The 39th SkillsUSA-VICA masonry competition in Kansas City demonstrated to our industry pessimists that relying on quality workers may still have a chance to succeed.

SkillsUSA has more than 264,000 members organized into nearly 13,000 chapters and 54 state/territorial associations. Participating students compete in two classes – high school and post secondary. This year’s masonry competition included 31 in the high school section and 15 in the post secondary group.

The Skills Challenge, as well as the year-long activities that lead up to the finals, are sponsored by SkillsUSA, which is a national organization based in Leesburg, Va. The week-long national event is the culmination of a school-year effort of teaching and learning.