SkillsUSA is a partnership of students, teachers and industry working together to ensure America has a skilled workforce. We help each student excel. A nonprofit national education association, SkillsUSA serves middle-school, high-school and college/postsecondary students preparing for careers in trade, technical and skilled service (including health) occupations.
SkillsUSA empowers its members to become world-class workers, leaders and responsible American citizens. SkillsUSA improves the quality of our nation’s future skilled workforce through the development of Framework skills that include personal, workplace and technical skills grounded in academics.
SkillsUSA produces the most highly skilled workforce in the world, providing every member the opportunity for career success.
More than 372,000 students and advisors join SkillsUSA each year, organized within more than 19,000 local classrooms at 4,658 schools in 53 state and territorial associations. In 2019-20, 20,598 teachers served as professional members and SkillsUSA advisors. Combining alumni membership, the total number reached last year was 434,141. SkillsUSA has served 13.6 million members since its founding in 1965.
More than 650 business, industry and labor organizations 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. Commitment by industry to the annual national SkillsUSA Championships is valued at more than $36 million.
SkillsUSA offers many resources for educators and students. The SkillsUSA Career Essentials prepares students with career-ready skills so they are productive and promotable. Centered around the SkillsUSA Framework, the suite helps students develop personal, workplace and technical skills that allow them stand out in the skilled labor marketplace. The Chapter Excellence Program honors chapter achievement centered on intentional project-based work that is led by students. The SkillsUSA Championships competitive events program is offered at local, state and national levels with competencies and embedded academics that align with the needs of industry. Student2Student Mentoring gives high school students opportunity to mentor younger students around career exploration. CareerSafe is a 10-hour online OSHA safety-training program that provides students with a workplace credential. The SkillsUSA Championships Technical Standards is the official competition guide, with a full list of competencies as well as embedded academic skills.
The SkillsUSA Framework Supports a Balanced Program
The SkillsUSA Framework illustrates how students fulfill the mission of the organization “to empower members to become world-class workers, leaders and responsible American citizens.”
What it does
- Provides a common language for students to articulate what they gain from SkillsUSA participation to employers, school administrators, parents and other students
- Assesses student skill development along a learning continuum of awareness, demonstration and mastery
- Creates a vision for SkillsUSA programs at the local, state and national levels to ensure quality student-led experiences that build skills in all members
Why it works
- Empowers every student to achieve career success
- Delivers a skill set demanded by business and industry but lacking in many employees today
- Ensures that every student member receives a consistent and specific skill set
This material is from the Skills USA main website.