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SkillsUSA

Minuteman SkillsUSA Chapter

Minuteman has been an active chapter of SkillsUSA for decades, with students consistently winning competitions at all levels, taking charge in leadership positions, and coming together to contribute to communities and those in need. As a member of the SkillsUSA Total Participation Plan (TPP), all Minuteman students are automatically enrolled in SkillsUSA and are entitled to its benefits and encouraged to participate.

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What is SkillsUSA?

SkillsUSA is a national group that strives to teach workplace, personal, and technical skills to students of all levels across the country in order to prepare them to be outstanding citizens, contributing to the community and the workplace. Aside from skills for the individual, SkillsUSA works with chapters and regions to expand and create community service efforts, instilling a drive for a better world.

The SkillsUSA framework  promotes Workplace and Personal Skills, and Technical Skills Grounded in Academics. This framework outlines the essentials for success in workplace and career development.

For students who wish to showcase their skills and their technical aptitude, SkillsUSA holds local, regional, state, and national competitions that cover a variety of focuses. Here at Minuteman, we offer over 70 different competitions. These competitions span across all grades, and Freshmen even have some additional exclusive competitions. Freshmen Only Events start at States, and include Career Choice Commentary, Sticker Design, and more. There’s a heavy emphasis on preparing for competition based off of the competition specification document, which competitors receive after registering. Minuteman has a history of participating and excelling in the Leadership and Traditional Trade competitions at all levels. Please download this document for more extensive information about competing.

Official Charity

SkillsUSA strives towards a better community across the nation. SkillsUSA Massachusetts has adopted Be Like Brit Foundation Inc. as an official charity. This exciting partnership began in October of 2010 with the commitment of 450 students and teachers to take on the challenge of raising funds and awareness in support of the foundation. Since 2010, SkillsUSA Massachusetts has raised more than $75,000 for the Be Like Brit Foundation. Their orphanage in Haiti, built in honor of the late Britney Gengel, a Massachusetts native, houses 66 children and plans to grow with help from organizations like SkillsUSA MA. Britney Gengel passed during a community service mission trip that got caught in the 2010 Haiti Earthquake.

To learn more about the Be Like Brit foundation, visit: https://www.belikebrit.org

SkillsUSA’s members continue to be involved in community service across the world. One of the goals of the organization is to help bring awareness to issues that members can work on, as well as to encourage individuals to identify issues in their own community, evaluate them, and effectively plan and act to help alleviate them.

Chapter Competition Achievements

Over the years, students have medaled at all levels of competitions at SkillsUSA. Since 2005, Minuteman has received 70 medals at Nationals (22 gold, 38 silver, 20 bronze).

Community Service

At Minuteman, SkillsUSA members have participated in a variety of community service projects. A couple of the larger projects have been trips to New Orleans and Puerto Rico.

In New Orleans and Puerto Rico, SkillsUSA members volunteered with Minuteman’s Interact Community Service Club to restore, recover, and refurbish homes destroyed by Hurricane Katrina. The group went for a week to each place and worked with The St. Bernard Project (SBP) on moving materials, painting sections of the houses, and assisting with electrical wiring and carpentry.

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Faculty Advisors

Denise D'Ambrosia

Technical Assistant, SkillsUSA Advisor

Kristina Juzyn

Cooperative Education and Workforce Development Coordinator, SkillsUSA Advisor

Emily Kotwal

Instructor-Environmental Science, SkillsUSA Advisor

Student Leadership

  • President – Kaytaki Pathak (’25)
  • Vice President – Camille White (’24)
  • Secretary – Leah Schneyer-VanZile (’26)
  • Treasurer – Jolaina Spilios (’24)
  • Reporter – Abigail Bayer (’24)
  • Parliamentarian –Neema Nyamweya (’24)
  • Media Specialist – Eren Goodwin (’25)

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