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 April 2017, Washburn Tech competitors won a total of 89 medals in the state competition. The hardware count included 44 gold medals, 26 silver medals and 19 bronze awards. In addition, Washburn Tech won a gold award for membership increase. Washburn Tech had the most competitors of any college in Kansas with 115 students competing in 173 state contests.

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