The North Central Missouri College Savannah Campus and Instructor Rick Sharp, Industrial Technology, has started a postsecondary chapter of SkillsUSA. SkillsUSA is a partnership of students, teachers, and industry working together to ensure America has a skilled workforce. The new NCMC chapter plans to compete in robotics and automation competitions at the state, regional, and national levels.

SkillsUSA is a national organization serving teachers and high school and college students preparing for careers in technical, skilled, and service occupations, including health occupations and further education. Robotics Automation Technology Contest will increase students’ level of knowledge based on their industrial experiences while training and competing in the contest.

I wanted to create a SkillsUSA NCMC Savannah chapter for all students to be able to compete in their own field of study,” said Rick Sharp, NCMC Industrial Technology Instructor. “I hope to be able to bring our chapter to the National SkillsUSA competition in June, where the top 2% of the nation will compete for bragging rights; the best of the best!” Rick went on to say, “We never train for state; we always train for national!”

Established in 1965, the Vocational Industrial Clubs of America Inc. (VICA) was founded by students and teachers who were serious about their professions and saw the need for more training in the areas of leadership to complement their chosen vocation now known as SkillsUSA.

To learn more about the NCMC SkillsUSA chapter at the Savannah Campus, visit or contact Rick Sharp at the Savannah Campus at 816-262-8669.

Photo: Rick Sharp with students

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