Wisconsin Builders Foundation Supports SkillsUSA Wisconsin

As the philanthropic arm of the Wisconsin Builders Association, the Wisconsin Builders Foundation strives to advance the residential construction industry by providing training, education, and high ethical standards to the housing industry. Contributions to the Wisconsin Builders Foundation preserve and promote careers in construction, provide scholarships to future builders in Wisconsin, and support continuing education for professionals in the housing industry.

One such program the WB Foundation supports is SkillsUSA Wisconsin, a partnership of students, teachers and industry representatives, working together to ensure America has a skilled work force. Formerly known as VICA (Vocational Industrial Clubs of America), SkillsUSA is a national nonprofit organization that helps prepare students for careers in trade, technical and skills service occupations.

This year, the WB Foundation gave $1,000 to support the SkillsUSA Wisconsin State Conference where over 2,300 middle and high school students, teachers, and industry volunteers from across the state worked on more than 80 different competitions. Teams and competitions were made up of a wide array of skill sets such as architectural drafting/CAD, cabinetmaking, masonry, welding, robotics, woodworking, and more.

With the construction industry reporting a shortage of roughly one million people though it offers an average salary of $65,000, the WB Foundation is proud to support SkillsUSA Wisconsin to help encourage young men and women to consider careers in the trades.

For more information on SkillsUSA Wisconsin, visit www.skillsusa-wi.org.To find out other ways the WB Foundation supports the homebuilding industry, contact Joan Olson at jolson@wisbuild.org.