• For more information about GRTS, call 660-646-3414, or stop by and visit us at 1200 Fair Street, Chillicothe, Missouri or E-Mail Us.
  • For all post-high admissions & financial aid information, click here.

Students Compete at State - 9 Headed to Nationals!
Read Press Release

Sonja Daley sdaley@grts.or
Brandon Dennis bdennis@grts.org
Phone: 660-646-3414 OR FAX 660 646 3568
Photo Gallery > >
Additional advisors include: Lee Caughron, Jamie Sullivan, Mike Harrington, Chris Todd, Don Dennis, Arch Haslar, Ray Summers, Anthony Hinnen and Kenny Estes

SkillsUSA is a vital solution to the growing U.S. skills gap. This nonprofit partnership of students, instructors and industry ensures America has the skilled workforce it needs to stay competitive. Founded in 1965 and endorsed by the U.S. Department of Education, the association serves more than 335,000 member students and instructors each year in middle schools, high schools and colleges. This diverse talent pipeline covers 130 trade, technical and skilled service occupations, the majority STEM-related. More than 600 corporations, trade associations, businesses and labor unions actively support SkillsUSA at the national level. SkillsUSA programs are integrated into career and technical education through a framework of personal, workplace and technical skills grounded in academics. Local, state and national championships designed and judged by industry, set relevant standards for career and technical education and provide needed recognition to its students. SkillsUSA also offers technical skill assessments and other workplace credentials. For more information, go to: www.SkillsUSA.org or www.SkillsUSAMO.org.

GRTS SkillsUSA National Competitors June 2017
Reichert, Johnson, Stotts, Sparks, Caughron (l to r)
(Click photo for a closer view.)

SkillsUSA Fact Sheet

  • Membership: More than 305,000 student and instructors join SkillsUSA annually, organized into more than 14,700 sections and 54 state and territorial associations. SkillsUSA has served more than 10 million members.

  • Mission: SkillsUSA is an applied method of instruction for preparing America's high performance workers in public career and technical programs. It provides quality education experiences for students in leadership, teamwork, citizenship and character development. It builds and reinforces self-confidence, work attitudes and communications skills. It emphasizes total quality at work: high ethical standards, superior work skills, life-long education, and pride in the dignity of work. SkillsUSA also promotes understanding of the free-enterprise system and involvement in community service.

  • Partners: Currently, more than 16,000 teachers and school administrators serve as professional SkillsUSA members and instructors. More than 1,000 business, industry and labor sponsors actively support SkillsUSA at the national level through financial aid, in-kind contributions, and involvement of their people in SkillsUSA activities. Many more work directly with state associations and local chapters.

  • Programs: SkillsUSA programs include local, state and national competitions in which students demonstrate occupational and leadership skills. At the annual SkillsUSA Championships, more than 5,000 students compete in more than 90 occupational and leadership skill contests. SkillsUSA programs also help to establish industry standards for job skill training in the classroom and promote community service. SkillsUSA is recognized by the U.S. Department of Education and is cited as a successful model of employer-driven youth development training program by the U.S. Department of Labor.

SkillsUSA In the News

Archived Photo Gallery > >

Local National Skills Winner June 19-24, 2017
Caughron - 3rd from left, center platform - Read Press Release
(Click photo for a closer view.)

Mock Accident Docudrama - April 27, 2016
Click here for more information...

Mock Accident Docudrama - April, 2014
Click here for more information...

District Championships - February 2014
Click here for list of winners...
District Contest Winners (73 in top 5 places of all events)
District Officer - Chris Bummer 2013-2014
State Office - Shaylee Summers

District Medalist PM 2014

District Medalist AM 2014

District Leadership Conference - October, 2013
In October, 2013, several members and officers from the Grand River Technical School SkillsUSA attended District Leadership Conference in Platte City. During the conference, members were divided into various groups headed by different advisors. The groups discussed different aspects of SkillsUSA such as committees and competitions. Also within the groups, the participants learned team building activities. According to SkillsUSA Local Chapter President Kayla Riddle, "I had a lot of fun meeting new people, and the leadership skills I learned will definitely help me during my 2013-2014 school year as morning and afternoon SkillsUSA President."

At the end of the day, all the participants received a certificate and a leadership pin for their official dress when competing. Angie Dana thought it was a "fun and educational trip!" and Hailey Seeley enthusiastically stated, "I liked it! It was a great way to meet new people, and we were able to interact with those people. It was also a great way for us to learn more leadership skills to bring back to our chapter." -- Submitted by. Savannah Sturguess, GRTS Local Chapter Officer

Leadership Skills Oct 2013

In October, 40 students from Grand River Technical School went to Platte City for the SkillsUSA District Leadership Training. Two of the State officers and I had to do a presentation about championships and the National Meeting. After doing the presentation, everyone went to watch the District officers do the opening and closing ceremony. The students fulfilled all the requirements to earn their Leadership Award by attending this meeting. I am in the Health Services Technology class and I am a senior at Hale High School. -- Submitted by Shaylee Summers, State SkillsUSA Secretary

Chris Bummer, District OfficerThe District SkillsUSA leadership conference was a great learning opportunity for all of the Northwest District. The students were able to learn about SkillsUSA while learning other leadership skills. They were also able to meet the District officers including myself, a Health Services Technology student at GRTS. Three state officers were in attendance - one of them Shaylee Summers, also a Health Occupation student at GRTS. Students also got to interact with some of the other students in the District by playing leadership games/activities. At the end of the day, the students earned a District Leadership pin from the State. -- Submitted by Chris Bummer, SkillsUSA Northwest District Officer

(Sonja Daley, Advisor SkillsUSA)

Back to Top

The Grand River Technical School adheres to a policy of non-discrimination on the basis of
age, color, creed, handicap, marital or parental status, national origin, race, religion, or sex
in admissions, educational programs, activities, financial aid, and employment.

Public Notice
Nondiscrimination Statement
Chillicothe R-II School District

The Chillicothe R-II School District complies with all federal and state laws prohibiting discrimination, including Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1974 and the American Disabilities Act (ADA). It is the policy of the school district that no person, on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, age, or handicap, shall be discriminated against in employment, educational programs and activities or admissions. Inquiries or complaints concerning the Chillicothe R-II School Districtís compliance with the regulations implementing Title II, Title VI, Title IX, Section 504 or the American Disabilities Act (ADA) may be directed to: Superintendent Office, Chillicothe R-II School District, P.O. Box 530, Chillicothe, Missouri, 64601. (660-646-4566).

Back to Top

This page updated by BK Web Works 02/11/2020.

Our state-of-the-art facility in Chillicothe, Missouri

Grand River Technical School
1200 Fair Street
Chillicothe, MO  64601
Phone: 660-646-3414
Fax: 660-646-3568
Email Us!

Web Design by BK Web Works, © 2009/2018
All Rights Reserved