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SkillsUSA is a partnership of students, teachers and industry representatives working together to ensure America has a skilled workforce. SkillsUSA helps each student to excel.

SkillsUSA is a national organization serving teachers and high school and college students who are preparing for careers in technical, skilled and service occupations, including health occupations and for further education. SkillsUSA was formerly known as VICA (the Vocational Industrial Clubs of America).

SkillsUSA’s mission is to empower its members to become world-class workers, leaders and responsible American citizens.

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.

SkillsUSA What is it?  Video.

Why Start a SkillsUSA Chapter at your School?

SkillsUSA is a partnership of students, teachers and industry working together to ensure America has a skilled workforce. SkillsUSA helps each student excel. SkillsUSA presents opportunities for leadership development and the application of essential skills. As members, your students will be part of America’s largest association of teachers and students involved in trade, technical and skills service training. SkillsUSA will give you and your students exposure to dynamic resources that will positively influence your school, your community and beyond.

Value for Your Students
For the majority of students, SkillsUSA is the first professional organization they will join. The experiences and knowledge gained provide an excellent platform for career development and success. SkillsUSA also sets the stage for involvement in other professional and service organizations. Advantages include:

  • Teamwork and leadership development
  • Reinforcement of employability skills
  • A nationally recognized contest program
  • Community service opportunities
  • Access to scholarships
  • Networking with potential employers

Value for the Classroom and School
Great teachers are always looking for ways to engage students and build relationships. SkillsUSA provides the tools to do both. In a student-run organization, members feel a sense of empowerment and belonging. SkillsUSA is a motivator for students to put forth their best effort in the classroom, making daily lessons even more relevant to career success. As a SkillsUSA advisor, the activities, projects and contests provide opportunities for you to build stronger relationships with students. Chapter activities and accomplishments can build a positive image for your program and your school. Benefits include:

  • Recognition for the school within the community
  • Opportunities to meet educational standards
  • Development of career and technical education (CTE) pathways
  • Improved recruitment and enrollment
  • More graduates equipped with essential skills

Value for you, the teacher
SkillsUSA is centered on industry-based technical standards to keep instruction current and relevant. These standards are required for all SkillsUSA competitions, providing an opportunity for students to demonstrate classroom knowledge via the practical application and assessment of skills within various trade areas. Another benefit is the Professional Development Program (PDP). This guide keeps track of student leadership and work skills to help you equip students with the technical and employability traits required by industry. As a chapter advisor, you will have opportunities for professional development current with industry standards to strengthen your instructional program. Benefits to teachers include:

  • An enhanced technical curriculum
  • Improved class attitudes
  • A way to test and measure student skills
  • Avenues for local industry support
  • Opportunities to showcase CTE pathways
  • Greater administrative support
  • Professional development and networking

Value to Industry
SkillsUSA develops both the technical and employability skills American industry is seeking. Through participation in SkillsUSA, members are better prepared for entry and advancement in their careers. Connections are made between industries looking for skilled professionals and SkillsUSA members possessing the personal attributes and skills to be valuable employees. Industry appreciates that SkillsUSA provides:

  • Programs that meet industry needs
  • More opportunities to prepare students for employment
  • Promotion of specific industries
  • Hands-on application of skills
  • Ways to support local programs and employers

More information about SkillsUSA can be found in this free online training module:       What is SkillsUSA?


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