Determine what contests you would like to compete in and contact contest advisor with questions
  3. Turn in the SkillsUSA State Championships registration and liability form by state registration deadline

Before competing, you will need to:

  1. Have a One-page resume
  2. Meet with your contest advisor
  3. Ensure you have all the needed equipment for your competition
  4. Ensure you have appropriate clothing for your competition
  5. Prepare/practice for competition as advised


2015-2016 Schedule

Date Time Events & Timeline Location
Oct. 22, 2015 11:30 a.m. SkillsUSA Kick-Off Rally Dakota Room
Jan. 21, 2016 11:30 a.m. SkillsUSA Rally Dakota Room
Jan. 29, 2016 4 p.m. Membership Deadline ($15) Student Life
Feb. 5, 2016 4 p.m. State Championships Registration Deadline Student Life
TBD TBD Resume Workshop TBD
Apr. 1-3, 2016 All Day State Championships Metro Area
June 20-24, 2016 All Day National Championships Louisville, KY
Membership form and fees must be submitted to the Student Life Center by January 29 to participate in SkillsUSA.

SkillsUSA Rally

Attend to learn more about SkillsUSA, hear from students and alumni who have competed, get more information about specific competitions, and meet with a SkillsUSA advisor.

Resume Workshop

All SkillsUSA participants are required to submit a one-page resume for each competition they participate in. Bring a copy of your resume to this workshop for tips and critiques in preparation for the state championships. This workshop is open to the entire campus.

State Championships

Students compete in their field of study or leadership area against other students from two-year colleges in Minnesota.

National Championships

Students who place first at the State Championships advance to nationals, where they will compete against the top students in the nation.

SkillsUSA in the News



Contact Information

View SkillsUSA Brochure and Competition Listing for a list of contest advisors.

Upcoming Skills USA Events

  • Oct
    SkillsUSA Rally
    Wednesday, Oct. 19  | 12:00 p.m. – 1:30 p.m.