About SkillsUSA |
SkillsUSA is a partnership of students, teachers and industry, working together to ensure America has a skilled workforce. We help 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. SkillsUSA was formerly known as VICA (the Vocational Industrial Clubs of America).
More than 264,000 students and instructors join SkillsUSA annually, organized into nearly 13,000 chapters and 54 state and territorial associations. SkillsUSA has served more than 8.5 million members.
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.
Currently, 14,544 teachers and school administrators serve as professional SkillsUSA members and instructors. More than 1,000 business, industry and labor sponsors actively support SkillsUSA through financial aid, in-kind contributions, and involvement of their people in SkillsUSA activities at the national level. Many more work directly with state associations and local chapters.
SkillsUSA programs include local, state and national competitions in which students demonstrate occupational and leadership skills. At the annual national-level SkillsUSA Championships, over 4,000 students compete in 77 occupational and leadership skill areas.
SkillsUSA programs also help to establish industry standards for job skill training in the lab and classroom, and promote community service.
SkillsUSA offers materials and programs to help students develop as individuals, employees and citizens. The Professional Development Program (PDP) teaches 84 workplace skill competencies in a series of hands-on, self-paced lessons (textbook or online format). Chapter Standards is free to all SkillsUSA chapters and can improve your chapter and provide national recognition. Student2Student Mentoring gives high school students a chance to mentor younger students in the area of career development. CareerSafe is a credentialed, ten-hour online training program developed in cooperation with the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA). Successful completion provides students with basic knowledge of safety and an advantage in a competitive job market.