What is SkillsUSA?
SkillsUSA is a national student organization serving students enrolled in career and technical education training programs at our nation’s public high schools and colleges. SkillsUSA’s mission is to help its members become world-class workers and responsible American citizens. SkillsUSA complements technical skill training with instruction in the employability skills that make a well-rounded worker and citizen. Founded in 1965, SkillsUSA has developed 8.5 million workers through active partnerships between employers and educators. SkillsUSA is endorsed by the U.S. Department of Education and state departments of education and is cited in federal legislation as an integral part of the technical curriculum.
SkillsUSA has approximately 15,000 school chapters in 54 state and territorial associations, and serves more than 300,000 members annually. More than 16,000 instructors and administrators are professional members of SkillsUSA. SkillsUSA members are known in our schools and communities as leaders and skilled professional in training.
SkillsUSA is an applied method of learning where students practice skills and build self confidence while helping their schools and communities. SkillsUSA provides experiences in leadership, teamwork, citizenship and character development. Our program emphasizes high ethical standards, superior work skills, lifelong education and pride.
SkillsUSA activities foster the development of problem-solving ability and teamwork while building self confidence and communication skills. These are qualities employers value and look for when hiring or promoting workers.
Program of Work
SkillsUSA members grow as individuals and discover new abilities by setting their own goals, electing officers and planning and carrying out projects within our school chapters. SkillsUSA members work with their instructors and community leaders.
Whether planning a career day or a community service project, our SkillsUSA activities are learning experiences because students direct them. Our chapter focuses on the needs of our campus and community.
The seven areas of our program of work are:
• Professional development
• Community service
• SkillsUSA Championships
• Public relations
• Social activities
• Ways and means
The SkillsUSA Championships is the showcase activity of the SkillsUSA organization. This annual event begins with contests in classrooms. Winners advance through district or regional events, to state competition. Only the best make it to the national event.
Students benefit no matter how they place in their contests. They test their skills, make job contacts, and have a chance for recognition. State and national winners receive gold, silver and bronze medallions, scholarships, tools and other awards. The national championships is considered the largest single-day of corporate volunteerism in America. Visit www.skillsusa.org for a complete list of national competitions.
SkillsUSA benefits students by:
• Teaching teamwork & leadership
• Reinforcing employability skills
• Offering a national contest program
• Providing ways to serve the local community
• Offering $1 million in scholarships annually
• Helping students meet potential employers
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