VICA or Skills USA

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Blog entry by clieb91 posted 03-30-2014 03:46 AM 1141 reads 0 times favorited 3 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I just today stumbled over some of my VICA items while cleaning up. I attended a Vocational school (CCVTS) for 4 years in highschool and then went back to complete a different program and was a proud member of VICA (now Skills USA). I competed in both state and was lucky enough to go to nationals during my tech year. I participated for about 10 years in helping to organize and run the NJ state competitions. VICA taught me a lot about leadership, presenting and organizing and I use those skills on regular basis in my day job and in my craft fair business. I am very thankful for those years.

I am curious how many LJ are VICA, Skills USA Alumni or active members. Look forward to hearing from you if you are.


-- Chris L. "Don't Dream it, Be it."- (Purveyors of Portable Fun and Fidgets)

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#1 posted 03-30-2014 04:11 AM

I just got an email from Richard Williams, A friend that I met through LumberJocks. He is in Las Vegas Nevada and they had their Skills competition this week.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Appomattox Virginia [email protected]

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#2 posted 03-30-2014 08:39 PM

Just got back from the Texas state contest yesterday. I will be posting photos of the cabinetmaking projects in the next few days as I usually do.

I think Lew is a former member or at least a former teacher. Maybe Gar as well. Both replied to some of my previous VICA SkillsUSA posts.

You say you helped with the NJ contest. Did you know a lady by the name of Shelia Rich? She and I are good friends from when our students competed against each other. Now she and I both volunteer for the National contest.

-- Bill - Mesquite, TX --- "Everything with a power cord eventually winds up in the trash.” John Sarge , timber framer and blacksmith instructor at Tillers International school

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#3 posted 03-30-2014 10:19 PM

Bill, That’s great that you are involved I will keep an eye out for those pics… and yes I certainly know Shelia and her husband John as well. I did not know she was still involved in nationals. She was the reason I was involved in state competitions, I assisted her for a number of years. I lost touch with her after I moved to Virginia. Small world.


-- Chris L. "Don't Dream it, Be it."- (Purveyors of Portable Fun and Fidgets)

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