One high school registered 21 members directly with the national office (Pre-Wisconsin charter being issued).
No membership was registered this year.
One high school registered 23 members directly with the national office (Pre-Wisconsin charter being issued).
In the summer of 1973, the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction, Bureau for Career and Manpower Development, decided that the Vocational Industrial Clubs of America (VICA) could play an integral role in trade and industrial education.
A meeting was called of schools affiliated with the Wisconsin Industrial Education Student Association (WIESA) of the American Industrial Arts Association (AIAA) along with the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction staff. This meeting took place on September 8, 1973 and was followed by a vote on the topic of maintaining WIESA – AIAA affiliation or recognizing Wisconsin VICA as our state student organization for trade and industry education programs.
The tally of these votes indicated an overwhelming support for VICA affiliation and, accordingly, Wisconsin VICA began its history during the fall of 1973. The membership for the 1973-1974 school year, was 282 members in 11 high schools.
The First Annual State Conference was held at the American Baptist Church in Green Lake on March 8-10. Skilled events (e.g., welding, mechanical drafting) for the state conference were held at Ripon High School.
A group of advisors attended the SkillsUSA National Skill Olympics (i.e., the annual national conference) that summer to receive Wisconsin’s national charter. In attendance in San Antoine were advisors; Don Strube (Hamilton), Bill Ratzburg (Riverside), Gerald DeLeeuw (South Div.) and Paul Ahrens (Greenfield).
State Officers for the 1973-1974 School Year:
President – Allan Ackerman
Secretary/Treasurer – Greg Groom
Parliamentarian – Dennis McCarville
First Year Chapter Charters in Order of Affiliation:
Milwaukee South Division
Membership grew to 393 members. The 2nd Annual State Conference was held at the American Baptist Church in Green Lake on 4/18-20.
Membership grew to 506 members.
Membership grew to 826 members.
Membership was 749 members.
Membership grew to the highest total of 848 members. The 6th Annual State Conference was held at Madison Area Technical College on 4/6-7.
Membership had a big increase this year to 1,121 members. The 7th Annual State Conference was held at Madison Area Technical College on 3/7-8.
Membership increases to 1.181 members. The 8th Annual State Conference was held at Milwaukee Area Technical College.
Membership grew to 1,325 members. The 9th Annual State Conference was held at Milwaukee Area Technical College.
Membership broke through 2,000 for the first time in state’s history and finished with 2.004 members.
Membership was 1,722. The annual state conference was held at Gateway Technical College on 4/17-19. Bryan Albrecht was elected to the SkillsUSA National Board of Directors.
Membership was 1,295. This year saw Ken Starkman named as executive director. The annual state conference was held at Chippewa Valley Technical College.
Membership was 1,101. The annual state conference moves to a convention center for the first time. It was held at the Alliant Energy Center in Madison on 4/23-25.
Membership was at 1,165 with 60 chapters. The state conference had 712 registrants with 40 competitions. Total events for this year was two state level events; UW-Stout Regional event and State Conference. Brent Kindred, former student member and adviser, was appointed as SkillsUSA Wisconsin Executive Director.
Membership 1,645 members. This is the first year for the Southwest Wisconsin Technical College Regional Event with 48 registrants.
Membership was 1,542. The annual state conference was held at the Chula Vista Resort in Wisconsin Dells on 4/27-28. Brent Kindred was elected to the SkillsUSA National Board of Directors.
Membership was at an all-time high of 1,733. This is the first year for the Gateway Technical College Regional event with 52 registrants. Wisconsin continues to add programming to meet member interest.
Membership was at 1,961 members in 116 chapters. This is the first year for the Northcentral Technical College Regional event with 48 registrants.
Membership grew to it’s highest total since 1989 and the highest total in state’s history and finished with 2,205 members in 122 chapters. This is the first year for the Fox Valley Area Technical College regional event with 53 registrants. The annual state conference returned to the Alliant Energy Center in Madison on 4/29-30. Brent Kindred was elected President of the SkillsUSA National Board of Directors.
Membership grew to 2,386 in 135 chapters. Wisconsin saw it’s first chapters complete the Chapter Excellence Program (CEP). Wisconsin had it’s first officially recognized middle school chapters. Wisconsin had informal middle school chapters since at least the 1990s.
Membership was at 2,340. This was the first year for a new location and format for the Fall Leadership Conference held at the Chula Vista resort in Wisconsin Dells.
Membership grew to an all-time high at 2,545 members in 150 chapters. The State Superintendent’s SkillsUSA Advisory Council made up of administrators, advisers and industry was started this year.
Membership grew to 2,919 members, an all-time high record. The 45th Annual State Conference had over 1,700 registrants competing in 79 competitions. There were 18 new or rechartered chapters. At the State Conference State Superintendent of Public Instruction, Dr. Tony Evers, spoke at opening ceremony. This year also saw 24 Chapters of Excellence Programs (19 Quality, 1 Silver, and 4 Gold).
Membership increased to 3,735 members, an all-time high for the organization. There was a total of 16 newly chartered or re-chartered chapters in the state (5 new & 11 rechartered). The 46th Annual State Conference was attended by Lieutenant Governor Mandel Barnes, State Superintendent of Public Instruction Carolyn Stanford Taylor, and Wisconsin Technical College President Morna Foy. This was the largest state conference in the state’s history with 1,788 registrants. In total there were 31 Chapter of Excellence and Wisconsin had it’s first Model of Excellence (New Berlin West High School). Wisconsin is second in the entire nation with the number of CEP chapters.
Membership was 3,198 for the organization. 12 new chapters were chartered and the organization had 37 CEP chapters with 14 being gold level. The 47th annual state was held this year, but was disrupted by the COVID-19 pandemic. Only three state level competitions happened (culinary, team works, state pin design) before the face-to-face portion of the state conference in Madison was canceled. A virtual awards ceremony was held in early May to celebrate advisor of the year, scholarship winners, chartered chapters and CEP chapters. There are now over 180 active chapters in the state.