Washburn Tech student participating in the SkillsUSA competition


Washburn Tech students strive to be the best of the best, an attitude that serves them well in SkillsUSA competition. In 2016, nearly 60 of our students medaled at the Kansas competition, with 27 students winning gold medals and qualifying to compete nationally in Louisville, Ky. in June.  At the national competition, auto collision student William May, of Topeka, earned a silver medal in the Automotive Refinishing Technology competition.

All About Skills

SkillsUSA is a national non-profit organization that services teachers, as well as students who are preparing for careers in trade, technical and skilled service occupations. During local, state and national competitions, students demonstrate their abilities in 80 occupational and leadership skill areas. 


David Praiswater, Advisor, david.praiswater@washburn.edu  
Office: 785.670.3428

Pam Manning, Advisor, pam.manning@washburn.edu  
Office: 785.670.3434

Skilled Competitors

Skills & Success

SkillsUSA taught me to trust in my own skills, study and work hard because if you do all of those things, you will suceed at competition, school and life. Washburn Tech taught me to get out of my comfort zone and prepared me for Washburn University. Washburn Tech and my experience with SkillsUSA has helped me to succeed.

Sarah R.
Washburn Tech Alum